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Would Conor Oberst Be a Good Late-Night Production Assistant?

The Bright Eyes frontman and his fellow musician, Phoebe Bridgers, appeared in a mockumentary segment called "Meet the CONAN Staff."

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What would happen if your favorite artist suddenly switched careers and became a production assistant on a late night talk show?

The CONAN team has given us a hint on what that strange scenario might look like. On the latest episode of "Meet the CONAN Staff"—a mockumentary series depicting behind-the-scenes shenanigans—Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst walks us through a day in the life of his new job.

"I sort of stumbled into the role of being the voice of the emo and indie rock movement," Oberst explains. "But that was just to pay the bills. Really, I wanted to break into late-night television production. I guess you could say I'm the Happy Gilmore of emo." But, like any assistant job, he faces his share of difficulties. Worst of all, he can't shake the habit of breaking out into his trademark quivering vocals: "The transition's been a little rocky. My brain is just so good at coming up with sad songs about how we're just pawns in this f--ked up game, that sometimes the lyrics just slip out."

Of course, Oberst isn't alone in his job. In this comical alternate reality, he works alongside his Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate, Phoebe Bridgers. Although Oberst's try-hard attitude gets some flack from his superiors, Bridgers naturally exudes an effortless cool factor. "Yeah, I'll probably do this for a while," Bridgers says. "But it's kind of a bullsh*t job."

Watch the clip and delight in the sad songs of late night TV below.

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Why Amazon's "Crucible" Game Needs to Fail

Crucible needs to fail. Thankfully, it already is.

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Boasting a massive budget, veteran talent sniped from some of the top gaming studios, and a gameplay experience tailor-made for Twitch streaming, Crucible represents Amazon's first major effort to break into the gaming industry as a first-party developer.

Presumably tired of just raking in all the money from third-part video games sales, Amazon, which straight-up owns Twitch, is hoping to replace streamer-favorite games like Fortnite, Overwatch, and League of Legends with their own. This is a major red flag for the future of video game streaming. A major company that controls advertisement space and means of distribution will most likely not play fair when they have their own content on the line, too. Amazon has already screwed over plenty of small business in all sorts of market spaces, and with their plans to create a cloud-based video game platform, it seems obvious that they're gearing up for a not-so-discreet monopoly in video games, too.

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U.S. Girls Come to Terms With the Aftermath of Death With "Overtime"

It's the first single from Meg Remy's forthcoming seventh album.

In early 2018, Meg Remy wowed critics and fans with In a Poem Unlimited, an opus of witchy disco-pop that felt like the apex of her career thus far as U.S. Girls.

But Remy and company have returned with a new single to promote the next album in the U.S. Girls universe. Though its rollicking drums might suggest lighter subject matter, "Overtime" depicts the emotional aftermath of a death: "Every time I see your grave I can't help but think / How I didn't know that you only drank?" Remy pleads.

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As the gospel-like background voices join in and a saxophone solo blares, the song bears a sense of restless anxiety and looming guilt. Though Remy leaves many details to the imagination, the song's few moments of transparency paint a startlingly bleak picture: "Now you're six feet underground / And I feel nothing but a clown."

"Overtime" is the first single from U.S. Girls' forthcoming seventh album, Heavy Light, which is due out in March.

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