Better Oblivion Community Center A conversation with Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst It’s so great to see you guys. Phoebe, I like your hair yellow like that. Is it Manic Panic? Phoebe: No. It’s got a sort of grunge vibe. Did you know that in dream analysis the color yellow is symbolic of intellect, energy, agility, happiness, harmony, and wisdom? Phoebe: Of course. So, first thing’s first: Better Oblivion Community Center. I heard you guys were visiting Forest Lawn Cemetery – which we’ll talk about again in a minute – and you took a selfie to post on Instagram, up by where they have that statue of David there, it’s bigger than the actual statue of David in Florence, I think, and you guys noticed in the location tagging that there were a lot of geolocation options in other languages…I guess…Armenian? Mandarin? Korean? Conor: Burmese. Yeah! Burmese. Right?And then you tagged your location but later on you typed those characters into Google Translate and it turned out not to be tagged from “Forest Lawn”. It actually translated as “Better Oblivion Community Center”. Is that right? Conor: (laughs) No. Really?! Cuz I heard that and I thought that was so cool! Where did the name come from then? Phoebe: Do people care where the name came from? Conor:

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