I don't know if Conor Oberst shed the Bright Eyes moniker because of label issues or what, but it seems that he is really concentrating on his new Mystic Valley Band. Merge Records (who also released his last album which was self titled) will be releasing Conor's next effort on May 5th, called Outer South, less than a year from his last release. It seems that Conor is making a way to get away from his Saddle Creek, which he co-founded. This appears to be a good thing, as his last album on Saddle-Creek with the Bright Eyes name was less than stellar (Cassadaga). Last year, on Conan, Conor debuted the first Outer South track, "Nikorette," last year.