The Decemberists

How ‘Mad Men’ Used Music to Recontextualize ’60s Pop Culture

For a TV show to be as instantly canonized as Mad Men has been throughout its seven-season run, nearly every aspect of it needs to serve a distinct purpose, to be thoughtful. For that TV show to be historical in nature, the details need to be meticulous. And for that TV show to be about the 1960s, one of the most controversial and turbulent decades in American cultural history, it needs to walk a very specific tightrope — one that carefully navigates the generational divide that defined the late ‘60s. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, one of the most influential players in the music-on-TV revolution of the early ‘00s, have achieved all of this — and with plenty of irreverence, humor, and hidden meaning to boot. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Tarot Cards Inspired by Decemberists Lyrics

This week, The Decemberists release their seventh album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. The album, like 2011’s The King Is Dead, finds Colin Meloy toning down what came to be known as the band’s signature lyrical style throughout the ’00s: tragedies in bygone eras, from murders and drownings to rapes and blood feuds, illustrated by a ten-dollar vocabulary. Instead, Meloy focuses more on simplified folk tales, though there’s no doubt he remains a narrative songwriter whose work is deeply influenced by strife and sorrow. … Read More

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Portland Becomes ‘Portlandia’ By Declaring January 20, 2015 “Decemberists Day”

Today, Portland and Portlandia seem to have become one and the same: the city, which is a real city (

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The “Force” Might Finally “Awaken” this Weekend : Links You Need to See

With our American palate becoming desensitized by all forms of devilishly good and taste-masking hot-sauces, it’s become hard to enjoy simple gastronomic pleasures without excessive amounts of added flavor. Any kind of sauce, really. It’s actually emotionally trying to not put a sauce on something. Therefore, I understand that it might be necessary to also accompany this post with a nice onion fig glaze. And who better to make your onion fig glaze, or at least to to teach you how to make your own onion fig glaze, than singer-turned-chef, Kelis? After all, her milkshake brought quite a few men to an outdoor space some years ago, so I’m hoping her onion fig glaze does something similar now. … Read More

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Mike Nichols Was a Musical Genius, Too: Links You Should See

Yesterday, November 19, acclaimed filmmaker, director of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?The Graduate, and so many more, passed away. He was 83. He lead the life of about two 83-year-olds. The genius of his films is well known, but the way he uses music — aside from the indelible soundtrack of The Graduate — is so often overlooked. … Read More

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The Decemberists Release New Track, “Make You Better”

The Decemberists have released the first track from their upcoming album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. The song, “Make… Read More

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Uh, Are The Decemberists Announcing a New Album RIGHT NOW?

Around 11:30 this morning, Colin Meloy started busking new Decemberists songs in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood.

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10 Concept Albums You’re Probably Not Getting

Concept albums should not be evaluated solely on how flashy the concept is, but rather, how well it’s executed as a narrative. Sometimes, the musician goes into painstaking detail to lay out the concept, but the overabundance of details and references to other works is overwhelming or inaccessible to the listener. Sometimes the story’s just right, but the way the album is received and discussed obscures the concept. It takes a very specific touch to not only tell the story, but also make sure that it’s accessible and comprehensible to the listener. With this in mind, we examined ten concept albums that don’t quite hit that sweet spot, either on the band’s part or on the fan’s… Read More

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The 10 Most Genuinely Disturbing Songs About Fathers

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, which means there’ll be much breaking out of Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” and Will Smith’s “Just the Two of Us” across the Internet. Since you’ll surely be getting your dose of sentimentality elsewhere, here are handful of significantly less wholesome songs about fathers. There are plenty that spring to mind (although the, ahem, daddy of the lot — Korn’s “Daddy” — turns out to not in fact be about Jonathan Davis’s father at all, hence its absence from this list). But still, there are plenty of other candidates, and all of them are better than anything that involves Will Smith. Here goes. … Read More

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