The Decemberists

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So what's the deal? They've been talked up recently on P-Fork and also Stylus, and comparisons have been thrown around to Jeff Mangum/Neutral Milk Hotel, who I revere. Has anyone here heard the album and made a decision on it either way? The four MP3s I've grabbed are good, but not great, and I'm debating whether it's worth the bling bling for the album.

Ian Johnson (orion), Friday, 4 April 2003 20:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I got the album in the mail earlier this week, but haven't listened to it yet. I'll post impressions when I do.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 4 April 2003 20:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It was my favorite record from last year, I'm glad it's finally getting the reissue and notice that it deserves.

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Friday, 4 April 2003 21:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Never been a huge fan of Neutral Milk Hotel (I like them, but...), I've put off listening to "Castaways and Cut-Outs" for awhile. I started getting into it about two weeks ago and I'm really loving it. Don't wanna start making comparisons and all, but I find that there's a warmth lacking from Neutral Milk Hotel (I can't help but feel that there's a bit too much detachment involved, even if it's not necessarily the case). Anyway, this album has kinda made me re-evaluate my position on NMH and I'll probably give "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" another spin after I put this one down.

alex in montreal, Tuesday, 3 June 2003 19:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I've been spinning it here at work and really enjoying it. The warmth comment above is OTM, some of the guitar chords suffuse the speakers. The vocal style is very laid back and comforting yet with just a touch of resignation. The NMH comparisons seem to crop up quite a bit, but I'm just not getting it. This guy's vocals are far less nasally/flat that NMH and he doesn't try to climb every octave mountain. Plus musically the Decemberists are much more polished. It takes quite a bit for me to like any track that's 9+ minutes long but the closer is my favorite song on the album. It has a certain Neil Young quality to me, at least in its feeling more than as an accurate namecheck.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Friday, 27 June 2003 19:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

if you take the elephant six out of neutral milk hotel, you've got the decemberists.

Felcher (Felcher), Friday, 27 June 2003 19:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's a good album but I think the comparisons to NMH aren't doing it any favors; it's NOT In the Aeroplane Part II and I don't think the vocalist sounds any more like Magnum than he does Jeremy Enigk. Actually Return of the Frog Queen might be a closer comparison.

I adore about half of Castaways, the other half I don't think is as strong. Definitely a contender for future greatness though.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 27 June 2003 19:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The singer reminds me a lot of John Vanderslice— and, to a minor extent, so does the music (though not quite as studio-tweaky).

Nick Mirov (nick), Friday, 27 June 2003 23:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I adore about half of Castaways

I agree with you there. The good songs are really great especially "Architect," and the bad songs are only ok, like the gimmick getting old, or just pretentious. The good songs don't really rely on thee olde civil war lyrics they're just strong. The instrumentation is unique and smart, and when the lyrics hit, they're really clever and layered. Overall, it's a record that I keep playing over and over despite its minor weaknesses, and as zaxxon25 mentions, great for listening to at work.

scott m (mcd), Saturday, 28 June 2003 00:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh and has anybody heard the 5 songs EP or whatever it's called?

scott m (mcd), Saturday, 28 June 2003 00:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like the album lots but I like the EP even better. (reason: the "I adore about half of Castaways" effect, with a recording that's about half the length of Castaways). They're really quite similar. I'd pick "Shiny" from the EP as my single favorite Decemberists song.


I think there's some similarity between Meloy's singing and Mangum's. And there's a similar "bizarre stories of even more bizarre people" quality to the lyrics. In Aeroplane Mangum jumps from idea to idea almost at random within songs, but ties together the album as a whole by returning to those same ideas until they seem resonant and meaningful. With Meloy, things are a little more compartmentalized -- each song stays focused a bit more, but there's not much of a thread running from one song to the next. (Or I've missed it.)

I think NMH's Aeroplane is more of a "masterpiece" but it's one of those records I can't listen to often because of its intensity. The Decemberists are frankly "lightweight" in comparisons, but I have more time for that in my day-to-day life.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Saturday, 28 June 2003 02:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

comparison

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Saturday, 28 June 2003 02:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Decemberists are a ripoff of NMH. Meloy steals Mangum's lyrical ideas and his unique vocal approach. I have no problem with bands taking cues from other bands, but the Decemberists borrow lots of things unique to NMH and the resulting product seems sort of contrived.

I saw the Decemberists in concert earlier this year, and they closed with a nice song "I was meant for the stage" but for the most part, the show was like a NMH tribute hour.

MerkinMuffley (MerkinMuffley), Sunday, 29 June 2003 04:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

but it's not like nmh will ever release anything ever again so what's the problem?

keith (keithmcl), Sunday, 29 June 2003 14:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I really don't see how anyone could say they're ripping off NMH, for one thing, the Decemberists write lush, hook-filled pop songs and NMH wrote really raggedy sounding songs. Secondly, there's nothing as outwardly surreal in the Decemberists lyrics as there was in Magnums.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Sunday, 29 June 2003 15:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one who hears Robyn Hitchcock's influence -- or at least his vocal style -- in the Decemberists? And they're much more prolific and musically expansive than NMH...I love Magnum's work, but the naked emotionality present in his best work just doesn't pop up in any Decemberists tracks, for better or worse.

Erick H (Erick H), Sunday, 29 June 2003 23:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Oh jeez, there are places he sounds just like Robyn Hitchcock. Sometimes the lyrics are reminiscent, too.

scott m (mcd), Monday, 30 June 2003 00:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

saw them Thursday @ Spaceland knowing zilch about them going in. I thought they were pleasant enough. the guy's faux-Brit vocal affectation was a bit annoying at first. even so, i'd be interested to here some studio output.

Will (will), Monday, 30 June 2003 02:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This is a great record. The singer definitely has that Robyn Hitchcock/Jeff Magnum thing going on, but the Decemberists are not as weird as either. This is not a bad thing necessarily, instead the songs are very catchy and a little more straightforward. There are some long, lulling moments, too, so others have compared them to Red House Painters. The good news in that regard is that, even the long songs are not dull, and the hooks are still there, always.

Bob McCarthy (Hecklerspray), Monday, 30 June 2003 19:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Grace Cathedral Hill is sublime.The whole album is like my favourite
story book.

peter dee (peter dee), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 21:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Grace Cathedral Hill is sublime.

Ditto. That's the one that hooked me.

Chris Dahlen (Chris Dahlen), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 22:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Revive for Her Majesty The Decemberists! I've got the feeling that this is going to be one of the major indie breakouts of 2003. I was pleasantly surprised to see Salon publish an article on it, even though the writer does a sadly predictable job of hammering that Neutral Milk Hotel comparison into the ground.

Nick Mirov (nick), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 01:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've only heard the first track and it sounds a little drunken and odd to me. I love the Decemberists lyrics but I also liked the pure pop hooks of Castaways. What else can you tell me about Her Majesty? Is it really more "difficult"?

scott m (mcd), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 01:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Difficult"? Not at all. You want pure pop hooks? Her Majesty has "Billy Liar", "Los Angeles, I'm Yours", and "Song for Myla Goldberg". The first track ("Shanty for the Arethusa") is a bit of a genre exercise, sure, but it's not very representative of the album.

Nick Mirov (nick), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 02:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Cool! My favorite track from Castaways is "...Architect."

scott m (mcd), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 02:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
ive seen them.. amazing, you have to really listen to it a few times, red right ankle, amazing song...

nick calderon, Friday, 17 October 2003 08:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah I really do not see the 'NMH ripoff' angle. Similar? perhaps.. but while Meloy writes songs as vivid and cohesive as Tom Waits, Mangum is more of a Syd Barrett or Lone Pigeon- bouncing around less focused, in my opinion of course. Not to mention Meloy can sing in key.

nothingleft (nothingleft), Friday, 17 October 2003 15:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The NMH angle is a lot more apparent on Castaways and Cutouts. Her Majesty is more chamber-poppy.

Nick Mirov (nick), Friday, 17 October 2003 18:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i'm seeing the decemberists tomorrow evening. i really like "her majesty..." though sometimes when i'm listening to it while in the auto with another person i get embarrassed at the way he says "daughters" in the first track.

"tell your dwawtaahs due nawt walk the streets alone tonight"

jason m (jason m), Friday, 17 October 2003 18:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


they must be decent if they've warranted such a long thread.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Friday, 17 October 2003 19:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
the decemberists are by far my favorite new band. i don't think they're very much like NMH, but someone who enjoys one would probably enjoy the other. Castaways and Cutouts reminds me of the sea: it's a long stretch, but they're like the indie, NMH version of Jimmy Buffett (on different instruments). They've got much more physically embracing pop hooks than NMH, who to me have more emotionally and psychologically gripping than anything. It's like being off in another world with the Decemberists, where NMH is like being inside Jeff Mangum's wicked and brilliant ADHD mind.

possible m (mandinina), Wednesday, 26 November 2003 18:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i downloaded "her majesty" and gave it a go... reminds me of scarlet's well only instead of loving it i deleted it. don't see the neutral milk hotel comparison at all.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 26 November 2003 19:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

As noted Grace Cathedral Hill is very un-NMH and utterly ace. The rest of Castaways is either meh or annoyingly faux Gorey/Magnum.

Hunter (Hunter), Wednesday, 26 November 2003 22:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i listened at the record shop, sounds a bit like beulah, i passed.

keith m (keithmcl), Thursday, 27 November 2003 04:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Thespians and music do not mix.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Thursday, 27 November 2003 05:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Chris Ott makes a good point, but I disagree. Colin Meloy is certainly a performer, a dramatist, a thespian of sorts. Before I saw the Decemberists play live, I assumed they'd be a bunch of foppish, shy, toegazers. But Meloy is an electric presence - and I've never seen any frontman sing quite like that. The way he contorts his mouth to enunciate every absurd vowel is remarkable. I can totally see why people might find this irritating, but I loved it. Meloy is clearly a show-off, but he's earned the right to show off.

Rick Spence (spencerman), Thursday, 27 November 2003 18:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

he's brilliant

possible m (mandinina), Thursday, 27 November 2003 18:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Having loved 'Castaways' to the bone I can only say how totally disappointed and miserable I am that 'Her Majestys' is not in the same league.
It really is a game of two halves.

peter dee (peter dee), Thursday, 27 November 2003 21:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like 'em enough.

I brought home Her Majesty to listen to for the next few days while I'm in Providence. I listened to it twice on the way here. The standouts are: "Red Right Ankle" / "The Bachelor & The Bride" / "The Soldiering Life."

I've only heard chance snippets of Castaways & Cut Outs, though my roommate owns it; I ought to just burn it, but I'm anal about things like that. Anyway... I guess, the album is hit & miss, none of it is awful, but only a few songs are really great. The best song on the album is "Red Right Ankle"--vaguely heartbreaking and very catchy. Most people I know, upon hearing it the first time, try to sing along to the second verse, assuming the words are the same. Silly people.

Ian J0hns0n, Friday, 28 November 2003 02:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yanc3y - update?

raphael diligent (Cozen), Saturday, 29 November 2003 01:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Neutral milk is an amazing enigma in it self there are no comparison.

jodi sieradzan, Wednesday, 17 December 2003 00:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the bright eyes thread is thattaway

the surface noise (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 00:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
I managed to get into their show for free last night at Maxwell's through a friend. Only marginally familiar with their stuff but wanted to check them out.

Meh.

Songs are overwritten, voice is a bit irritating, musicians are tight, stage antics are occasionally funny but feel forced, overall feeling is too precious. Norfolk and Western were less memorable but felt more honest.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 18 October 2004 02:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dunno if anyone's heard this.

http://www.stereogum.com/decemberists.mp3

It's the Decemberists covering Bjork's Human Behaviour. It's quite good.

papa november (papa november), Thursday, 28 October 2004 01:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can see how the Decemberists would irritate the crap out of people. Yet somehow I love some of their songs. Perfect example of a band (songwriter) who has almost equally good and not-so-great qualities.

Piers (piers), Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

True, sometimes his voice is kind of sweet and endearing and sometimes it sounds full of affectation and self-consciousness

papa november (papa november), Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pretty spot on there.

Piers (piers), Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like their gay undertones.

reo, Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"undertones"

identity theftor (deangulberry), Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha, that just made me look at my post cross-eyed to make sure i did type undertones and not underwear.

reo, Thursday, 28 October 2004 05:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hated it on first listen, but it's growing on me.

James Mitchell, Saturday, 21 March 2009 17:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

hey i got this in my email. should i listen to it? what will it do to me? i've never heard them. they're big, right?

scott seward, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't know though, peter buck? gillian welch? i thought they were indie rockers.

scott seward, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

don't do it dude

bear, bear, bear, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

i would read a scott seward liveblog of this record

markers, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fucking appalling band. I'd donate my wages for the next three months towards a fund for stopping them.

Bonnie Tyler The Creator (Doran), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like their gay undertones.

― reo

velko, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

as much as i know its not a very cool opinion but I don't hate the new album at all. really digging january hymm and the country vibes thrown in and out of this album.

gman59, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

will be hearing this a lot since my wife is a fan. glad it is suppposed to be more songwriter-y and less theatrical.

tylerw, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol as predicted this new one was playing in the kitchen when i got home today. sounded like some deep REM worship.

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 03:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

i would read a scott seward liveblog of this record

― markers, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:03 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

^^^^
wld also

bear, bear, bear, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 04:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

i remember liking this band

akm, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 04:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

sounded like some deep REM worship.

well, Peter Buck does play guitar on "Calamity" (which sounds EXACTLY like an early R.E.M. tune when he isn't singing) and a couple other tracks

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 January 2011 04:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0

hard as a markers (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

This sounds like it will be a lot less hateful than their previous records.

Matt DC, Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

which one's the song about rape, then

thomp, Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

I know the legions of haters here won't be swayed by anything I say about this, but stepping back from the ridiculously overblown concepts and literary aspirations has really done wonders for this band. This is a pretty rustic, laid-back album. All the time spent listening to R.E.M. and recording in a barn seems to help too. I think I really like this.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

vocals seemed a lot less annoying as well. some of it (probably due to peter buck's presence) has a kinda robyn hitchcock/egyptians vibe.

tylerw, Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

I usually live and let live with music I don't like but I used to absolutely hate this band's guts - look at the track titles on Picaresque for pete's sake - and looking back it's because hidden beneath those "ridiculously overblown concepts and literary aspirations" was a group I kind of liked. I don't have a problem with Meloy's vocals and the backing tracks have always been interesting. Now that they are singing about things that aren't maddeningly stupid you can listen closely without wanting to throw the iPod across the room. Very very pleasantly surprised by the new album.

skip, Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Meloy still throws in a couple of ten-dollar words here and there and his delivery is SO predictable (for example, when I saw "Dear Avery" as a title, I accurately predicted that the first bit would be "Dear Ave-A-ree" in Meloy's pained over-pronunciation), but this is a great turn for the band.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yay? From their promo person:

The Decemberists have earned the first-ever #1 chart position of their career with the impressive first-week showing of their widely acclaimed new album The King Is Dead, which was released by EMI’s Capitol Records on January 18. The album scanned 93,567 units in the U.S. in its debut week, landing it at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart, and has also given the band their highest career chart position in territories all over the world.

Etc. etc.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

for example, when I saw "Dear Avery" as a title, I accurately predicted that the first bit would be "Dear Ave-A-ree" in Meloy's pained over-pronunciation

oh shit

St3ve Go1db3rg, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

This album is almost comically derivative but I quite like the couple of songs that sound like Reckoning-era REM. The one that sounds like Breakfast At Tiffany's less so.

Also some of the songs feel like academic excercises at making folk music - that one with the sea shanty bit at the end particularly - but their production choices betray how little feeling they actually have for the music, those ridiculous big drums and acoustic guitars turned up as loud as possible in the mix.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

according to p4k it just topped the u.s. billboard at #1. fucking insane!

The previous message has been brought to you by (kelpolaris), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

*cough* My post just an hour ago...?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

did they sell more records than Cake, though

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

They didn't sell any cake at all iirc

Mr. Fart Pop Bass (Phil D.), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

I mean they're a band not a bake sale ¯\(°_o)/¯

Mr. Fart Pop Bass (Phil D.), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

really? meloy makes incredibly detailed cakes with miniature reenactments of the war 1812 on them. really delicious stuff.

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

#24 with a bullet here, kind of surprised their profile is even that big in the UK.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

*cough* My post just 3 hours ago...?

The previous message has been brought to you by (kelpolaris), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of shocked that they sold so many copies right out the gate. Who knew?

Moodles, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp that awful image had to be posted

wow...... hmmm.... crazy...... damn….. (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's a taking sides thread to be made here:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2011/01/11/alg_decemberists_band.jpg

http://www.perrific.com/cds/covers/gordon.jpg

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess I am a little surprised at this hitting #1. Part of me says, "well, Arcade Fire and Death Cab both debuted at #1 within the last couple of years" -- but the Decemberists feel just a bit more niche, and also Hazards of Love (also on Capitol) bowed at #14 just two years ago. It's not like their profile has dramatically increased since then, has it?

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

eh. early in the year, not many big releases, a smaller or indie album can sneak-in more easily at no. 1.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like this band fine, btw. just sayin'.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess the parallel is Vampire Weekend's #1 from exactly a year ago.

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

This album kind of blows, btw.

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Friday, 28 January 2011 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I mean, OK, it's super-competent and everything, just sort of plain and dull. I've never been a huge fan of the band, but there were usually at least a couple of songs on each album that I could get excited about.

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Friday, 28 January 2011 00:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Why We Fight" isn't bad. [/livebloggin']

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Friday, 28 January 2011 00:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

hipster runoff breaks down why the decemberists hit #1
http://cdn.hipsterrunoff.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/800/20110128-tfcn6m9gymtcbrjbc5eb2aciwg_0.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 28 January 2011 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Down By the Water" really reminds me of a Gin Blossoms song when it first starts up, then again with the harmonica. "Follow You Down" maybe?

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just want to say that The King Is Dead is awesome! There's no mystery as why it charted so high other than I suppose people thought The Decemberists were more under the radar than they really are? They fit a lot of grooves - indie, americana, folk rock, alt country, twee, victorian nostalgia... I imagine their fanbase is pretty wide and varied.

IMO its the first great album of 2011. I didn't like the Hazards of Love but have much <3 for Crane Wife and Picaresque. This is a step in a different direction, way more folk and country influence than the ragtimey victorian stuff, but I like it all. Fuck the haters.

no pop, no style -- all simply (Viceroy), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I really feel nothing for this band in this slightest but I will say this, cool move:

http://yfrog.com/kjsuqvj

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Context?

Frogbs Day Afternoon (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think its to celebrate the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm

van smack, Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bandmember Jenny was diagnosed with cancer and is going through chemo -- thus her being bald and thus them all shaving their heads in solidarity.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So the new EP is pretty much uniformly better than anything on the recent full-length. Gone are the country-tinged R.E.M. aping tracks, back to the more folksy and proggy stuff that I prefer. Their Dead cover isn't half bad.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 2 November 2011 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink


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