On April 8, Kill Rock Stars will release Colin Meloy Sings Live! – a 14-song set documenting The Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter’s 2006 solo tour. Of the 13 Meloy originals, two are previously unreleased compositions: “Dracula’s Daughter” and “Wonder.” MP3: Colin Meloy – “We Both Go Down Together” Previously: Colin Meloy: Sister I’m a Poet (a … Continue reading Colin Meloy – We Both Go Down Together
Taynted Love by Chris Ott, who apparently doesn’t appreciate Colin Meloy: “In the past, the Decemberists’ 17th-century laments were merely soaked in solecism—coy cunning from a clever aesthete with a woodcut fetish who’d seen Rushmore too many times. But Meloy is increasingly emboldened by success, becoming more and more literal. You get the sense he … Continue reading The Voice vs. The Decemberists
Decemberists Keeping New Tunes To Themselves: “By the time Picaresque came out, 75% of the record could be put together with the bootlegs.”
“The Engine Driver” by the Decemberists from Picaresque. Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars.
In front of what may have been the most respectful crowd ever assembled for an acoustic show, Decemberists leader Colin Meloy delivered an entertaining set that was equal parts humor and humility.
Petra Haden, of That Dog and the Rentals, has joined the Decemberists. Also, John Moen replaces drummer Rachel Blumberg.
Wouldn’t you assume that a Decemberists concert would be a stuffy, rather studious affair? Turns out their love of eccentricities and storybook characters is a playful, inside joke.
The Decemberists – “Grace Cathedral Hill” via Hush Records. By way of Fingertips.
Decemberists – The Soldiering Life via Kill Rock Stars. By way of Fingertips.