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In a 2011 interview with Amanda Petrusich for the A.V. Club, the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy copped to his band’s reputation as a so-called “literate rock band”: “I guess it’s better than being called an illiterate rock band, because in fact we can all read. But yeah, I’ll take that. That’s fine. It’s English-major rock. I’ll… More »

Though the current fad is to compartmentalize indie rock of the last decade as something quaint, narrow, and somewhat embarrassing, the Decemberists shouldn’t have to worry about the fickle listening preferences of tastemakers. Even at the height of indie rock’s move to the mainstream, the Decemberists were never cool. Their early LPs, 2002’sCastaways And CutoutsMore »

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

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Watch The Decemberists Play “The Singer Addresses His Audience” Live For The First Time At Dublin Tour Opener

The new Decemberists album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World starts with an intensely winky meta-song called “The Singer Addresses His Audience.” The band just started touring behind the album, and they played the first show of that tour two nights ago in Dublin. Colin Meloy opened the show by playing a solo-acoustic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015 - 9:12 am

Watch The Decemberists Sing YouTube Comments On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Before going the traditional route and performing a track from their new album, the Decemberists did something a lot more fun on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. They decided to set some choice Youtube comments to song, creating something close to a musical equivalent of Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets series. Some comments they put… More »

By: James Rettig / January 23, 2015 - 8:37 am

Stream The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Next Tuesday is a big one for indie rock, with Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian, and the Decemberists all ending long silences with new albums. The Decemberists’ offering on this particular super Tuesday is called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It’s the band’s seventh album, and their first in four years. There’s no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2015 - 10:06 am

The Decemberists – “A Beginning Song”

The Decemberists have shared “A Beginning Song,” another new song that serves as the closing track for their forthcoming album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It’s the fourth new song we’ve heard from the record — following “Make You Better,” “Lake Song,” and “The Wrong Year” — and it’s accompanied by a… More »

By: James Rettig / January 13, 2015 - 12:38 am

The Decemberists – “The Wrong Year”

The Decemberists have shared “The Wrong Year,” another new song from their forthcoming new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It’s the third single from the record following “Make You Better” and “Lake Song.” The track is accompanied by a lyric video put together by Anthem Films that features moving patterns and… More »

By: James Rettig / December 16, 2014 - 12:28 am

Watch The Decemberists Perform “Make You Better” On Conan

The Decemberists stopped by Conan last night to perform “Make You Better,” the lead single from their forthcoming new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. The last time the band appeared on a late-night show was back in 2011 when they performed two The King Is Dead tracks on Kimmel. Watch their… More »

By: James Rettig / December 4, 2014 - 8:31 am

The Decemberists – “Lake Song” Lyric Video

The Decemberists have shared a lyric video for “Lake Song,” the second track released from their forthcoming album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World after lead single “Make You Better.” The lyrics are overlaid over black-and-white footage of the band performing in the studio shot by director Jason Roark. The band debuted thi… More »

By: James Rettig / December 2, 2014 - 8:34 am

The Decemberists – “Make You Better” Video (Feat. Nick Offerman)

The Decemberists’ video for What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World single “Make You Better,” Parks & Recreation stud Nick Offerman plays the host of a low-budget 1970s German TV show where Colin Meloy and company are undertaking a mishap-laden performance. Bill Fishman directed the clip, which you can watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 24, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Preview The Decemberists’ ’70s Talk-Show Video For “Make You Better,” Starring Nick Offerman

At this point, it would almost seem like a surprise if the Decemberists decided not to turn their new music video into a fake ’70s talk show with a popular comedy actor cast as the host. The whole thing seems very on-brand, both for this band and for big-name indie rock in general. In any… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2014 - 4:09 pm

The Decemberists – “Make You Better” + What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Details

The Decemberists have shared the first song from their new Tucker Martine-produced album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which was teased a few weeks ago when lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy busked on a corner in Williamsburg. It’s called “Make You Better” and you can listen to it in the visualizer… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014 - 9:27 am

Preview The Decemberists’ “Make You Better” In Video Teaser

During last week’s CMJ busking expedition, Colin Meloy debuted a new Decemberists song called “Make You Better.” A new video teaser the band shared today offers a preview of the studio version, which sounds like the Decemberists at their most Death-Cabbiest. The teaser also confirms a January release date for new album What A TerribleMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 31, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Colin Meloy Teases New Decemberists Album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World With CMJ Busking

It’s been nearly four years since the Decemberists released The King Is Dead, their last album. The band debuted a couple of new songs at the Boston Calling festival over the summer, and now frontman Colin Meloy is building anticipation for the next record in the most ground-level way imaginable: Street busking. He’s in New… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Watch The Decemberists Debut “Lake Song” & “Philomena” At Boston Calling

This past weekend, at the Boston Calling festival, the Decemberists played their first show in nearly three years (not counting that Parks & Rec performance). After all that time away, it would be a fair bet that they’ve got new music in the works, and indeed, it looks like they might. During their set, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2014 - 8:49 am

Hear Colin Meloy Debut “Carolina Low” In Portland Last Night

While the whole band was making an appearance over on Parks And Recreation, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy was a guest on a show for Q Live where he performed a new song. The tune is called “Carolina Low” and he wrote it the morning of the performance: “I didn’t know what to play so I… More »

By: James Rettig / April 25, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Watch Yo La Tengo, Jeff Tweedy, Decemberists, Ginuwine, & Letters To Cleo On Parks And Rec’s Season Finale

Last night, the great NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation ended its sixth season with an hour-long finale. All season, the show has been building up to the Pawnee Unity Concert, an effort to bring the show’s town of Pawnee, Indiana after it merged with Eagleton, its neighboring rival. And so the show went out big,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 9:33 am

Yo La Tengo, Decemberists, Ginuwine To Appear With Jeff Tweedy On Parks & Rec

One of the major plot lines in the back half of this season of Parks And Recreation is the department’s attempt to put on a Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. We’ve already heard that Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will be stopping by for the concert, and we now know that Yo La Tengo, the Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letter… More »

By: James Rettig / March 28, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Decemberists To Play Castaways And Cutouts In Portland

It’s been a few years since the Decemberists have played a headlining show, but they’ll return to the stage in a couple of months at the Crystal Ballroom, in their Portland hometown. The band’s 5/30 show is a benefit for Victory Academy, a local school for kids on the autism spectrum. And they’re making it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014 - 11:50 am

Colin Meloy – “Do You Remember Walter?” (Kinks Cover)

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is releasing a new EP of Kinks covers entitled, sensibly, Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks. This is a tour-only release designed to attract fans to Meloy’s upcoming solo dates, but to pique our collective interest, today Meloy released his version of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society ditty “Do… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 24, 2013 - 11:33 am
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