Bridges & Balloons (Oh Shit)

Bridges & Balloons (Oh Shit)

P4K’s got a cool interview with Colin Meloy up today. The Decemberists frontman gives props to Lily Allen, thumbs down to Fergie, and claims album-of-the-year contender The Crane Wife is not a concept LP. There is, however, one LOL moment spawned by a true fanboy question.

Pitchfork: You play a lot of covers, I’m curious about the spirit in which you approach these covers, whether it’s more revisionist or more direct. In your cover of Joanna Newsom’s “Bridges & Balloons” for instance, you change, perhaps inadvertently, a couple key words that really affect the meaning of the song. When she says “brace and buoy the living room,” it sounds as if you’re saying “brace and boil,” which obviously changes the implications of that line a lot.
Colin Meloy: I just fucked it up. I think I was drunk when I recorded it.

Oh, Colin. That’s your excuse for every bad cover!

The Decemberists – “Bridges and Balloons” (MP3)

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