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Kaydria
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 12:37 pm  Reply with quote
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Am I totally blind or is there really no Decemberists thread yet? This sir, is an outrage!

It's okay now, little Decemberists thread. You're home now.

The Decemberists are the greatest band of our time. Yeah, I said it.

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they've been mentioned in tons of threads (indie rock, favorite bands you haven't talked about, etc) but i don't think there ever was a thread for them.

this is the closest:
http://www.oldeenglish.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=1621&highlight=decemberists
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 12:55 pm  Reply with quote
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Rad. I'm pretty sure they deserve their own dang thread, being that they are the greatest band of our time.

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They do they do they do-ooooo.

Kaydria, did they perform "The Tain" at the shows? Their music makes me shiver. I feel kind of shitty for downloading their albums but never buying them. I'm going to stop that.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:02 am  Reply with quote
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They didn't perform The Tain, although that would have been freaking SWEET. Here are the setlists from the two shows I went to:

May 4 at the Paramount:
The Crane Wife 1
The Crane Wife 2
The Crane Wife 3
The Island
Leslie Anne Levine
The Bachelor and the Bride
Yankee Bayonet
Shankhill Butchers
Culling of the Fold (this nearly killed me.)
O Valencia!
Billy Liar
The Perfect Crime No. 2
Your Love (Outfield cover)
When the War Came

Encore:
Eli, The Barrow Boy
The Mariner's Revenge Song

May 5 at Western:
Crane Wife 3
The Island
July, July!
Yankee Bayonet
Crane Wife 1 & 2
The Engine Driver
Culling of the Fold
The Perfect Crime #2
16 Military Wives
O Valencia!
Sons and Daughters

Encore:
Eli, The Barrow Boy
Grace Cathedral Hill

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Kaydria wrote:
Crane Wife 3


Mmmmmmm...

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Kaydria wrote:
Culling of the Fold


MMMMMMMMM.

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Culling of the Fold


MMMMMMMMM.


Ha! Ok, ok. I'll take that as a recommendation.

p.s.- I hope this song is as fantastically dirty as the title leads me to believe it could be.

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It's mostly just ridiculously violent.

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I've been listening to a pretty good amount of them lately. I just got Picaresque. I think I might like it better than the Crane Wife, which I think I like better than Her Majesty. And Angie sent me the Tain.

I appreciate the songs and intricate lyrics more when I find out the stories behind them. It is truly amazing how they can go from something that sounds like it was written in the 1840's to a modern pop ballad while still sounding like themselves. You know they've got to be an interesting band to be part of.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:09 pm  Reply with quote
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TOTALLY SEEING THEM AGAIN THIS WEEKEND BOW CHICKA BOW WOW.

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I've seen some videos of them live and they look like fun. I'll have to get a little better with their songs then try to get myself to a show. Although I think they're slightly biased toward the Northwest over the Southeast.
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Examining song lyrics more closely I've found Colin Meloy to be nothing short of a literary genius. It almost makes me want to be an English and creative writing major. Almost. It's also great how he and the band can fit savage and disgusting acts or really tragic tales into very singable songs. I can imagine someone listening to and singing along to the catchy tune, not realizing the song's about rape and murder.
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I guess this is way late, seeing as the Crane Wife came out quite a while ago, but I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of it. Picaresque is one of my favorite albums of all time, and Castaways and Cutouts is pretty far up there, too. To me, Crane wife just doesn't cut it compared to their older stuff. I only enjoy listening to a few of the songs on it, most of which are the radio-playable upbeat songs.

I'm probably in the minority, since everyone seems to love the new album, but I just don't think it's even comparable to Picaresque, which was one of those rare albums that I can listen to all the way through over and over and not get tired of it.
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Agreed on all counts except that I played the hell out of Picaresque and got sick of it.

As for the Crane Wife, there are a couple of really solid songs on there but I can't listen to it straight through like I could the other two albums you mentioned. I like Valencia, Yankee Bayonet, Sons and Daughters, and all three parts of The Crane Wife. But I think The Island is something of an album killer. It's 12 minutes long and it sucks. The Perfect Crime is unbearable, and When the War Came isn't much better. So yeah, something of a weak album with some flashes of hope here and there. Roughly 50-50 as far as I'm concerned.
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I'm going to have to disagree, Dave. I think The Island is awesome. I agree The Perfect crime isn't great but I do like it and I like When the War Came a lot, especially knowing the story behind it and what those big words mean. I do like Picaresque better overall too. I definitely need to get Castaways and Cutouts.

Colin Meloy did a solo concert on NPR (as did Laura Veirs, who did some of the background vocals on Crane Wife) a while back. They won't let you download it but you can hear it here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5171264
It's a very good (and long) set. I love when he talks about the skull next to him and what it's thinking.
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laura veirs is a local lady and i've seen her a couple times. her new album is really, really fantastic. i saw a show on that tour and he had the skull then too, it was fun.

i too dislike the island. it's the only one i skip.
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Yeah, I'm pretty much with you, Dave. Yankee Bayonet's my favorite, along with O Valencia and The Crane Wife. Sons and Daughters is pretty good, and Summersong is ok, but the rest I just don't play at all anymore.

As for The Island, I can sometimes get through Come and see, but never past that.

Hopefully Picaresque won't get old for me anytime soon. It's one of my most played albums maybe only rivaled by Transatlanticism.
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The Island is one of my all time favorite songs. It's legendary. I love that it's about the Tempest, I love the way they play it live, I love everything about it. I kind of hate Yankee Bayonet about as much as I could hate a Decemberists song, which means I still like it better than any other song by any other band.

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anyone going to the two night long songs/short songs tour? dave and i are going one night, we're taking my little sister for her birthday and my dad and step-mom are taking here the other night. that way she's the only one that gets to go to both and she'll feel special. unfortunately, everyone wants to go to the short show.
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I think I'm going Saturday. I have no idea which show that is.

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Kaydria wrote:
The Island is one of my all time favorite songs. It's legendary.


Yesss. I don't have to think I'm crazy anymore. I do like Yankee Bayonet alright, though. I like how it's all Civil War-ry and uses the word "achew." But it is kind of depressing, a soldier writing to his wife saying that he'll be home soon but most likely not in a live state.
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Yesss. I don't have to think I'm crazy anymore.


well....

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Silly Lily wrote:
unfortunately, everyone wants to go to the short show.


Yeah, I don't know how we're going to work this out. Because the short songs show is SO CLEARLY GOING TO BE BETTER.

Imagine how long they could stretch out the Island if they wanted to. Ugh.
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we're going to play the "the long show is on friday! you always have susannah on friday!" card.


and they're going to play the "we paid for these!" card. damn.
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Wait, I thought that their shows here were Saturday and Sunday? I think I'm going to the Portland show on Friday.

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Shoeverine wrote:
Imagine how long they could stretch out the Island if they wanted to. Ugh.


One man's "Ugh." is another man's "YEAH BOIIII"


mmmmmmm.

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Kaydria wrote:
Wait, I thought that their shows here were Saturday and Sunday? I think I'm going to the Portland show on Friday.



yeah, they are. my dad told us otherwise. i think we're hoping for sunday.
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Kaydria wrote:
One man's "Ugh." is another man's "YEAH BOIIII"



...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand *snort*

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