The Decemberists

Biography

"I'm a poor, drunken orphan with nowhere to go but the grave," wailed a waifish and non-plussed Mr. Chris Funk as he lay supine by the railroad tracks. The crate of records he had been cradling in his nubile appendages now lay in pieces on the ashen ground, his complete collected recordings of sixties psychedelic luminary Rick "Paisley Dave" Rigmore scattered hit her and yon like so many dead leaves beneath a diseased elm. Noting his neglect to accredit this phrase to its rightful owner, chief engineer Jenny Conlee, her accordion neatly strapped to her back, stepped lightly from the caboose and corrected his negligence with the aplomb only an immigrant Hungarian could muster: "Dylan Thomas, sir! Please move along!" But it was too late: an indelible bond had been soldered in that moment of recognition. A few hours later, in a Turkish bath, they revealed their stories to one another between sips of a strange, tangerine liqueur. Not far from that spot, however, two young military dignitaries (Rachel Blumberg, Nate Query), appropriately lathered, overheard our two heroes' stories. Was it chance, then, that lead the four unsuspecting bathers to seek to return their soiled undergarments at the same kiosk where worked the poor, bespectacled Colin Meloy? One can surmise all one wants, but the truth should be known that, after adopting the moniker The Decemberists, these five wan vagabonds began playing their peculiarly styled pop music in various concert-halls and brothels all across the globe.

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The Decemberists - We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)

23rd February 2012 -

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The Decemberists' crowning achievement to date The King Is Dead featured on many end of year lists for 2011. Now the Portland band is underlining the importance of that record with a live 20 song...

The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love

9th March 2009 -

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Review of The Decemberists' album 'The Hazards Of Love' released through Rough Trade.Mentioning the phrase "concept album" in 2009 would normally be met with a vacant stare; certainly for a generation raised on MTV and...

The Decemberists - O Valencia!

13th March 2007 -

 Review

The DecemberistsO Valencia!Single ReviewThe Decemberists' grand opus, The Crane Wife is such a complete, albeit unconventional record, that taking a single from it would be like deciding which new-born pup to prize from its mother's...

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

29th January 2007 -

 Review

The Decemberists, The Crane Wife Album Review I've come up with lot of kooky theories in my time; aliens stealing my thoughts via my toaster, Argos acting as an elaborate front for a massive organised...

The Decemberists - 16 Militay Wives

19th December 2005 -

 Review

The Decemberists 16 Militay WivesSingle ReviewWith the Decemberists on impressive cult label Kill Rock Stars I was interested straight from the play off. Whilst listening to their rather quirke lyric led marching indie stomp clashing...

The Decemberists, 16 Military Wives, Video Stream

9th November 2005 -

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The Decemberists16 Military WivesRough Trade Records RTRADSCD271 and 7" single RTRADS271Released 21st November 2005In a distant world, not completely similar to our own, a wondrous event is set to take place. By royal decree,...

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