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I've been meaning to write something about The Decemberists Picaresque, but I'm too tired at the moment. Let me just say that it's great, and that "The Mariner's Revenge Song" is particularly great:

"Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling
Of his grave
*sigh*"
Eugene Volokh really ought to give it a listen.

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Since Picaresque was released eight days ago, and I made clear my eagerness to listen to it clear by writing two posts on the music video of "16 Military Wives" (here and here), you, noble reader, may have wondered, why haven't I posted about the album... [Read More]

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From now on, you're limited to two Decemberists references per week.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 29, 2005 3:16:21 AM

Quite direct.

I remember reading a Boston Globe account of the Harvard-Yale game, circa 1978. The writer said the best cheer heard in stands that day was this minimilist miracle of simplicity:

"Break their heads!
Break their knees!
We love football!"

Posted by: Dan Kervick | Mar 29, 2005 6:27:18 AM

honestly. honestly.

Posted by: AK@AK.NET | Mar 29, 2005 6:29:28 AM

"The writer said the best cheer heard in stands that day was this minimilist miracle of simplicity..."

A prankster at my high school once led a football pep rally with this gem:

Kill kill
Hate hate
Murder murder
Mutilate!

Posted by: Petey | Mar 29, 2005 7:23:28 AM

Meow, Mr. Yglesias. If you get the chance, do not hesitate to see them live. (Looks like they'll be at the 9:30 club in DC on 6 May.)

Posted by: Kip Manley | Mar 29, 2005 8:48:28 AM

how bout a deal?
we'll all listen to the album, and this place can become a politics blog again?

Posted by: scott | Mar 29, 2005 9:29:16 AM

F those guys, Matt.
More music blogging please.
Here's the daily random 10:

Genie's Got Her Bag - Enon
Without MSG I Am Nothing - McLusky
Airraid/Jackmate - Erlend Oye
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong - Mogwai
One Song For You - Sleater-Kinney
Looking Out a Mirror - The Ponys
Lost Blues - Palace Music
Do Watcha Wanna (pt.2) - Rebirth Brass Band
A Vow - Fuck
The Smell of Him - Jenny Toomey

Posted by: jw | Mar 29, 2005 9:51:35 AM

On a related note, the Mexican fans were chanting "O-sa-ma! O-sa-ma!" all throughout the US-Mexico World Cup qualifying match the other day. There ain't nothing quite like Latin American soccer.

Posted by: JP | Mar 29, 2005 9:52:22 AM

F those guys, Matt.
More music blogging please.
Here's the daily random 10:

Genie's Got Her Bag - Enon
Without MSG I Am Nothing - McLusky
Airraid/Jackmate - Erlend Oye
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong - Mogwai
One Song For You - Sleater-Kinney
Looking Out a Mirror - The Ponys
Lost Blues - Palace Music
Do Watcha Wanna (pt.2) - Rebirth Brass Band
A Vow - Fuck
The Smell of Him - Jenny Toomey

Posted by: jw | Mar 29, 2005 9:54:58 AM

All this late-night living/sleep starvation can't be good for you. Have you tried sleeping with an eye patch or something?

Posted by: peppermint | Mar 29, 2005 10:39:12 AM

I had the pleasure of seeing The Decemberists live in Seattle on March 25th -- what a wonderful show. It was so great my wife and I had to stop to buy Picaresque on it's release date while vacationing in Florida. Highly recommended to the underserved sea-shanty and dour literary folk song crowd!

Really, Picaresque and it's preceding album "Her Majesty the Decemberists" are pretty unique in modern music, and the first listen won't do them justice. All of the songs are still growing on me, getting better with each listen.

I particularly love "Billy Liar" and "Red Right Ankle" from "Her Majesty".

This is the story of your red right ankle
And how it came to meet your leg
And how the muscle, bone, and sinews tangled
And how the skin was softly shed

And how it whispered "Oh, adhere to me
For we are bound by symmetry
And whatever differences our lives have been
We together make a limb."
This is the story of your red right ankle.

Posted by: TTop | Mar 29, 2005 10:51:49 AM

Yay! the decemberists rule! I'm definitely enjoying Picaresque so far - I bought it on i-tunes so I could listen to it right away on the day it came out. I hope they also release it on vinyl. The Tain EP is also very very good I highly recommend it to anyone (along with all of their albums) It's cool on vinyl as they put the 5 songs EP on the flip side. I saw them play twice at Spaceland in LA (which is a pretty intimate venue) and they were awesome! I think I read that the drummer was leaving to focus on her other band Norfolk and Western (also a good band that I saw play w/ the Decemberists) that's too bad because she is really really good.

Posted by: rebecca | Mar 29, 2005 11:12:23 AM

Bet Matt would love this review in Dusted of Picaresque.

Posted by: ben wolfson | Mar 29, 2005 12:15:44 PM

They are great, but their shows seem to attract a lot of frat boys and such. Not cool.

Posted by: tps12 | Mar 29, 2005 12:45:45 PM

Frat boys? Really? I didn't see any at the show I went to, but then again, I was in Eugene, OR. I don't even know if frat boys exist there.

Posted by: ryan | Mar 29, 2005 2:55:41 PM

Re: the Dusted review. Who knew someone could out-pretentious Colin Meloy while still managing to hate him?

Posted by: ryan | Mar 29, 2005 2:58:48 PM

That's what I thought, too; I think the review might secretly be an exercise in irony, the way people like pointing out that for all the fulminating against the poets in The Republic, it's written as a dramatic dialogue.

Posted by: ben wolfson | Mar 29, 2005 3:47:56 PM

Bought this album off of iTunes because I quite liked 16 Military Wives.

The rest of the album is somewhat disapointing, to me. Too...slow, I guess, for my tastes. Gimme some more upbeat stuff like 16 Militar Wives, not the more plodding stuff.

Posted by: JoeF | Mar 29, 2005 8:09:58 PM

Good recommendation, Matt. First time I've heard it and it's very good.

Posted by: poputonian | Mar 29, 2005 10:57:28 PM

All hail The Decemberists.

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