Monday, February 5, 2007

The Decemberists: From Portland to Winooski

The Decemberists hail from Portland, Oregon, about 2 hours north of the city I was raised in. I've seen them live a number of times dating back to around 2002, and they never disappoint. I loved their first two albums, but I thought Picaresque (2005), their third album, was kind of a let down. Their newest, The Crane Wife (2006), definitely has its moments. The album's fourth track, "O Valencia!" would qualify as one of these moments, and The Decemberists have wisely elected to release it as a single (February 15th).

You guessed it, I have a copy of the single, and I'd like to bring you the b-sides.

The Decemberists- After the Bombs

The Decemberists- Culling of the Fold

If you bought The Crane Wife from iTunes or Tower Records, you may have heard one (or both I guess) of these tracks. "After the Bombs" was released as a bonus track with the album on iTunes, while "Culling of the Fold" came as a bonus track from Tower Records. Our sources tell us that the latter was the last track scrapped from The Crane Wife, and was likely done at the behest of Capitol Records.

I guess those might be old news to some, so here is the best/worst cover of all time from a show the Decemberists performed in Burlington, Vermont (the city I was born in)...

The Decemberists- Your Love (Outfield Cover)

Ah, what the hell, here's another cover...

The Decemberists- Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush Cover)



flower said...

I'm so happy to have found After the Bombs. They played this song at the end of their Boston show last year, and it was amazing.

mer said...

Have you ever had that moment later in your life, away from home, when someone mentions your high school rivals and you get all excited to hear from something near home? That's how I feel about Burlington.

Winooski is nostalgic too, but I really only ever drive through it. Plus, their math team really sucked.

(I'm from Essex Junction. Just had to give a little Vermont shout-out.)