Friday, November 03, 2006

Thank you Pitchfork!
Colin Meloy talks to Pitchfork and answers all my questions about how the Decemberists make that amazing music, discusses their relationship with Capitol Records, listening to Britpop and Lily Allen, Japanese versus Greek mythology, fatherhood, and how the Crane Wife is not a concept album.

15 comments:

Ben Heller said...

Interesting, I can't believe how many influences are in there.

mellowlee said...

Ok, Im just halfway through the interview, but just HAD to tell you I think it's terrific! So interesting!!! Thanks for posting it Barb!

Allison said...

I read this last night, just makes me even more excited to hear the album!!

kees said...

Amazing, that album sounds like a friggin opus. I wants it NOW. I love the story of the crane wife. I can see me getting hooked, and what with really quite dark stuff like 'Shankhill Butchers' it's a bit Nick Cave isn't it? Can't wait.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yes, I was quite fascinated to find out that Jenny Conlee is a huge Jethro Tull and ELP fan, Ben. And to hear how the sense of melody is affected by listening to bands like REM and the Smiths. I found it really compelling reading.

I was quite interested to read that Colin considers himself to be almost exclusively intuitive when it comes to musicology, just as you had suggested Mel, when we were discussing how music is made.
See? You could be a music critic!

I am more and more in awe of this album all the time, Allison. Every time I listen, it's better and better. Hopefully you will be listening within a few days.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It will completely draw you into another world, Kees. I was really quite stunned to find out that the Shankill Butchers really existed, and not all that long ago. Very Nick Cave indeed.

I think the Decemberists should be required listening in all high school history curiculae.

She's Crafty said...

I was watching High Fidelity last night and Cusack is wearing this tee, that I couldn't quite read b/c I am blind! I kept reading it as the Decemberists across his chest it seemed to fit...in my mind anyway. God I love that movie.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I just did the math, Serah and High Fidelity was filmed in 2000 and the Decemberists formed in 2001, so according to my calculations... Unless the tee referred to the 1825 Russian uprising of the Decemberists.

Now I really want to watch High Fidelity again. I think I'll try to rent it tonight, so thanks for the reminder about it.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

my friends and i actually use high fidelity as a descriptive tone all the time.. ie.. stop being so high fidelity.. :)

Allison said...

LMAO at "Unless the tee referred to the 1825 Russian uprising of the Decemberist"...I just watched HF, but now I'm tempted to figure out what the tee says, be sure to let us know Barb!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Stop being so high fidelity" that's brilliant, 668. We say things to each other like, "you wouldn't know our influences, they're mostly German".

Arrggghhh! Just got back from the video store, Allison, and somebody had already rented HF right out from under my nose. Rats. So I got the Proposition instead. I know that Nick Cave wrote the screenplay, but I'm not sure if he and his fu manchu moustache make an appearance in the film. I certainly hope so.

She's Crafty said...

I KNOW the tee doesn't say the Decemberist but I really wanted it to anyway...LOL!
It's not even close. But let me know if you figure out wtf it does say!
Awk, if you were closer I'd say come on over to watch. Damn people who like good movies...opps, that's a nice bunch of people!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would want it to say the Decemberists as well, Serah. Wish I did live closer. I would definitely come over to watch, except being half-blind myself, I'm still not sure we could figure it out. Did you know the Decemberists are playing Vancouver in the next few weeks?

kees said...

I think the tee you're refering to says 'decibel audio'. My man Stu has an audio company and loved the tee so much he used the font for their logo. And also spent a frightening amount of time trying, and failing, to find one of the tees to buy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Woohoo! Mystery solved! You and your Stu are a wealth of information, Kees. Decibel Audio - thank you. If I ever happen across one of those tees I am buying it for you guys.