Thursday, May 22, 2008

Oh no! Valencia!

Want to watch a film but only have 10 minutes? Fear not, the Decemberists feel your pain and they want to help out.

In this dramatization of the song O Valencia!, a non-bespectacled Colin Meloy plays the star-crossed lover, while Chris Funk takes on the role of the heavy "fixer". They are surprisingly credible actors.

There's pathos, there's pain, there's blood and violent death. And there is sardonic humour. This is not the O Valencia! you thought you knew.

- you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll stand up and do the slow clap -


bloody awful poetry said...

Ah. See, my computer being the useless piece of crud that it is, is constantly preventing from watching videos and pretty much anything in flash format.So I cannot laugh, cry, stand up and do the slow clap here.'Tis a shame, but I have faith in your words, and therefore shall believe that this is indeed, as awesometastic as you say it is!

Allison said...

I don't know why, but the phrase "stand up and do the slow clap" is making my laugh hysterically.

Sean Wraight said...

Ahhh, the slow clap. High and most appropriate honour for this most perfect of music videos. Thank you so much for directing me to said art my friend. Monsieur Meloy and Co. are in fine form here.

Let's hope they do an extended tour of Canada sometime soon and we get to see them up close and personal like.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh dear, BAP, far from feeling your pain, the Decemberists are only contributing to it. The teases!

The slow clap is one of my favourite cliched dramatic moves, Al. More cow bells, more slow claps!

The Decemberists are in my top three list of bands to see before I die, Sean. (Because seeing them after I die would just be pointless.)
Isn't that a fun little film? The intrigue, the double and triple-crosses! The hair on Colin Meloy.

Anonymous said...

I am listening to that album right now! HOW META. I am probably using that wrong.

Anyway, I saw you today at the fire station just off Canyon Meadows!

Strawberry Blondie said...

Thank you for affording us a venue to do the slow clap! I so often want to break into a slow clap at work, but fear getting fired if my boss senses that it's not entirely complimentary to her.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was there! That was me indeed, Ruhee, dropping off stuff for the book sale.
Glad you are back in town!

Do you think she might take the slow clap tribute as less than complimentary, Strawberry Blondie? One should never underestimate the power of the slow clap.

Anonymous said...


I just watched the video 2.5 times (GOB wanted to watch halfway into the first view)... this is... beautiful.

I absolutely loved Francesca's letter. Chin up, kiddo. So beautifully ice cold it freezes the soul.

The last scene confuses me, I can't get a grasp on what patched-dude actually DID... it was a little too clotted looking for freshness effect, but the spew out the mouth was nice & authentic. hah. :D

Aww man, you done SO good here. I am... how you say, verklempt. I love tragedy... especially when it's not my own AND fiction! Thank you, seriously, for the share, this is quite fine art.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I keep coming back to watch it too, Michelle, it's a pretty impressive little bit of drama. I love the gang names and back stories!

There was some might good acting (or at least fun acting) during the final scene, wasn't there? I'm assuming throat stab, but yes the dude sure has thick blood. It did sound as though he was really choking on it though, and in all likelihood, he probably was.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh the book sale! Nice one. Hey, did you ever learn guitar like I seem to remember reading a while ago?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why? Are you offering me a position in one of your bands, Ruhee? That would be cool, but sadly no, I have yet to touch a guitar, or watercolours, or the crap in the basement, or any of those other self-improvement plans I had.

Where are you working this summer?

Anonymous said...

Haha, I would if any of them were nearby, but I left them all in Toronto while I came back here to make some good old Alberta cash. Sigh. Well, you know, if you want a haphazard lesson or two you know how to find me.

I am working at the Stampede! Surprise, surprise. This year it's actually a job that starts in May, though, so I can justify not working anywhere else. Awesome.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good for you, Ruh! That's great that you got on longer term with the Stampede. That'd be a fun place to work.
I may just have to take you up on the guitar lesson offer. I do already play pretty mean spoons I have to tell you.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's a real offer if you want it, and we're certainly close enough. I will bring muffins, even. Otherwise, see you in July if not before!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aww that is so sweet of you, Ruhee. I really must dig out that guitar sometime and give it a test drive and I will certainly take you up on your offer when I finally get around to doing that. And not just for the muffins either, I want to hear all about your adventures this year.