Ep. 13: They Create the Art That They Want to Hear

Ep. 13: They Create the Art That They Want to Hear

Episode 13, ‘They create the art that they want to hear’, on The Decemberists

In this episode, Dave and Steven try something completely different and tackle a musical group. They discuss the music, stories, and style of The Decemberists.

Show Notes

  • Intro Clip: The Simpsons, The Day the Earth Stood Cool [24×7]
  • Dave is recovering from surgery so forgive him if he sounds off in this episode; Steven has no such excuse.
  • The Decemberists Dictionary
  • Steven sings. Multiple times. He is sorry about that.
  • The tragic love story; fascination with water and drowning; and the return of oral history.
  • Colin Meloy’s First Band: Tarkio
  • Steven is going to stop reading Shakespeare alongside every single episode of the podcast. Right after this episode.
  • The four eras of The Decemberists: the early, raw, and cynical stuff; the cultural critique; the heavy, storytelling approach; and the family years.
  • There is a brief debate about what The Crane Wife album is based on: Dave says that it’s an old Japanese folktale about a man who falls in love with a crane; Steven says that it’s about Caliban from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Both, in the end, are right.
  • The raw power of young Eddie Murphy.
  • Chris Funk and Nate Query’s side project band: Black Prairie. It also features Jenny Conlee and John Moen.
  • Jack White and Colin Meloy, kindred spirits?
  • Steve corrects Dave. It goes about as one would expect.
  • We struggle with the notion of ‘favorites’ when talking about The Decemberists.
  • Dave plays guitar. He is not sorry about that.
  • Colin Meloy’s Novel: Wildwood Chronicles
  • Steven talks about the experience of fatherhood from a first-person perspective.
  • Dave corrects Steve.