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.
- 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.