Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Annotated Decemberists No. 7: “Leslie Anne Levine”

Perhaps no band’s lyrics better lend themselves to pseudo-academic analysis than those of The Decemberists. The Annotated Decemberists is an attempt to puzzle through the Portland, Oregon, group’s entire catalog song by song—examining all the obscure vocabulary, historical references and poetic subtext—or … Continue reading

Posted in Overanalyzing Pop Culture, The Annotated Decemberists | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Racking Up Plays: “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” by R.E.M.

The tune concludes with Stipe and Mike Mills harmonizing as they repeat, “Is this really what you want?”—preemptively raising the question on every R.E.M. fan’s mind. The only answer is a Bachrach-worthy horn arrangement that replies: “Yes. And it’s OK. It’s time to move on.” Continue reading

Posted in Racking Up Plays | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Annotated Decemberists No. 6: “The Apology Song”

The sixth and final entry from The Decemberists’ debut EP, Five Songs. Yes, you read that right. There are six songs on Five Songs. Continue reading

Posted in Overanalyzing Pop Culture, The Annotated Decemberists | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

By popular demand, the ultimate wedding song list of songs I ultimately actually played at my wedding

The big hit of the evening was unquestionably “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by Das Racist, as remixed by Oakland DJ Wallpaper. I had guests coming up to me all night asking me what that song was and where I’d found it. I guess they don’t read Pitchfork. Continue reading

Posted in Playlists | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment