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The Annotated Decemberists No. 9: “July, July!”

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to puzzle through the Portland, Oregon, group’s entire catalog song by song—examining all the obscure vocabulary, historical references and poetic subtext—or … Continue reading

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Report From the Show: McCabe & Mrs. Miller perform Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska,” suggest album as a soundtrack for Occupy Wall Street, at Make-Out Room in San Francisco

Why oh why aren’t there more opportunities to hear classic albums performed in their entirety? I’m one of those equal-opportunity music fans who thinks the best (and I mean the best of the best) pop-music compositions have just as much … Continue reading

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The Annotated Decemberists No. 2: “Shiny”

In his typical, understated fashion, The Decemberists’ songwriter Colin Meloy has said little about this ballad other than, “This is a song about a gypsy.” In it, a dejected narrator pines over a young carny with tan skin, vintage footwear and strangely bewitching eyes. Continue reading

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The Annotated Decemberists No. 1: ‘Oceanside’

I don’t want to dwell too much on the song’s title because it might just be a pretty word, but there’s something odd about trying to get someone to come “oceanside” when they’re already at the beach. Continue reading

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