Song of the Day - The Decemberists!

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Everyday (Mon-Fri), we deliver a Song of the Day podcast. We feature exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP thinks listeners should hear along with songs from more well-known artists. All this week, the Song of the Day podcast is spotlighted by Cheryl Waters on The Mid Day Show... Today’s Song of the Day podcast is ‘The Engine Driver’ from Picaresque by The Decemberists, available on Kill Rock Stars...

“This Portland band’s third full-length album is their most fully realized work yet. Bandleader Colin Meloy is known for his hyper-literate lyrics revolving around a cast of archetypal characters, and this album’s no exception: a child monarch, male prostitutes, romantic spies, a boy ghost, a vengeful mariner, a couple committing suicide, a young athlete facing humiliation during a sporting event and many more distinctive types make an appearance here. As usual, Meloy’s lyrics are complemented by the band’s equally colorful chamber-pop sound, but the band’s increasing confidence and the abundance of songwriting gems found here make this album something truly special.” - Don Yates

Here are a few songs from this unbelievable record...

The Soldiering Life - (MP3)
Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect - (MP3)
The Engine Driver - (MP3)

Visit the KEXP Live Performances Archive to listen to an exclusive in-studio performance from The Decemberists on 3/18/2005 - (WMA, Real)

KEXP is proud to present The Decemberists, May 28 at the 2006 Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge.

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One Comment

  1. Golden59er
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    This showcases an amazing range of social commentaries. Are they drawn from personal experinces, observations of others, the imagination or some combination of all of the above? Great selections.

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