April 17, 2012 – 4:30 am

Folk music from discontented winter lovers.

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Newport Folk Festival 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live in Newport, RI, USA, July 30, 2011. Excellent FM stereo broadcast.

For a group named Decemberists, the music is pretty sunny. Singer-songwriter and vocalist Colin Meloy also has a self-deprecating sense of humour. He talks a lot between songs and connects. His songs are all story songs. No confessional stuff here. Meloy is that rare storyteller with a firm grasp of melody and a good ear for sound.

He explains that We Both Go Down Together is a suicide pact song; Rox In The Box is a “mining” song and dedicates This Is Why We Fight to Pete Seeger (who’s in the audience) and socialism. Meloy says “socialism is not a bad word”. Meloy calls The Soldiering Life a homo-erotic soldier song. He’s funny.

Music fans will note that The Decemberists do sound like mid-period R.E.M. (Losing My Religion?) and Meloy can pass as a Michael Stipe fanboy. The closest resemblance is Down By The Water.

This broadcast was shared by Tamlyn on DIME. Tamlyn says: “There was a seven second dropout during ‘Rox in the Box’. A small part of the fiddle break was missing and some of the subsequent vocal, but I patched up the missing vocal part as best I could. I also edited out DJ blabber during the encore break. Enjoy.”

We have and hope you will too. Thanks for sharing Tamlyn.

Picture by Chris March, posted at - thanks!

- The Little Chicken

(NOTE: Honestly, we didn’t notice any dropout or patch)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro [00:35] (980k)
Track 102. July, July! [04:27] (7.1MB)
Track 103. Calamity Song [04:43]* (7.5MB)
Track 104. Down By The Water [04:54]* (7.8MB)
Track 105. Rise To Me [05:27]* (8.7MB)
Track 106. The Soldiering Life [04:36] (7.3MB)
Track 107. We Both Go Down Together [05:31] (8.8MB)
Track 108. Won’t Want To Love (Margaret In The Taiga) [07:09]+ (10.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Rake’s Song [05:37] (9.6MB)
Track 202. Rox In The Box [03:24]* (4.9MB)
Track 203. O Valencia! [05:17] (9.0MB)
Track 204. This Is Why We Fight [07:21]* (11.8MB)
Track 205. The Mariner’s Revenge Song [10:46] (17.2MB)
Track 206. Encore Break [00:23] (637k)
Track 207. All Arise! [05:17]* (8.4MB)
Track 208. June Hymn [04:34]* (7.3MB)

+ Sara Watkins sings lead
* The studio versions are found on The King Is Dead (2011)

Colin Meloy - vocals, bouzouki
Chris Funk - guitar
Nate Query - bass
John Moen - drums
Sara Watkins - violin, background vocals

The Decemberists sixth full-length album, The King Is Dead, was released on January 14, 2011, buy it here.

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  2. Anyone familiar with this site who are fans of the classic prog-rock/folk of the late 60s- early 70s (think Tull, Fairport Convention) with a touch of early 80s college rock (think IRS-era REM) should download this set. The Decemberists are a share-friendly group and are worth a listen.

    By Tony on Apr 17, 2012

  3. Prog-folk-rock-Brecht-by-way-of-Tom-Waits, and a dark and dirty sense of humor. Great lyrics, too. I’ve seen them live, and they are worthy. THANKS for the show.

    By Eric on Apr 17, 2012

  4. Got all of them to autograph my copy of Picaresque after a show here once as well. It was a fantastic show, and they’re all sweethearts too!

    By Motorvilleboy on Apr 20, 2012

  5. if anyone happens to catch this posting in time… the decemberists are on austin city limits this weekend in a repeat performance. its only half a show but 30mins is better than nothing. gillian welch and her partner david rawlings is on the other half. just thought yall might care. thats may 12th for most of the country. some places have acl on sunday the 13th. check your listings.

    By darth on May 12, 2012

  6. Coolness. Muchas gracias.

    By Paul on Mar 26, 2014

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