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decemberists06nov

The Crane Wife

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I have just had a good time listening to the major label debut of The Decemberists over and over, squeezing out sparks of joy and amusement at its invention and restrained ambition over the past few weeks. And cringing as I was reading logocentric critics blathering on about its supposed "literariness" and struggling with revulsion […]

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liveatkexp06oct

Live at KEXP: Volume 2

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There are two things a great compilation album can accomplish: it can either round up the best songs from important bands, either established or emerging (or both), or it can be a statement in itself. That statement could represent a different place (maybe where the music comes from, or maybe the utopia it wants to […]

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Best Northwest Releases of 2005: Imaginary Staff Picks

You weren’t the only one we asked to vote. We asked our imaginary staffers to gather their best-of-the-year lists too! Here’s what has been in highest rotation on our iPods this year. {50-41} * {40-31} * {30-21} * {20-11} * {10-1} {top 100} * {imaginary picks} Overall Imaginary Staff Picks for Best Northwest Releases of […]

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Three Imaginary Girls Best Northwest Releases of 2005 Readers' Poll Results {10-1}

{50-41} * {40-31} * {30-21} * {20-11} * {10-1} {top 100} * {imaginary picks} #10 Harvey Danger — Little By Little (Phonographic Records) Harvey Danger catapulted back onto the NW stage with the fantastic DIY-style album, self-released and offered up free (donations welcomed) on the band’s website. The striking LP showcases the Harvey Danger’s leaps-and-bounds […]

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decemberists05dec

Picaresque

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Colin Meloy has a voice similar to Brian Molko of Placebo or Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, an other-century voice that seems both perverted and yet more withered by others' depravity than his own. This is reflected in the tawdry tales of Portland, Oregon band The Decemberists, a five member troupe including also Chris […]

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The Imaginary Live Show Rundown

Show Date: September 14, 2005

Featuring Kayne West, Izabelle, Augustus Sweetheart, The Vera Project's 'Cut-Out' Fundraiser, Hattie's Hat, Jared Clifton, stellastarr*, and more. {as of September 14, 2005} Like most of the country, I've been listening to the new Kanye West album and heralding it (and the political musings of the artist) nonstop. I apologize for hipster-izing him or coming […]

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The Imaginary Live Show Rundown

Show Date: September 8, 2005

Featuring Dwight Pelz, Daylight Basement, Bumbershoot, The Decemberists, Aqueduct, Okkervil River, The Brazilian Girls, Tegan and Sara, The Divorce, Tom Brosseau, and more. {as of September 8, 2005} Did everyone have a great Labor Day weekend? I'd say that my Labor Day fun officially started last Wednesday. First up, karaoke to support city commissioner candidate […]

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The Imaginary Live Show Rundown

Show Date: August 31, 2005

Featuring BOAT, the Elephants, Calvin Johnson, The Decemberists, The Long Winters, and more {thru 8/31/06} As expected — last Monday (August 22) was a late night. Boat headlined a night worth missing a good night's sleep over.   It was a wonderful and late night indeed. Before we launch into the details (The Elephants! Boat!), […]

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housefulloffriends05may

A House Full of Friends

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The A House Full of Friends compilation pulls together two-discs worth of artists whom have performed at some point or another in a small SE Portland house where Mark Rothkopf and Curt Ketner, the founders of Magic Marker Records, lived from 1997-2004. Presumably, the house was usually full of their friends. The liner notes call […]

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The Tain

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Colin Meloy, lead singer/songwriter for Portland, OR's Decemberists takes a drag off his yellow American Spirit and places his right hand, cigarette between two fingers, on a bottle of Heineken backstage at the Black Cat in DC a few weeks ago. If you happened to be one of the 710 people there at the Decemberists' […]

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