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The Decemberists On World Cafe | December 26, 2011

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Ditching the prog-folk of their previous two albums, The Decemberists have taken a more cut-and-dried approach with The King Is Dead. Recorded in a barn outside of Portland, the album has strong ties to R.E.M. in sound and production — Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., decided to climb on board for three songs.

"I grew up steeped in that music," Meloy tells World Cafe host David Dye. "I think it was coming through Hazards of Love and playing this music I wasn't steeped in as a kid but rather came to later on. I bounced back and kind of wanted to rediscover the music that I listened to as a kid."

Listen to Meloy and The Decemberists perform live on WXPN and chat with David Dye.

This World Cafe segment originally aired January 21.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Beach House "Zebra" Teen Dream
Old 97's "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)" The Grand Theatre Vol. 1
Cracker "Low" Kerosene Hat

((The Decemberists "Won't Want For Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Decemberists "Calamity Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "Down By the Water" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "Rise to Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "This Is Why We Fight" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Dr. Dog "Ain't It Strange" We All Belong))

REM "Mine Smells Like Honey" Collapse Into Now
Translator "Everywhere That I'm Not" Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 4
Bob Dylan "Tangled Up In Blue" Blood On the Tracks
Destroyer "Chinatown" Kaputt

Hour 2

Beck "Nobody's Fault But My Own" Mutations
TV on the Radio "Second Song" 9 Types of Light
Local Natives "Sun Hands" Gorilla Manor

((St. Vincent "We Put A Pearl Into The Ground" Marry Me))

St. Vincent "Cheerleader" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
St. Vincent "Cruel" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
St. Vincent "Surgeon" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
St. Vincent "Year of the Tiger" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((St. Vincent "Surgeon" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Dawes "Time Spent in Los Angeles" Nothing is Wrong
Aztec Camera "Oblivious" High Land, Hard Rain
Feist "How Come You Never Go there" Metals
Josh Ritter "Girl in the War" The Animal Years