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Discover Portland's Music Scene on World Cafe | March 13, 2012

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In this special World Cafe broadcast, we explore a side of Portland, Ore. with The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

The Decemberists have built a reputation for baroque, intellectual pop, often based in folklore or historical events. Their storied lyrics, lush instrumentals and Meloy's warm, expressive vocals have earned them a Grammy nomination and a reputation as an indie-pop mainstay. The band came together in 2000, undoubtedly influenced by the thriving folk music scene in Portland. They've since released six studio albums that range in style from the thunderous rock opera The Hazards of Love to the quirky acoustics of Castaways and Cutouts. They're releasing their first full-length concert album this March, entitled We All Raise Our Voices To The Air. It will include songs from span of their entire career, recorded while touring last year in support of The King Is Dead.

In today's session, Meloy discusses the beginning of his music career in Portland with The Decemberists. He also explains how the music scene has changed in the decade since he moved there, as the city moved into the national spotlight as a creative hot spot.

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Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Ray LaMontagne "Beg Steal Or Borrow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Fanfarlo "Replicate" Rooms Filled with Light
Electric Light Orchestra "Evil Woman" Greatest Hits
Ben Folds "You Don't Know Me" Way To Normal

((Julia Nunes "Comatose" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Julia Nunes "To the Damsels:Run" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Julia Nunes "Stay Awake" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Julia Nunes "Balloons" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Julia Nunes "Stay Away" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break It Yourself
REM "The One I Love" Document
Villagers "The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever)" Becoming a Jackal
Grimes "Oblivion" Visions
Elbow "Open Arms" Build a Rocket Boys"

Hour 2

LyLe Lovett "Isn't That So" Release Me
Wilco "Dawned on Me" The Whole Love
Broken Bells 'The High Road" Broken Bells
The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
Chris Whitley "Radar" Rocket House
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Avi Buffalo "Where's Your Dirty Mind" Avi Buffalo))

Tarkio "Keep Me Awake" Omnibus
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
The Decemberists "July July "Castaways and Cutouts
The Shins "New Slang" Oh, Inverted World

((Dan Mangan "Sold" Nice, Nice, Very Nice))

The Decemberists "The Infanta" We All Raise Our Voices
The Decemberists "Down by the Water" We All Raise Our Voices
The Decemebrists "June Hymn" We All Raise Our Voices

((The Long Winters "Honest" Putting The Days To Bed))