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Pondering the fall Frolic lineup as this rain drizzled last
day of summer walks out the door
the needle misses a few grooves and falls
into a troubling graphic transmission in which
the din pick up is where Michael Stipe et al
where minstrels of a certain character
examine the turn of each season
where one wakes to an amber fall
reddening maples sway, sprawl
shades of foliage from timber tall
shedding garnish raked by all
just before the seasons fall
a choir of bluebells stall
before the seasons fall
to the winter squall
the seasons fall
into the Decemberists—who've been busy with their own sort of transition (including the above transmission)—moving toward simpler American roots story telling and arrangements (assisted by a special vocalist and musician with whom we shall in the near future frolic), but not altogether abandoning the intricate high-brow narratives and sumptuous ballads written by Colin Meloy, the creative writing major and author of the pocket-sized sort-of-memoir The Replacements' Let It Be 33 1/3.
The Calamity Song video, inspired by David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, demonstrates a turn of direction that is evidenced by the Decemberists most recent release, The King Is Dead (January 2011). The video, shot in Portland, as noted on their website "portrays a game of Eschaton (basically, a global thermonuclear crisis recreated on a tennis court" as invented in Wallace's Infinite Jest.
From The Crane Wife (2003)—a stunning compilation of ballads that are as gilded as a New England autumn:
Welcome all. Welcome the fall!
(Which, despite its gall, so happens to be my very favorite time of year.)