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The Decemberists On World Cafe | February 14, 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. (link)

HOUR ONE

Lovin' Spoonful "Younger Girl" Anthology 

Neko Case "Hold On, Hold On" Fox Confessor Brings the Flood 
Paul Simon "The Afterlife" So Beautiful or So What
Randy Newman "Harps and Angels" Harps and Angels 
The Decemberists "Calamity Song "Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "Down By the Water" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decmeberists "Rise to Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "This Is Why We Fight" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Spoon "Written in Reverse" Transference 
Silversun Pickups "Well Thought Out Twinkle" Carnavas 
Old 97's "Champaign Illinois" The Grand Theater Vol. 1

HOUR TWO

Luke Bloom "Delirious" Riverside 

Mott the Hoople "All the Way From Memphis" Mott 
The Smith Westerns "Dance Away" Dye It Blonde 
The Smith Westerns "Weekend" Dye It Blonde 
Candi Station "He Called Me Baby" Candi Staton 
Elton John & Leon Russell "If It Wasn't For Bad" The Union 
The Head and The Heart "Lost My Mind" The Head and The Heart    
Bodeans "Fadeaway" Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams 
Dan Mangan "Road Regrets" Nice, Nice, Very Nice 
Delicate Steve "The Ballad of Speck and Pebble" Wondervisions 
The Modern Lovers "Roadrunner" The Modern Lovers 
The Dears "Omega Dog" Degeneration St. 
Iron & Wine "Me and Lazarus" Kiss Each Other Clean 
David Byrne & Brian Eno "Strange Overtones" Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Dawn Penn "You Don't Love Me (No No No)" No No No