Colin Meloy

The Decemberists: "Calamity Song"

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If you're a smarty-pants fan of "Infinite Jest" and you love the music of Colin Meloy and the Decemberists, then today your dreams have come true.

The band has released a video for their "Calamity Song" (a track from the recent album "The King Is Dead") and it's theme is drawn from the famed apocalyptic game of Eschaton featured in "Infinite Jest." The video was directed by Michael Schur, co-creator and show-runner of "Parks and Recreation".

And if it has been a while since you read David Foster Wallace's magnum opus, have no fear: The New York Times has a helpful article out today that explains all of the salient references for you.

Podcast: The College Years: The Sound of Young American Splendor

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Guests: 
Colin Meloy
Guests: 
Harvey Pekar

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program from our salad days.

Today's theme: The Sound of Young American Splendor

In this episode, Jesse recalls an interview he and Jordan conducted with Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of The Decemberists. They have a fun Russian-themed question contest with a fan, and Meloy assures us that The Decemberists are a fairly attractive band despite what Pitchfork.com might say. Their new album, The King is Dead, is available January 18.



Then Jesse interviews Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series which was adapted to film, starring Paul Giamatti. They discuss "American Splendor" in all its incarnations, including the possibility of Rob Schneider playing Pekar.

Tidbits from Past Guests: November 4, 2010

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  • MaxFun friends Rob Huebel and Paul Rust fight dirty with puns and pipes in Action Movie Pun Brainstorm. (If you haven't listened to Rob's presentation of Simon Rich's "Brainteasers" yet, you really should.)

  • The Decemberists, fronted by singer Colin Meloy, have announced a release date of January 18, 2011 for their upcoming album "The King is Dead". You can download the new song Down By the Water for free from their website.

  • Comics artist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman edited and wrote the introduction for a new set of the wordless woodcut novels of Lynd Ward. Each page of Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts is wordless, set with an single engraved image. The whole thing looks beautifully packaged, to boot.

  • Fans of upcoming guest Judd Apatow and crew should be happy: the debut of IFC's run of Apatow's great college comedy series Undeclared is Friday at 11pm. We've had several alums of the show on the program, including screenwriter Rodney Rothman and musician and actor Loudon Wainwright III.
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