Saturday, January 17, 2009

New Decemberists: The Rake's Song

The Decemberists have a new full-length release coming out March 24. To whet your appetite, and to hold you over until then, they have been kind enough to offer Old Skool an non-exclusive offer to download "The Rake's Song" for free!. And since it is a non-exclusive offer, even you can download this wonderful musically example of 1's and 0's, play it on your MP3 player of choice, and amaze your friends and frenemies with your musical insider knowledge! Go to their site to download. All they ask for is your email and zip code. A small price to pay, no?

The new album is a concept album (how prog), about a story that I'm sure we've all heard before: A woman, Margaret, is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal. It also stars her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake. Guests include Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock and the Spinanes' Rebecca Gates. It's like the rock opera Tommy for the 20-somethings of today. who is playing the role of Elton John?! My vote goes to Robyn.


1. Prelude
2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The Queen’s Approach
7. Isn’t it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The Rake’s Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

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