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Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson
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November 5, 2013 On this week's essential mix we share a rare, previously unreleased cut from The Beatles. We also hear how James Blake was inspired to write this year's amazing "Retrograde," cover tunes from Colin Meloy and Shearwater, a new Bee-Gees styled cut from Broken Bells and more.
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October 24, 2013 The singer has released several EPs covering music by his favorite artists, including Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke. Meloy's latest is a collection of songs by The Kinks.
Colin Meloy performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
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July 30, 2013 Watch members of The Decemberists — at the festival as Black Prairie — and Laura Veirs join Meloy on a version of "Yankee Bayonet."
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Colin Meloy and David Dye in Portland.
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March 13, 2012 World Cafe host David Dye speaks with the Decemberists front man Colin Meloy and other local musicians, business owners and residents about Portland's thriving music scene.
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September 16, 2011 The Decemberists' name was inspired by a short-lived rebellion in the Russian army in the 1820s. We've invited lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy to answer questions about three other obscure protests.
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August 22, 2011 Watch The Decemberists new video for "Calamity Song" off their latest album, The King is Dead.
July 25, 2011 Read the first four chapters of Colin Meloy's new children's book, The Wildwood Chronicles, out August 30.
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy recently stopped by the WFUV studio in New York City to play songs from the band's new album, The King Is Dead.
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December 14, 2010 Colin Meloy says his band The Decemberists reached the "zenith of excess" recording its last album. It inspired the group to employ a more stripped-down approach to recording its upcoming full-length, The King Is Dead.
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Before illustrating the new Wildwood books with Colin Meloy, artist Carson Ellis created images for several Decemberists album covers, including The Crane Wife.
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April 29, 2010 HarperCollins has signed Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy to a deal to write three novels for middle-school students. Meloy is calling the series Wildwood.
January 15, 2009 Meloy is turning out to be one of this decade's most recognizable songwriters, both solo and with his main band, The Decemberists. Here, he talks about the group's forthcoming The Hazards of Love; it's the rock opera many have long expected from the band.
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