The Decemberists made their previously announced visit to the town of Springfield on the Fox animated comedy 'The Simpsons' last night. The group sat in as the elementary school's new music teachers in an episode about the town becoming hipper when a couple -- played by 'Portlandia' stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- moves in from Portland with a pretentious son (comedian Patton Oswalt) in tow.
Add the Decemberists to the list of musicians expected to appear this fall on 'The Simpsons.' A day after it was announced that Tom Waits will lend his legendary voice to an episode of the long-running Fox animated comedy, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy posted on his Twitter feed the awesome picture above of his band as they appear on the show.
The 'Hunger Games' is about to conquer its third medium. In addition to being a best-selling series of science fiction books, the film adaptation is set to open Friday, March 23 and will undoubtedly be a blockbuster. Today Billboard announced that the soundtrack, 'The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond,' released on March 20, will probably debut at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200.
The Decemberists are known for their elaborate concerts, so it’s perfectly logical that their first live album also has lofty ambitions. ‘We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)’ is a double-CD (and triple-vinyl) collection recorded during last year’s tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album, ‘The King Is Dead.’
Indie folk rock mainstays the Decemberists enjoyed a very successful 2011 with the release of their sixth studio album, 'The King Is Dead', which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts a week after it hit stores in January of that year. Now, with the band ready to take a considerably long break, it is gearing up for the release of a live album later this month to tide fans over.
Generally speaking, traditional music from any part of the world doesn't stand much of a chance on the American charts. But over the course of their 50 years as a band, the Chieftains have consistently proven themselves an exception to the rule, piling up sold-out tours, multiple Grammy wins, and even the occasional pop hit along the way. Their latest release, 'Voice of Ages,' looks to continue the band's winning streak -- and it includes collaborations with a number of younger high-profile artists in the bargain.
New songs from Arcade Fire, the Decemberists and Neko Case sit right alongside decidedly more mainstream offerings from Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert on 'The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond,' the soundtrack to the forthcoming science fiction flick 'The Hunger Games.' The soundtrack is due out March 20, three days before the movie hits screens nationwide.