because I am nothing if not an asshole, I bring you anti-motivational meloy (as inspired by portlandthinkersbaseball )
Today I had the absolute privilege to meet Jenny Conlee a pianist, keyboardist and accordionist most known for being a member of internationally renown Portland band The Decemberists as well as a member of folk group Black Prairie amongst other various Portland bands. I took this opportunity to get a more international perspective on the PDX music scene as well as looking at how the scene responds to bands that have success.
The Decemberists are one of the pioneering bands who brought Portland’s indie-folk music into the mainstream. Jenny felt this was in no small part thanks to her former band mate Rachel Blumberg who brought in instrumentation such as a glockenspiel to the band alongside female vocals to contrast with main vocalist Colin Meloy. To achieve their recorded sound the group have worked with a variety of studios in Portland, Jenny mentioned they had recorded at Jackpot Records with Larry Crane (who I interviewed last year) for example and more recently at Flora studios with Tucker Martine. Jenny talked of how these producers have attracted artists to work with them in particular bringing business to Portland and how she still does session work for people like Larry which pay well.
In terms of international perspective Jenny has found that when the group are on the road in Europe or Australia everyone is familiar with the city of Portland for its music. The Decemberists have a sense of Portland identity on the road with a recent tour to the UK featuring a pre-show voice-over from then in office Mayor Sam Adams. Part of the bands international acclaim is the face they are no 1 selling artists in the US with album The King is Dead topping the Billboard charts something Jenny is incredibly proud of a feels marks her own life as well as that of the band.
After a wonderful interview with Jenny I headed to Portland’s cider bar on Powell and finally got to drink some proper Cider to celebrate punk photographer Bryan’s birthday. All in all a wonderful day indeed.
I was feeling a bit down today, so I made these! Flowercrown Meloy giving advice everyone should hear.
I try to take an hour off work when I can to do some winding-down drawings and stuff! Last week I did some weird portraits of dudes I like; this week will probably be the same.
One of the things I really like about the Decemberists is that they’re an old timey band but they don’t deny that old timey people could be gay
Dwight & Co. performing the Decemberists’ “Sons and Daughters” on The Office.
John Atkinson Grimshaw, Nightfall Down the Thames (1880) / The Decemberists, Shanty for the Arethusa (2003)
The Decemberists fandom seriously needs to do a Cards Against Humanity night on the Pretend You’re Xyzzy website. I can already think of the answers we’d come up with.
Let’s do it
— colin meloy (@colinmeloy)July 18, 2014
someone please sing this at my funeral. or make a video dedicated to me. this song is my current musical obsession
John Trumbell, Declaration of Independence (1817) / The Decemberists, 16 Military Wives (2005)
Can we talk about the Decemberists and the artistry in The Hazards of Love
Can we talk about the Decembrists and art
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE DECEMBERISTS
We can literally always talk about the Decemberists.
June 2014 Book Challange
Day 02 - Nature
Carson Ellis (b. 1975, Vancouver, Canada) - The Infinite Corpse