Vinyl love: The Decemberists “Picaresque” (incl. “Picaresqueties”)

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: The Decemberists
Album Title: Picaresque
Year released: 2005
Year reissued: 2015
Details: Gatefold sleeve, 2 x 180 gram, Red translucent vinyl, 10th anniversary, Limited edition, side ‘D’ includes “Picaresqueties EP”, Record Store Day 2015 exclusive, coloured booklet, postcards (so yeah, lots of photos below)

The skinny: Not only my favourite of The Decemberists but perhaps one of my favourite albums of all time. Why? A title taken from a literary subgenre. Fun hummable songs with diverse sounds. The same literary songwriting we’ve come to expect from their first two albums. Stories ranging from failed high school sports careers, romantic trysts with spies, star-crossed lovers, and of course, a revenge that is finally accomplished within the belly of a whale. This is reissue is an example of how they all should be done, coloured vinyl, bonus EP filled with rarities and plenty of extra stuff.

Standout track: “The mariner’s revenge song”

6 Replies to “Vinyl love: The Decemberists “Picaresque” (incl. “Picaresqueties”)”

  1. I may not like The Decemberists all that much, but that there is a pretty excellent release. Really impressive… indies, man… you wouldn’t get that from a major.

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    1. Definitely not. They’re like: people will buy it anyway. Why put in any effort?

      This is one of my favourites in terms of packaging as well.

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      1. You can tell it’s a money thing with majors and vinyl, cause the effort still goes into CD packaging (booklet, lyrics, etc.)… vinyl often has plain white inners and that’s it.


  2. That is one stellar release that, as you said, oughta be a template for how things get done! The rush to re-issue everything these days is making folks rush past the possibilities of making it into something special.


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