Vinyl love: The Decemberists “Castaways and cutouts”

(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: Castaways & cutouts
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2011
Details: 180 gram

The skinny: If you’re following me on Instagram or Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you’d know that I’ve been attending Ottawa’s CityFolk festival this week – five days of live music outdoors is always fun – but tomorrow’s headliner is icing on the cake for me. I’ve seen The Decemberists live twice before (and Colin Meloy solo once as well) but it’s always a rollicking great time. And although they likely won’t play much from their debut, “Castaways & cutouts”, it’s still one of my favourites of all their great albums. Ghosts and legionnaires and sordid reasons to eat your collard greens (see below) and crooked French Canadians. What’s not to love?

Standout track: “A cautionary song”

12 replies on “Vinyl love: The Decemberists “Castaways and cutouts””

It helps that this one and a bunch of their others were indie releases. I find that the indie labels take better care when doing reissues than their richer colleagues.

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More great artwork. I tell ya, JP… I’m slowly working up to revisiting much of The Decemberists catalogue. A band that has artwork as good as theirs deserve another shot, eh?

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If you can find it, have a wee nip of “The tain”. It’s an EP they did back in 2004. An 18 minute prog rock imagining of a Celtic legend. Sounds pretentious but I think they pull it off.

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