Colin Meloy plays “The Crane Wife 1, 2 & 3″ for KEXP

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011, 2:41 pm by Ben Salmon

This is one of my favorite stretches of music of the past several years. Just beautiful.

Posting this is really just my roundabout way of reminding you that The Decemberists‘ new album “The King is Dead” comes out today, and it is excellent, especially if you love the “5 Songs” / “Castaways and Cutouts”-era of the band (or Tarkio) more than their most recent record, “The Hazards of Love.”

Stream all of “The King is Dead” here or here or here.

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