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Paul McCartney covers 'The Christmas Song' for new album - listen

25 October 2012 7:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Paul McCartney has covered a festive classic for a new compilation album. The singer has recorded a stripped-back rendition of 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)' for upcoming record Holidays Rule. It can be heard in full on The Guardian's website. The album was produced by Sara Matarazzo and the Decemberists' Chris Funk and features Christmas covers by Rufus Wainwright, The Shins and Fun. Speaking about McCartney's involvement, Matarazzo said: "Having him on this record (more) »

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Catching Up With Black Prairie's Chris Funk

13 September 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

The members of Black Prairie read like a who’s who of the Portland music scene. Made up of three Decemberists, Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, Bearfoot and the Woolwines’s Annalisa Tornfelt and Dolorean’s Jon Neufeld, the band will release their second album, A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart , Sept. 18. With its combination of styles, the album is an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass and European sounds. The album plays around with new elements, including the addition of vocals and drums. »

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The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)

12 March 2012 2:41 PM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

The Decemberists have always been a hard band to pigeon hole. Their earlier albums celebrated and recalled the great prog-rock bands of the seventies, but in the last few years they’ve been clearly enamored with the Appalachian sounds of antique American folk as exemplified by artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The Decemberists’ music has always been complex and it’s easy to imagine how difficult it could be to recreate in a live setting. Lead singer and main songwriter, Colin Melloy - like Shane McGowan of the Pogues before him - writes extremely literary - if occasionally verbose - lyrics that the band molds into a traditional music framework that gives extra weight and power to the stories the songs tell. On record, it is a formula that works brilliantly, but as compelling as the concerts that these live recordings are taken from may have been to witness in person, »

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