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Calendar, Night&Day Gillian Welch New Album Holy Shit

Gillian Welch New Album Holy Shit

You've waited your eight years, child. You've been good. And now you are rewarded. Gillian Welch, who really should be known as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, made you a present for the ages. It's called The Harrow and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prinz’ Perfect Record

Prinz’ Perfect Record

Yvonne Prinz’ The Vinyl Princess is a young adult novel set in the East Bay, primarily in a used record store on Telegraph Avenue, featuring a 16-year-old clerk whose deep love of vinyl is matched by her nearly autistic command…
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Music, Hear This Decemberists


Decemberists mainman Colin Meloy must have a dandy record collection. The influences throughout the band's latest opus, The Hazards of Love, are enough to make older prog-heads glow with sweet nostalgia. Love is a suite, each track leading into the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Stage Is Set

The Stage Is Set

Holcombe Waller will be among the nominees for a MacArthur Fellowship pretty soon. What else can you say about someone who's obviously — and trust us, we wouldn't use this dreaded word unless we had to — a genius? At…
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Music, Hear This Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Live performance skills separate the truly talented from those just getting by in a studio or band context. Take Colin Meloy, frontman with the Decemberists, for example. His album Sings Live! is a true solo project, vocals accompanied only by…
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Music, Story-tellers


On Sept. 9, 2003, Billy Liar was born whole and complex, with an elaborate back story, behavioral tics, habits, a profession, fears, desires, opinions, and a penchant for touching himself. His creator was Colin Meloy, the brains, voice, and guitar…
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