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Single Serving: The Decemberists / Colin Meloy – Unreleased Live Covers

I’ve been hoarding my collection of covers by the Decemberists for too long now. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if you were ready for this. But I’ve been considering it, and I think our readers are ready for a fistful of hot Decemberists covers. Now, this is hardly what you’d call a complete collection of covers by the Decemberists. In fact, there is a lot of stuff missing here. For example, I seem to recall them performing a goofy cover of Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on The Ceiling” in San Francisco at the Warfield a few years back. I’ve seen videos of them performing a host of classic rock covers at a soundcheck. I know I always say this, and it hasn’t happened yet, but if you have any additional live, unreleased covers – let me know, and I’ll add the links.

(8/17/10 Update: MP3s Temporarily Removed.  Check Back in a Couple Weeks.)

The Decemberists – Crazy On You (Heart Cover fea Shara Worden & Becky Stark – Live in Minneapolis 2009)
The Decemberists – Echoes (Pink Floyd Cover – Live at the Vic Theater 2007)
The Decemberists – Ask Me (Smiths Cover – Live 2008)
The Decemberists – Pablo Picasso (Jonathan Richman Cover)
The Decemberists – Mr. Blue Sky (ELO Cover)
The Decemberists – Your Love (Outfield Cover with vocals my Mr. Chris Funk)
The Decemberists – If I Could Only Win Your Love (Louvin Brothers Cover feat. Becky Stark from Lavendar Diamond Live at the Fox Theater in Oakland 2009)
Colin Meloy – Southern Girls (Cheap Trick Cover)
Colin Meloy – King of Carrot Flower, Pt. 1 (Neutral Milk Hotel Cover)
Colin Meloy – On No (Lavendar Diamond Cover)
Colin Meloy – Messages of Dark (Robyn Hitchcock Cover)
Colin Meloy – Everyday Is Like Sunday (Morrissey Cover)

Update: added an MP3 of the Decemberists covering the Louvin Brothers that was accidentally omitted on the initial post, and thought maybe you’d be interested in this video I recorded at their gig in Oakland this year:

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Anonymous

    I've been searching for the Heart song! THANK YOU! Btw, I've got a fantastic version of Mr Blue Sky if you're interested.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MNSYMV33

    And the start of Stigmata.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q9TIC4UN

  • Anonymous

    I've been searching for the Heart song! THANK YOU! Btw, I've got a fantastic version of Mr Blue Sky if you're interested. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MNSYMV33And the start of Stigmata. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q9TIC4UN

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! Any little bit of The Decemberists that I can find is so appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! Any little bit of The Decemberists that I can find is so appreciated.

  • Matthew

    Wow, thanks for the links! I'm glad you have enjoyed the post!

  • Matthew

    Wow, thanks for the links! I'm glad you have enjoyed the post!

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing. Any Decemberists music always feel like such an amazing experience…yeah!

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing. Any Decemberists music always feel like such an amazing experience…yeah!

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