"Portland, Ore-gone. A city where everyone knows things before you do." Featuring Rainn Wilson, Mayor Sam Adams and those Portlandia folks. Either shilling for the new Colin Meloy book, or just referencing it. IT'S SO IRONIC, WHO CAN TELL?!?! Ahem. YouTube link. Enjoy.
The primarily instrumental band Clogs finally finds its voice, with Shara Worden (mp3) -- she of My Brightest Diamond and the Decemberists -- leading the vocal charge in their new album The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton. (The album also features Sufjan Stevens and Matt Berninger.)
Stephen Colbert has a “Green Screen Challenge”. The Decemberists have their own green screen challenge. Colbert calls them idea stealing jerks and issues a "Second Green Screen Challenge": "to edit me into the Decemberists' green screen challenge... Let's see how well they perform their trademark brand of hyper-literate prog rock when I'm slicing off their legs at the knee." Now the Decemberists are saying that awesomely wielding lightsabers was their idea, and that Colbert must have copied them, and they have the "Decemberists vs Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge".