Friday, December 01, 2006

The Decemberists Play Letterman, Get Put On Notice By Colbert

It's been a busy week for The Decemberists as fresh off Colin Meloy's recent sickness they made their Late Show debut with "O Valencia!" before being lambasted by Stephen Colbert for allegedly stealing his green screen idea. This, in reference to the band's recently announced "Re-Animate the Decemberists" contest, in which they performed in front of a green screen for the video to "O Valencia!" and are asking tech-saavy fans to provide the rest of the scene. Colbert issued what he's calling a "Second Green Screen Challenge," in which he's asking his own fans to edit him into the Decemberists' video. The fun hardly stops there: in late breaking news, the band has retaliated in an email sent to Pitchfork by issuing two challenges: first to fans, to create a video to be sent to Colbert demonstrating how they would "'mulch' him, take him down to the banks of the Ohio, put a cap in his Dockers." Second, to Colbert himself, an old-fashioned guitar solo challenge. From the sounds of things, this is just the beginning-- breaths are bated.

"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."- Stephen Colbert on The Decemberists


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