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The Decemberists, “Red Right Ankle”

My boyfriend and I have entirely different musical tastes. Or, rather, we like the same kind of music, but made by entirely different musicians. We overlap in the places where most everyone overlaps, though, and our shared favorites are pretty much favorites of everyone else who likes the kind of music we do: Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists. We’ve both had periods when we sort the songs on our iPods by applying the device’s five-star rating mechanism, with one star denoting a song that should be expunged from your hard drive and five stars signifying a song that you never tire of hearing. “How many stars?” I’ll call out when an unrated song comes comes up on shuffle. “Two,” he’ll say. “No, four!” I’ll reply. Of course, whoever’s iPod it is, wins. But we agree that this song earns the full five stars. It chokes me up every time.

There’s no official Decemberists-made video for this song; this was made by a fan, Katie Goeller. It’s lovely.

Written by peterterzian

February 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Posted in The Decemberists


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