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Soundtrack to 'The Hunger Games' includes Taylor Swift, Decemberists, members of Arcade Fire

Though we’re still a few months away from the film’s premiere, can we all agree that 2012 is going to be the year of The Hunger Games? The much-buzzed-about adaptation of the hit young adult book series promises to turn a handful of stars into true A-listers (including star Jennifer Lawrence) and also seems ready to fill the young-people-overcoming-the-odds-in-a-fantasy-world void left by the lack of a new Harry Potter movie. Long story short, this thing is going to be bonkers.

Like any huge tentpole movie, it has to have a big soundtrack as accompaniment. Last week, Taylor Swift unveiled the album’s first single “Safe and Sound,” a collaboration with the Civil Wars. Over the weekend, the remainder of the lineup got fleshed out a bit, with Universal announcing that the disc will also include contributions from the Decemberists and Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. READ FULL STORY

The Decemberists recreate David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' with help from 'Parks and Recreation' show runner Michael Schur

If you know how to play Eschaton, congratulations!

Either you’re one of the proud few who’s managed to finish David Foster Wallace’s epic novel Infinite Jest, which invented the game somewhere within its 1,079 pages, or you’re a superfan of the Decemberists, who just made a video for “Calamity Song” that shows how one might play it.

Parks and Recreation co-creator and show runner Mike Schur falls into both categories, which is why he leaped at the chance to recreate an Eschaton match for the video: “This was a weird dream come true,” he tells EW.

When he was a student at Harvard, Schur wrote his thesis about the book, met the author on campus, and later spent years corresponding with Wallace (who sadly committed suicide three years ago, at 46). So after Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy came up with the idea for the video, the band’s manager, whose brother went to school with Schur, knew exactly who to pass it along to.

Meloy wrote “Calamity Song” shortly after finishing Infinite Jest, and says in a statement: “The book didn’t so much inspire the song itself, but Wallace’s irreverent and brilliant humor definitely wound its way into the thing… I can only hope DFW would be proud.”

Watch the video here, and read more below about Schur’s relationship with Wallace, plus his primer on the rules of Eschaton.


Sasquatch! Music Festival announces the Foo Fighters, Robyn, and more as 2011 performers

The unofficial start of the summer promises to be a fun one in Quincy, Wash. After last year’s sellout offering, the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre has announced its 2011 lineup. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Memorial Day weekend festival will feature sets from the Foo Fighters, the Decemberists, Robyn,  Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, and Sleigh Bells, among others.


The Decemberists top this week's Billboard 200 albums chart

The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead becomes their first album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 94,000 copies this week. The Kidz Bop 19 album is at No. 2 with 70,000 sets bought. And Science & Faith from the Script enters at No. 3, moving 49,000 albums.

Check out the full top 10 after the jump.


The Decemberists 'Hazards of Love,' now streaming exclusively on EW's Music Mix

Decemberists_lThe Hazards of Love is a full-on rock opera that functions as the newest album from The Decemberists, and though it won’t be available in stores until next Tuesday, those of you pondering an early purchase on iTunes can preview it all exclusive-like on the Music Mix right now, thanks to the magic of Imeem. (This, we are assuming, means the Music Mix is now your new very favoritist music blog on all of the earths.)

More than any record in recent memory, Hazards has caused some very (yay!), very (nay!) differing opinions within our sparse but convivial Music Mix ranks. After the jump, feast upon the dramatic festivities with your own ears, make up your own mind… and why not share what you think in the comments?


Decemberists debut 'The Hazards of Love' at SXSW


SXSW ’09 kicked off under sunny skies Wednesday as the music industry descended on Austin to see new bands, meet new people, and spend more time milling around a convention center in four days than most people do in a lifetime. Though the effects of the ongoing recession could perhaps be felt in the (blissfully) feather-light weight of the annual swag bag, the lines for wristbands and credentials still snaked long with skinny-jeaned attendees poking at their iPhones, and 6th Street — closed to traffic a day early, if I’m not mistaken — hosted plenty of cacophonous day-party-meets-spring-break nonsense well into the early morn.

The de facto main event for Night One was the NPR Music party at Stubbs, where, sitting in the spot occupied last year by a little band named R.E.M., we found the always-ambitious Decemberists setting out to play their new album/rock opera, The Hazards of Love, from start to finish. I purposely did not listen to my advance stream of this, instead counting the days until I could witness Colin Meloy and his able shipmates — now featuring Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden — do it live on stage. I’m so glad I waited: Though I have no earthly idea what the story is about, I’ve rarely felt so compelled to concentrate on the sounds exploding in front of me to the exclusion of all else (including the drunk guy trying to fall off Stubbs’ roof), and a quick glance at the rapt, upturned faces of the backyard crowd confirmed I wasn’t alone. There was just something hypnotic about the challege of a performance that swirled together harpsichord and steel guitar and chimes and thunderous drums and a (pre-recorded) children’s choir and two gorgeous guest-ladies in costumes as, out front, the newly mutton-bechopped Meloy guided us through with his fairy-tale voice to a climax that swelled to the heavens.

It was a ride I can’t wait to take again, and you can take it, too: Thanks to the magic of the intertubes, the whole show will be archived on NPR’s site at some point soon. Be sure to tune in for opening sets by the always kick-ass Heartless Bastards and the Avett Brothers. Actually, I wasn’t sure what I thought of the latter’s Appalachian punk thing at first — Dave Grohl fronting a jug band? Flogging Molly if there was no electricity? — but once they quit with the hollering and sang pretty songs, I liked them much better. Anyway. Pictures after the jump!

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