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Watch: The Decemberists - “Calamity Song” Video

Directed Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation

Aug 22, 2011 The Decemberists
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Still riding high off the success of their latest full-length The King Is Dead, The Decemberists have been unveiled a fitting, word-nerd music video for the track “Calamity Song.”

In an interview with NPR (who premiered the video), frontman Colin Meloy said, “I wrote ‘Calamity Song’ shortly after I’d finished reading David Foster Wallace’s epic Infinite Jest. The book didn’t so much inspire the song itself, but Wallace’s irreverent and brilliant humor definitely wound its way into the thing. And I had this funny idea that a good video for the song would be a re-creation of the Enfield Tennis Academy’s round of Eschatonbasically, a global thermonuclear crisis re-created on a tennis courtthat’s played about a third of the way into the book. Thankfully, after having a good many people balk at the idea, I found a kindred spirit in Michael Schur, a man with an even greater enthusiasm for Wallace’s work than my own. With much adoration and respect to this seminal, genius book, this is what we’ve come up with. I can only hope DFW would be proud.”

According to the video’s director Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, “The band’s manager, Jason, contacted me through his brother Michael (with whom I went to college) and asked me to direct a video they were planning that referenced a section of the book Infinite Jest. The Decemberists are my favorite band, and Infinite Jest is my favorite book. This was tantamount to telling me I had just won two simultaneous Powerball lottery jackpots, on my birthday, which was also Christmas. Thus, my response to him was that, although I was pretty sure this was an elaborate dream I was having, if it were in fact real, then yes, I would be interested. The production team on Parks and Recreation, many of whom are also big fans, volunteered their time and energy, and we shot the whole thing in one day in Portland. Infinite Jest geeks will hopefully enjoy all of the specific references and small details, but we tried to design it so that those with no knowledge of the book at all would be able to understand and enjoy it, as well.”

Check out the dystopian humor over at NPR here.

(www.decemberists.com)



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August 28th 2011
6:00pm

With much adoration and respect to this seminal, genius book, this is what we’ve come up with. I can only hope DFW would be proud.” a man with an even greater enthusiasm for Wallace’s work than my own.

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August 31st 2011
9:33am

this is what we’ve come up with. I can only hope DFW would be proud.greater enthusiasm for Wallace’s work than my own. With much adoration and respect to this seminal, genius book,

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September 5th 2011
8:16am

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medical billing and coding
September 6th 2011
7:02am

I can only hope DFW would be proud.”