Today, the new Decemberists album was released- the king is dead. I have to say, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. I'm not quite sure what it is though... maybe it's just because it's so different from their other stuff. But I do like the slightly shorter songs- especially compared to 12+ minute long "the island" from the crane wife album. Needless to say, it's a good beginning to a wonderfully musical 2011. I've attached some of the songs below for your listening pleasure.
I think my favorite is 'june hymn' but I couldn't figure out how to get a good recording of it on here. Sorry! This stuff is still so new to me :)