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The Decemberists: “Calamity Song”

Posted by Maximum Fun on 22nd August 2011

If you’re a smarty-pants fan of “Infinite Jest” and you love the music of Colin Meloy and the Decemberists, then today your dreams have come true.

The band has released a video for their “Calamity Song” (a track from the recent album “The King Is Dead”) and it’s theme is drawn from the famed apocalyptic game of Eschaton featured in “Infinite Jest.” The video was directed by Michael Schur, co-creator and show-runner of “Parks and Recreation”.

And if it has been a while since you read David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus, have no fear: The New York Times has a helpful article out today that explains all of the salient references for you.