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Album review: The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Album review: The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Music
The term progressive can have rather dangerous effects on music. For starters it makes the typical music fan cringe with ideas of long-winded guitar solos and lyrics about gnomes fighting dragons. Second, it can cause musicians to try to make albums that actually match those ideas. When coupled with other words like “19th century sea-faring folk ballads” it has to be questioned whether anyone would even bother listening. And yet here we are witnessing the sixth studio album from the Decemberists more than a decade into their career. After having built a sizable following with what seems like a rather niche take on indie rock, perhaps it is those potential trappings that forced Colin Meloy and company’s hand towards taking a more stripped-down and straightforward approach on The King is
The Super Mario Bros. theme song showcase

The Super Mario Bros. theme song showcase

Games & Toys, Music
In addition to being one of the most popular video games of all time (in fact, it was the best-selling game ever for 20 years) and launching an iconic and endlessly marketable title character, Super Mario Bros. also contributed one of the catchiest and most enduring video game theme songs ever. Officially known as "Ground Theme", it was composed by Koji Kondo, who used Latin rhythms as the song's foundation.  It's the song players hear when the game starts and has been featured in one variation or another throughout the Mario Bros. series.  It's also inspired countless remakes and remixes over the years, from world famous bands to anonymous fans. I present to you but a sampling of some of my favorite takes on "Ground Theme", but begin with the one that started it all: Up first