Colbert, Decemberists square off tonight
One of my favorite bands, The Decemberists, has its much-anticipated guitar duel with Stephen Colbert tonight (Weds., 12/20) on The Colbert Report. Guitarist Chris Funk will take on Colbert, and I'm expecting hilarity to ensue. I thought Stephen would be overmatched, but then I saw his classic video for "Charlene" by Stephen and the Colberts. Impressive.
The events leading up to tonight's rock mayhem have been well chronicled. Here's a synopsis from (of all places) the Washington Times:
The trouble began brewing Nov. 29 when Mr. Colbert used the debut of his "Look Who's Riding My Coattails Now" segment to denounce the band for running a contest that invited college students to create their own animation for the backdrop of the band's latest video. Mr. Colbert had a recurring segment in his news-show parody in which he let viewers animate the backdrop while he flashed around a "Star Wars" light saber.
"Let's see how they perform their trademark brand of hyper-literate prog-rock when I'm slicing off their legs at the knee," Mr. Colbert declared.
The Decemberists, whose latest album "The Crane Wife" has received rave reviews, responded with a counter-counter challenge. If nothing more, viewers who tune in for tonight's musical showdown are promised "guitar mayhem and pyrotechnics"....
For more info, check out this article at Spin.com. The showdown airs at 11:30 EST on Comedy Central, right after The Daily Show. As a total fanboy of both The Decemberists and Stephen, I'm hyped.