After a long break, the baroque pop outfit The Decemberists have a new album coming out January 30, 2015, called What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. The hype machine is in full swing, and they’ve released a video for the first single from the album, “Make You Better.” Directed by Bill Fishman, the video stars Nick Offerman as the German host of a fictional performance show (a la The Ed Sullivan Show) called “The Old Blue Rock Palace Show.”
The entire video is a study in bizarreness. I’m a big fan of The Decemberists, but this video may be pushing the “Portlandia Hipster” envelope a little too far. The song isn’t one of their best, but even their worst song is better than most. The band is also embarking on a tour in the new year. Definitely get out and see them if you can.
UPDATE: Rob Lifford, friend of the Review, provided more insight to the weirdness. Apparently the video is a direct parody of an infamous taping of the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performing on the German television show Der Musikladen in 1974. Watch the whole thing. It’s a hilarious trainwreck.