INTERVIEW : CHRIS FUNK // THE DECEMBERISTS
We like The Decemberists a lot. You can see their beautiful film collaboration with some celebrated animators, Here Come The Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized, on our VOD system at the New York and Palm Springs Aces. Last year in April, Colin Meloy played a mix of covers and Decemberist hits at a benefit for PDX Pop Now!, and in November, Colin played another live show as part of our lobby broadcasts with KEXP.
Now, and through January 26, you can find a collection of Polaroid images by photographer Autumn de Wilde captured during the recording of The Decemberists’ new album, The King Is Dead, in the gallery space at Ace NYC (between Opening Ceremony and the lobby). Colin says, “Ms. de Wilde followed us Decemberists around all summer, snapping Polaroids; we posed obligingly.” The film was donated by our friends at The Impossible Project — after the prints leave our gallery, they’ll run at Impossible Project’s gallery in SoHo.
The band is in town for shows in NYC today, Tuesday and Wednesday, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk talked with us about his vision of a Wild West-style Japanese food face-off, the best things to do in Portland, and Steppenwolf.
The restaurant in NYC you think about when you’re not in NYC:
Actually, that place across the street from the NYC Ace, the Pakistani place, is great for late night treats. I’ll tell you I’m looking forward to having an Ippudo vs Momofuku shootout while I’m there. I like Supper, and I want to try Babbo. That said, we all know that Portland is home to the best new chefs in the US, so chew on that reality, NYC. Jason Barakowski is Portland’s very best, and Whiskey Soda is one of my faves here in Portland…also St. Jack and Tanuki.
Best neighborhood to trick-or-treat in PDX:
We go to the Kennedy School which is an 30’s era school converted into a series of bars. Sounds a little dead beat, but it’s really fun. I guess one should find where all those Nike executives are living really.
Least convenient instrument to travel with:
In the tradition of Decemberist uncles in interviews, tell us about yours:
Alas, my uncles were into motorcycles-era “Little Fauss and Big Halsy,” so they were probably into Steppenwolf and grass.
Best way to spend your time off:
I really don’t feel like I have time off these days, but when I do it’s usually with my daughter or spent figuring out how to get busy with something involving music.
One thing off your bucket list you think you can get done this year:
Unpack my studio area in my new home. Sadly, my GF and I have been watching Hoarders in the dark corners of our Netflix’s instant cue. The “reality” of that show being I get scratchy and feel like a loser if there is even a dish in the sink now. My studio is a disaster. Help me.