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: 
Hurdy Gurdy.
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.

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: 

Hurdy Gurdy.

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.


Colin Meloy of The Decemberists playing in the lobby of Ace Hotel New York for a live broadcast with KEXP during CMJ.


Colin Meloy of the Decemberists at the Make It Pop! benefit for PDX Pop Now! at The Cleaners, Ace Hotel Portland.


We Made It Pop

Here’s some shots from the benefit we hosted last night in The Cleaners at Ace PDX. Everyone who played was terrific. Colin Meloy drank some red wine and played new songs from the upcoming Decemberists album. Where there would have been guitar solo, there was instead audience whistling. There were local cupcakes, homemade ice cream, and locally brewed beers, but a big treat was Colin’s cover of Men at Work’s Overkill.

Musee Mecanique.


Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.


Thanks for the photos, Jack.


Make It Pop

Tomorrow night, we’re hosting Make It Pop!, a benefit with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, at The Cleaners in Ace Hotel Portland. It’s a fundraiser for PDX Pop Now!, an organization that works to support and strengthen Portland’s incredible, diverse independent music community. We’re really honored to help.

They’re also raffling off a two-night stay at Ace Portland. And other treats at the show will include Saint Cupcake, Captured By Porches Brewing, Bakery Bar, and Fifty Licks Homemade Ice Cream. Hopefully you can get some cupcakes before we eat them all.


Today marks the unveiling of a new film on our video on demand system in New York City and Palm Springs. Here Come The Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized is a new animated collaboration between The Decemberists and four acclaimed filmmakers: Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka, and Santa Maria.

The film is a “richly imagined liquid lightshow" built around the epic song cycle by The Decemberists, lauded as “a remarkable experience" yielding "spectacular sparks.”

We wanted you to have all of that when you visit us.


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