couple quick hits.
decemberists-the king is dead: ok. all is forgiven. i've got a couple favorites, songs 1, 3 and 10, but i'm not sure if i have the order right.
wire-red barked tree: awfully conventional for a band that never was. plenty of pop fun (they always have known their way around a hook or two) and i like it, but other than "two minutes" your blood pressure isn't in any danger. "bad worn thing" and "please take" stand out so far.