Did you know that you can buy Decemberists CDs at Starbucks?
How do you feel about that?
I’m fine with it. Of course, we want as many people to buy our records as possible, and I think anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. And we don’t want to buy Lear jets or whatever, but I’m fine with our CDs selling at Starbucks. We can’t monitor everywhere where our stuff is sold. I don’t know enough about Starbucks to say that they’re so super-bad that I don’t want them selling my record. I don’t go through every item in clothing and figure out whether kids in China made it. I think I know what you mean, though. I think the initial knee-jerk reaction is that the Decemberists are in cahoots with Starbucks. But our CDs sell at Walmart, and Walmart’s horrible, but I’m not going to say don’t say to sell our record at Walmart, though maybe I should. I don’t know. I think there are bigger battles to be fought right now.
Damn! More like Diss-emberists, if you ask us. But seriously, three hours after this interview ran, Funk was found face-down in a ditch in Bentonville, AR.
After Hours Interview: Chris Funk of The Decemberists [Washingtonian.com]