“Calamity Song” (Video)

    As if Decemberists videos weren’t nerdy enough, they’ve gone ahead and made a majorly nerdy video for “Calamity Song.” The clip, directed by Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur, is a long and elaborate reference to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, when there is a thermonuclear war played out on a tennis court (essentially, and I don’t really want to get into the symbolism here). So in the clip, we see civilian casualties measured by computers as kids volley tennis balls at strategic bombing locations. For nerd eyes only, pretty much. You don’t need a degree in Comparative Literature to enjoy this, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. [NPR