From the new album I Hate Music, well reviewed here.
I Hate Music doesn't treat loss as vague or theoretical. The album's dedicated to a close friend of McCaughan and the band, the filmmaker and artist David Doernberg, who died after a battle with cancer in March of 2012. As McCaughan wrote in a blog post around that time: "I can't possibly enumerate the ways that Dave was intertwined into the fabric of our own family and lives. Likewise I have a feeling the hole that his passing leaves is larger than we even yet know." Once you learn where the songs are coming from, the sad lyrics are sadder, the happy lyrics more wistful.