Posted in music | pictures on September 23, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

"@colinmeloy just asked me to MC the Decemberists show tonight in NYC. Finally, something to dress up for! I know just what to wear...." - John Wesley Harding

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"When the spotlight glared down on the tinsel-bedecked stage-left podium at Terminal 5 [Saturday] night, the crowd got very excited. It could only mean that The Decemberists were about to hit the stage and get their first set of randomly selected songs to perform in an unusual lottery concert.

For those in the audience who know Wesley Stace (better known to many by his stage name of John Wesley Harding), we recognized that we were in for a rare treat -- a collision of sharp wits. And although Wes said he got the call to play MC for last night's show just hours before he went on, giving him no time to put any material together, he managed to wing it just fine...

...song titles were pulled from a basket, bingo-style and the band had to play them right away, with no cheating...

It was a superb mix of songs old and new -- one so very new that the band's mastermind, Colin Meloy, wrote it on the spot, referencing NYC Miracle on the Hudson plane crash and ending with an admission that on his first visit to New York he stole something from the Empire State Building gift shop. We also got The Tain, all 20 minutes of it." [Will You Miss Me When You're Gone]

Feathers from Friday night's Of Montreal show could still be found on the ground at Terminal 5 one night later when the Decemberists took the stage for their special Saturday night lottery event.

From Terminal 5, The Decemberists embarked on their latest tour which also brought them to The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Monday. Laura Veirs opened both NYC-area shows and is also on the tour. Terminal 5's lottery-generated setlist, and lots more pictures from the show, below...

Laura Veirs...

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Setlist
1. Yankee Bayonet (with Laura Veirs)
2. July, July!
3. Raincoat Song
4. Bridges & Balloons (Joanna Newsom cover)
5. From My Own True Love
6. The Bachelor and the Bride
7. Rake's Song
8. Culling of the Fold
9. Waltz (Crowd Surfing)
10. I Was Meant for the Stage
11. Crane Wife #3
12. Island
13. Annan Water
Encore:
14. Miracle on the Hudson (Colin Meloy Improv Song)
15. The Tain
16. Perfect Crime #2
Encore 2:
17. Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra cover)

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Comments (27)

Nice pics...for a compltley random setlist (loterry) it still is a pretty standard set. I have heard most of those songs in standard Decemberists shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 7:30 AM

NERRRRRRDDDSS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 8:46 AM

So many good pitchers

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 8:47 AM

8:46 maybe they are nerds but you are a dweeb!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 8:59 AM

They definitely didn't play 16 Military Wives and Red Right Ankle. JWH made a joke about people offering him a bribe to play those two, but they never actually played them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:20 AM

"8:46 maybe they are nerds but you are a dweeb!"

HAAHAHAHA LOLZZZZ YOURE SO FUNNYYY

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:23 AM

9:20 is correct. They never played either, though I wished they had. JWH also threw out the ball that read Engine Driver, which made me mad. But still, great show! The Island, Tain, Crane Wife 3, and Mister Blue Sky were my personal highlights.

I'm a nerd.

Posted by deezey | September 23, 2009 9:30 AM

Bridges and Balloons is a Joanna Newsom cover...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:34 AM

The Tain put everyone to sleep. Unless you were an easy-to-please superfan, this concert wasn't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 10:06 AM

Agreed 10:06....wish the encore could have been anything but The Tain, but I admired they're keeping to the "lottery" theme of the night and leaving things to chance. I wasn't expecting a polished show. And I think they pulled it off in great form. Must be hard after being on the raod with Hazards of Love for a while to also have every other song in their vast portfolio reheased and ready.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 10:12 AM

"They definitely didn't play 16 Military Wives and Red Right Ankle. "

updated, thanks.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 23, 2009 11:03 AM

I have a hard time believing that a cover of "Mr. Blue Sky" appeared randomly during a second encore. Shenanigans!

Also, Laura Veirs should call it a day, unless she's really having a good time. In which case, proceed. But we are not amused.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:13 AM

NEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSS

http://www.frapstr.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/nerds.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:51 AM

the 2nd encore was not a lottery choice

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 12:16 PM

Thank you for these pics! The "HAIR?!" sign and wig were from our group! And you got a wonderful picture of our group (up front in the green shirts!) is there any way I could grab some of these for my facebook, if I make sure to credit you for them?

Posted by shazkitten | September 23, 2009 12:56 PM

One of the best shows I've ever seen...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 12:57 PM

man you fuckers are lemmings, why are you letting this mediocre egodriven bastard stay famous after all these years? decemberists are garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 1:02 PM

"One of the best shows I've ever seen..."

wow thats rich. what are your top 5 gigs?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 1:29 PM

Mr. Meloys voice is annoying. Is he for real with that chimney sweep accent? Sounds like Dick Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:00 PM

WTF happened to this band? Their first two records were awesome and now they're getting uglier and more tired by the minute.

Also, no band deserves that many pictures, no matter how pretty the pictures may be. I mean, isn't one picture of Colin's double chin enough?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:04 PM

videos of almost the entire show here:

http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:23 PM

Hey shazkitten, you and your friends are cute. I'd hit it.

Posted by dirty old man | September 23, 2009 7:39 PM

12:56 Shut the hell up. If you want to go listen to Jonas Brothers or some shit, go on ahead. Just leave us alone.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:10 PM

Boring music for dull people. The Decemberists are crap, why you fools keep them in business and rich is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 9:40 PM

9:40 that's YOUR own fault for not listening to their music with an open mind. Find me something more entertaining than The Mariner's Revenge song, and I'll personally give you a million dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 7:01 PM

good web!

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 11:33 AM

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