Entries tagged with: The Decemberists
Love him or hate him, you can never forget the moustached Central Park Summerstage security guy....
w/ Decemberist Chris Funk
DOWNLOAD: The Decemberists - Engine Driver (MP3)
The show last night (July 16, 2007) at Summerstage was perfect start to end - Land of Talk into Grizzly Bear into the Decemberists - I couldn't ask for anything more. Colin and crew played a great set to a sold out crowd of endearing, and younger-than-ever, fans. More pics soon.
the Decemberists @ Hollywood Bowl - 7.7.7 (CRED)
Download the rest of the audio from The Decemberists' recent (7/7/7) LA Philarmonic show @ the Archive.
The Decemberists are playing a free MySpace secret show at the Mohawk in Austin tonight (July 11).
They play a not-free show at Central Park Summerstage with Grizzly Bear and Land of Talk (who are also playing Citysol) on Monday July 16th. It's sold out, but I have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Decemberists) and let me know what the last show you saw was. One winner will be picked at random. Contest ends July 12 @ 5pm EST.
Check out their recent appearance on Leno, tour dates, and other stuff, below....
DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Ultimatum (MP3)
In all fairness, I should probably recuse myself from reviewing the Decembrists. They are a band I know, we’ve toured together and I’ve appeared in one of their music videos. Also, Decembrist Chris Funk guested on the Long Winters’ most recent album. I can’t possibly review their show impartially, because I like them too much.John was not as nice about the Hold Steady....
On the other hand, I’ve been in a “fake feud” with them for several years, involving some “smack talking” and pranking, which despite my best efforts has failed to catch fire mostly because they reciprocate too passively. (I think they’re holding out for a fake feud with Sufjan Stevens or something). So I can’t really be trusted not to call them a bunch of fruity, Vaudeville, pirate-song-singing sissies just to burn their britches a little.
But in this instance I’m acting as a professional journalist and I must honor my caste by reporting the news without adornment. They played their epic song, "The Tain," which was a bold choice, and their kitchy theatricality played exceptionally well with the big crowd.
At one point Colin led the audience in bidding the sun to set, and the effect was like a pagan ceremony — 15,000 people all motioning in unison toward the sun. In the end Mavis Staples joined them for a song, which was a little like... Like... Well, there is no better analogy for an unfathomable incongruity than: Like Mavis Staples jamming with the Decembrists. [John Roderick]
These fellows have a rabid popularity that leaves me deeply conflicted. Although their live show is undeniably full of energy, full of engagement, and full of whimsy, their music is full of s--t....which I guess serves the Hold Steady right for recently talking s--t about Jim Morrisson and The Doors.
More Decemberists photos (by BV Bonnarooo correspodent Andrew Fischler) below....
DOWNLOAD: Portishead - Roads (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mazzy Star - Wasted (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesus & Mary Chain & Hope Sandoval - Sometimes Always (MP3) (via)
* Portishead playing All Tomorrow's Parties
* Patti Smith covers the Decemberists
* Tix still on sale for Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Land of Talk
* Hope Sandoval continues to live in relative obscurity
* Jesus & Mary Chain complete two nights at Webster Hall
Let's get up to date
* Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists & Land of Talk are playing Summerstage
* Grizzly Bear ARE (also) opening for Feist
* The Decemberists are playing with an orchestra, BUT NOT at Summerstage
Details & dates below.....
DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - Get Up Get Out (MP3)
Land of Talk @ Mercury Lounge, NYC April 5, 2007 (CRED)
The Rosebuds have a new record out on Merge (Night of the Furies) - MP3 from that above. Land of Talk are coming out with a 7" in the UK on May 21st - they're also touring the UK. All tour dates below...
"On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature approved a bill designating a piece of land in the middle of Manhattan for a great public park: the nation's first major public park." [a history of Central Park]
I've been slacking on keeping the NYC summer concert list totally up to date - some of it is even split on to a different page. I'm fixing that problem now. In the meantime, the most updated Central Park Summerstage list I could come up with is below (lots of new ones)....
Last night The Decemberists played their second of two shows at Loews Theater in Jersey City, NJ. Grizzly Bear recently played two nights at Bowery Ballroom. On July 16, 2007 the two bands will play together at Central Park Summerstage. The show is not free - a presale starts on March 26th, and regular tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster two days later.
The last thing I had right now was enough energy to head to Jersey City to catch the Decemberists....
The Decemberists in Jersey City, NJ - Mar 21, 2007 (CRED)
The Decemberists in Jersey City, NJ - Mar 21, 2007 (CRED)
How were the shows? How is the new Decemberists DVD? More info on that and Fleetwood Mac, below....
My Brightest Diamond @ Tonic, NYC | Jan 17, 2007 (CRED)
The Decemberists and My Brightest Diamond are kicking off a Spring tour together in Jersey City on March 21st.
03-21 Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theater
03-22 Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theater
CHECK IT OUT: Colin Meloy's Top 10 Albums of 2006
CHRIS FUNK @ THE ELECTRIC FACTORY | NOV 1, 2006 (CRED)
" Stephen Colbert, of basic cable television program 'The Colbert Report,' has formally accepted a counter-counter challenge from The Decemberists, setting the stage for an epic battle on par with Ali vs. Frazier, Scopes v. State and Kramer vs. Kramer. The winner-take-all guitar duel will take place on Wednesday, December 20th at 11:30 pm ET/PT on Comedy Central’s 'The Colbert Report.'"
free CMJ shows @ The Apple Store in SOHO, NYC
Monday, October 30th, 3pm - Tokyo Police Club
Tuesday, October 31st, 3pm - CSS (busy)
Wednesday, November 1st, 3pm - Asobi Seksu
Thursday, November 2nd, 3pm - Cold War Kids
Friday, November 3rd, 1pm - The Decemberists (damn)
Friday, November 10th, 1pm - Cut Chemist
DOWNLOAD: A podcast by the Hold Steady (MP3)
Two of my favorite bands put out CD's today, so happy Hold Steady Decemberists day. It's just too bad their latest live show situation didn't work out so well -- The Hold Steady played Irving Plaza while I was at Sufjan (not to mention while others were at the Mountain Goats). The Decemberists' next show is at the too-big Hammerstein Ballroom in the middle of the too-busy CMJ.
HOLD STEADY CHIPS AHOY! VIDEO SHOOT (find out more)
FREE CRANE WIFE POSTER (info)
COLIN MELOY IS PLAYING A SMALL OREGON BENEFIT
"Meloy will join forces with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for a private living-room gig Friday (Oct. 6). Fans able to cough up $75 a seat -- all of which goes to OLCV coffers -- will catch the songwriter in what's sure to be one of most intimate shows of the year." [Aversion]
More Cowbell created The Hold Steady Guide to the Twin Cities
Stream the Decemberists' The Crane Wife
The Decemberists love NYC
33 1/3 Let it Be (The Replacements) by Colin Meloy
BrooklynVegan 2004 Retrospective
Stream The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America
The Hold Steady @ Bowery Ballroom (5/2005). NYC | Pics
The Hold Steady @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC | Pics
The Hold Steady @ Mercury Lounge | Report
"The thing that worries me about Lily Allen, even though I love that record, is that she’s just going to get too big." [Colin Meloy to Pitchfork]
The Decemberists are touring this Fall and unfortunately (for us, not them) the days of small club shows are over (for now anyway). The Petra-less Capitol Records recording artist's NYC date is a headlining one at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3rd. All dates below...
Chromewaves found this post by Colin Meloy on the Decemberists message board:
"it's an amicable thing; we still are friends. For one thing, we initially had asked her to come aboard as a touring musician for just the Picaresque tours. We hadn't really expected to take her on as a full-time part of the band. There was some talk about that happening, but in the end, after the tours were over and we were back in the comforts of our homes it didn't necessarily still make sense".
So maybe my Foo Fighters 'tour date' post really should have read "The EX-Decemberist Petra Haden is playing violin for Foo Fighters this summer".
for those who aren't sick of my Decemberists & Jenny Lewis posts yet...
* Ear Farm has the entire Decemberists Vegoose performance in MP3 format
* rbally has the MP3s from Jenny Lewis' recent BBC performance
"Confirming a rumor that has been floating around the indie world for weeks, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy revealed to Pitchfork this weekend that his band has indeed signed to Capitol Records."
THE DECEMBERISTS @ WARSAW IN BROOKLYN (more)
EARLASH: Cool. So my last question: you talked about how the Decemberists are on an upswing right now and you're getting a lot of attention all of a sudden. Where do you think this is going and where do you want it to go? What's the five-year plan?
COLIN MELOY: I think we want to keep it realistic in keeping it in the indie community. Not to say that the major label industry has ever been that healthy, but it seems to be particularly unhealthy right now and really messed up and not a lot of positive, productive, creative stuff is coming out. And I think the indie community right now is as strong as it's ever been and there's some really, really great stuff coming out. So I'd like to keep moving in that circle. And to continue maintaining our creative freedom. We have an ideal situation at Kill Rocks Stars. They let us do whatever we want. And yeah, just to be able to quit my day job at some point and be able to do music full time. [from an earlash interview - July 2003]
HUSH RECORDS: What is your opinion of the Portland music scene?
COLIN MELOY: I go back and forth on that. I'm really pleased to see how many solid indie labels have taken such a vested interest in a lot of the more marginalized Portland bands right now: The Thermals, Desert City Soundtrack, The Standard, KOLS, The Joggers. Regardless of how disparate their musics, they all deserve what they get. I think a lot of other bands who are sinking themselves into the mire of major label grovel-dom could learn a thing or two from these bands and change their tune. [The rest of that undated interview]
It seems inevitable that The Decemberists will follow in Death Cab For Cutie's footsteps and sign to a major label. Word on the street says they're joining Radiohead, Coldplay, The Magic Numbers, and Morningwood over at Capitol Recods.
1/18/06 seattle, wa - showbox
1/19/06 portland, or - aladdin theater
1/20/06 san francisco, ca - great american music hall
1/21/06 los angeles, ca - el rey theatre
1/23/06 chicago, il - park west
1/25/06 boston, ma - paradise rock club
1/26/06 new york, ny - town hall
1/27/06 philadelphia, pa - theatre of living arts
1/28/06 alexandria, va - birchmere