Entries tagged with: The Decemberists
by Klaus Kinski
The last time Robert Pollard played a gig in NYC it was at the Bowery Ballroom on 11/13/2006. Partly because of a lack of funds and mostly because of sheer stupidity on my part, I missed that gig. Since then, Bob has been busy as hell releasing records, starting his own label (GBV Inc.), having a gallery show of his famous collages, getting ready to publish a book and, most recently, preparing to unleash his new band Boston Spaceships onto the scene with a record and a tour. Tickets for a 10/1/2008 Highline Ballroom gig go onsale Friday at noon.
The core members of Boston Spaceships include Pollard, Chris Slusarenko (Takeovers, Guided By Voices, Svelt, Sprinkler) and current Decemberists drummer John Moen (also Jicks, Elliott Smith, Dharma Bums..... more on him in a second). The band will joined by Jason Narducy (Bob Mould) and Tommy Keene for the tour. Their debut record Brown Submarine comes out on 9/9/2008 on GBV Inc.
Though you'll notice some subtle prog flourishes and acoustic strums, Brown Submarine is a pop punk album, made by and for kids who've worn out the grooves on their Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Wire and dBs records. While Pollard has stretched out post-GBV , experimenting on each of his diverse and unique solo records, Boston Spaceships rock hard, have fun and drink Miller Lite.Drummer John Moen also fronts a band called Perhapst. Perhapst has a self-titled record out now which Moen plays most of the instruments on. Plus, on a couple of tracks he is joined by Stephen Malkmus - not singing though, just bass and guitar. For shows:
The [Perhapst] live band will consist of Chris Funk (guitar, bango, keyboards), John Moen (vocals/guitar), Eric Lovre (bass), and Jonathan Drews (drums). Drews is from Sunset Valley, Lovre from the Dharma Bums, and Funk from The Decemberists.Perhapst don't have any upcoming dates. Neither do the Decemberists, but Boston Spaceships have a bunch. All of them, and the Brown Submarine tracklisting, below.....
photos by Jason Bergman
DOWNLOAD: Colin Meloy - We Both Go Down Together (live)(MP3)
Colin Meloy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - Apr 17, 2008
Jason stopped by the 2nd of two shows Decemberist Colin Meloy played in Brooklyn last week to promote his new live album out now on his old label Kill Rock Stars. L Magazine recently featured Colin in an article entitled "In Defense of Colin Meloy, On the Occasion of His New Album"....
...he's just like you and all your friends, only he's ridiculously, annoyingly successful -- and he is unabashedly proud of himself, just as, admit it, you would be. He runs around his carefully, elaborately designed stages, with half-choreographed movements, leading the crowd in energetic and impassioned yet playful singalongs. He's a young Wes Anderson of sorts, crafting tiny, possibly meaningless things all around him, just because he can -- using an ever-growing budget to incorporate weirder and more freakishly detailed minutiae by the day. He's created his own world, where his every whim is carried out without question, and that world continues to grow in size, despite his chosen subject matter veering so far from the middle of the road.....Jason said (about the Brooklyn show, that), "Colin played a new song that revolves around a couple after they have had sex in a forest and some nefarious villain comes and harms the girl." More pictures from that show below...
The Decemberists (Colin Meloy), Moore Theater - Jan 31, 2008 (CRED)
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy plays Music Hall of Williamsburg two nights in a row in April - part of the tour he's doing in support of his new live solo album. Music Hall tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. All dates below....
Colin Meloy @ Town Hall, NYC - Jan 26, 2006 (MORE)
On April 8th, Kill Rock Stars will release Colin Meloy Sings Live! – a 14-song set documenting The Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter’s 2006 solo tour. Meloy’s two-week trek across the U.S. coincided with the release of Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins, his six-song EP paying homage to the revered British folksinger. While the latter collection (and its predecessor, Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey) were only sold on tour, Colin Meloy Sings Live! will be available at retail in both CD and double-gatefold LP configurations.I also hear that Colin will be supporting the new album with another solo tour sometime around the release date, which I guess also means that the cancelled Decemberists tour won't be rescheduled for any time soon. The Decemberists only have four currently scheduled dates - 2 in Oregon, and 2 in Washington. (those kick off tonight, dates below).
Laura Veirs opened for Colin back on that 2006 tour, and she was supposed to open for the Decemberists on some of those cancelled dates. In the future she's playing Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 27th, and then touring Europe. All dates below....
DOWNLOAD: The Decemberists - Perfect Crime (Junior Boys Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Page France - The Ruby Ring Man (live at the Crocodile Cafe) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nirvana - talk to me (crocodile cafe 1992) (MP3)
"I think it's a blow to the scene," said David Meinert, a local promoter and publicist. "Part of the side effect of the mayor's downtown development plan, which seems to have no room for live music in it. The Croc is an institution. At the same time, things change, and keeping a venue open as long as the Croc has been, through all the changes the music scene has been through, is a very difficult job. I feel for any club owner trying to make it in Seattle."David Bazan played the last show. Nirvana played there. Beth Ditto fell there.
Local musician Chris Martin, a guitarist in local rock band Kinski, called the Crocodile Café "the most exciting club to play in town." [The Seattle Times] (thx Renee)
According to the schedule that is still posted on the club's website "Bobby Bare Jr. and the Decemberists" were supposed to play there on January 26th - which, according to the Tractor Tavern where the show will now take place, is actually Bobby "with members" of the Decemberists. The Decemberists have played with Bobby before, and they're (all of them) scheduled to play Seattle twice just four days later - two of four West Coast shows they have scheduled. It will be the first time they play since cancelling a whole tour due to illness.
they did manage to play in Chicago though - Oct 28-29, 2007 (CRED)
With much regret The Decemberists have cancelled the remainder of "The Long and Short of It" tour.I hope it's nothing serious. They had to recently cancel some European dates for the same reason.
One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates. After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realized. We need to return home so our friend can mend.
It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we've all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched.
Our deepest apologies but at this time no plans are being made to reschedule the dates. Ticket holders should seek refunds at poin of purchase.
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]