Entries tagged with: The Decemberists
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
"To celebrate the completion of The Tain (Super 8 version with Decemberists soundtrack slated to appear on the upcoming date), I thought I might let my hair down and let you peek at a few stills. Thanks to Corporal Bradley for hooking this up. The DVD release date is still TBA." [Decemberists Message Board] (thx J)
You can stream three new Decembeists songs (performed live) on the Decemberists' fake Pure Volume page. (thx Brooke)
The Decemberists played Webster Hall in NYC last night (Oct 5, 2005). It was their second night in a row at the same venue, and the third time they played Webster Hall since the club started having "Bowery Presents" indie rock shows around a year ago.
They've upgraded the Mariner's Revenge whale act where the crowd screams as they're swallowed by the whale.
* They played a cover of E.L.O.'s Mr. Blue Sky
* They closed with I Was Meant For The Stage
* I heard that Colin crowd surfed the first night
* I heard they got the whole crowd to sit (like they did at Warsaw) the first night
"Utilizing words like "palanquin", "parapets", and "chaparral" may not necessarily indicate you're gay; it could just mean you're a creative writing major. In the case of Decemberists' main man Colin Meloy, only the latter is true, but Meloy has a penchant for a sort of overblown, fey ambiance, right down to his word choice."
These fall tours don't stop... The Decemberists just listed a whole bunch of tour dates in September and October 2005. Guess where they're playing in NYC? Of course. October 4th & 5th @ Webster Hall. (thx Neuman)
From their entrance on stage in traditional Polish costumes (Warsaw is actually a Polish club & they lent them the clothes) to the Petra Haden solo number to the Colin vs Chris "Richie Sambora" Funk guitar battle to to the entire crowd sitting and shushing on Colin's command to the special surprise rendition of the Tain to close the show, the show was high energy and amazing.
Were you there? Leave reviews in the comments.
I've seen the Decemberists so many times in so many different venues. I was lucky enough to see their first NYC appearance ever at Knitting Factory in May 2003. I followed them to Mercury Lounge, Luxx (now Trash), Bowery Ballroom, and Webster Hall. I had tickets to see them at Maxwells, but never used them (family emergency). I saw them in the NYC KEXP studios, and I saw them while I was in Atlanta, Georgia (at the Echo Lounge). I saw Colin play some solo shows at Fez. Last week (April 28th, 2005) I saw them at NYU's Kimmel Center.
Unfortunately, I don't think I'm making it to the sold out Irving Plaza show this Thursday, though I plan on checking them out at Warsaw in Brooklyn in May.
This is the first of at least two photosets from the NYI show. I'll call this one "The many faces of Colin Meloy."
"In response to the band’s recent multi-thousand dollar loss of precious musical equipment, a few kind people have put together this Benefit Auction on eBay to help defray the cost of keeping the band in instruments. Among the items to be auctioned are several original Carson Ellis watercolors of a few of the stolen items, a Craig Thompson (of Blankets fame) original drawing depicting the procession of the Infanta, several Barger Rothery Academy badges (as seen in the ‘Sixteen Military Wives’ video), and many, many more cool bits of arcana."
Watch or Listen to the Decemberists on KCRW.
Paste Magazine gave "Picaresque" four stars.
It's finally here. It seems like we've been talking about the Picaresque leak for ages. As of today, your MP3s go from 'illegaly downloaded leaked version of the album' to plain old "illegaly downloaded version of the album.'
Tiny Mix Tapes celebrates the release with a perfect score for Picaresque....
"The Decemberists somehow just get better and better with every release. From 5 Songs to Castaways and Cutouts to Her Majesty, each record trumps the last one in terms of quality, scope, and praise. So when it came time to release their third full-length, Colin Meloy and company did exactly what everyone thought they'd do: released their best and most ambitious album to date."
Stylus gave it a B+
Rolling Stone voted lowest with only 3.5 stars.
LargeHearted Boy posted a Decemberists' Daily Download
Pitchfork, who seems to stick to the 'one major release per day' method, passed on Picaresque today, in favor of M.I.A.'s, actually released, Arular. With an 8.6, it's the newest addition to their 'best of' list. No surprises there.
Happy World Water Day
The Decemberists posted their new video for 16 Military Wives on their site for download. BitTorrent required.
The video features a model United Nations, with Colin Meloy representing the United States. Martey DoDoo analyzed Korea's depiction in the video.
The bearded teacher is played by JR from the Long Winters. The lunch lady is played by Decemberists photographer Alicia J. Rose. Members of Death Cab for Cutie and Tom Heinl are in there too. Recognize anyone else?
In other news...The Decemberists had to postpone their show scheduled for tonight in Vancouver due to the theft of their gear. Maybe Conor Bright Eyes will give the stuff back after Picaresque is released next week, and they'll all kiss and make up.