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Judging by the frequency of tweets and Facebook updates regarding the calamitous state of the terrible outdoors, I think we’re all in need of some pick-me-ups. It is Groundhog Day, after all, and according to our friends down at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, spring is coming soon! However, for anyone who is unfamiliar with New England weather “patterns” (I use that term loosely as there really aren’t any), spring entails basically what we have outside right now, kicked up 35 or 40 degrees. All sarcasm aside, let’s get down to it:
Last weekend=Decemberists at the House of Blues.
Down by the Water
Rox in the Box [Can somebody please explain these lyrics? I don’t get them.]
Won’t Want for Love
The Engine Driver
The Soldiering Life
This is Why We Fight
The Rake’s Song
The Chimbley Sweep
A Cautionary Song
I’m not gonna lie, on the whole, the concert was just whelming. Not over-, not under-, just whelming. It was kind of short. But it was, at the same time, pretty great just to be seeing them live. I’m posting five videos below–one of the best parts of the show was the crowd’s energy and how utterly devoted everyone seemed, and I think it comes through, especially (as you’ll be able to hear) because everyone sang along to almost every song (apologizing in advance…don’t judge). Also something totally awesome was when some of them came into the audience OHMYGOD during “A Cautionary Song” (which, by the way, is one of their funniest). In addition to the videos, I’m also posting “The Rake’s Song”–it’s pretty heavy on the bass and drum for a Decemberists song, and I wish I had a live recording.
The energy in the room was superintense when they played this, and Jenny Conlee, Chris Funk, and their guest violinist were all on drums, über-synchronized and pretty badass. And the entire audience was singing, which was also pretty awesome. Even though the lyrics are pretty intense. Also you can hear us talking in some of them…sorry about that.
Enough rambling, I know you want your videos:
“Down By the Water”
“The Engine Driver”
“This is Why We Fight”
“A Cautionary Song” (Sorry the quality is terrible. I passed the camera to Dan to record because I was right in the front trying to take pictures to send to my friend Colin, who, as I told him, is “my second favorite Colin M.” They were literally six inches from us.)
“June Hymn” definitely has to be one of my new favorites. All videos courtesy of Dan Conroy’s iPhone.
Stay warm and dry! Coming next week, maybe some summery tunes to bring us out of this winter rut?