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Monday, October 03, 2005
TUL's Take: The Decemberists at 9:30 Club

It's amazing that as much as I talk about The Decemberists, this was in fact the first show of theirs I've actually attended, and I have to tell you, I was thoroughly impressed. We missed Sons and Daughters, so the usual two or three sentence blurb written about the opener unfortunately won't apply to today's post. The band started things off slowly with "The Tain" and really didn't start putting on the proverbial show until they broke out with the crowd-pleaser "July July." The Decemberists are one of those bands that really step it up a notch performing live when compared to listening to their albums. There's something about how their ensemble effort onstage at least doubles any of the energy found on the albums. Put it this way, "16 By 32" (already an incredibly catchy number), will probably be stuck in my head for at least another six months after last night's lively performance. Highlight of the night was when the band performed a nearly ten minute rendition of "The Mariner." The best part of this piece occurred during the accordion solo where all the members onstage, including the roadie, began swaying left to right. Anytime a roadie becomes part of the show it usually results in some sort of enjoyment (cowbell during Wilco's cover of "Don't Fear the Reaper", anyone?).

In other news, TUL will be out of the office Tuesday and Wednesday for some time off since we haven't fully recovered from the Maryland Homecoming this past weekend. And yes, Tahj Holden was spotted once again on that Saturday afternoon. Shocker, right?

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