The Decemberists 2008-01-22

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Decemberists
January 22, 2008
The Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR

With all honesty, I don't remember exactly how I first learned about the Decemberists. Two weeks ago, I found the name on a scrap of paper stuffed in the center console of my truck. Could have heard about them on NPR. Or maybe it was from a friend. Judging by the coffee stains decorating the paper, it was some time ago. Luckily, the band is taper friendly and allow their shows on

The Crane Wife 1 And 2/The Crane Wife 3
Billy Liar
The Legionnaire's Lament
The Engine Driver
Eli, The Barrow Boy
The Gymnast, High Above The Ground
O Valencia
Leslie Ann Levine
The Chimbley Sweep
The Perfect Crime 2
The Tain
California One/Youth And Beauty Brigade
I Was Meant For The Stage
Out off all the Decemberists shows on, it was difficult for one unfamiliar with the band to choose. After a few false starts, this 2008 show stood out for its diversity of material (old and new), excellent sound quality, and high energy. Listen to the "The Crane Wife Pt 1, 2 & 3" and "The Legionnaire's Lament." You will find out very quickly if the Decemberists are for you. These tracks are the best of indie rock: rich musical texture and infectious melodies. Run time is 2:05:02. Sound quality is A.

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