The Hazards of Love

This post has nothing to do with books or reading.  But I wanted to share the amazingness that was The Decemberists concert because I know for a fact some of you are fans and I’m sick of people saying “the december-whos?”

Their show was quite possibly the best concert I’ve ever been to.  They were better than their recordings which is my secret hope every time I go to a show.  The first half was a perfectly orchestrated performance with each song flowing right into the next just like their albums.  The second half was more intimate with band members chatting, doing handstands, and crowd surfing.  They played all my favorite songs and showed me how great some of the songs I overlooked are.  Ben and I haven’t been to a show in years (we used to live at concerts when we were dating in college but then we got poor for a long time).  This one was much mellower than the concerts we frequented in the old days but a perfect way to get back into it.

The show was at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studio’s City Walk in Orlando.  It was a great venue – small but not crowded.  Going to a show 2 hours away on a Wednesday night may have been poor planning (we got home at 2am) but any sleep deprivation we suffered was wortth it. I would drive to Miami or even Atlanta in a heartbeat to see them
again.  If you ever get the chance to see them you should.  And if you aren’t familiar with The Decemberists yet (the december-whats?), you should immediately go out and buy their entire discography.

Because words can’t really capture their fantasticness, here are some seripitiously taken video (sorry for the iphone quality/does anyone know how to rotate video on here?):

Sons and Daughters

8 thoughts on “The Hazards of Love

  1. Carmen October 2, 2009 / 3:22 am

    I love the decemberists!! 🙂 Their last album is the only one I've listened to in full, and it seemed kind of like a story. Did it look like that on stage?


  2. Carmen October 2, 2009 / 3:23 am

    wow.. we replied almost at the same time! :p


  3. Michelle October 3, 2009 / 5:03 am

    I already wish they'd come back to Florida soon. 🙂


  4. Michelle October 3, 2009 / 5:05 am

    The first part of the show was like their story-telling albums. The played a stretch of songs from The Hazards of Love and then a stretch of songs from The Crane Wife. The second half was more just random songs.


  5. Vishy October 3, 2009 / 8:09 am

    I liked your line "And if you aren't familiar with The Decemberists yet (the december-whats?), you should immediately go out and buy their entire discography" 🙂 If you don't mind recommending some of their albums, I would love to check them out.


  6. Literate Housewife February 15, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    I cannot wait until I see them in GR! I’ll do my best to get pictures or video. Thanks for sharing your Decemberists love.with me!


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