Darling dear, what have you done? Your hands and face are smeared with blood...
They may attract the most bizarre crowd of emo dorks ever, but I think The Decemberists are an awesome band to see live. Sure we had to endure a chronic head bobber who had me flashing back to Sumner choir concerts with Jen's mom (he was a little more spastic and even less in rhythm though). Sure we had to endure a group of emo hippy morons who thought they were at a club listening to Nelly and were dancing as though they were hopped up on goofballs rather than people at an indie rock show at the Granasty. Bob and I reenacted every other show we've been to recently (except for the Modest Mouse show). I spent some cash at the merch booth and had a vanilla stoli and coke, we played too many games of pool and insulted each other until opening act drowned us out and forced us to get down to the business of actually playing pool. Shortly before The Decemberists hit the stage, we made our way down to the floor and found ourselves some standing space and proceeded to enjoy ourselves a show. I suspect this will repeat ad nauseum.
Speaking of which, The Shins are playing Liberty Hall on May 8th. Tickets are $20 plus whatever ridiculous charges Ticketmaster tacks on, though you might try calling Liberty Hall and seeing if they are selling them independently from Ticketmaster (I overheard someone talking about them doing this at the Interpol show in February, but can't confirm that they did/always do).
Anyone have an interest in hitting Screenland this weekend to see The Animation Show? Mike Judge (of King Of The Hill and Office Space fame) and Don Hertzfeldt (of "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY, MY ANUS IS BLEEDING!!!" fame) are the co creators of this annual collection of animated pieces from the world over.