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Post by Mr Bear » Wed Oct 03, 2007 00:00

They're a bit good aren't they. Discuss...

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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 03, 2007 00:26

Yes, we've just got back in from seeing them at the Royal Festival Hall, we had a box, it was lovely (or a pod as Colin kept calling it)

They started with The Tain, it was all very unexpected and yet so good. A nicely different mix of songs from the Shepherds Bush gig earlier this year and i still love seeing them play The Island, come and see... (etc, etc)

They finished with the Mariners revenge song complete with primal whale screaming from us, the crowd.

I think they could be one of those bands that i'll make an effort to go see every time they come over.

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Post by Woodbine » Wed Oct 03, 2007 07:31

Oh, weren't they amazing?! Probably even better than when I saw them at ATP, as I wasn't suffering from a colossal hangover this time. They're so much fun, it makes you wish everyone would display that level of showmanship. Also I need to get hold of that song that never made the cut for The Crane Wife!
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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 03, 2007 09:01

I'll always have a soft spot for the ATP show as that was the first time i saw them, i didnt know what to expect and it pretty much blew me away. You're spot on about the showmanship, I dont know where you were sitting or how you much you could see, but being in the box (the box's are amazing! i never want to sit 'down below' in there again) we had the best view of the stage, the audience, everything.

There was a girl in the front row who was enthusiastically singing along to the Crane Wife reject song so i presume it's out there somewhere, Colin had to be helped back onto the stage by the bouncer afterwards which made us laugh.

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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 03, 2007 13:13

ooh, good use of the accent there, i wasn't aware it had one but you are correct. Anyway, yes, all 18 minutes or so of it. Fantastic

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Post by Woodbine » Wed Oct 03, 2007 20:04

Davo - I was sitting second row back on the balcony, with nobody in front of me, so I had a pretty good view too, despite not being hugely close. I would have liked to have been in a 'pod' though. Yeah, I did notice that some people seemed to recognise that Crane Wife reject song, it was ace though. And yes, I saw Colin having to be helped back onto the stage. Bless. But he's not that tall, is he?

I was pretty surprised when they kicked off with The Tain. And they played the whole of that prog one off The Crane Wife too (is it called The Island/Come and See?).

Also, does anyone know where the song Colin played on his own is from? I was wondering if it was a Tarkio song?
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Post by Simon May » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:26

I got the Crane Wife for my birthday, actually, only a couple of weeks ago. What a fine record it is.

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Post by Woodbine » Sun Oct 07, 2007 09:11

Ooh crikey, they've cancelled the rest of the European tour because one of them is ill, apparently.
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Post by andyroo » Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:09

I just found out today that they were due to play here last night.

This news made me swear.

Have these gigs been rescheduled then?
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Post by darvé » Wed Oct 10, 2007 15:05

andyroo wrote:I just found out today that they were due to play here last night.

This news made me swear.

Have these gigs been rescheduled then?

according to the offical announcement, they don't have a gap in their upcoming schedule to come back, so refunds from point of purchase..

I presume the affected dates will be made priority on their next tour.

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Post by saraah_lou » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:45

I looked on their site in which they have explained why they have cancelled their tour;

'With much regret The Decemberists have cancelled the remainder of "The Long and Short of It" tour.

One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates. After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realized. We need to return home so our friend can mend.

It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we've all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched.

Our deepest apologies but at this time no plans are being made to reschedule the dates. Ticket holders should seek refunds at point of purchase.'

I hope whoever it is recovers soon, it sounds quite serious.

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Re: Decemberists

Post by morning chorus » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:04

anyone heard the new album yet (i haven't)?...

...seems like they have headed off in a cinemascope direction... getting some very mixed reviews... seems to be the sort of reviews that will get readjusted with time to either make the album a masterpiece or an overblown dud...

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Re: Decemberists

Post by Mr Bear » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:08

morning chorus wrote:anyone heard the new album yet (i haven't)?...

...seems like they have headed off in a cinemascope direction... getting some very mixed reviews... seems to be the sort of reviews that will get readjusted with time to either make the album a masterpiece or an overblown dud...
Isn't it supposed to be like some kind of folk-rock opera? Eek. I've seen two reviews, both of which pretty much said the same thing, but one reviewer viewed it as a good thing, and the other viewed it as bad. I'll give it a listen some time anyway.

Hopefully this means they'll be touring soon.

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Re: Decemberists

Post by morning chorus » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:22

Mr Bear wrote:
morning chorus wrote:anyone heard the new album yet (i haven't)?...

...seems like they have headed off in a cinemascope direction... getting some very mixed reviews... seems to be the sort of reviews that will get readjusted with time to either make the album a masterpiece or an overblown dud...
Isn't it supposed to be like some kind of folk-rock opera? Eek. I've seen two reviews, both of which pretty much said the same thing, but one reviewer viewed it as a good thing, and the other viewed it as bad. I'll give it a listen some time anyway.

Hopefully this means they'll be touring soon.
i think there's far less of the folk and much more of the prog and sludge-metal...

intriguing at the very least... but i prefer my long albums to be about subtlety and build and beauty... 17 track 70 minute albums with fifteen different styles tend to tire me out... (huge generalisation of course)

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Re: Decemberists

Post by squirrelboutique » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:31

On NPR you can listen to them playing the whole album at SXSW.

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Re: Decemberists

Post by roobee » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:38

You can also stream it at http://www.imeem.com/ewcom

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Re: Decemberists

Post by parfait amour » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:12

I made it as far as track 4 or 5 and reached for the off button.

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Re: Decemberists

Post by noodlé » Tue Mar 24, 2009 13:14

i'm ok with it. they've gone off on one in a prog stylee.. and the end result is kinda like 'the crane wife' without all those really brilliant bits. but once you make peace with the progness of it all, it's quite good fun and they only go way ott a couple of times. good driving music, and it might be a great live show (or, perhaps as likely, a stupifyingly self-indulgent live dull-fest).

quite a lot of it sounds like 'we love life' by pulp.
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Re: Decemberists

Post by parfait amour » Tue Mar 24, 2009 13:25

Ah, but then I skipped the proggy bits in the Crane Wife ;)

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Re: Decemberists

Post by noodlé » Tue Mar 24, 2009 13:31

parfait amour wrote:Ah, but then I skipped the proggy bits in the Crane Wife ;)
me too. some of them, at least.. because they kinda spoil it. but cos the new record is 97% proggy bits, they don't spoil anything and are, therefore, somehow better.

if you run this logic through my head you will find it FLAWLESS.
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