I hadn’t seen the Decemberists since college, and haven’t really followed their new music since about 2007, but their literary-minded indie rock has still kept a steady rotation in my carefully curated iTunes collection. Recently I saw them perform on a rather rainy evening in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Luckily I, and most everyone else, had our umbrellas. But did it only make it rain more?
Best Coast opened, and I really wasn’t into them. All their music had the same power chords and bland, bored sound so that I really can’t remember even a snatch of music. Anyway, once we were past that, the Decemberists put on a really great show. I was surprised to find myself actually liking some songs off Hazards of Love, which I honestly never gave a chance, and also enjoyed music from their new release, The King is Dead. Still, old timey fan that I am, I most enjoyed the “classics” (using this word liberally) like “We Both Go Down Together.” And Colin Meloy looks great with a beard.