Links to follow tomorrow. Google 'em yourself in the meantime.
Went and saw the Decemberists at Metro tonight. Indigo highly recommended them, and I was pretty pleased. I say, when the nerd war begins, grab yourself a band like the Decemberists. They won't let you down. Nerdy singers, violin, accordion, double bass, breath-powered hand-keyboards. A song about playing soccer.
The lead singer has a Irish/Canadian/something-or-other accent that makes it sound like each syllable gets a bonus vowel sound or two. But oh, the tunes are freakin catchy.
Downside -- the 15-minute encore song. By the end, people were just ready to leave.
Anyway, worth the ticket price and I'll be adding them to my collection at some point.
Walking home, I got stopped by two cops, who apparently were chasing some guy through an alley and happened upon me instead. The one cop asked where I was coming from, and I said the Metro. He asked who played, and I said "The Decemberists." They asked some more questions and let me go, but it then occurred to me that this band from Portland has picked a really silly name. I mean you sound like a nerd just pronouncing it correctly!
Good night all.