Colin Meloy At Fez

Last night we mustered up the energy to get to Fez for the 11pm Colin Meloy show. We sat at a candelit table near the stage and listened to the Decemberist frontman’s dandy nautical ballads and Moz covers. It was perhaps too intimate: aside from one overzealous fan (who later requested “Grace Cathedral Pier“) the crowd was reluctant to respond to Mr. Meloy’s hilarious patter (or whistle or stomp along with the beat when he requested). But by the end we were all under his spell. I don’t have a set list, but some highlights for me were “Los Angeles, I’m Yours,” “The Sporting Life,” “California One Youth And Beauty Brigade,” “Red Right Ankle” and a trio of tunes “about people”: “Eli The Barrowboy” > “Jack The Ripper” > “Song For Myla Goldberg.” “Jack” was one of two or three Morrissey covers he played and will be a fixture on my iPod for the next few weeks. He closed with Cheap Trick’s “Southern Girls,” which I didn’t recognize, but Eliza did because the Bangs once covered it. Eliza also likes to pretend “Myla Goldberg” was sung to her, but if that were the case Colin would agree to play our wedding. Oh wait, here’s Eliza’s review via e-mail:

the evening was magical! colin meloy is adorable, well-dressed, talented, charming, and extremely funny! i want to hug him.

And our friend Christine’s:

colin meloy is an absolute dream. I want to have mini chimbley sweep children with him.

Uh, OK. Anyway, we’re all happy that Colin has fulfilled his teenage dream of recording a Morrissey tribute record (limited edition of 1000 available on this tour only … Colin says not to tell Morrissey’s lawyers). We’re also excited for Picaresque which we hope you’ll buy on March 22, even though if you’re a Decemberists fan you probably already have the MP3s. Hopefully Jenny will have some photos from the gig later, and I’ll link to them. The band will be back in NYC in May (Irving Plaza and Warsaw I believe). By then Colin is sure to remember what key to tune his 12-string, so don’t miss! (“Eli” is capo 4 for those playing at home.)

Colin Meloy – “Jack The Ripper”

The Decemberists’ “Advance of the Picaroons Tour 2005″ Part One
3.16.05 – Wow Hall Eugene, OR
3.17.05 – Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
3.18.05 – Showbox Seattle, WA
3.19.05 – Richard’s on Richards Vancouver, BC
3.22.05 – Bimbo’s San Francisco, CA
3.23.05 – Bimbo’s San Francisco, CA
3.24.05 – Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
3.25.05 – Cane’s San Diego, CA
3.26.05 – Glass House Pomona, CA
3.28.05 – Lo Fi Cafe Salt Lake City, UT
3.29.05 – Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
3.31.05 – Trees Dallas, TX
4.01.05 – Fat Cat Houston, TX
4.02.05 – Emo’s Outside Austin, TX
4.04.05 – Blue Note Columbia, MO
4.05.05 – Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
4.06.05 – The Mill Iowa City, IA
4.07.05 – Metro Chicago, IL
4.08.05 – Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
4.09.05 – Fine Line Minneapolis, MN
4.11.05 – Montana – TBA

Okkervil River, who also have a great new EP, are opening.