The Decemberists @ Hollywood Palladium 5/19/09

When the Decemberists (and Shara Worden) played “The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid” on Leno, it felt a bit fragmented. There was no such problem last night in Hollywood when the band launched their A Short Fazed Hovel Tour. Over the course of the 2-hour set, they tackled Hazards Of Love in its entirety and performed a slew of other songs from their oeuvre (“A lot of dead people songs,” Colin Meloy quipped). They did Hazards without taking a break or addressing the crowd, maximizing the collection’s rock-to-orchestral transitions. The group was joined by Shara Worden and Becky Stark, who both sang their respective Hazards parts. After a 20-minute intermission, they hit an additional nine songs, culminating in “I Was Meant For The Stage,” which found the band sprawled all over the… stage. Take a look at Andrew Youssef’s photos and pretend you were there, singing along to “Sons And Daughters.”