Remember, remember the ists of December

Not many of my favourite bands have toured this year, which has been a good thing in the main. Pregnancy and the first six months of Frida’s life have meant we haven’t got to many gigs, so at least I don’t feel I’ve missed much. 2015 is shaping up to be different though. I wrote about the upcoming Sleater-Kinney tour at length in my previous post, and now The Decemberists and Belle & Sebastian have announced Leeds gigs for early next year.

The Decemberists have been one of my favourites for a while now, even if their last album wasn’t one of their finest. One of my friends, who is a fan of theirs, compared it to The Levellers which I felt was a little harsh. Anyhow, we bought tickets instinctively, and now have to negotiate finding a babysitter, which could be a little trickier than usual as the gig happens to be on Valentine’s Day.

Also, when I booked the tickets, I noticed the message “Doors at 6, show starts at 6” which is not hugely convenient when Frida’s bedtime is 6.30. It’s also pretty unheard of. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a gig outside all dayers and festivals where bands have been on at 6. It’s led to me daydreaming of 5 hour sets encompassing the band’s entire career, but I suspect the truth will be rather more prosaic, especially as the other shows on the tour start at more sensible times. I had always assumed that the problem with leaving Frida with a babysitter whilst we went to gigs would be getting home too late, I never imagined it would be having to leave early. Still, I suppose that’s rock and roll as you head towards middle age.

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4 thoughts on “Remember, remember the ists of December

  1. amethyst3704 November 12, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    I would add that the above is a song I would never play to Frida, as I don’t intend to give her nightmares for years to come.

  2. Dave Lesser November 14, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Good luck getting to the show! One of the “lullabies” I’ve always sung my kids is Mariner’s Revenge. A little dark, I know, but really no worse than Rock-a-Bye-Baby.

  3. amethyst3704 November 14, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Very true, I imagine some of The Decemberists songs might quite appeal to kids actually. They have that story-like quality to them.

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