And now, on to the show!
The opening band, Music Tapes, was dreamy. Seriously, like ethereal, am-I-asleep-or-am-I-awake, dreamy. Julian Koster played a saw and a banjo with a frayed violin bow. He told a story about old Romanian gypsy circus folk who pulled European cities from their mouths. There was a seven-foot tall ticking metronome.
It reminded me a little of Beirut, at times a little of Rufus Wainwright, but mostly it was like nothing I had ever seen or heard before. Magical.
And then there was Jeff.
Let me tell you why I love Jeff Mangum. First, because he said, "Alright guys, if you sing along at home, you might as well sing here, too." It was a singalong love fest as he played his way around The Aeroplane Over the Sea album, with a bit of On Avery Island for good measure. The only song I hadn't heard before was "Little Birds," a song that I am going to have to insist that you stop and listen to (but not watch, unfortunately) right now.
It's about seven minutes long, but worth it. So, so powerful. (Check out the lyrics here, if you dare.)
Reason number two why I love Jeff Mangum: because he said, "Have you all had a nice decade?" (The crowd goes wild.
And really, is there anything more any of us could ask for?