Cupcakes are so rockstarA couple of women brought cupcakes to the Decemberists/Long Winters show last week at the Aladdin. John Roderick declared there was nothing more rockstar. Or more Portland. Then, when the requisite jokes about laced baked goods ensued, he asked the women, "You go to Reed, don't you." Later, after he finished songs about unsalted butter and cinnamon, he commented that the tasty cupcakes probably contained both. (But no, being Portland, it was soy margarine.) When the women pleaded for the bassist to eat one, John declared that it couldn't happen, because the bassist was already so cute, and if he were to eat a cupcake, it would certainly make him cuter than John, who just couldn't have that.
Colin Meloy was his usual yummy self, and the sixth member of the Decemberists made its Portland debut: Rachel's new gong. The band played plenty of new material, including one with Colin gingerly attempting the piano (with props to his fifth grade piano teacher), and The Tain, with gusto.