Saw NMH last night and they did NOT disappoint! Jeff kept the chatter to a minimum, but it seemed like a short set. They played for exactly one hour before coming back for an encore. Not sure what they ended with as I left early (yeah, I know, revoke my hipster card!) to get home for the last inning of the Sox game. Even though the crowd was full of YOUNG hipsters (WTF? the venue required all under 18 to be escorted by a parent; how many of these kids had even been born when On Avery Island came out?), nearly everyone sang along, at times nearly drowning out Jeff's vocals. Scott's horns sounded fantastic; can't say I enjoyed the opener (Elf Power) as much since most of their songs sounded painfully similar and lacked any discernible dynamics.
While I was never a *huge* diehard NMH fan (always appreciated Jeff's songwriting but didn't play their albums religiously as w/other bands), what struck me most during the show is how influential NMH has been on so many other groups, esp. The Decemberists. I would have a total nerdgasm if Mangum & Meloy ever teamed up for a project!
There was no tour-specific merch, so the 2 posters (cool designs; $25/ea; they look like they're possibly done by Status Serigraph but I can't tell as they're not numbered) have no tour dates. As expected, TONS of vinyl for sale as well as several shirts. Everyone who's been lucky enough to get tickets for this tour (including MOEMS & the 3-night run in Athens + 2 nights in ATL) is in for a treat.