It looks like a little piece of Portland took over a Brooklyn street corner this morning. Colin Meloy, the lead singer of local indie rock group the Decemberists, began busking on Bedford Avenue to announce the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
Meloy announced the impromptu concert on Twitter this morning: "I’ll be the bearded and bespectacled guy at Bedford & 7th, busking new Decemberists songs. 11:30. Like, in 40 min. Come on by!" Equipped with only an acoustic guitar, the singer performed before a mural of the new album cover by his wife and Wildwood co-conspirator, Carson Ellis.
He debuted a new song called "Make You Better," as well as played old classics like 2005's "The Engine Driver."
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World will be the bands follow-up to 2011's widely lauded The King Is Dead, which featured the Grammy-nominated song "Down by the Water," a collaboration with R.E.M. lead guitarist Peter Buck.
We will update as more information on the Decemberists seventh record breaks the surface, such as a release date, but for now enjoy these pictures and videos of Portland's own Meloy performing to those sordid, wretched, Ebola-infested, Portland-romanticizing Brooklyn hipsters (we're not jealous or anything).