I will write more eloquently about this tomorrow—once my heart has ceased fluttering, once my head is no longer drowning in a warm wave of nostalgia—but right now I just want to declare tonight's Death Cab for Cutie show my favorite Bumbershoot experience this week, as well as one of my favorite live music experiences this year.
An odd thing happens to me when I see Death Cab these days. For no good reason at all I am overcome by a huge amount of pride—pride in my city, pride in Seattle's past and current music scene, pride in four people who I really don't know but who I still feel are kind, good human beings who deserve every bit of success that comes to them.
This wasn't the first time I've seen Death Cab woo a crowd of several thousands, but in the context of an already nostalgic day, which began with the "15 Years of Barsuk" presentation, I couldn't help but be especially awed by the overwhelming evidence of just how far that band has come, and what their success has meant for so many others who helped also make it possible.
For those looking for a setlist, they played Transatlanticism from start to finish, and then they played:
"I Will Possess Your Heart" "Photobooth" "I am a Tourist" "Cath" "Soul Meets Body" "405" "A Movie Script Ending" "Crooked Teeth"