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Boston Calling

We’re excited to announce we’ve been added to the lineup for the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 24th. Tickets are on sale now here.

Second “V is for Victory” Benefit Show Added on May 29th

Thank you all so much for your overwhelming support for “V is for Victory,” tickets sold out very quickly! We’re excited to announce we are able to add a second night at the Crystal Ballroom on May 29th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 13th, at noon PT here.

Laura Veirs will be our special guest on this show but the rest of the details remain the same: we’ll perform Castaways and Cutouts in its entirety along with a second set of favorites with all proceeds going to support Victory Academy, Oregon’s only full-time accredited school for kids on the autism spectrum.

VIP tickets will be available, which include early entrance to the show, a pre-show reception with the band (with light food and drink served), and a special limited-edition poster signed by the band.

Also coming up shortly in Portland, Colin and Black Prairie will join a fantastic line-up of artists on April 4th at the Aladdin Theater for the second annual Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders benefit for MyMusicRx, a program of The Children’s Cancer Association. For more information and tickets, visit here.

Full line-up:
- Jim James (of My Morning Jacket)
- Colin Meloy
- Wesley Stace
- Ural Thomas & the Pain
- China Forbes (of Pink Martini)
- Laura Viers
- Bobcat Goldthwait
- Willy Vlautin
- John Roderick (of The Long Winters)
- Black Prairie

“V is for Victory” Benefit Concert in Portland on May 30th

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Oh MLR, we have such news to give you. We know we’ve been cluttering your inbox here and there with, alternately, the comings and the goings of various members of the Decemberists during their time in Hiatus Mode™, but we have a particularly juicy tidbit to impart today.

The band is emerging, jerboa-like, from their time in hibernation.

And this is no ordinary band-reemergence. No: the band is kicking off their time out of suspended animation with a gala concert event entitled “V is for Victory,” a benefit show for Victory Academy, Oregon’s only full-time accredited school for kids on the autism spectrum. It’s to be held on May 30th at the Crystal Ballroom in sunny Portland, Oregon. Sallie Ford is opening. And in an effort to reacclimatize themselves to the new atmosphere of the outside world, they’ll be communing with their younger selves by playing Castaways and Cutouts, their seminal 2002 long-player debut, in its entirety. You heard that right, folks. They’ll even be playing “Cocoon.” We have it on good authority that they, as of press time, do not even remember how to play “Cocoon.” Of course, they’ll be playing a second sets of sentimental favorites as well. No one is expected to leave unsatisfied.

Tickets for “V is for Victory” will go on sale this Friday, March 7th, at noon PST, more info at crystalballroompdx.com. VIP tickets will also be available, which include early entrance to the show, a pre-show reception with the band (with light food and drink served), and a special limited-edition poster signed by the band.

Colin had this to say about the event and its beneficiary: “Victory Academy is an important place, a positive educational environment for kids on the autism spectrum. In a public school system that is constantly failing its most vulnerable charges, we need more and better schools catering to the needs of autistic children. Victory is such a place. The Decemberists are proud and excited to do their part in raising money for their capital campaign to build a new school building.” To learn more about the cause, please visit here.

Yours,
The Decemberists
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Colin Performs on “Inside Llewyn Davis” Concert Film, Holiday Sale

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

While the temperature of our cryogenic chamber is starting to heat back up, we have some more Decemberists-adjacent updates to bring your way:

Tune in to Showtime tomorrow night, December 13th, at 10pm for the premiere of Another Day / Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which features performances by Colin and a slew of fantastic artists. The concert, inspired by the Coen Brothers’ film, was recorded at Town Hall in NYC back in September; you can watch a trailer here.

Colin’s West Coast solo dates are quickly approaching. As a reminder, his January run consists of stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

Keep an eye out at the merch table for Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks.  Like the preceding Colin Meloy Sings… entries (Morrissey, Shirley Collins, and Sam Cooke), the EP is available exclusively on the solo tour. However, for the sake of partial inclusiveness, NPR has a pair of the tracks streaming: “Do You Remember Walter?” and “Days.”

It’s time for another holiday sale! Get 20% off all apparel, select music, posters, and odds and ends in The Decemberists Shop through the end of the year. The Black Prairie Store is also getting in on the spirit with 15% off storewide.

While you’re in an online shopping headspace, Wildwood Imperium, the third book in Colin’s Wildwood Chronicles series, will be released in February and pre-orders are currently available. Visit here for details.

Black Prairie just wrapped up a stint in the studio recording their third LP, which will be released this spring. Stay tuned to their Facebook/Twitter or get in on their mailing list for those details as they pop up. You may get a chance to hear a sneak peak of their new album at the band’s three Pacific Northwest shows in February opening up for Amos Lee.

Yours,
The Decemberists
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Holiday Sale

Time for another holiday sale! Get 20% off all apparel, select music, posters, and odds and ends in The Decemberists Shop through the end of the year.

Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks

As you may know, Colin will be hitting the road in November and January for his first solo tour in five years and he has recorded a new cover EP to bring along with him. Through a process involving public polling, meditative introspection and a completely random lottery, the subject for this tour’s EP has been determined: The Kinks.

Like the preceding Colin Meloy Sings… entries (Morrissey, Shirley Collins, and Sam Cooke), Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks will be available exclusively on the solo tour but for those who can’t make it out to see him, NPR is currently streaming Colin’s version of “Do You Remember Walter?” from The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society here. We’ll include the track list for the EP below and make sure to visit ColinMeloy.com to see the full list of tour dates.

Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks

1. Waterloo Sunset
2. Harry Rag
3. The Way Love Used To Be
4. Do You Remember Walter?
5. Days

Colin Meloy West Coast Solo Tour In January

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

People of the West! Grand legacy of westward expansion and the doctrine of manifest destiny! Sons and daughters of the Corps of Discovery! People of Cascadia and the Peoples’ Republic of California!

Colin Meloy’s solo tour, his first in five years, is coming to a major metropolitan center near you. Peruse, if you will, these here dates and cities:

Jan 16 The Fonda Theatre # Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Jan 17 The Fillmore # San Francisco, CA Tickets
Jan 21 Crystal Ballroom # Portland, OR Tickets
Jan 22 Neptune Theatre # Seattle, WA Tickets

 # with John Roderick

As always, we extend a limited pre-sale to those of you who had the good sense to sign up for the Decemberists mailing list, now in its 12th year of production. That limited pre-sale starts tomorrow (9/24) at 10am pacific. Click on over HERE to purchase aforesaid tickets.

Public on-sale will follow on Friday (9/27).

Dates in full are listed here for your convenience. You can also dig in to one of Colin’s various Social Media Proxies (SMPs) for up to date information.
(Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr)

Nov 1 Town Hall * New York, NY Tickets
Nov 2 Keswick Theatre * Glenside, PA Tickets
Nov 4 Somerville Theatre * Somerville, MA SOLD OUT
Nov 5 Lincoln Theatre * Washington, DC Tickets
Nov 6 Carolina Theatre * Durham, NC Tickets
Nov 8 Variety Playhouse * Atlanta, GA Tickets
Nov 9 Headliners Music Hall * Louisville, KY Tickets
Nov 11 Park West * Chicago, IL Tickets
Nov 12 Majestic Theatre * Madison, WI Tickets
Nov 13 The Woman’s Club * Minneapolis, MN Tickets
Jan 16 The Fonda Theatre # Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Jan 17 The Fillmore # San Francisco, CA Tickets
Jan 21 Crystal Ballroom # Portland, OR Tickets
Jan 22 Neptune Theatre # Seattle, WA Tickets

* with Eleanor Friedberger
# with John Roderick

AS YOU WERE!

Yours,

The Decemberists
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Colin Meloy Solo Tour in November

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Pause a while, here, gentle traveler of the internet. We here at Decemberists HQ have an item of fairly serious consequence to impart.

Colin Meloy, singer and songwriter for the band, is embarking on A SOLO TOUR. It’ll be his first in FIVE YEARS, folks.

The tour will bring him to many far-flung environs, from the eastern seaboard to slightly inland and just south a bit. It will vault him across the wide prairies of our great country’s midsection. It will eventually lead him to the Pacific coast, but we’re not quite ready to announce that part yet.

No doubt he’ll be bringing in tow a slew of songs, new and old, familiar and not so familiar. Songs you’re dying to witness live; songs you’d sort of forgotten about and to which you’re not exactly opposed to listening. Also in tow? A brand new Colin Meloy Sings… cover EP, which he’s been doing since forever, or at least since he started doing these solo tours. He’s paid tribute to Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke in the past; what will it be this time? Who knows? Does he even know? Possibly not.

But you want dates, don’t you. Well, look no further:

Aug 18 Rocky Mt Folks Festival Lyons, CO Tickets
Sept 5 Ottawa Folk Festival Ottawa, Canada Tickets
Nov 1 Town Hall * New York, NY Tickets
Nov 2 Keswick Theatre * Glenside, PA Tickets
Nov 4 Somerville Theatre * Somerville, MA Tickets
Nov 5 Lincoln Theatre * Washington, DC Tickets
Nov 6 Carolina Theatre * Durham, NC Tickets
Nov 8 Variety Playhouse * Atlanta, GA Tickets
Nov 9 Headliners Music Hall* Louisville, KY Tickets
Nov 11 Park West * Chicago, IL Tickets
Nov 12 Majestic Theatre * Madison, WI Tickets
Nov 13 The Woman’s Club * Minneapolis, MN Tickets

* with Eleanor Friedberger

A limited supply of pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available starting tomorrow, Wednesday 7/31, at 10am local time at ColinMeloy.com. Public tickets for most of these shows will go on sale this Friday, 8/2, at 10am local time (of venue); Chicago will go on-sale next Friday, 8/9, at 10am CT.

Anywho: come say hello! Sing along! It’s going to be a cozy campfire-like time. Bring your own skewers.

Yours,

The Decemberists
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John’s New Solo Album, Revise Your Maps, Available Now

Our very own John Moen’s second solo album under the moniker Perhapst is available today!

You can pick up a copy on iTunes or on CD/vinyl at Jealous Butcher.

For a preview, you can currently stream several tracks from the album:

“Revise Your Maps”

“Williamette Valley Ballad”

“Ramble Scramble”

“Birds off a Wire”

Colin Solo Festival Dates, Black Prairie on The Tonight Show

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Decemberists HQ here with your first Not Specifically Decemberists-Related Update of 2013! Although The Decemberists continue to be in collective stasis, that doesn’t mean we don’t have news that’s worthy of your generous inbox hospitality.

First, Colin will perform at three great folk-leaning festivals this summer which will mark his first official solo sets in a very long time. He’ll be at Winnipeg Folk Festival in mid-July, Newport Folk Festival in late July (which also happens to feature Black Prairie on the lineup, who we’ll discuss shortly), and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO in mid-August. More details can be found below.

In addition to these festival dates, Colin will be one of many on hand to celebrate Robyn Hitchcock’s 60th birthday at VIVA HITCHCOCK! on May 2nd at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Headlined by Hitchcock and the Venus 3 (Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin and Peter Buck), the evening will also feature performances by Amanda Palmer, Rhett Miller, Young Fresh Fellows, Andy Cabic (of Vetiver), Eric D. Johnson (of Fruit Bats), and Sean Nelson with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) as MC. Keep an eye out for our very own John Moen on drums with the house band throughout the show.  Tickets are on sale now.

You can catch Jenny, Nate, Funk, and John tonight as Black Prairie makes its network television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC at 11:35 pm ET.  While likely not what they’ll choose to play on air, you can watch their recent Led Zeppelin cover recorded at SiriusXM’s The Loft here. One can only hope their TV debut goes better than the band’s session at so-called music blog Up In The Branches. You can keep further abreast of Black Prairie’s happenings, live and otherwise, by joining their mailing list.

This has admittedly been a North American-centric email so we have something of particular interest to our European friends (apologies to everywhere else… it’s hard to please everyone!). All merchandise in the European Decemberists Shop is now 50% off! The sale includes some classic tees and hoodies, along with some special items from previous European tours. Check it out here.

Yours,
The Decemberists HQ
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Colin Meloy:

May 2 – VIVA HITCHCOCK!, San Francisco, CA
July 11 – Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
July 26-28 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
August 16-18 – Rocky Mt Folks Festival, Lyons, CO

Black Prairie:

April 12 – Live Wire! Radio, Portland, OR
May 3 – May Day Music Fest, Portland, OR
July 18-21 – Northwest String Summit, North Plains, OR
July 26-28 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
October 19 – Oregon Symphony, Portland, OR