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We’re running a spring sale in our shop with 20% off select items: DecemberistsShop.com

New Holiday Items Added to the Shop

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

As winter and various holidays approach, we’ve added some new items to the Decemberists Shop! While you’re there, be sure to check out the new sale section including items from this year’s tour.

If you missed it on Giving Tuesday, we performed “Oceanside” from the comfort of our cots to raise awareness for MyMusicRx‘s Bedstock and their efforts to support sick kids who are stuck in their own beds. You can watch the video below and head over to Bedstockfest.com to see other performances and learn how you can lend a hand.

New Year’s Eve is among the fast-approaching holidays, so don’t wait too long to grab tickets for A Very December Evening in San Francisco at The Masonic with special guest Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. (Thao did her own Bedstock performance, which you can watch here).

Yours,
The Decemberists

Bedstock 2015

We performed “Oceanside” from bed for Bedstock to raise awareness of MyMusicRx and their efforts to support sick kids who are stuck in theirs. You can learn more and lend a hand at Bedstockfest.com

Speaking of the giving spirit, if you came out to one of our shows throughout 2015, $1 from your ticket price was set aside for charitable contributions. With your help, together we raised over $80,000 for support organizations doing important work related to autism, adolescent cancer, innovative medical research, music therapy, healthcare for musicians, support for artist philanthropy, homelessness, poverty, justice, and gun violence prevention. You can find out more about each organization, their work, and lend your support by clicking the links above.

Announcing Bandit Queen Wine; NYE in San Francisco

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

We have some exciting news that we hope will help make your end-of-year festivities even more festive.

One afternoon this past June, we visited Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, one of the finest wineries in the northern Willamette Valley, known for their stellar pinot noir. Under the guidance of winemakers Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, we blended our very own barrel. The result of that blending session is a custom Decemberists wine, Bandit Queen, a 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir outfitted with a lovely Carson Ellis-designed label. We are pleased to now be able to offer you a chance to taste Bandit Queen yourself. A very limited-edition run of 300 bottles has been produced and you can find it here. The wine is only available to ship within the U.S., but you’ll find all of the fine print on the purchase page.

Following what will likely be a consumptive weekend, please join us on December 1, or “Giving Tuesday,” when we’ll participate in Bedstock. Bedstock is an online music event which aims to raise awareness for childhood cancer. We’ll be joining several other artists by posting a performance to YouTube taped from our beds, or some variation thereof. You can find more information here about the event and how to donate to the Children’s Cancer Association.

Speaking of the giving spirit, if you came out to one of our shows throughout 2015, $1 from your ticket price was set aside for charitable contributions. With your help, together we raised over $80,000 for support organizations doing important work related to autism, adolescent cancer, innovative medical research, music therapy, healthcare for musicians, support for artist philanthropy, homelessness, poverty, justice, and gun violence prevention. You can find out more about each organization, their work, and lend your support by clicking the links above.

And finally, don’t forget we’ll be welcoming in the New Year in San Francisco with A Very December Evening at The Masonic with special guest Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Tickets are available here.

Yours,

The Decemberists

Flash Poster Sale in Decemberists Shop

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We’re having a flash sale in the Decemberists Shop with 40% off our full archive of limited-edition silkscreen tour and show posters. Sale ends this Friday night at 11:59pm PT.

New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, Australian Dates Added

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Apologies for that last message you likely received via these channels. Certain tax documents have come to light considering the group of “self-described motivational/spiritual mentors” to whom we loaned our mailing list and we have quickly moved to separate ourselves from their organization. Call 971-23-ALIVE and follow the speakers instructions AT YOUR OWN FINANCIAL RISK.

To make up for this great lapse in judgment on our part, we’d like to give you INSIDE INFORMATION regarding a very special event that is about to go down in the great city of SAN FRANCISCO.

Bear witness to a turning of the season! Come welcome in the New Year with The Decemberists and very special guest Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at the Masonic in San Francisco on December 31 at A VERY DECEMBER EVENING. This will be the second only New Year’s Eve show the band has ever played (the first being, as far as anyone can remember, some random show at an arts center in Seattle in 2003 where the band was guaranteed the highest fee they’d been offered to date, which they promptly blew on tux rentals and a few cases of very high-end champagne – they will not make this mistake again).

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 30, at 10am PT here.

Please come. Dress nice. Or dress down. Bring your sweetheart. Or your friend. Or just yourself. Come say fare-thee-well to 2015 and a hale hello to 2016. Come see out December, awash in the glow of your newfound Decemberism.

The new year will bring about the band’s return to AUSTRALIA for Bluesfest Byron Bay. As we’re feeling generous with our INSIDE INFORMATION, we now can inform you that they will be following up the festival with shows in Melbourne and Sydney at Hamer Hall on March 29 with special guest Shakey Graves and Sydney Opera House on March 30, respectively. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 9am AEST.

Yours,

The Decemberists

FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE

Decemberism HeaderGreetings, would-be parishioners to the Great Community!

I am C.M., founder and CEO of the Institute for the Research and Expansion of Decemberism Worldwide, LLC. I’ve “borrowed” this space from my friends and yours, The Decemberists, in order to make an appeal to your very soul.

Your life is limitless. It is. DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Researchers have shown that the human species uses only 5% of its brainial capacity – Cabraincity. A trivial amount. There remains an untapped 95% Cabraincity in all humans. Whither this surplus?

Additionally, scientists have successfully created – inside sterile labs – fractional dimensions outside of our own. Visible only via infrared light. DO YOU WISH TO LOOK INSIDE?

If these ideas frighten you, look away. If you are excited by the mention of UNCHAINED HUMAN POSSIBILITY then please watch – nay, experience – the following video, for which The Decemberists have graciously provided a soundtrack (all appropriate licenses via The IREDW, LLC, Tierra Del Fuego). The song is called “Cavalry Captain.” We here at the Institute find it deliciously apropos.

It also bears mentioning that The Decemberists’ new five song EP (for real this time) is also out in physical, digital and spiritual form today. Its title is Florasongs. Please peruse the tracklisting these comprise the NEW SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE.

1. Why Would I Now?
2. Riverswim
3. Fits & Starts
4. The Harrowed and the Haunted
5. Stateside

Watch. Listen. JOIN.

Yours,

C.M.
CEO, Institute for the Research and Expansion of Decemberism Worldwide, LLC
971-23-ALIVE

Bluesfest Byron Bay Added, Florasongs Out Next Week

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

We’ll be returning to Australia in March for Bluesfest Byron Bay! We’re performing on the 26th and 27th, visit bluesfest.com.au for details and tickets. There will be a couple other shows while we’re there but those are still a ways off from announcing.

We’re currently out on the road for our last run of headlining shows in the states for a good while. If you’re planning on coming to one of the dates, be on the look out at the merch table for the limited tour poster, designed by Nate Duval.

 

Our new EP, Florasongs, comes out next Friday, October 9, so aim to pre-order by this Friday to be sure it’ll arrive by release day. You can opt for CD, vinyl, tee bundles, or digital on iTunes or Google Play.

Jenny is releasing an album of instrumental music entitled French Kayaking Music written for the film Voyagers Without Trace by Ian McCluskey and NW Documentary. Jenny and her husband Steve Drizos have collaborated to create a group of pieces, both beautiful and haunting, echoing the sounds of France and the old west. The film tells the story of a French trio who kayaked the Green and Colorado rivers in 1938. CDs, vinyl, and a companion sheet music book will be available at the Decemberists Shop on October 30. You can learn more at the sparkling-new JennyConlee.com. If you are in the Portland area there are a few events to celebrate the release:

– The film will be premiering at OMSI in Portland, OR on Thursday, October 22. At the event, Jenny will be doing a short concert with current and past Decemberists Nate Query and Ezra Holbrook.

– Record release show will be held Sunday, November 1 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR, with special guests Blue Cranes.

– LP to be released on VINYL TUESDAY with in-store performance at Music Millennium on Tuesday, November 24.

All the best,

The Decemberists

New EP, florasongs, Coming October 9

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Seems like only yesterday, AMLR, that we Decemberists arose, homonaledi-like, from the South African cavern of our hiatus and presented unto the world our 8th (Im pretty sure) long-playing record What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, but it was, in fact, last January.

It would be strange if it were, actually, yesterday. Because in the interim, weve toured the world*, performed on television and radio, made videos and have generally made a nuisance of ourselves in the face of an indulging public. For that, we thank you.

But to our point: you may not know this, but nineteen songs were recorded for WATW,WABW, each one of them a contender. Since there are very few records in existence that merit a nineteen-plus song tracklist (e.g. Tusk, Zen Arcade, and nope, thats it), we mercifully whittled it down to fourteen tracks.

Where did the other five songs go?

Well, since you asked, you might as well know they’ve been neatly slotted on to an EP which will be released by Capitol Records on October 9th. It will be called florasongs (a reference to that woody sanctuary that is Tucker Martines Portland studio) and here is the track listing:

1. Why Would I Now?
2. Riverswim
3. Fits & Starts
4. The Harrowed and the Haunted
5. Stateside

You can pre-order this tasty gem RIGHT NOW, via our webshop. Purchase it on its own, if you must, or opt for one of the PREORDER BUNDLES, by which the record will arrive in your mailbox or PO address with a tastefully designed t-shirt of your size specifications. 10 vinyl or CD, folks. For the digitally-inclined, we would direct you to iTunes. Wherever you order, you’ll receive an instant download of the lead track from the EP, “Why Would I Now?

We have another run of tour dates starting in a few weeks that will lead us into the EPs release. Since we last wrote, we’ve added a show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Sept 24 with Lucius and two more dates in Texas: the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on October 2 and an ACL Late Night Show in Austin on October 3. The tour also includes stops in Boston, NYC, Louisville, Indianapolis, Madison and the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN and Austin City Limits Music Festival. There will be more dates to come beyond this run (perhaps a far off place that rhymes with Gosbrailia) so stay tuned for more.

All the best,

The Decemberists

ACL Fest Late Night Show

We’ve just added an ACL Fest Late Night Show on October 3 in Austin, TX at ACL Live with Olivia Chaney. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am here.