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The Decemberists | News 1.19.11

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Ladies and Gentlemen, the day has finally arrived.  We’re incredibly pleased to announce that our new long-player, The King Is Dead, is available NOW in all the usual places, including The Decemberists Shop (Est. 2003), iTunesAmazon, and your local record store.  Also, nearly all Starbucks locations are selling the record at the counter.  The album is available in many flavors, ranging from the DELUXE BOX EDITION* to the no-frills (yet assuredly superb) album on vinyl, CD, or as a download.  Please note that the vinyl and deluxe box include a digital download as well.  Many of you have already bought the record and for that we thank you wholeheartedly.  For those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity, we ask you to consider buying it today.  If you’d like to peruse the lyrics, you can download the digital booklet in the Extras section of our site here.

Some other bits and bobs of note:

• Our first live full performance of The King Is Dead is happening THIS AFTERNOON from the studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland.  Even better, the hour-long performance and interview, which takes place at 3pm ET / 12pm PT, will be webcast live from Portland via NPR’s All Songs Considered website.

• We’ve talked at length about the stunning Autumn de Wilde Polaroids. New York Magazine’s culture blog, Vulture did a great interview with Autumn that includes a short visual companion piece to the entire Polaroid collection here. It’s also streaming atTheDecemberists.com. The Impossible Project will be hosting a special gallery exhibition from January 26 to February 29 at the Impossible Project Space (425 Broadway, 5th Floor) in New York City to display 50 of the polaroids.  Autumn and several band members will be present to discuss the project at the exhibition’s opening on Wednesday at 3:30pm ET.  For more information on The Impossible Project and this exhibition, visit their site.

• In other NPR news, you can listen to Colin’s interview with Weekend All Things Considered that aired this past weekend.  Visit NPR’s site to stream it online.  And, as previously mentioned, we’re playing “Down By The Water” on The Tonight Show with Jay Lenotomorrow night.  The show airs at 11:35pm ET.

We’ll head to the Northeast this weekend to commence The Popes of Pendarvia World Tour, with the first show of said tour taking place at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City on January 24th.  Shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Portland have already sold out.  We expect most shows on the tour to sell out, so get your tickets soon.  In addition to the full shows below, we’ll be playing an in-store set at Bull Moose Records in Portland, ME on January 30.  Visit their site for details.

Yours,
The Decemberists