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End of Summer Update from The Decemberists

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Even though the Decemberists themselves are in deep-sleep hibernation mode, like those people in the Alien movies, but with a likelier rate of future survival, the Decemberists HQ machine is as healthy, vibrant and not-Alien-impregnated as ever.


The Decemberists will be appearing as special guests, in yellowface, on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons! Program your TiVo! Fire up the DVR! Rotate your Roku! Keelhaul your Apple TV! You heard that right — The Decemberists on The Simpsons! Because of the thick shroud of secrecy that hovers over every upcoming season of this perennial American favorite television series, we cannot disclose the plot of the episode in which the band appears, seemingly via wormhole, in the world of Springfield — suffice it to say: it’s called “The Day The Earth Stood Cool” and it’ll be unleashed December 2nd, at 8 pm ET, on FOX. SNEAK PEEK:


Colin, with Decemberists Illustratrix Carson Ellis, has written a sequel to the New York Times bestselling WILDWOOD — it’s called UNDER WILDWOOD and is set to be available in fine bookstores, nationwide, on September 25th. Alternately, you can pre-order it here and here and even here. Carson and Colin will be dropping in on a handful of those self-same fine bookstores on their upcoming book tour! Info to be found here! Come say hello! Get yer book signed! Also: if you’d like to find out more about the book and its predecessor, LIKE the WILDWOOD CHRONICLES on Facebook.


Chris, Jenny and Nate have been busy with their exploratory, back-porch ensemble Black Prairie, which has another record “in the can,” in the parlance of the industry.  It’s called A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart, and is another lovely collection of songs, this time featuring a wellspring of the inimitable vocal stylings of fiddler Annalisa Tornfelt, as well as guest drumming from our own John Moen.  You can listen to the lead single of the record here; it’s called “How You Ruin Me.”  And the pre-order for the album, out September 18th, is currently underway HERE.  They’re also going on tour, doncha know, and the dates are as follows:

09/20 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
09/21 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10/18 Valparaiso, IN – Front Porch Music
10/19 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
10/20 Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
10/21 Madison, WI – The Frequency
11/08 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
11/09 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club & Cafe
11/10 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
11/11 Allston, MA – Great Scott

So that’s three POINTS OF FACT to show that, while The Decemberists-as-Decemberists are lying in egg-like sarcophagi, attended to by a pale, stilted cyborg, their non-Decemberist counterparts are as busy as beavers; which is three points of fact more than you had when you woke up this morning.

Until next time,


The Decemberists