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Long Live The King Pre-Order Underway, Black Prairie Residency in PDX, Austin City Limits Airing 10/22

Points of Order:

• A b-sides EP, Long Live The King, set for 11/1 release
• Austin City Limits performance to air 10/22
• Calamity Song on Last Call with Carson Daly’s Greek Week
• Colin to perform at Rainn Wilson and Friends benefit show
• Posters! Posters! Posters!
• A Black Prairie Hometown Residency
• Some Decemberists to Tour with John Wesley Harding

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

There’s so much activity of late, we felt the need to reinstitute the sometimes overlooked Points of Order.  Use them as your guide through this lengthy, but riveting, e-missive.  On November 1, we will release a b-sides EP, Long Live The King.  Starting today, you can pre-order the EP at  Long Live The King features six outtakes from The King Is Dead recording sessions at Pendarvis Farm, including “E. Watson” (with backing vocals from Laura Veirs and Annalisa Tornfelt), “Sonnet,” a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy” (release previously on 7″ vinyl), and the home demo “I 4 U & U 4 Me.”  The EP is available as CD or 10” vinyl.  We’re also selling an exclusive Long Live The King tee:

Anyone who pre-orders the album will be entered to win one of ten Deluxe Box Editions of The King Is Dead autographed by the band.  In case you’ve forgotten, each Box includes an original Type 100 vintage peel-apart Polaroid photo taken by Autumn de Wilde from The Impossible Project/Decemberists series, as well as the CD, LP on white vinyl, a DVD of Pendarvia, a limited edition signed Giclée print by Carson Ellis, and a 72-page clothbound book featuring over 250 photographs by Autumn and illustrations by Carson.  We’ll pick the winners randomly the week of November 1st.

Long Live The King
1. E. Watson
2. Foregone
3. Burying Davy
4. I4U & U4ME (Home Demo)
5. Row Jimmy
6. Sonnet

Our performance on the PBS show Austin City Limits, which was taped during the recent summer tour at the show’s new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin, will air on October 22.  Also featured on the show are Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who sit in with the band in addition to playing their own set.  For air times, visit Also, our performance of “Calamity Song” from the August show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles aired on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and is now streaming on their website.

Colin will perform at the Rainn Wilson and Friends Benefit show at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA on Saturday, November 19.  Tickets are available now here.  All proceeds from the show benefit the Mona Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives and raising the status of women and girls worldwide.

Many of the limited edition silkscreen posters you saw at the merch stand each night of the Popes of Pendarvia World Tour are available for sale in the Decemberists Shop, now including the poster we printed for the Indianapolis show we unfortunately had to cancel.  They are, as noted, limited, so get them while they last!

Just a heads up, if you live in Portland and are 21+, Chris, Jenny, and Nate’s band, Black Prairie, will be performing every Wednesday in October at the Laurelthirst Public House from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. They are using this time to hammer out new songs for the eventual sophomore record as well as some material for a play they were commissioned to score, “The Storm In The Barn” which will debut in April.  Some friends will also be joining them, as well as comedians on the set breaks, schedule of guests below.  Oh, and it’s FREE.

October 5th – w/ Ritchie Young from Loc Lomond and comedy by Aaron Ross
October 12th – w/ Garth from Old Light and comedy by Pete Schriner
October 19th – w/ Sallie Ford
October 26th w/ Eric Johnson from The Fruit Bats

Also, if you live in the Seattle area, Black Prairie will be playing the Wintergrass Festival in Feburary.

And, in other non-Decemberists news, John, Chris, Jenny, and Nate will be joining forces with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey to form the King Charles Trio, the backing band for John Wesley Harding‘s upcoming November tour. The group also worked together on Harding’s upcoming record, The Sound of His Own Voice, out October 11. Check below for the tour dates:

November 5,  Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA
November 6, McCabes, Santa Monica, CA
November 11, Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
November 12, The Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
November 15, World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
November 16, Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
November 18, Cabinet of Wonders, City Winery, New York, NY (with Ted Leo, Howe Gelb, Eugune Mirman, and many more)
November 19, The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
November 20, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

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