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“Make You Better” Music Video and Black Friday 7″

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

We would be amiss if we didn’t begin by thanking those of you who committed your hard earned money to purchase tickets for an upcoming Decemberists Concert Experience™. Thank you. We are truly grateful, having been strangers to the stage (in this formation, anyway) for over three years (minus a few odd appearances), for your enthusiasm to see us caper the boards for a few hours. For those of you who didn’t, and there may be a select few, feel free to visit the Decemberists “TOUR” page to remedy that. THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU.

Without further ado, we would like to present to you, O Mailing List Recipient, the video for “Make You Better.” Filmed on location in a 1977 Berlin backlot, the video has your humble Decemberists performing on the time-honored OLD BLUE ROCK PALACE SHOW. Our good friend and fellow facial hair enthusiast, Nick Offerman, kindly donated his immeasurable talents to the project. Check it out HERE.


We Decemberists truly love our nation’s independent record stores. We’ve loved them since our childhood. True, many of the ones we loved as children no longer exist, but that should give us all the more reason to support the ones that have survived. And no better way to do so by visiting your local independent record store on Black Friday, the nom de guerre of November 28th, where you will find, listing in the bins, a freshly-pressed 7” vinyl record of MAKE YOU BETTER, backed with FITS & STARTS (the latter being an exclusive non-album track!). Find participating stores HERE.


We Decemberists also love TELEVISION. And so we are appearing on Conan O’Brien’s late night television show to perform that aforesaid song, from video and vinyl fame, MAKE YOU BETTER. This will be occurring Wednesday, December 3rd, and will no doubt blow the cathodes in your Oculus VR. BLORPH IT.


Here are our extant tour dates, which will be supported by the fantastic band Alvvays (except for Portland, which will find godheads The Minus 5 opening the show). A dollar of every sale will be donated to a non-profit cause via Revolutions Per Minute.

Feb 11 Vicar Street Dublin, Ireland Tickets
Feb 13 O2 Academy Glasgow, UK Tickets
Feb 14 O2 Academy Leeds, UK Tickets
Feb 16 O2 Academy Bristol, UK Tickets
Feb 17 Academy Manchester, UK Tickets
Feb 18 The Institute Birmingham, UK Tickets
Feb 20 Dome Brighton, UK Tickets
Feb 21 O2 Brixton Academy London, UK Tickets
Feb 23 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets
Feb 24 AB Brussels, Belgium Tickets
Feb 25 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands Tickets
Feb 26 Astra Berlin, Germany Tickets
Feb 28 Kaufleuten Zurich, Switzerland Tickets
Mar 01 Magazzini Generali Milan, Italy Tickets
Mar 21 Keller Auditorium # Portland, OR Sold Out
Mar 24 Northrup Auditorium * Minneapolis, MN Sold Out
Mar 25 Riverside Theatre * Milwaukee, WI Tickets
Mar 27 Chicago Theatre * Chicago, IL Sold Out
Mar 28 Royal Oak Music Theatre * Royal Oak, MI Tickets
Mar 30 Massey Hall * Toronto, ON Tickets
Mar 31 Benedum Center * Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
Apr 01 Center for the Arts * Buffalo, NY Tickets
Apr 03 House of Blues * Boston, MA Tickets
Apr 04 House of Blues * Boston, MA Tickets
Apr 06 Beacon Theatre * New York, NY Sold Out
Apr 07 Academy of Music * Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Apr 09 The Fillmore Charlotte * Charlotte, NC Tickets
Apr 10 The Tabernacle * Atlanta, GA Tickets
Apr 11 The Tabernacle * Atlanta, GA Tickets
Apr 13 Ryman Auditorium * Nashville, TN Tickets

# with The Minus 5
* with Alvvays

All the best,

The Decemberists