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Post  wottagunn on Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:54 am

The Decemberists | News 11.2.10


Adored Mailing List Recipients,

A plump, flaxen-haired Briton was once moved to ask the world, "Who knows where the time goes?" She did not live to see this question answered. Indeed, it's likely that none of us will. It's more of a rhetorical question, anyway. But it's one that invites reflection as we, The Decemberists, get ready to heave unto the world our latest concoction of songs. Instruments were played, vocal cords strained, and many a New Seasons sandwich was consumed in inclement weather, despite it being late spring. In the end, a full LP-worth of songs was collated to make a record.

I suppose you'd like to know the title of the record and when it comes out, this new offering of Decemberist songs. Well, wait no longer: the record will be called The King Is Dead and will be available on January 18th, 2011. That's 1/18/11. If you take away the slashes, that reads 11811. What does that mean? Must you ask? Clearly it is a snowman surrounded by a colonnade of waving banners.

But this is obviously a snowman of no small importance. Perhaps he is the king of the snowmen, returned from far afield to reclaim his rightful mantle, which had been usurped by some lesser snowmen and women. Or maybe he's been laid in state, which would give this oblique album title the slightest tinge of a greater meaning, rather than being just something artful someone thought up, which is the fashion nowdays.

Anyway, here's the tracklisting.

1. Don't Carry It All
2. Calamity Song
3. Rise to Me
4. Rox in the Box
5. January Hymn
6. Down by the Water
7. All Arise!
8. June Hymn
9. This is Why We Fight
10. Dear Avery

And, since you are one of the kindly multitude that number yourselves among the Mailing List Recipients, we'd like to invite you to download NOW and FREE OF CHARGE one of these songs. The number entitled "Down by the Water" is available via our website, www.decemberists.com. The illustrious Mr Peter Buck (Nigel & the Crosses, Hindu Love Gods) lent his not-inconsiderable 12 string guitar talents as did Gillian Welch (actress, O Brother Where Art Thou) lend her lovely vocal harmonies.

Listen. Enjoy. And, more importantly, VOTE! Find your local polling station here.

Yours,

The Decemberists
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twitter.com/thedecemberists


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Post  Brad on Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:57 am

2 albums in a week next January.

Getting the deluxe vinyl versions of both, if they exist.

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Post  wottagunn on Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:22 am

What's the other album?

I don't think The King Is Dead will have a deluxe version, but it will definitely be released on vinyl, and as per what the Decemberists usually do, expect to see a limited run of signed copies go for early preorders.

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Post  Brad on Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:35 am

I'ma big CAKE fan and have all their vinyls.
Their new album comes out around the 5th or so.

Deluxe edition is US$35

Shirt
MP3 Download
Signed 12" Vinyl
Signed 7" Single

I'll def order the vinyl version of The Decemberists, probably not the cd though.

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Post  wottagunn on Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:58 am

There's some good Deluxe lp's getting around.

I recently (only yesterday) received the reissue LP's of Carissa's Wierd's albums. 5 coloured vinyls, mp3 codes, a bonus dvd and their rare "Scrapbook" cd all for $61 shipped!

another good one is Black Prairie's deluxe set. I bought it and got a signed white vinyl, signed cd, a t-shirt and a pennant.


A lot of record labels are now releasing their vinyl with mp3 codes. It's the way to go.

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Post  tristo8 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:59 am

Good to hear Brad is ok

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Post  Brad on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:25 am

tristo8 wrote:Good to hear Brad is ok
I'm like Jesus, Baby!

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Post  capnwpac on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:44 am

Brad wrote:
tristo8 wrote:Good to hear Brad is ok
I'm like Jesus, Baby!
Jesus is buying cod.

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Post  wottagunn on Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:10 am

Stop this folderol in my thread.

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Post  wottagunn on Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:14 am

They played the single about an hour ago on Conan.
They nailed it. Loving Funk on the 12-string.


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Post  wottagunn on Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:19 am

Another new song, All Arise - http://groundcontrolmag.com/detail/3/1050/

The song starts at 1:30.

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Post  wottagunn on Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:24 pm

The album is available for preorder Brad. The deluxe edition too, but it is a bit steep at $165.

DELUXE BOX EDITION $165

* Limited edition of 2500 available exclusively on thedecemberists.com
* A one-of-a-kind Polaroid photograph by Autumn de Wilde from the Impossible Project/Decemberists series
* 72 page hardcover book featuring over 250 unique Polaroid photographs by Autumn de Wilde and illustrations by Carson
Ellis
* The King Is Dead CD
* Pendarvia DVD – a 30 minute short film by Aaron Rose, documenting the making of the album
* The King Is Dead on 180 gram white vinyl with special cover
* Limited edition Giclée print illustrated by Carson Ellis
* Digital album download code delivered on January 18
* Instant download of live video of "Rise To Me" from Musicfest Northwest in Portland, Fall 2009
* Instant download of "Down By The Water"
* All presented in a linen wrapped, clamshell box with
foil-stamped cover

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Post  Brad on Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:08 am

I've pre-ordered the standard vinyl, bit upset at missing the White vinyl but I won't pay the $165.

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Post  wottagunn on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:47 am

Here's some info about the deluxe edition. Now I understand why it's so expensive, and im glad I preordered it.


One night on Pendarvis Farm, whilst merrily roasting tofu dogs over an open campfire, we Decemberists, along with our esteemed Management Representatives and a certain Missus Autumn de Wilde, photographer superieur, hatched a plan wherein Mizz de Wilde would document the making of The King is Dead on Polaroid film, a full 2500 photos to be exact, and we would then include one of those unique photographs individually in each of the DELUXE BOX EDITION of the record. Naturally, this is the sort of cockamamy scheme that lodges itself in the minds of perfectly sane adults while under the influence of a bucolic, Arcadian Oregon summer; the expense was deemed too great. This is where The Impossible Project came in, a group devoted to the survival of Polaroid films of all sorts and collect or manufacture this ever-rarified breed of film in order to sell or donate it to photographers worldwide. They liked our idea; they donated us the film. And so here we are, this dream fulfilled. Ms. de Wilde followed us Decemberists around all summer, snapping Polaroids. We posed obligingly. And, my dear Mailing List Recipient, one of those photos could be yours.

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Post  driftpig222 on Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:34 am

This leaked, apparently

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Post  wottagunn on Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:05 am

Certainly did. I am not going to download it though. It is against the bands wishes (they have said this) and I respect that.
I will wait til my preorder arrives and listen to it then.

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Post  wottagunn on Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:56 am



Also, you can legitimately listen to the whole album here - http://www.npr.org/2011/01/03/132436422/first-listen-the-decemberists-the-king-is-dead

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