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I’ll Be Your Girl Out Now

The day has arrived!ILL BE YOUR GIRL, the 8th and newest long player by yours and everyones favorite Portland band starting with a D and featuring a former Cavemanish Boys member IS OUT NOW!

Sprint, do not amble, to your favorite local independent record store and purchase yourself a copy and perhaps one for a friend or loyal comrade. You (and they) will not be displeased. You can also, of course, stream this sucker via your preferred channels or even order it directly from the band themselves at decemberists.com.

US Tour Dates Announced

We’ve added new dates to the YOUR GIRL / YOUR GHOST tour with special guests M. Ward and Whitney on select dates.
New Tour Dates:
June 12 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ On-Sale March 16
July 26 Les Schwab Amphitheater Bend, OR On-Sale March 16
July 27 The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA On-Sale March 16
July 28 Montbleu Resort & Casino Stateline, NV On-Sale March 16
July 30 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA On-Sale March 16
August 1 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV On-Sale March 16

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 16.

Limited fan pre-sale tickets and The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages will go on sale tomorrow, March 13 at 10AM local time.

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Travelers’ Rest Lineup Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the lineup for Travelers Rest Festival, returning to Missoula, Montana August 4 & 5. 2-Day General admission and 2-Day VIP tickets on sale now at travelersrestfest.com

UK + Europe Tour Dates Announced

We’re very excited to start making good on the naming of our YOUR GIRL / YOUR GHOST World Tour and announce our return to the UK and Europe this fall!

UK + Europe Tour Dates:
4 Nov Vicar Street Dublin, IE On-Sale 9 March
5 Nov O2 Academy Glasgow, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
7 Nov Eventim Apollo London, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
8 Nov O2 Academy Bristol, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
10 Nov O2 Academy Leeds, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
11 Nov Rock City Nottingham, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
12 Nov Albert Hall Manchester, UK Pre-Sale 7 March
14 Nov Grote Zaal TiVre Utrecht, NL On-Sale 9 March
15 Nov Paradiso Amsterdam, NL On-Sale 9 March
16 Nov Astra Berlin, DE On-Sale 9 March

Tickets will go on sale next Friday, 9 March.

Rough Trade is running a pre-sale for the UK dates starting on Wednesday, 7 March at 9am GMT. If you pre-order I’ll Be Your Girl through their store before Tuesday, 6 March at 4pm GMT, you’ll be sent a unique passcode to gain access to the pre-sale. Those who’ve already pre-ordered through Rough Trade will also receive codes, as will UK-based pre-orders placed at DecemberistsShop.com. You can learn more about their pre-sale and read all the fine print here.

The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages will also be available for the UK dates and include a pre-show performance and Q&A, signed tour poster, and more. You can get your TWSSCAP-UK during Rough Trade’s pre-sale or on Friday, 9 March when public tickets go on sale.

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Please feast your eyes on:


SIXTEEN songs all eleven of the album tracks + four exclusive tracks from the IBYG sessions.

On EIGHT 7″ vinyl records, each a different color.

In a NINE SLEEVE pinwheeling heavy duty cardstock TOME with slide-out record jacket pockets, full color art from Carson Ellis and paper engineered POP-UP elements and a full color booklet SIGNED BY THE BAND.

Which, itself, lives tidily inside a HEFTY chipboard slipcase.

(Plus a few special secrets)

Lovingly pressed at Third Man Records in Detroit, Michigan.

This THING, this molten piece of spectacular extravagance, is available for pre-order NOW and will ship no later than June 15, 2018. No fear: each pre-order will come with a digital download of the album that can be redeemed on March 16 (the four extra tracks will be available for digital download on the shipping date).

Heres the exploded tracklisting (with corresponding vinyl colors):

Disc 1 – Transparent Green

Side A: Once in my Life
Side B: Cutting Stone

Disc 2 – Opaque Red

Side A: Severed
Side B: Starwatcher

Disc 3 – Transparent Orange

Side A: Tripping Along
Side B: Your Ghost

Disc 4 – Opaque Pink

Side A: Everything is Awful
Side B: Sucker’s Prayer

Disc 5 – Transparent Blue

Side A: We All Die Young
Side B: Rusalka, Rusalka

Disc 6 – Opaque Yellow

Side A: Wild Rushes
Side B: I’ll Be Your Girl

Disc 7 – Transparent Red

Side A: Traveling On
Side B: Down on the Knuckle

Disc 8 – Opaque Violet

Side A: Midlist Author
Side B: I Will Not Say Your Name

We hope you find this thing as magnificently absurd as the state of the world at present. However, if you’d like something a bit simpler, we do have I’ll Be Your Girl vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and apparel on offer at the Decemberists Shop as well.


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New Album Coming in March, World* Tour Announced

Adored Mailing List Subscribers.

We are as pleased as we possibly could be to announce to you, O gentle mailing list subscriber, that The Decemberists have made a new record. It’s called I’LL BE YOUR GIRL and is set to come out on March 16 on Capitol Records (Rough Trade Records in Europe). We could not be more proud of it.

We recorded the eleven-ish songs during the early fall in Portland, Oregon, with noted producer and ailurophile John Congleton. You perhaps may be familiar with some of the work he’s done with such bands as St. Vincent, Lana del Rey, Wye Oak, Angel Olsen, Swans oh, everybody, really. He’s a bit of a goer, production-wise. The songs tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things I mean, how can you blame us and features a lot of nice vintage synth work by Jenny and Chris, some heavy drumming from Mr. Moen and, of course, the sort of baroque bass work you’ve come to expect from the former Mr. Lincoln High, Nate Query. All in all, everyone acquitted themselves quite nicely. This is the album art, which was done by illustratrix extraordinaire Carson Ellis. She was nominated for a Grammy last year, you know, for her work on the deluxe package of our last record. Thanks, Carson!

Track list:

1. Once In My Life
2. Cutting Stone
3. Severed
4. Starwatcher
5. Tripping Along
6. Your Ghost
7. Everything Is Awful
8. Sucker’s Prayer
9. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl

You can listen to a track off of it now, one called Severed. Lots of foreboding. Fun guitar line. Cool arpeggio. We hope you like it. We also made a video for it, which you can watch right here.

You can pre-order the record NOW HERE.

We’re in the process of knitting together all of the components of what promises to be a behemoth of a deluxe edition of this record, a mystery box we’re calling I’LL BE YOUR GIRL: THE EXPLODED EDITION. Too soon to go into detail on this project. We’ll keep you updated as we know more. Extra tracks, exclusive art, wild packaging it’s all to be expected. COMING SOON.

Also, we invite you traipse over to our remodeled webshoppe and peruse the newly designed items we’ve introduced lots of great shirts, hoodies, caps, pins, cups and more. These items are available to be bundled with your pre-ordered album, which, we might add, includes a limited edition orange colored vinyl. So much goodness.

We will, of course, be going on tour to play these songs for you (this is not the 90’s anymore, people, where you could make a record and then just f*ck off to some Latin American paradise to sit in a hammock for six months, oh no). This tour has been thoughtfully dubbed the YOUR GIRL / YOUR GHOST WORLD* TOUR 2018 and will likely be coming to a large to mid-sized borough NEAR YOU, if not entirely surrounding you. You can find all the dates and pick up pre-sale tickets while supplies last. (If you miss out, public tickets go on sale this Friday).

You could attend these shows as a typical concert goer, purchasing a face-value ticket, appearing at the venue at the posted time, having a lovely time, leaving the theater to find yourself greeted by that selfsame malaise, that feeling that maybe there was something more, just there, in your grasp OR YOU COULD BE A SUPER DYNAMITE ACTION CONCERT GOER by opting for THE WHOLE SHEBANG SUPER CONCERT ACTION PACKAGE. Along with securing great seats, you’ll be invited to a pre-show performance and Q&A with the band, receive a signed poster, and much more. We kid, but these are actually pretty cool and have been a blast to do since we started doing em last year. TWSSCAPs (as they are fondly known) are available now.

That’s it for now, folks! Can’t wait for you all to hear the record and to see you on the road!


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* mostly North America for now, perhaps a bit of the UK and Europe plus parts of Australia later on if we’re really up to it

Travelers’ Rest Festival 2018 Dates Announced

Travelers’ Rest – our curated festivalat Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater in Missoula, MT – will return for its second year on August 4th and 5th!

Once again, well be closing each night with two unique sets. Well be announcing the rest of the lineup soon, but suffice it to say were very excited about the performers who are making their way to Montana with us.

So mark down August 4-5 in your calendar and for the most decisive of you, discounted early bird tickets are on sale NOW while supplies last.


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Boston Calling 2018

Excited to make our return to Boston Calling Music Festival this May! Tickets are on sale now at bostoncalling.frontgatetickets.com.

Ben Franklin’s Song

We Decemberists are thrilled to toss a third night of Hanukkah/kind of early Xmas gift your way: BEN FRANKLIN’S SONG, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Colin Meloy.

What’s this all about, you ask? Well, let us explain.

HAMILTON, as you probably know, is an American musical theater production written by a guy named Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lots of people have seen it, lots of people are continuing to see it, lots of people have raved about it. We saw a production of it in New York last year and we can tell you: it’s very very good. And important. And transformative to our countrys current milieu. Etc.

Well, it happens that Mr. Miranda reached out to our own Colin Meloy to put music to a set of lyrics that had been written for HAMILTON but had never been used: a first-person introduction to one of the US’s founding fathers, Mr. Benjamin Franklin. Lin said that he’d wanted to include Franklin as a character in the show initially, but it just never quite worked something about not wanting to remove the audience more than once from the action taking place in our nascent United States. Funnily enough, he said he’d imagined Franklin singing in a sort of Decemberist-y way, whatever that means.

FAST FORWARD TO 2016: Lin passed on the lyrics to Colin, who was very much up to the task, and a new song was born: BEN FRANKLIN’S SONG, to be exact. We really like it. It’s very swear-y, but there’s a clean version too. And you can listen to it now!

We hope you like it. It was a lot of fun to write and record. If you’re a HAMILTON fan, we hope it will add a new dimension to the world of the show for you — but you can also just enjoy it as a history lesson. Franklin invented bifocals, you know. And the glass harmonica. WHAT A F***ING GUY.

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Offa Rex Grammy Nomination

The Queen of Hearts, our album with Olivia Chaney under the name Offa Rex, just received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. If you missed it over the summer, you can check it out here.