Posted by: Martin Stett on August 30, 2007 at 11:21 am

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In this day and age, it’s quite rare to hear something new that actually sounds unique or original. Thankfully there are bands such as the Decemberists who feel the need to defy conventions and take their sound and live show to new levels.

Their recent tour, dubbed The Long and Short of it, does just that. The band will play 2 nights in each market; the “long” night falling into the more exploratory and experimental side of the band. The “short” night leaning towards the candybar pop for which they are mostly adored. Check the full post for the Capitol Records press release and tour dates. — Martin Stett

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: The Decemberists are known for their riveting live performances and innovative tours (their last featured the band playing with orchestras in five major U.S. cities). With their latest jaunt – dubbed “The Long and Short of It” and launching October 28th in Chicago – they’ll hit 13 cities, playing at least two nights in each market. “Long” evenings will focus on the band’s epic, progressive compositions. “Short” nights (while no shorter in set length, we promise) will highlight their more succinct, pop-leaning material. Laura Veirs, who guests on The Decemberists’ current album, The Crane Wife, will be the main supporting act. See below for a full itinerary.

A limited number of custom pre-sale tickets created by Decemberists illustrator Carson Ellis will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning this Saturday, August 25th, at Noon EST at http://www.decemberists.tickets.musictoday.com. For the pre-sale, fans must purchase both a “long” and a “short” night ticket, but they’ll receive a $10 discount. In markets with an odd number of dates, tickets for the final date will be sold separately. Fans who purchase pre-sale tickets will receive a free poster with their order. General ticket on-sale begins September 7.

“The Perfect Crime #2,” The Decemberists’ current single, is climbing the charts at AAA radio, where it’s already in the Top 20. On September 25th, Capitol Music Group will release The Perfect Crime #2 EP featuring remixes by A Touch of Class, Diplo and Junior Boys as well as “The Perfect Crime #2.5.1,” a version of the song that was heretofore unavailable commercially. (See below for the track listing.) The EP will be available digitally at all DSPs and on vinyl at select independent retail stores (go to http://www.thinkindie.com to find out where).

Fans who purchase pre-sale tickets or sign up for The Decemberists’ email list will receive a free download of the Junior Boys remix.

The Decemberists’ episode of “Austin City Limits” will air on PBS October 13th. Colin Meloy, the band’s songwriter/frontman voiced the part of the undumbed Jeb Bush for a recent episode of Comedy Central’s animated show “Lil’ Bush” and The Decemberists have recorded “Little Boxes,” the theme song for Showtime’s award-winning comedy series “WEEDS.”

With a series of bold, beautiful albums, The Decemberists have demonstrated a remarkably sweeping command of literary and musical styles while forging an aesthetic all their own. Whether inspired by a centuries-old Japanese folktale or the American Civil War, classic pop, Irish Jig or prog-rock, the band weaves spellbinding tales rife with atmosphere and an infallible melodic knack. The Crane Wife, their major label debut, was praised by Pitchfork as “an enormous folk-prog monsterpiece” while The New York Times called it “one of the most accomplished albums of its kind this year…not that there are many albums of its kind.”

THE PERFECT CRIME #2 EP – TRACK LISTING

1. A Touch of Class Robs the Bank Remix
2. Diplo’s Doing Time Remix
3. Junior Boys Remix
4. The Perfect Crime #2.5.1

THE DECEMBERISTS – “THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT ” TOUR

10/28 Chicago, IL Vic Theater (“Long of It”)
10/29 Chicago, IL Vic Theater (“Short of It”)
11/1 New York, NY Terminal 5 (“Long of It”)
11/2 New York, NY Terminal 5 (“Short of It”)
11/3 Boston, MA Orpheum (“Long of It”)
11/4 Boston, MA Orpheum (“Short of It”)
11/6 Winston-Salem, NC Millennium Center (“Long of It”)
11/7 Winston-Salem, NC Millennium Center (“Short of It”)
11/9 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (“Long of It”)
11/10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (“Short of It”)
11/11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (“Long of It”)
11/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (“Short of It”)
11/15 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (“Long of It”)
11/16 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (“Short of It”)
11/18 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater (“Long of It”)
11/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater (“Short of It”)
11/23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (“Long of It”)
11/24 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (“Short of It”)
11/25 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (“Long of It”)
11/26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (“Short of It”)
11/29 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (“Long of It”)
11/30 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (“Short of It”)
12/1 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre (“Long of It”)
12/2 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre (“Short of It”)
12/5 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom (“Long of It”)
12/6 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom (“Short of It”)
12/7 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
12/8 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre (“Long of It”)
12/9 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre (“Short of It”)

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  1. cable television on September 6th, 2007 2:35 am

    the writer of this article blows goats… and it shows in his writting

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