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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Decemberists in October

UPDATE: Have a little preview of some these songs here. Thank you Barbara (Allen). ;-)

Valerie Plame Wilson Finally Gets the Amorous Tribute in Song

I was listening to Colin Meloy’s excellent live cd last night Colin Meloy Sings Live and it got me thinking about the whereabouts of that band of his. You know the one. The band whose name references an 1825 revolt over the Imperial Russian succession... Yes that band. The Decemberists (the extra ‘e’ added for clarity) have been a busy bunch of pop music rebels in their own right and a new release is forthcoming. Always great news when new Decemberists music is due and early indications are, this one should be very intriguing.

Although not an official follow up to their last full length, The Crane Wife, the project has been dubbed Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, and will unfold in three glorious volumes, beginning this October. Curiously it includes a song about outed C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame Wilson, entitled "Valerie Plame," described as being from "the point-of-view of one of Plame's inside contacts upon discovering her true identity. The song in true Meloy tradition is an amorous tribute to the onetime CIA operative." You can buy it on October 14 in Volume I, or you can watch it performed live on Late Night with Conan O’Brien the night of 11/3. (That's Election Eve for my friends living in Canada's basement.)

The other details: Three volumes, all out on vinyl and digitally. The first volume will be out October 14 and will feature "Valerie Plame" and "O New England." Volume II contains "Days Of Elaine / Days Of Elaine (Long)" and "I'm Sticking With You," out November 4. The last installment, which has been titled Volume III (that's three for the non-Anicient Roman readers), comprises "Record Year" and "Raincoat Song." This last one comes out December 2. All three volumes come digitally via Capitol Records, and on 12" vinyl via the band's Y.A.B.B./Jealous Butcher Records.

Pre-order all three here and receive it on limited edition colored vinyl.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a delicious post chock full of Decemberists goodness! I love the video drama that the Decemberists put together for O Valencia. The idea of Colin as a dangerous bad man is just too precious.

Have you heard the Valerie Plame song? It's streamed somewhere, but I can't find it right now, and it reminds me somewhat of Dracula's Daughter. But don't tell Colin. I cannot WAIT for the new releases! Great news!