Posted in dance | music | tour dates on August 24, 2007

umbrellaAs you already know, The Decemberists are playing two shows at the new Bowery Presents venue Terminal 5 here in NYC. Those are actually just two dates from a much larger fall tour that has them playing two nights at every venue in every town (that they're playing in) - way more multiple-night stints than Colin Meloy's hero Morrissey (dumb comparison, I know), but there's a catch:

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.
So you kind of have to go to both nights to get it all, which is kind of cool. Maybe pricy? Check the pre-sale on Saturday at noon EST to find out (and, get this - to get one of "A limited number of custom pre-sale tickets created by Decemberists illustrator Carson Ellis"). Collectible tickets. There's a catch too actually:
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.

But wait, there's more: Decemberists REMIXES!

"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).

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

Weird? You can also get the Junior Boys remix for free if you "purchase pre-sale tickets or sign up for The Decemberists' email list". All tour dates below....

THE DECEMBERISTS - "THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT " 2007 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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Comments (19)

Wait, what?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 9:39 AM

honestly, what the f is going on? so they play their long "epic" songs one night and their short "single" songs the next???

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 9:55 AM

yes
long one night
short the next

seems like a silly idea

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 9:57 AM

i'm so confused. don't people just play shows anymore? sounds like someone's marketing team's gotten a little out of control.

Posted by anon | August 24, 2007 10:00 AM

GIMMICKY...like the band

exhibit A: the photo with this post

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 10:10 AM

what have i been telling you people. this bands fallen off the deep end. gotten sucked in by a big budget marketing dept. it's truly sad how the decemberists are evolving as a band.

Posted by ko | August 24, 2007 10:27 AM

Great idea.

Posted by MDK | August 24, 2007 10:34 AM

Well, I think it sounds pretty cool. Though the "long" day will be just three or four songs.

Posted by Stu | August 24, 2007 10:38 AM

I like this. I went to the show they did with the orchestra in Philly, then the Summerstage show the next day and it worked out quite similarly; you got "The Tain" on Sunday and "Sons and Daughters" on Monday. Both shows were great. I'm really looking forward to this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 10:59 AM

its just a way for them to play the same cities over and over and make more shit piles of money. they've done the orchestra tour, now another method. maybe they should try playing different cities like the white stripes or queens of the stone age have done. for my money, i'd go to the short of it nights.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 11:02 AM

They keep their shows interesting rather than touring the same cities and playing the same songs. It is nice to see an indie band play more then 40 dates in a year and call that an extensive tour. It would be nice if they did visit some smaller markets but let's be honest, they won't sell as many tickets.

Posted by Rob | August 24, 2007 11:30 AM

even though they only have a few long songs, maybe they will throw in some covers?

also, the "collectible ticket" is pretty stupid. the last time i had one of those was when weezer did that tour w/ the get up kids and ozma and yahoo made those snazzy tix.

Posted by d | August 24, 2007 11:47 AM

Since I have a pretty short attention span, I'll have to go to the short night.

Posted by Kurt C | August 24, 2007 12:00 PM

My understanding is that the long night will feature the entire Tales from Topographic Oceans suite!

Posted by martyn | August 24, 2007 1:25 PM

i dont know their music but that sounds like a sweet idea. it's also cool that they tour a lot. bands need to tour more! you should be able to see your favorite band multiple times per year without having to buy scalped tickets and shit. of montreal tours a lot and thats sweet. mars volta used to but now they just dont anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2007 2:49 PM

Bring back Tarkio. Sike! I just wanted to be that one music snob who always mentions a band's previous incarnation. (This tour does seem silly though.)

Posted by Reggie | August 24, 2007 8:56 PM

Err, why does the pre-sale page say that the NYC shows are at Bowery? This is just a typo, right?

Posted by Steve | August 25, 2007 11:46 AM

(Not that that would be a bad thing, of course, just not likely.)

Posted by Steve | August 25, 2007 11:51 AM

Presale page has been changed to Terminal 5. Seems only the 2-day pass is available at this time.

Posted by drewo | August 25, 2007 12:52 PM

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