Posted in music | tour dates on September 2, 2008


The Decemberists will release Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series this fall. The three volumes will be available digitally and on 12" vinyl. Volume 1, comprised of "Valerie Plame" and "O New England," will be released on October 14th. The band will give "Valerie Plame" its national television debut on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on November 3rd, the eve of the United States presidential election. Written from the point-of-view of one of Plame's inside contacts upon discovering her true identity, the song is an amorous tribute to the onetime CIA operative.

Volume II and Volume III of Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series will be released on November 4th and December 2nd respectively. The series will be available digitally at DSPs, released by Capitol Records, and on 12" vinyl via The Decemberists' own label, Y.A.B.B. Records/Jealous Butcher Records. Fans who pre-order all three singles through the band's website will receive a limited edition version on colored vinyl. The vinyl will also be available at select independent retail stores (go to to find out where). In the U.K., Rough Trade will release the series digitally and on 7" vinyl.

There's a presale going on now for November tour dates that include a show at Terminal 5 in NYC AND a show at the new Wellmont Theater in Montclair. All dates and the above-mentioned singles tracklists, below...

Track listings for Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series:

Volume I. Valerie Plame / O New England
Release date: October 14, 2008

Volume II. Days of Elaine / Days of Elaine (long) and I'm Sticking With You
Release date: November 4, 2008

Volume III. Record Year / Raincoat Song
Release date: December 2, 2008

The Decemberists - 2008 Tour Dates
11/3 - will perform "Valerie Plame" on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien
11/5 - Terminal 5 New York,NY
11/6 - Orpheum Theater Boston,MA
11/7 - Electric Factory Philadelphia,PA
11/8 - Rams Head Live! Baltimore,MD
11/9 - Cornell University - Barton Hall Ithaca,NY
11/11 - Wellmont Theatre MONTCLAIR,NJ
11/24 - Wiltern Los Angeles,CA
11/25 - Warfield Theater San Francisco,CA
11/29 - Crystal Ballroom Portland,OR
11/30 - Moore Theatre Seattle,WA



Comments (25)


Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:46 AM

Montclair! Niiice

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:48 AM

damn, november is busy!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

Yes, thank you Decemberists, hardest working band out there.

Posted by Mike Loooooooooooowery | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM

valerie plame is an awesome song, videos of it have been floating around youtube for a few months

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:22 AM

Here's hoping for no illnesses this time around.

Colin played Valerie Plame one of the nights at the WHOM show and it was terrific.

He also played some odd song about a man who comes across two lovers in a forest and tells his murderous tale. Anyone remember the name of that one?

Posted by Bob Roberts | September 2, 2008 11:28 AM

Get a job!

Posted by Bob Roberts Dad | September 2, 2008 11:37 AM

Get a job!

Posted by Bob Roberts Dad | September 2, 2008 11:42 AM

OMFG Terminal 5 is soooooooo gay! Smaller/cooler venues 4life.

Posted by BV Board Complainer | September 2, 2008 11:58 AM

isn't that the day after election day?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:29 PM

November's looking good. Great shows, Obama will be prez and all the right-wing fucks will be freaking out looking for tax shelters for fear that the liberal hordes will take their hard-speculated money.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:37 PM

just found out 'Portland-based band Loch Lomond will open on the tour'

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 2, 2008 12:52 PM

Did anyone buy through the pre-sale. I did and for the first time ever, I now have a fradulent charge on my account from DRI*ELEMENT5.COM. Google'd it and as it turns out tons of people have a fraudlent charge from them....did anyone else have this happen to them?

Posted by Bob Roberts | September 2, 2008 1:17 PM

Why is my dad telling me to get a job? twice even. I should tell him to get a job so he can fill up my trust fund. Yeah dad, GET A JOB!

Posted by Bob Roberts | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

Leave Bob alone! You can't harass people that have to wear a helmet 24/7!

Posted by Bob Roberts' Mom | September 2, 2008 2:05 PM

I'd think that one of Valerie Plame's "inside contacts" would've known her "true identity."

Posted by [rolls eyes] | September 2, 2008 10:12 PM

@bob roberts

that is a set of songs. The one you are talking about called 'Rake'

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:35 AM

so they are definatly coming to Boston??

Posted by cwf | September 3, 2008 12:42 PM

No, they are just selling tickets to the Nov 6th Orpheum show in Boston so they can cancel it later.

Posted by CWF the Retard | September 3, 2008 12:58 PM

that's funny because it's possibly true.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:21 PM

does anyone have the terminal 5 setlist? i couldn't get one this time

Posted by jeffre | November 6, 2008 9:31 PM

yes, a setlist would be very very nice

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 2:54 PM

Great show the other night!

Here was the setlist:
-Shanty For The Arethusa
-July, July
-Dreams [Fleetwood Mac] intro>Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
-Valerie Plame
-O New England
-The Bachelor and The Bride
-The Engine Driver
-We Both Go Down Together (w/Amanda from Loch Lomond on viola (?))
-Record Year For Rain (w/Amanda from Loch Lomond on viola (?))
-The Perfect Crime #2
-Days of Elaine
-O Valencia!>Dracula's Daughter interlude
-Culling of the Fold
-The Chimbley Sweep>
-16 Military Wives
-The Mariner's Revenge Song
-Raincoat Song (Colin Meloy and John Moen)
-Eli, The Barrow Boy (Colin+Jenny Conlee+Chris Funk)
-Sons And Daughters (w/Loch Lomond)

Posted by Paul | November 7, 2008 3:33 PM

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