Entries tagged with: The Decemberists
by Andrew Sacher
photo by John Clark
Portland's Eyelids is the project of The Decemberists' John Moen, and Chris Slusarenko who was a Guided by Voices member in the 2000s (both also played together in the Robert Pollard-fronted Boston Spaceships). Their upcoming self-titled EP was produced by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck (who's also contributed to The Decemberists), and his band's jangly alt-rock isn't too far removed from the EP's new single, "Bound To Let You Down." That premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
The EP comes out June 23 via Jealous Butcher and the band's own Schizophonic Records, and features one other original song, as well as covers of John Cale's "Only Time Will Tell" and The Dream Syndicate's "Halloween." A limited edition colored vinyl version is also being released, which includes a download card with three exclusive live videos, one of which has Stephen Malkmus performing "Hey Joe" with the band.
Last year, Eyelids released a split with Woolen Men. Listen to the new song below...
photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is releasing a new solo album called The Traveler on May 12 via ATO. For the recording, he was backed by Black Prairie (aka most of The Decemberists except Colin Meloy), and the record also features guitar work from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. You can get a taste from the folk-rockin' single "Most In The Summertime," below.
Rhett's also got a tour coming up that runs from late April though late June. That tour has him in NYC on June 24 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on presale to VinoFile members now. General on-sale starts soon.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
photos: Lucius @ Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Brooklyn's Lucius will soon be on the road, doing stretches with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Before that, they'll play a free hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27, sponsored by Steve Madden. You still need to claim your free tickets via Ticketmaster and they become available on Friday (3/27) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the MHOW show, below...
Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival returns this year from June 5-7 at Downtown's Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg are headlining, and the rest of the lineup includes The Decemberists, Brand New, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Temples, The Front Bottoms, Atmosphere, Reverend Horton Heat, Old Crow Medicine Show, Matt & Kim, Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers and more. Still more acts TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ben Gibbard w/ DCFC in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
At a solo show this past October, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard performed a cover of "Archie, Marry Me" off indie popsters Alvvays' self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl. He called it his favorite song of 2014, and he's not the only one who loved it. He puts a cool spin on it, kind of making it sound like an older Death Cab song. Check out the professional video, courtesy of KEXP, Starbucks, and STG (via Stereogum), below.
Alvvays will soon head out on tour with The Decemberists, the band fronted by Colin Meloy, who despite what you may think, is a different person than Ben Gibbard. (Coincidentally, we posted an old video of them performing together today.) That tour hits NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre, which is sold out. Four days earlier, Alvvays headline their own NYC show at Bowery Ballroom (4/2), which is also sold out. And in June, The Decemberists return to NYC for Governors Ball, which is not sold out.
The Decemberists will release their first new album since 2011 next week (1/20), and you can stream it here. Earlier this week, Death Cab for Cutie announced that their first new album since 2011 will be out this year as well.
Ben Gibbard video below...
The Decemberists have already dropped a handful of songs from their upcoming seventh album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (due 1/20 via Capitol), and they've now made the whole thing available to listen to on iTunes Radio.
Watch the lyric video for the album's newest single, "A Beginning Song," below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Having shared "Make You Better" and "Lake Song" from their new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, The Decemberists have now put out a third new single, "The Wrong year." Check out the lyric video below.
The album will be out January 20 via Capitol, and they'll be on tour with Alvvays soon too.
The Decemberists already put out "Make You Better" from their upcoming album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (due 1/20 via Capitol), and now they've released a second single, "Lake Song." Check it out below, via its lyric video which also includes in-studio footage of the band.
You may have already heard The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" from their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but you can now check out the video. It stars their old Parks & Rec buddy Nick Offerman as host of a '70s German TV show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show which is clearly a blend of The Old Grey Whistle Test and Rockpalast. After a brief and awkward interview with Colin Meloy, The Decemberists take the stage as a romantic drama featuring Offerman plays out behind the scenes. Funny and a little sweet, it was directed by Bill Fishman, who some of you may remember as making the 1988 cult classic Tapeheads. Watch it below.
Alvvays at Seaport Music Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Toronto pop charmers Alvvays are still in the midst of their North American tour with fellow Canadians Absolutely Free (which hit NYC a couple weeks back). They'll have a couple months off before loading up the van again, this time to open for The Decemberists on their 2015 tour, including the NYC stop at Beacon Theatre on April 6. Tickets to that show just went on Decemberists fan club presale (but look to have sold out of those already) and there will be an AmEx, Chase and local presale on Thursday (11/20) at noon and the public on-sale begins at 11 AM on Friday (11/21).
All Alvvays tour dates are listed below...
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, The Decemberists are releasing their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World on January 20 via Capitol, and now they've announced a tour in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (11/21) at 11 AM local time with a fan presale beginning Wednesday (11/19) at 10 AM local time. There's also AmEx and Chase presales for the NYC show starting Thursday (11/20) at noon.
The album's lead single "Make You Better" will also be out on Record Store Day Black Friday. Stream that, with the list of tour dates, below...
photo by Autumn de Wilde
This past Friday, The Decemberists put out a trailer for their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (due 1/20 via Capitol) that featured a clip of the song "Make You Better" and they mentioned there was more to come on Monday. Here we are on Monday and the band has released "Make You Better" via a kaleidoscopic visualizer. Listen/watch below.
Last week, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy announced the band's new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World while busking some of its songs in Williamsburg. You can now hear a clip of the studio version of one of those, "Make Me Better," in the new trailer for the album, which also confirms that it will be out on January 20 via Capitol. More to come on Monday, the band says. Stay tuned.
Watch the trailer below...
Colin busking in Williamsburg on Friday (via @blackbrancher)
This past Friday (10/24), Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy busked in Williamsburg at Bedford and N. 7th, and used the opportunity to announce the band's new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Colin played in front of a mural of the album artwork and performed new songs "Make Me Better" and "Lake Song," as well as older Decemberists songs and covers of Jackson C. Frank and Morrissey.
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this year, The Decemberists played their first shows since 2011, and now they have new music on the way... which you can preview in like 20 minutes from now. Frontman Colin Meloy tweeted that he'll be busking in Williamsburg at Bedford and N 7th at 11:30 AM and will be playing new Decemberists songs. "I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy," he adds.
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
by Andrew Sacher
Black Prairie, aka 4/5 of The Decemberists plus singer Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld, put out a new album, Fortune, earlier this year via Sugar Hill. The album sees them taking a brighter, more song-oriented approach with Annalisa's vocals in the forefront. You can stream it in full (via AV Club) and watch the video for single "Let It Out," below.
Black Prairie have now announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on September 11 at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video and album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Breaking the fourth wall: Bob & Colin
Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is out today and you can stream the whole thing (and buy it) over at Merge. Current single "I Don't Know You Anymore" just got a very enjoyable video, directed by Alicia J. Rose (of Miss Murgatroid) which has The Decemberists' Colin Meloy schooling Bob on Social Media Marketing (including his band's new app Morph, which promises to "change the way thinking people think about thinking...about ordering kale-infused donuts at 2 AM"). You can watch that -- there are a few other cameos too -- below.
Bob, who we knew was playing Denver and Toronto Riot Fests and other festivals, also just announced a late summer/early fall tour which includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 10 & 11 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13. Tickets for the NYC shows are on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/4) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the "I Don't Know You Anymore" video, below...
The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'
The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.
Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...
Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.
Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...