blags of matt
(2616 days ago)newport
it was in the news
Our friends gave a performance npr recorded on Saturday.

We also learn more about the fabled hurdy gurdy.
I will be home then, my crane wife, my sons and daughters, dirigible, untraceable now
don't knock it til' you try it
This kid surprised me. I was expecting another mediocre Decemberists cover, but I really enjoy watching his performance.

I leave you with four benedictions and one Mr. Worm, PhD:
down together, dr worm, when i spin my stick
(2748 days ago)we see you
you can't hide from the internet
Cool recording session:
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(2753 days ago)almost time
almost almost almost
In approximately two hours The Decemberists will be playing The Hazards of Love live at SXSW and streamed on NPR (great quality). If you missed the live performance you can still catch the recording.

If you're wasting time until the show, check out the Vampire Weekend session from last year's SXSW (recorded March 13, 2008).
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(2762 days ago)so it leaked
it's a plot for wider exposure...
I was cruising through my Decemberists YouTube RSS Feed today and what did I find? A new Colin Meloy tribute video? Sadly, no. Turns out Hazards leaked on March 7.

Find a copy, enjoy, buy a copy and go to some shows!
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(2772 days ago)premature ordering
my doctor says it's natural
Pre-order Hazards of Love and other schwag at ye olde official shope. The first 750 CDs and 250 LPs will be signed by everyone in the band!

One of the signed orders will win an official Decemberists baglama and two free concert tickets!

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cover to avoid spillage
Brian and Grayson rock it:
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(2790 days ago)A Short Fazed Hovel
throw those dates out
Straight from the Colin's mouth, we have the Phase One tour schedule!

Our friends will play The Hazards of Love in its entirety at each venue followed by a short selection of the reasons we fell in love with them.

The tour starts May 19 and concludes at Bonnaroo on June 14. You can grab presale tickets now at the Decemberists presale ticket site. Your best prices for tickets will be through the presale site. Grab 'em while you can!

Tickets officially go on sale Feb 13 through normal outlets.

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(2797 days ago)how bad do you want it
want it good
I think I just found a reason to go to SXSW:

Our venerable The Decemberists will perform The Hazards of Love live to open SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Are you keeping up with your dates? The album will be performed live a week before its official release!

The performance will be streamed and archived at NPR's SXSW site

Looks like flights from San Jose to Austin for March 17 to March 21 are around $200. So tempting...
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this is why we fight... come hell...
The Zoot
Full version, but low quality:

The first 3 minutes of the above video, but much better quality and recorded closer to the stage:


Isn't it a lovely night? and The Rake's Song
"Starting you out at chapter 4..." (he's sort of elven) (also, this song is played by an in tune guitar):

Hazards of Love (1 + 2?)

For clearer versions click the videos to go to youtube then hit "watch in high quality."
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(2811 days ago)about
why are you here?
We're waiting with bated breath for the next album from The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love. If you have better performance videos or more details email me.

The Hazards of Love will be released on March 24, 2009 on Capitol Records.

what we know
The album is one theme (as confirmed on a recent NPR Interview).

01. Prelude
02. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
03. A Bower Scene
04. Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
05. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
06. The Queen's Approach
07. Isn't it a Lovely Night?
08. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
09. An Interlude
10. The Rake's Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

known track performances
Hazards of Love x 2 (which two?)
Isn't It A Lovely Night with The Rake's Song
The Zoot

Colin's NPR Archive
Decemberists NPR Archive
Live performances from

live performances worth downloading (general Decemberists interest, not Hazards specific)
(Colin Only) The Orange Peel (track 11 is some Hazards songs and awesome guy in the audience provides accompaniment for Engine Driver and Perfect Crime #2)
The 40 Watt (watch out for screaming guy during The Tain)
Messiah College (has Perfect Crime #1 and amusing banter)
WFPK Radio Show (Crane Wife performed in-order with a sad interviewer who doesn't know much)
Symphony Tour at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (because I was there)

street cred
My concert attendance:
Fall 2005 - The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA.
Fall 2006 - The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA.
Summer 2007 - Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA (with ASO).
Spring 2008 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (Colin Only)
Fall 2008 - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA.

The first concert I went to in 2005 was full of hardcore Decemberists fans. There was a strength and power in the air from everyone knowing the words to every song. They opened with The Tain. The atmopshere was charged with plenty of room for breathing, jumping, and moving around. I was in the crowd near Thor, Mr. NPC, and some girls in the audience.

The 2006 concert was annoyingly crowded. The word had gotten out about The Decemberists and fair weather fans took over the experience. This was my first exposure to Colin performing his Culling of the Fold phone call maneuver. I was in the crowd near some girls asking me about the cartoon Peter and the Wolf.

The summer 2007 concert with the symphony was a blast. I had a front-row seat about 20 feet from the stage. The audience was full of summer concert series subscribers and I ended up seated next to two lame girls who didn't stand up or sing the entire time. This was the most age skewed Decemberists event I've attended.

Spring 2008 brings me to my first Colin Meloy only concert. Now we're back to mostly hardcore fans with great vocals emanating from the audience.
Fall 2008 is largely disappointing. Overcrowded venue coupled with too many people who don't know what to do ruined the mood. The energy of a Decemberists concert from 2005 isn't there anymore. Success is a bitch. I was standing next to a very tall gentleman and his girlfriend who were both strong Decemberists fans.