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There are two groups known to have released music under this name.
(1). The Decemberists are a folk rock band which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band currently consists of Colin Meloy (vocals, guitar), Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, pedal steel guitar), Jenny Conlee (organ, piano, accordion), Nate Query (electric bass, acoustic bass, cello) and John Moen (drums). Notable former members include Rachel Blumberg (drums, vocals) and Jesse Emerson (bass). Read more on Last.fm
2015 What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
2011 iTunes Session: The Decemberists
2011 We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)
2010 The King Is Dead
2009 Hazards of Love
2007 The Crane Wife
2004 Billy Liar
2003 Her Majesty the Decemberists
2003 Castaways and Cutouts
Apr 17, 2019
We’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that our friend Tucker Martine’s studio, Flora, was robbed last month. The burglars made off with about $70,000 worth of guitars, microphones, and various pieces of gear, much of it irreplaceable. The studio was still a work in progress when the robbery occurred; Tucker had just bought the location, had moved all his stuff over from the old Flora, and was in the process of finishing the build-out of what was to be Flora’s fifth and hopefully final residence. You can imagine what kind of hit that would be, both financially and emotionally. Tucker and his family are heartbroken, trying to move on and finish the studio, all the while dealing with an insurance company that has been difficult in the aftermath of the robbery.
As you likely know, The Decemberists' relationship with Tucker and Flora goes way back; he co-produced The Crane Wife with Chris Walla in 2006. We went on to make three more records with Tucker, using whichever iteration of Flora was assembled at the time: Flora was Tucker’s home basement; it was a barn in Happy Valley, OR, where he’d moved most of his outboard gear for one recording session; it was, later, a well-appointed studio in North Portland. We did one-off recordings, demos, and EPs at Flora with Tucker. I recorded two audiobooks, the second and third Wildwood books, at Flora. Most of my vocal takes that are currently out there in the world on songs and records were recorded on the microphones that were stolen from Flora a month ago.
So that’s the bad news.
The good news is this: We’re determined to help Tucker get back on his feet, reclaim or replace the stolen gear, and finish out this latest and greatest iteration of Flora Recording and Playback. We’ve decided to reach out to some friends and organize a benefit concert. http://bit.ly/2Gu5orP
In what may be our one and only show in 2019, The Decemberists are performing at the Crystal Ballroom on June 3rd with Blind Pilot and a few more as-yet unannounced guests. All proceeds from this concert will go to a fund to help defray the costs of the theft at Flora. If you’d like to support further, there’s also a Gofundme campaign underway. Any amount helps! http://bit.ly/2PfV6xY
We’d love it if you came out and showed support for Tucker, his family, and his studio.
Mar 20, 2019
If you came out to one of our shows last year, $1 from each ticket was set aside for charitable contributions. With your help, together we raised over $80,000 supporting organizations doing important work related to autism (The Autistic Self Advocacy Network), social change (Social Justice Fund NW), water restoration (Columbia Riverkeeper and Willamette Riverkeeper), educational services (Bodecker Foundation), and adolescent support and opportunities (Self Enhancement, Inc.). You can find out more about each organization, their work and lend your support by clicking on the links to their pages above.
Photo: Jelmer de Haas // Utrecht, NL
Dec 14, 2018
The 'Traveling On’ EP is available everywhere now! If you don’t have a copy yet, find order options here, including 10” gold vinyl, CD, and digital: https://Decemberists.lnk.to/TravelingOn-EPFP
All physical purchases of the EP include an immediate digital download.
Dec 05, 2018
We've added new items to our holiday sale! Shop now for up to 50% off select items and free shipping on all US orders of $75 or more at DecemberistsShop.com
Nov 30, 2018
We’re pleased to share that the title track from the ‘Traveling On’ EP is streaming now: https://Decemberists.lnk.to/TravelingOn-EPFP
Pre-order bundles are still available, including CD & 10” gold vinyl (released everywhere December 14, except UK/EU, released December 21), and a limited t-shirt.
Nov 27, 2018
Back in 2015, we performed “Oceanside” in bed for sick kids who are stuck in theirs as part of Children's Cancer Association's MyMusicRx #Bedstock.
Make a difference by donating today at Bedstock.com. #GivingTuesday
Nov 20, 2018
We’re having a holiday sale in the Decemberists Shop with 50% off select apparel, posters, and more. PLUS, save on Illimat with a $50 bundle, including the Illimat Board Game, The Crane Wife Expansion, and Initiate Pin. Save now through the holidays at DecemberistsShop.com
Nov 19, 2018
ICYMI: ‘Traveling On’ EP pre-order bundles are available now, including CD & 10” gold vinyl (released everywhere December 14, except UK/EU, released December 21), and a limited t-shirt. EP purchases include a digital download upon release and an instant download of "Traveling On" and "Tripping Along (Full Band Version).” Shop now: http://bit.ly/2Tsjyya
Nov 15, 2018
Here we are, in the final days of the YOUR GIRL/YOUR GHOST tour, the release of our 8th record, 'I’ll Be Your Girl,' a bare glimmer in the fogged rear-view mirror of time. Perhaps other bands would be content to rest on the laurels of another successful record released, another romp about the globe put to bed — BUT NOT THE DECEMBERISTS. No, folks, we have one last thing we’d like to impart to you before we go into our deserved siesta: We are announcing the 'Traveling On EP'!
This little bugger is a sharp twenty-one minutes of songs that were recorded during the 'I’ll Be Your Girl' sessions but never quite found a home on the album those sessions produced. What’s the tracklisting, you ask? Look no further:
1. Down On The Knuckle
2. I Will Not Say Your Name
3. Tripping Along (Full Band Version)
4. Midlist Author
5. Traveling On
This EP will be out on compact disc, 10” vinyl and, as is the mode, digital bits via your preferred streaming service. However, if you order it now via the Decemberists shop, you can opt to receive a bespoke t-shirt as well. Vinyl copies will include a coupon for a digital download.
PLUS: if you order the EP through our web shop, you’ll INSTANTLY have access to digital files of two songs — "Traveling On" and "Tripping Along (Full Band Version)."
10” vinyl & CD released everywhere on December 14, except UK/EU, released December 21. Shop all pre-order options here: https://Decemberists.lnk.to/TravelingOnEPFP
Nov 05, 2018
We’ll have this limited edition poster designed by Jim Stoten at the merch table, while they last! See all remaining tour dates and find tickets at Decemberists.com
Nov 04, 2018
The final leg of the YOUR GIRL/YOUR GHOST World Tour for 2018 kicks off tonight in Dublin. We’ll have this limited edition screen printed poster designed by Tony Millionaire available at the merch table. Visit Decemberists.com for show details and tickets.
Oct 23, 2018
The YOUR GIRL/YOUR GHOST tour goes international. Bristol and Berlin are sold out and others are moving quickly. Tickets available now at Decemberists.com
Oct 06, 2018
...these #hazardsoflove...never more will trouble us ❤️💀❤️ (until...?) thank you BOSTON thank you 💋BOSTON💋thank you!
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 01, 2018
Thank you, Tulsa!❤️ #yourgirlyourghosttour
Sep 28, 2018
GA and VIP tickets are on sale now for Colin’s solo show at The Old Church Concert Hall on January 19 to benefit Victory Academy, a school for kids on the autism spectrum. ticketf.ly/2OaoGa1
Sep 27, 2018
New Orleans, we really, really, really love you.
Sep 25, 2018
The future is voting. Register to vote with HeadCount by texting “VOTER” to 40649 or visit http://HeadCount.org #NationalVoterRegistrationDay
Sep 24, 2018
Colin will be performing at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR on January 19 to benefit Victory Academy, a school for kids on the autism spectrum.
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28 at 10AM PT: http://bit.ly/2NyQR2Y
The YOUR GIRL / YOUR GHOST tour continues tonight in Hamilton, ON. Get your tickets now and be sure to swing by the merch table for the latest silk screened tour poster, designed by Tony Millionaire and limited to 300 copies.
Sep 05, 2018
Listen to the latest episode of Song Exploder where Colin shares the making of The Decemberists’ song “Once In My Life”.