NPR Music to host “intimate”
performance and interview today at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.
By Blurt Staff
The Decemberists have
announced a live video webcast hosted by NPR Music and Oregon Public Broadcasting
taking place today, January 19 at 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET. The hour-long set will
include a very special performance and interview before an intimate audience at
OPB’s studios in the band’s hometown of Portland,
Oregon, and will be webcast at http://www.npr.org/music/. This will mark the
first extended live performance of material from The Decemberists’ acclaimed
new album The King Is Dead, which out
this week on EMI’s Capitol Records.
In the BLURT review of the album our critic enthused, The
Portland quintet strips its sound down to simpler forms, de-emphasizing
conceptual connectivity and sweeping arrangements in favor of more
straightforward melodies and obvious hooks. Leader Colin Meloy deliberately
keeps his song structures simple, sticking with basic folk- and country-rock
tunes that allude more directly to his early inspirations.”
Tomorrow the band will
head Los Angeles to perform “Down by the Water” on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay
Leno”, followed by a trip to New York City to kick off the first leg of their
North American tour with a three-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theater
(January 24-26). Shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Portland
have already sold out.
Meanwhile, The Impossible Project will be presenting a special
gallery exhibition from January 26 to February 29 at the Impossible Project
Space (425 Broadway, 5th floor) in New York City to celebrate their
collaboration with The Decemberists and photographer Autumn de Wilde on the Deluxe
Box Edition of The King Is
Dead. Each of the 2,500 limited edition box sets contain a one-of-a-kind original
Polaroid photo by de Wilde taken during the album’s recording sessions at
Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, and in de
Wilde’s hometown of Los Angeles.
The Impossible Project provided de Wilde with several hundred boxes of the last
remaining original Polaroid film stock for her to embark on the project, and
will present 50 of the photos at the exhibition. Band members and the
photographer will be present to discuss the project at the exhibition’s opening
on January 26.