Off the Decemberists' newsletter:

Cutting straight to the chase: we Decemberists are pleased (and not just pleased, but pleasêd) to announce, here in 72 dpi glory, the dates of Phase One of the "A Short Fazed Hovel" Tour 2009. Before we throw those dates out, we feel it important to remind you that the online ticket pre-sale is currently underway (except for Boston and Philly, whose pre-sales will start Wednesday). Click HERE to get going on that!

And without further ado, here's Phase One:

May 19 - Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
May 20 - Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA
May 21 - McDonald Theater - Eugene, OR
May 24 - Wilma Theatre - Missoula, MT
May 26 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
May 27 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
May 29 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
May 31 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
June 1 - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion - Columbus, OH
June 3 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
June 4 - Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
June 5 - The National - Richmond, VA
June 6 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA
June 9 - Bank of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
June 10 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
June 11-14 - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, TN

Now, before you get your boyfriend's borrowed boxer-briefs in a clove hitch because your particular city of residence is not on that list, remember, dear Mailing List Recipient, that this is merely Phase One. Decemberists HQ will be doling out more information as, you know, it seems pertinent.

Public on-sale will happen on Friday, the 13th of February. The day before Valentine's Day. The Decemberists would like everyone to know that although this is a happy coincidence, considering that our new record is called The Hazards of Love and deals heavily with the potential pitfalls of romance, it is purely an act of coincidence; not the machinations of major record label's over-eager marketing department. That's right: higher powers were involved.

The format of the tour is simple. The show will consist of two sets: one in which we Decemberists perform the record, The Hazards of Love, in its entirety (joined onstage by the immeasurable talents of M'mes Becky Stark and Shara Worden), and another where we perform a tidy selection of older material.

And what better way to dispel the jitters of performing a dense, 58 minute piece of music for the first time than to play it headlining NPR's SXSW showcase in Austin, TX, on March 18th, which will be in turn broadcast and webcast to hundreds of thousands of listeners? Well, we'll be doing just that. Hope to see you there!

Oh and: The Hazards of Love is out on Capitol Records on March 24th. And as always, to keep abreast of things Decemberist, consider joining up with the /orate forum on decemberists.com: http://orate.decemberists.com


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Raggedy Annie will hopefully be seeing the SXSW show.
I'm just hoping to secure Radio City tickets.

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