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The Decemberists and The Crane Wife: A Story Coming To You In October


By: Spacelab Research Staff
The Decemberists will release their new album The Crane Wife on October 3rd via Capitol Records. At just over an hour long, it's the result of a wise choice by the band to not to release a double album -- they apparently had 22 songs in rotation, but decided to make the album a 10 song release.

"The last thing we want is a double album. 85 to 90 percent of double records smack of self-indulgence and we just didn't want to hand that to [Capitol]. But it's not like the songs we're cutting are throwaways. We're kinda attached to all the songs we make," said Colin Meloy in a recent Billboard interview.

He went on to say that the album is actually a story about a man who finds a crane and sets it free, only to have a woman show up on his doorstep a few days later. They fall in love and get married, and she begins weaving a cloth to sell and asks him not to look in the room where she's making it. He eventually gives in to his curiosity and looks in the room to find out that the woman is actually the crane, and she's weaving the cloth out her feathers. There you go... I've ruined the whole thing for you. But if the story sounds familiar, it's because it's based on a Japanese folk tale.


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Decemberists: The Crane Wife Track List
01 The Crane Wife 3
02 The Island:
Come and See
The Landlord's Daughter
You'll Not Feel the Drowning
03 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
04 O Valencia!
05 The Perfect Crime #2
06 When the War Came
07 Shankill Butchers
08 Summersong
09 The Crane Wife 1 & 2
10 Sons and Daughters

Decemberists: Tour Dates
08-23 Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo
08-26 Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair
10-17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10-18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10-19 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
10-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10-22 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
10-24 Austin, TX - Stubb's
10-25 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom
10-26 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10-27 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10-29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-30 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-31 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
11-01 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11-03 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11-04 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater
11-05 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
11-04 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
11-07 Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo
11-09 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
11-10 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
11-11 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
11-12 Minneapolis, MI - First Avenue
11-14 Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
11-16 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
11-17 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
11-18 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom

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