PRESALE TODAY: The Decemberists to play the entire Hazards of Love album live with video/animation accompaniment at UCLA in October at Royce Hall

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The Decemberists Hazards of Love with video accompaniment at Royce Hall UCLA

this one pretty much sells itself, Angelenos. there is a presale this morning at 10:00 am PST via the Decemberists website (link here) for a live performance of the Hazards of Love album from beginning to end with video accompaniment, as is the vogue with indie superstars these days. it all goez downz at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus on October 19th. (pretty close to jesus satan’s birthday, folks. hint, hint, wink, wink.)
they’re also touring the rest of the US for the most part playing the whole album, but all y’all get left out from the trippy visuals and cartoonz. so sorry, America, once again Los Angeles rulz and the rest of the United States drulz. (suck it, TINT.) more info direct from the Decemberists’ mailing list at the jump after the video, including dates for New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and the rest of America aka the middle of nowhere.

Points of Order:
• The Hazards of Love gets a Visualizer!
• Band to perform live with the animation in LA
• Tour dates, tour dates! Last chance to see HoL!

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

September has arrived. Things once new now fade and dry and fall. The air has grown crisp in the mornings. The movies in the theaters arrive just a little more serious, each one mining the potentials of human despair a little more concisely and sentimentally, their starlets’ dewy eyes gazing upwards in wonder at what the Academy might bestow.

And so, dear readers, we Decemberists would like to announce something we’ve had in our proverbial pressure cooker for a while now: Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized. During the making of The Hazards of Love, we Decemberists were secreted away in an underground vault by the suits at Capitol, with only a tape machine, a handful of mics, and a bag of peanut butter and honey sandwiches with which to wile our time. Occasionally, the then-president and CEO of the company, Walter M. Klammerdale, would visit this subterranean crypt, built in ancient Roman sewer tunnels miles below the Capitol tower, to check on our progress. Klammerdale, a ponytailed relic of the business and self-described “psychedelic cosmonaut,” would casually ingest upwards of 600 mg of high fructose blotter acid at each meeting, demanding more and more outlandish things of the band. Chris Funk must play this guitar line in his pajamas. Colin must sing this lead vocal without ever having heard the backing track. Nate Query must kegel. And, most terribly, Jenny must play all her piano parts on a keyboard made entirely from the finger bones of mummified Los Angelinos. Notably, he commissioned four seasoned animators to provide a visualizer of sorts, an hour-long animation to accompany the music of Hazards of Love, that would play on a loop on a giant flat-screen television in the middle of the vault. Well, the long and short of it is this: we finished the record, released it, Klammerdale disappeared while on a vision quest in Joshua Tree, and a Capitol intern, while sweeping the ancient underground Roman vault one day, discovered the DVD of the visualizer.

And so: we Decemberists are pleased to announce the official release of Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized, a collaboration between the band and four filmmakers, Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Maria — each of whom have created an animation to accompany a section of the music. At Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles on October 19, The Decemberists will perform the entire piece synchronized with the animation, as well as an additional second set of older and newer material. A limited presale will be underway Wednesday at 10am PST at General tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 18.

And, incidentally, autumn marks your last opportunity to catch the “A Short Fazed Hovel” Tour, in which the band is playing The Hazards of Love in its entirety, along with a second set of random material. Check for your city in the list of dates below!

September 18, University of Maine Collins Center, Orono, Maine *
September 19, Terminal 5, New York, NY**
September 20, Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT
September 21, Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
September 23, Norva, Norfolk, VA
September 24, Charlottesville Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA
September 25, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC
September 26, Classic Center, Athens, GA
September 27, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
September 29, St. Augustine Amphitheater, Augustine, FL
September 30, Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
October 2, House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX
October 3, Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
October 4, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
October 6, Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, KY
October 7, Ninth Street Fallfest, Columbia, MO
October 8, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 9, State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
October 18, Treasure Island Festival, San Francisco, CA
October 19, UCLA Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA
November 18, Forum, London, UK
November 19, Coronet, London, UK
November 21, Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, NL

* The Maine show will be a standard, non Hazards of Love show.
**The New York City show will be a special ‘lottery’ show

The Decemberists

5 thoughts on “PRESALE TODAY: The Decemberists to play the entire Hazards of Love album live with video/animation accompaniment at UCLA in October at Royce Hall

  1. @TINT
    you’re not the only one who can search WTTD’s archives to point out glaring flip-floppery. from TINT:

    “You know em, you love em, and today they’re officially back. This is the opening track after the intro. My favorite? It’s a decent album, confused because of it’s original stage play intentions. But I’m always willing to listen to his keen, old-fashioned storytelling. Actually old-fashioned is a little too recent, more like medieval.”

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