It’s not exactly like Colin & The Gang have been out of sight since dropping The Crane Wife, but sure and yes, a new batch of Decemberists songs sounds great thank you. As far as we know the promise for an album in 2009 still stands, although this is not it; the project’s dubbed Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, and will unfold in three volumes, beginning this October. As you already read a few inches above, it includes a song about outed C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame, entitled “Valerie Plame,” press-release described as being from “the point-of-view of one of Plame’s inside contacts upon discovering her true identity, the song is an amorous tribute to the onetime CIA operative.” You can buy it on 10/14 in Volume I, or you can watch it performed live on Conan the night of 11/3 aka Election Eve. Very political, these Decemberists. Lots of purchase info below.
Here’s the press release rehash: You’ve got three volumes, all out on vinyl and digitally. The first volume will be out 10/14 and will feature “Valerie Plame” and “O New England.” Volume II contains “Days Of Elaine / Days Of Elaine (Long)” and “I’m Sticking With You,” out 11/4. The last installment, which has been titled Volume III in keeping with conventions of roman numerals and logic, comprises “Record Year” and “Raincoat Song.” This last one comes out 12/2. All three volumes come digitally via Capitol, and on 12″ vinyl via the band’s Y.A.B.B./Jealous Butcher Records. Pre-order all three here and receive it on limited edition colored vinyl.