New Decemberists – “The Perfect Crime (Junior Boys Remix)”

If reality TV has taught us anything (it hasn’t), it’s that you can in fact dance to Junior Boys. And the take home from our nights with Colin Meloy? You can dance to the Decemberists too! But apparently Mr. Meloy wants to make the danceability of his proggy chamber pop more evident (and without having to be present to lead in-the-flesh group-boogie exercises). So clear some hard drive space for the Perfect Crime #2 EP, featuring Diplo, A Touch Of Class, and Junior Boys, all taking turns on “The Perfect Crime #2″ remix duty. Unconvinced of the booty shaking ability of Colin’s nasal inflections? Have the Junior Boys remix for free (well, gotta fork over your email addy) by heading here.

What does it sound like? Just like pressing play on your Crane Wife loaded iPod, popping some Mitsubishis, and strolling into your local techno night. Hyperliterate prog pop never sounded so sexy. Or fit for tight tees. About that EP: In addition to the aforementioned remixes, you’ll get a “truncated” version of the title track, billed “The Perfect Crime #2.5.1.” For the completists, we’d reckon.

 

[Pic of the Decemberists from Coachella ’07/Pic of Junior Boys from P4K Fest ’07]

The Perfect Crime #2 EP is out 9/25 via Capitol. But that’s not all from Decemberists land. The band plans to take some time off in ’08 to write and recuperate, but not before one big blow-out tour, set to spend at least two nights in each city it hits. Here’s the twist: During each city’s tour stop, one night will be billed “The Long Of It” (dedicated to tunes 8+ minutes in length), the other dubbed “The Short Of It” (spent on tunes of a lesser duration). Tour dates and ticket info await you after the jump.

10/28 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater (“Long of It”)
10/29 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater (“Short of It”)
11/01 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (“Long of It”)
11/02 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (“Short of It”)
11/03 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum (“Long of It”)
11/04 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum (“Short of It”)
11/06 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Millennium Center (“Long of It”)
11/07 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Millennium Center (“Short of It”)
11/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (“Long of It”)
11/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (“Short of It”)
11/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (“Long of It”)
11/12 – Washington, DC 9:30 Club (“Short of It”)
11/15 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (“Long of It”)
11/16 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (“Short of It”)
11/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater (“Long of It”)
11/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater (“Short of It”)
11/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (“Long of It”)
11/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (“Short of It”)
11/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (“Long of It”)
11/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (“Short of It”)
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern (“Long of It”)
11/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern (“Short of It”)
12/01 – San Diego, CA @ Spreckels Theatre (“Long of It”)
12/02 – San Diego, CA @ Spreckels Theatre (“Short of It”)
12/05 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (“Long of It”)
12/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (“Short of It”)
12/07 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (“Long of It”)
12/09 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (“Short of It”)

Presale for the shows (with $10 discount!) starts 8/25 here.