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The Decemberists announce The King Is Dead box set

on November 30, 2010, 10:27am

decemberists box set  The Decemberists announce The King Is Dead box set

Box sets, though impressive musical releases that offer the listener a bounty of sonics from their most beloved artist, are a dime a dozen. Filled with the actual album and outtakes and bonus stuff, it’s hard to tell one 124-page booklet from the next. But when it comes to the newly unveiled box set for their upcoming sixth album, The King Is Dead, The Decemberists are offering fans something new: one-of-a-kind photos. What, no commemorative guitar picks?

Courtesy of photographer Autumn de Wilde, each of the 2,500 limited edition box sets will come sporting a unique Polaroid photo capturing a scene from the album’s recording sessions. According to an issued press release, de Wilde’s work was made possible by The Impossible Project, who provided her with the vintage Type 100 “peel-apart” Polaroid film necessary to capture the 2,500 individual photos that were taken during the sessions at Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, Oregon, and in de Wilde’s hometown of Los Angeles, California.

Of course, the set will also come with the standard box set amenities, including the CD itself, a 180-gram white vinyl with exclusive cover, a 72-page hardcover booklet with 250 more photos from de Wilde, and a 30-minute making of DVD by Aaron Rose entitled Pendarvia.

Pre-orders are available now at the band’s official site. The King Is Dead hits stores January 18th via Capitol Records. Also, check out the band on tour starting this January.

The Decemberists 2011 Tour Dates:
01/24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
01/25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
01/26 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
01/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
01/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
01/31 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia De Montreal *
02/01 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy *
02/02 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
02/04 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
02/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre #
02/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre #
02/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre #
02/09 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre #
02/10 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
02/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
02/13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues-San Diego #
02/14 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
02/18 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Ballroom #
02/19 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
03/04 – Dublin, UK @ Vicar Street
03/05 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
03/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Institute
03/08 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Academy
03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
03/11 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Academy
03/13 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
03/14 – Amstersam, NL @ Paradiso
03/16 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

* = w/ Wye Oak
# = w/ Mountain Man

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