New “Long Live The King” EP Caps Brilliant and Painful Year For The Decemberists

2011 was a year of ups and downs for [lastfm]The Decemberists[/lastfm], as they launched the most successful album of their career, and stood nervously by as one of their own battled cancer. The album, The King Is Dead, was met with critical acclaim and was hugely popular with fans, expanding the band’s once-niche audience and launching them into the mainstream. They toured heavily throughout the year, all the while keeping a close eye on bandmember Jenny Conlee who was diagnosed with and fought back against breast cancer. To cap off this incredible year, today the band releases an EP of songs from the King sessions titled Long Live The King.

In addition to four songs that were recorded during the original King sessions, the Long Live The King EP contains a rare and beautiful cover of the [lastfm]Grateful Dead[/lastfm]‘s classic “Row Jimmy.” Here’s a clip of frontman Colin Meloy and the band doing justice to [lastfm]Jerry Garcia[/lastfm]‘s memory, live in Boulder, CO earlier this year.

The full track listing for Long Live The King is as follows:

1. E. Watson
2. Foregone
3. Burying Davy
4. I 4 U & U 4 Me (Home Demo)
5. Row Jimmy
6. Sonnet

Grab your copy of the Long Live The King EP now at iTunes and Amazon.

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