"I'm really happy to be playing in a band that appeals to people who I feel I could honestly be friends with." - Colin Meloy

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Rox In the Box
The Decemberists
The King Is Dead
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So while we’re living here, let’s get this little one thing clear

There’s plenty of men to die, you don’t jump your turn

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Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Old Age (detail) (1840) / The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned) (2009)

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"Do your worst, botulism!"

—Colin Meloy Tweeting about artisan, homemade salsa in mason jars. (via radio-freedunmovin)

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Design Questions with Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis is an illustrator, known for her work with the band the Decemberists, her collaboration with her husband Colin Meloy on the Wildwood Chronicles series of children’s books, and a wide range of other editorial work and fine art.

Our conversation took place in the library of the Watzek House.

Caleb Yarian: How did you come to be an illustrator? It’s an interesting story.

Carson Ellis: It is, kind of. 

It is, to other people it certainly is.

Okay, good. 

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Hey Detroit! My alienologist son and I collaborated on a body of work for People’s Biennial which is opening this Friday at MOCAD. We’ve documented a variety of aliens to help educate you on the subject and to introduce their plight to the greater world. As Hank Meloy would say, “Most aliens are very misunderstood.” So come on down if you’re in the neighborhood. We’d love to see you and talk your ear off about outer space.

This is happening this Friday, people of the Motor City & environs.

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The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists

illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, H.J. Ford, and Kay Nielson


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Colin and Carson Birthday Project!


Since (to my knowledge, anyway) this is the only active Decemberists fanblog on tumblr, it seems only fitting to spearhead a birthday project for the man of the hour himself - Colin Meloy.
BUT, it just so happens that Colin Meloy and his creative collaborator (and wife) Carson Ellis, have the same…

Haven’t gotten any submissions yet - reblogging for those who missed it! 

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the decemberists in a nutshell

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why do all online news articles about the decemberists use the same three pictures of the band when this photo exists


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Second session, more to come!

Interesting choice with the blue….I haven’t seen something like that before I love it!

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Jenny Conlee.

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The Decemberists
Five Songs
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oh, if I could only coax you overboard
to leave these lulling shores
to get you oceanside
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Everyday Is Like Sunday (Colin Meloy covering Morrissey)

Trudging slowly over wet sand
Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen
This is the coastal town
That they forgot to close down
Armageddon - come Armageddon!
Come, Armageddon! Come!

Everyday is like Sunday
Everyday is silent and grey

Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard:
"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"
In the seaside town
That they forgot to bomb
Come, come, come - nuclear bomb

Everyday is like Sunday
Everyday is silent and grey

Trudging back over pebbles and sand
And a strange dust lands on your hands
(And on your face…)
(On your face…)
(On your face…)
(On your face…)

Everyday is like Sunday
"Win yourself a cheap tray"
Share some greased tea with me
Everyday is silent and grey


This was my theme song in high school. I’d walk along the beach or around the bay by my church singing this.

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Frederic Leighton, Flaming June (1895) / The Decemberists, Clementine (2002)

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Ok, so, The Decemberists are my favorite band of all time. Their music is astounding, they are amazing musicians and all of their other material is gold. On top of all that, when they get drunk shit like this happens and it’s great because not only is it hilarious, but also actually really fucking good so like go them for being intoxicated and talented.