If the Decemberists were an article of clothing . . . ,

“bloomers” . . . they would be bloomers, according to an interview they gave to CFRC-FM on 29 March 2004, recently posted at a Decemberists fansite. (You have to join the group to download the interview.) For bloomers themselves, see left. “This will prove a change of dress indeed, but we do not look to see it generally adopted, by any means,” wrote the editors of Gleason’s Pictorial, when they captioned this lithograph (14 June 1851). “The press have encouraged it because it is so bold and laughable; public taste will soon condemn it, however.”

Meanwhile, in other news, Matt Cibula has finally spilled the beans about our sordid past together.