Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album's title is taken from a line in the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade".
The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums. This is the band's only full-length release with Ezra Holbrook on drums. (He played drums on the 5 Songs EP and performed backing vocals on The Crane Wife.)
Castaways and Cutouts received mostly positive reviews. The album ranked #89 on Under the Radar's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s and #96 on Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2000-2004. It also ranked #79 on JustPressPlay's Top 100 albums of the 2000s.