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What the headline says. Death Cab close out their year of Narrow Stairs and Stereogum takeovers with a stop by Craig Ferguson’s studios in Los Angeles, the band still not knowing why you’d want to live there, but enjoying an introduction full of sonorous gravitas from Inside The Actors Studio’s self-effacing host James Lipton. Gravitas if admitting “the superficiality of most alternative rock makes me want to stick my genitals in a blender” is gravitas. That’s what it means, right? Anyway right there the late night performance is off to a better start than that time they forgot to wear costumes for their Halloween performance on Leno. The song is Stairs standout “Cath…,” which is what they played on Leno, so I guess that’s why Ben’s wearing the same shirt. Meet the “Cath…” shirt you guys.


Narrow Stairs is out via Atlantic. And if you’re looking for a starter pack for the fledgling indie rocker in your life, there’s that Something About Airplanes reissue to consider. See you at the Grammys.

Comments (25)
  1. adam  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    I like James Lipton and all, and I do think he’s funny when he does the creepy announcer thing, but he’s fast approaching Joel Goddard and the red headed announcer guy from Letterman levels. It’s almost expected of him at this point, rather than the professorial interview style that he had for decades.

  2. ben gibbard is disappearing before our very eyes.

  3. Used to Like Ben Gibbard  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    I am sorry, but he kind of looks creepy these days. Also, I hate that weird haircut thing. Is he trying to be an ugly Evan Dando?

    I thought he was kind of cute as a shlubby guy with his glasses and sweaters, he wore that look well. This new thing is almost embarrassing.

    I am fine with him being a jogger now, or smoking crack, or whatever it is that is making him so skinny, but why does he have to do the weird molester hair along with it?

  4. domestic bliss  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    atlantic isn’t feeding ben.

  5. HeyThere  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    That’s because Ben has gone Hollywood. Dating an actress will do that to you.

  6. youwereahottie  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    hoping he will go back to his old look after this tour

  7. eric  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    scrumtralescent

  8. gimme  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    ben, you’re starting to look like a chick (a future older man who looks like a lesbian contender maybe?), please stop

  9. I seriously miss cuddly Ben… Come back to us…. Please? I am worried about our boy.

  10. Britt  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    Wow…Ben really has lost a lot of weight. I miss the old look though.

  11. Stu  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    The superficiality of some of these comments makes me want to stick my genitals in a blender.

  12. John  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    Ben Gibbard gets skinny and he turns into Crispin Glover. Huh.

  13. Toby  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    Ben Gibbard is a cunt. After a show I was at, he was more interested in his iPhone than the bunch of people waiting to meet him.

    • Sherry  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

      I have been a huge DCFC and Ben Gibbard fan for years. I’ve been to several shows and while Chris Walla is always very courteous and friendly and comes to greet those waiting, Ben never had. At an afterparty at the DNC to which we won free tickets, we anxiously awaited the band. Chris was gracious as always, and Ben came out and walked right past the whole 4 or 5 of us who were waiting. Very disappointing and my husband and I felt snubbed. Maybe he’s really shy. I want to still like him, his music is amazing. But yeah, he wasn’t very polite.

  14. Christian  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    ben gibbard is starting to look like johnny depp as willy wonka…

  15. Oh, Craig Ferguson. You may be the most underrated of all the late night has-beens.

  16. zayin_451  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2008 0

    I’m sorry, but are we seriously all sitting around takling about how we wish Ben Gibbard was still fat?

  17. when james lipton is introducing you, you know you’ve really made it.

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