New Death Cab For Cutie – “Little Bribes” (Stereogum Premiere)

Amrit Singh | March 23, 2009 - 11:17 am

Ben Gibbard first started playing this track on his solo acoustic tour with David Bazan in ’07. Then it was called “Casino Blues,” and after hearing its shiny happy strum we said it “doesn’t sound like Death Cab material per se, but [it’s] a nice pick up for Gibbard die hards.” The song’s official release two years later fits that bill: “Little Bribes” is one of four new Death Cab songs from the Narrow Stairs sessions that didn’t fit that record’s vibe, now packaged together (along with a ukulele demo version of “Talking Bird”) on the forthcoming The Open Door EP. Walla produced, Ben wrote the tunes (co-writing one with Nick Harmer), and that’s the EP cover with some narrow stairs leading up to an open door. Clever girl, DCFC. We’ll be posting one song from the EP each day this week, starting here:

The Open Door EP is available digitally on 3/31, physical release to follow, via Atlantic. You’ll be able to buy it on deathcabforcutie.com or pre-order now at iTunes.

The songs:
01 “Little Bribes”
02 “A Diamond And A Tether”
03 “My Mirror Speaks”
04 “I Was Once a Loyal Lover”
05 “Talking Bird” (demo)

The tour dates:
04/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Sound Academy
04/07 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre *#
04/08 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall *#
04/09 – Davidson, NC @ John Belk Arena/Davidson College *#
04/10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace *#
04/11 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre *#
04/12 – Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater *#
04/13 – Omaha, NE @ Holland Theatre *
04/15 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkings Auditorium *#
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *#
04/18 – East Lansing, MI @ Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University *#
04/19 – Waukesha, WI @ Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College *#
04/22 – Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre #
04/24 – Spokane, WA @ McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University *#
04/25 – Boise, ID @ The Morrison Center *#
04/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium *#
04/29 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego *
05/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall #!
05/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Contemporary Arts Center !
05/04 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #!
05/05 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall #!
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre #!
05/07 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
07/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^%
07/11 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre @#
07/14 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre @#
07/16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pacific Coliseum %#
07/17 – Troutdale, Oregon @ Edgefield Amphitheatre %#
07/18 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park %#

* with Cold War Kids
# with Ra Ra Riot
! with Matt Costa
^ with Tegan and Sara
% with New Pornographers
@ with Andrew Bird