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Watch Death Cab For Cutie’s Black Cab Session (Stereogum Premiere)

Death Cab For Cutie are busy traveling the world in support of Kintsugi, their final album with founding member and production maestro Chris Walla and first with an outside producer, Rich Costey. The newfangled Death Cab live band has North American dates coming this fall, but they were recently in the UK, where Ben Gibbard… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 27, 2015 - 11:14 am

Death Cab For Cutie – “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” Video

We premiered “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” along with an extensive cover story on Death Cab For Cutie back in March when the song came out. Now the group have shared a video to accompany the track off their new album Kintsugi. Director Robert Hales’ black and white clip is a fairly literal interpretation of… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 15, 2015 - 11:00 am

Ben Gibbard Isn’t That Excited About Apple Music Either

Now that there’s a new streaming service entering the game, the usual suspects are coming out of the woodwork brandishing new opinions or rehashing old ones. Ben Gibbard threw his voice into the chorus a few months ago when everyone was shitting on Tidal, and now he’s commented on Apple Music in a new interview… More »

By: James Rettig / June 10, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Death Cab For Cutie – “Black Sun (Dan Deacon Remix)”

If there was ever anyone that needed his wonderfully woeful voice and neat-box pop-rock fucked up by Dan Deacon’s mischievous touch, it’s Ben Gibbard. Death Cab For Cutie returned this year sans founding member Chris Walla with Kintsugi, their first album since 2011’s Codes And Keys, and Deacon has put the album’s first single “BlackMore »

By: Caitlin White / May 21, 2015 - 11:41 am

The Flaming Lips, Ben Gibbard, Sia, Tegan & Sara Write Songs For The Silver Lake Chorus’ Debut Album

L.A.-based choral group the Silver Lake Chorus will release their self-titled debut album this June, a collection of tracks written by an impressive array of very well-known songwriters including the Flaming Lips, Ben Gibbard, Sia, Aimee Mann, and Tegan & Sara. All of the songs included on the debut were written specifically for the compilatio… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 27, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Ben Gibbard Thinks Tidal Is Dumb, Too

Death Cab For Cutie put out a new record this year, Ben Gibbard’s post-divorce effort Kintsugi, so perhaps that’s why he’s newly concerned about the future of streaming in the music industry. Following the roll-out of Tidal — Jay-Z’s superstar-sponsored effort to enter the music streaming world — several musicians not included on the cool… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 11:59 am

Watch Death Cab For Cutie’s Tiny Desk Concert

Death Cab For Cutie are back in full force with this year’s brand new album Kintsugi, and three of the group’s members stopped by NPR’s offices for the station’s signature Tiny Desk concert series. Frontman Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer and pianist Zac Rae performed “Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” “Your Heart Is A… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 6, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Guided By Voices’ “Tractor Rape Chain”

“Tractor Rape Chain” is one of the most classic songs on Bee Thousand, one of Guided By Voices’ most classic albums. And even though the aesthetic difference between modern-day GBV and modern-day Death Cab For Cutie seems vast, the bands exploded into the national underground within a few years of each other and probably came… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 27, 2015 - 4:04 pm

33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Working With The Scars: Death Cab For Cutie Repair Themselves For Kintsugi

Music Hall Of Williamsburg is too small for Death Cab For Cutie. The room has a capacity of 550 people, but feels even smaller today, when it’s entirely empty and the band is fine-tuning the little details of the handful of new songs they plan to preview at tomorrow night’s surprise show. Despite having only… More »

By: Ryan Leas / March 9, 2015 - 10:12 am

Watch Mark Kozelek Fill In On Guitar For His Broken-Handed Friend Ben Gibbard

One of the many showstoppers on Sun Kil Moon’s Benji was album closer “Ben’s My Friend,” a song about Mark Kozelek having something of a nervous breakdown while watching longtime pal Ben Gibbard perform for a massive audience on the Postal Service reunion tour. Kozelek and Gibbard have since published a pair of email conversations,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2015 - 11:41 am

Watch Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Play “Black Sun” Acoustic For SiriusXM

We’ve heard the studio, live, and Letterman versions of Death Cab For Cutie’s “Black Sun.” Now here’s the acoustic version of the Kintsugi single as performed by Ben Gibbard for SiriusXM. Given how many layers are involved in the full-band version of the song, the stripped-down campfire treatment is actually pretty revelatory. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 10, 2015 - 11:04 am

Ben Gibbard & Mark Kozelek Discuss St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, & Elliott Smith In Another Published Email Thread

Last November, Ben Gibbard and Mark Kozelek shared a chain of email exchanges about alienating their fans, living in California, and the gentrification of San Francisco. In the latest installment of The Thread, Ben Gibbard and Kozelek correspond about their lives on the road and the difficulties of touring (Kozelek claims to be “Europed the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Watch The Full Video Of Ben Gibbard Covering Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me,” His Favorite Song Of The Year

During a benefit show last year, Ben Gibbard covered Alvvays’ breakout track “Archie, Marry Me,” but we only saw a very short clip of the performance. Turns out that the whole concert was being recorded in high-quality as a joint venture between KEXP, Starbucks, and STG, and they’ve recently shared the whole thing. Before he… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Talk About Ultrarunning On Ginger Runner Live

Ben Gibbard is really into running, so much so that he agreed to be interviewed for an hour about it. Gibbard and Ethan Newberry (BKA “The Ginger Runner”) discuss everything from how Gibbard got his start as a running enthusiast in an effort to kick his unhealthy young adult lifestyle to his preferred pair of… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 25, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me” At Seattle Arts Charity Show

Toronto indie-pop act Alvvays have had a breakout year, and here’s the latest evidence: Saturday night, during a benefit show for Seattle area arts nonprofit Power2Give/Puget Sound, Ben Gibbard sat at a piano and covered Alvvays’ signature song “Archie, Marry Me.” Instagram user Dusty Henry captured a few seconds of the performance, which make me… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 9:41 am

Watch The Postal Service Play “Nothing Better” From New Concert Film Everything Will Change

Later this month, the Postal Service will release Everything Will Change, a feature-length concert documentary of their performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA during last year’s reunion tour. Sub Pop has shared a clip of them performing of “Nothing Better” from the film. “Ladies and gentlemen, this song is for anyone in the… More »

By: James Rettig / November 8, 2014 - 10:47 am

Read Emails Between Mark Kozelek And Ben Gibbard About Alienating Their Fans, San Francisco, And Almost Famous

Mark Kozelek and Ben Gibbard had an email conversation for The Thread where they talked about a bunch of different things, including alienating their fans, San Francisco’s gentrification, and Almost Famous. (The two singers have known each other for a while — “Ben’s My Friend” on Benji is about Gibbard.) Gibbard gets things started with… More »

By: James Rettig / November 2, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Q&A: Death Cab For Cutie Preview Their Final Album With Chris Walla

It’s weird to think about the fact that Death Cab For Cutie have now been a band for nearly two decades. For those of us who came of age alongside the band’s music, revisiting Death Cab’s back catalog — currently seven albums deep — can be something akin to re-reading old diary entries: deeply personal,… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / October 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Watch A Trailer For The Postal Service’s Movie Everything Will Change

The Postal Service’s reunion tour was a big deal for a lot of people, the members of the Postal Service included. Everything Will Change is a new concert film/documentary by director Justin Mitchell chronicling that tour, including interviews with Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis and lots of fans who spent a decade waiting… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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