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Ben Gibbard & Travis Morrison Talk Shop: Staying Off Twitter, Bad Festival Timeslots, & What Animal Collective’s Popularity Says About The State Of Music

Death Cab For Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan had a mutual respect for each other, so much so that they embarked on a joint Death And Dismemberment Tour in early 2002. This weekend sees the two bands reuniting on the same lineup for Chicago’s A.V. Fest, though they’ll be playing consecutive nights. In anticipation of… More »

By: James Rettig / September 4, 2014 - 8:40 pm

30 Rock Stars Discuss Their Favorite Smiths Songs

By my count, the Smiths only recorded 74 songs during their brief, brilliant career, so the concept of choosing their 30 greatest seems kind of dubious: That’s two-fifths of their catalog! Just the same, a new feature in Uncut promises “The Smiths’ 30 greatest songs — as chosen by the band and their famous fans.“… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

Watch Ben Gibbard, Tacocat, & La Luz Talk About Seattle In Budweiser & Noisey’s Made In America Series

Budweiser partners with Jay Z for the Made In America festival, which is returning to Philadelphia for a third time this year as well as adding an L.A. edition. Apparently the Made In America brand is expanding beyond just festivals. Today Bud and Noisey began airing an online video series called Made In America that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 18, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Inside The New Sub Pop Record Store At Seattle-Tacoma Airport

“Hey, hey, hey! Hello and welcome to Seatte-Tacoma International Airport!” says Quincy Jones, prerecorded and played back over the airport’s overhead announcement system. Linger inside long enough and you’ll hear Jerry Cantrell announce that smoking is not allowed (“Major bummer, dude”) and Ben Gibbard encourage travelers to connect to SeaTac’s free WiFi. More »

By: Jonathan Zwickel / May 2, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Ben Gibbard Got Bored And Mashed Up ODB With DJ Kool

We last heard from Death Cab For Cutie in October when they posted some enticing Instagram pics that showed them in the studio recording what should be an epic post-divorce album from Ben Gibbard. No word on when that’s coming out but hopefully this boring mashup of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and DJ Kool’s “LetMore »

By: James Rettig / April 21, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “Ben’s My Friend”

For someone with such a painfully distinctive style and voice, Mark Kozelek’s songwriting sure has evolved a lot over the years since the early days of Red House Painters. In recent years the slowcore founding father’s transformation has been especially evident, and nowhere is that truer than “Ben’s My Friend,” the closing track from the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Ben Gibbard, Ad-Rock, Flying Lotus Score Sundance Films

Every year we get a handful of popular musicians taking on film scores. Last year we heard Mike Patton with The Place Beyond The Pines, Arcade Fire with Her, M83 with Oblivion, Oneohtrix Point Never with The Bling Ring, and Skrillex with Spring Breakers. So it’s no surprise that a bunch of films premiering at… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 8, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Electric Anthology Project Of Death Cab For Cutie – “Soul Meets Body”

You may have heard of The Electronic Anthology Project last year when Brett Nelson (of Built To Spill) used his electronic side-project to reimagine Dinosaur Jr. as gorgeous synth pop. Now he’s done the same to Death Cab For Cutie. This might seem like a less strange pairing considering Gibbard is one half of the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

Watch The Postal Service Play The Colbert Report With Jenny Lewis

Back when the Postal Service recorded Give Up a decade ago, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello weren’t famous enough to warrant TV time, either together or as separate entities. But time and growing cult status have a way of changing things, and the reunited Postal Service made their TV debut on last night’s episode of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jimmy Tamborello Discusses Postal Service’s Aborted Second Album, Upcoming Tour

The recent reunion of the Postal Service (and release of two new tracks) had a lot of fans wondering if another album was in the works — speaking of which, why haven’t they made another album!? Actually, they tried to. In a recent interview with Exclaim.ca, Jimmy Tamborello (aka Dntel) revealed some info about what… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 4, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Watch Long-Lost Postal Service Audition Footage

The Postal Service has never exactly been a wellspring of comedy, but they did have the good sense to recruit Tom Scharpling, who is extremely good at this sort of thing, to make them a pretty amazing video. Scharpling’s video purports to be the lost 2002 footage that led Ben Gibbard to join Jimmy Tamborello’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 11:44 am

Give Up Turns 10

Albums from 20 years ago generally tend to age much better than albums a decade old. At 20, an album has time to see its influence slowly disseminate into music at large, to become a part of the cultural air we breathe. But when it’s only 10, a record feels like it’s only barely gone… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover R.E.M.’s “Near Wild Heaven” With Peter Buck & Mike Mills

Here’s an oddly plausible scenario for you: After the Postal Service reunion runs its course, Ben Gibbard does an Audioslave thing with the non-Stipe members of R.E.M. This is a little too easy to picture, isn’t it? In any case, Gibbard recently gave us a glimpse of how it might look, when he joined Peter… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2013 - 4:07 pm

The Postal Service Reunion Is On

There is truth! Love is real! The Postal Service are getting back together! The Ben Gibbard/Jimmy Tamborello duo barely spent any time touring behind their excellently starry-eyed 2003 sad-bastard synthpop classic Give Up, but the album went on to become massively cult-beloved anyway. For years, we waited on a follow-up, and one never materialized. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013 - 9:19 am

Watch Ben Gibbard, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann & Jon Wurster Play Colbert

Last night, Ben “Bucket Of Laughs” Gibbard served as the latest in a long line of musicians to sit for interviews with Stephen Colbert, and the interview went as awkwardly as they usually do. Two thirds of the way in, there’s an extended joke about how utterly uninteresting a human being Gibbard is. He ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 11, 2013 - 9:52 am

Watch Ben Gibbard Play Conan

Last night, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard was Conan’s musical guest. He sang “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke),” a song from his solo album Former Lives, and the Los Angeles mariachi troupe Trio Ellas backed him up. This was a fun, different way of doing the late-night thing, even if it revealed Gibbard to be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2012 - 10:05 am

She & Him – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Video

Zooey Deschanel came in at No. 7 on the list of Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2012, probably the most hotly debated of any Gummy Awards category this year. And based on the comments I read, Deschanel was the most divisive figure on that list. I guess I can see why: She’s got… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 18, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Ben Gibbard, Damien Jurado @ Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles 11/14/12

Running enthusiast, Seattle Mariners fanatic and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard headlined the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles in support of his solo album Former Lives. Gibbard also sprinkled in some Death Cab Cutie songs as well as a few gems from the Postal Service. Damien Jurado provided opening support. Check out… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 15, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Ben Gibbard – “Teardrop Windows” Video

In his short but prolific video-directing career, Tom Scharpling has yet to make a bad video. His latest burst of inspiration comes in the form of a video for Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard’s soft-rocking solo single “Teardrop Windows.” In the video, Gibbard, on the advice from a record-label weasel, attempts to reinvent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Deconstructing: Ben Gibbard And Why We Want Him To Be Miserable

What is it about Ben Gibbard that inspires a celebration of depression? The singer-songwriter’s sadness certainly has a twisted currency in the indie rock community. When his divorce with his now ex-wife Zooey Deschanel was announced, I scrolled through a number of comments on this very site that rejoiced in the split. “Yaaaaay! More sad… More »

By: Sharon Steel / October 15, 2012 - 4:18 pm