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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

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 2, 2013

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2013

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 4, 2013

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013

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

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

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

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2012

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'… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 18, 2012

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… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 15, 2012

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, attempt… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012

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… More »

By: Sharon Steel / October 15, 2012

Watch Ben Gibbard Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Tomorrow, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first-ever solo album Former Lives. And on Friday night's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Gibbard rolled through, performing first single "Teardrop Windows," while the Roots, in uncharacteristically fuzzy power-pop mode, backed him up. As an online bonus, he also played the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012

Stream Ben Gibbard Former Lives

Next week, Death Cab leader Ben Gibbard releases his solo debut Former Lives, an album of his songs that didn't quite fit the Death Cab mode. We've already heard a handful of them: "Teardrop Windows," "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)," the Aimee Mann duet "Bigger Than Love." And now the entire LP is streaming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard – “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)”

Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard told us that the songs comprising his forthcoming Former Lives -- his first solo album -- were "not songs that weren’t good enough to make Death Cab records as much as they were things that … well, there’s not really place on a Death Cab record for a song that sound… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012

Ben Gibbard – “Bigger Than Love” (Feat. Aimee Mann)

Next month, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first-ever solo album Former Lives. We've already posted first single "Teardrop Windows," and now he's shared the album track "Bigger Than Love," a surprisingly clean and muscular duet with Aimee Mann, where the two of them play an estranged grown-up couple. Those two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2012

Ben Gibbard Discusses Solo Album Former Lives

Even though he spent most of 2010 and 2011 putting the finishing touches on the most recent Death Cab For Cutie album, Codes And Keys, frontman Ben Gibbard still found time to assemble his first solo album, Former Lives, which will finally be released next month, on 10/16. Recorded in fits and starts in betwee… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / September 18, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard – “Teardrop Windows”

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard (or, as he'd apparently prefer to be known, Benjamin Gibbard) will release his solo debut Former Lives this fall. And today, he shares first single "Teardrop Windows," a fuzzy bit of power-pop that reminds me a bit of Matthew Sweet. Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012