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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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

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 album track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012 - 11:31 am

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 as one big… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2012 - 12:20 pm

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 sounds like… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012 - 1:18 pm

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 guy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2012 - 3:56 pm

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 - 1:14 pm

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 - 1:00 pm

Ben Gibbard Stumps For Obama, Announces Tour

This fall, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will release Former Lives, his debut solo album. That’s the cover art, a painting from Joan Hiller, above. And Gibbard just announced a solo tour that’ll take him to a bunch of mid-sized North American venues this fall; we’ve got the dates below.

And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2012 - 10:09 am

Ben Gibbard – “Ichiro’s Theme”

Last night, Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, an icon in Seattle, was traded to the New York Yankees, a transaction that was made even weirder by the fact that the Yankees were currently in town. Feeling sentimental, Seattle resident Ben Gibbard hit the web with his tribute to Ichiro, a saccharine, upbeat number commemorating Suzuki’… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 24, 2012 - 9:04 am

Ben Gibbard Announces Solo Album Former Lives

From Pinwheel to ¡All-Time Quarterback! to the Postal Service, Ben Gibbard has devoted his songwriting skills to a number of bands outside of his main gig as Death Cab For Cutie frontman. As a solo artist, he’s partnered with American Analog Set’s Andrew Kenney on Home Volume V (2004) and with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 17, 2012 - 9:42 am

Watch Ben Gibbard’s Marriage Equality PSA

Here’s Ben Gibbard’s PSA in support of Washington State’s Referendum 74, a piece of legislation that could make Washington the first state to defend marriage equality in a public vote. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 21, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Ben Gibbard – “Set Yourself On Fire” (Stars Cover)

It’s a long, lazy summer Friday afternoon, and Ben Gibbard must be just as bored and just as ready for the weekend to begin as the rest of us. So, for no reason at all, he’s taken to Twitter to post a cover of Stars’ “Set Yourself On Fire” that he recorded four years ago… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 15, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 1/1/12

New year, new feature! Welcome to Rank & File, where we track the week’s biggest people and stories in easily digestible chart-form. We did this because sometimes it’s hard to know what was the biggest story, and it helps to have a scientific and definitive list of these things to keep everyone from arguing i… More »

By: Stereogum / January 5, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Ben Gibbard Profiled In Runners World

Two things I learned in the past 10 minutes: (1) Runner’s World, a magazine for people who like to run, is a thing that exists, and (2) Ben Gibbard likes to run. The magazine recently profiled the Death Cab For Cutie frontman, who, come to think of it, has been looking way less doughy and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Ben Gibbard & Zooey Deschanel Separate :(

In the closest to home indie breakup news since Thurston & Kim called it quits, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel have split up. Deschanel’s rep confirmed the news to US Weekly, who quotes a source that says “it was mutual and amicable” and “there was no third… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 1, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit @ Rimac Arena, La Jolla 8/16/11

After their finishing their tour of smaller clubs, Death Cab For Cutie have stepped it up to arenas to promote Codes And Keyes. Hand picked openers Frightened Rabbit didn’t play their cover of “Different Names for the Same Thing” but were received warmly by the crowd. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 17, 2011 - 9:46 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Arcade Fire Sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

Wilco did it at Wrigley field in 2008, and now Arcade Fire’s tackled “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” for the Cubs. Members Will Butler and Marika Shaw did the honors Saturday night, singing and swaying to get the crowd into the song during the seventh inning stretch. Watch it at the MLB website, and… More »

By: jessica / April 25, 2011 - 10:50 am

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am