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Ben Gibbard – “Where Our Destination Lies”

We’ve already heard Ben Gibbard’s Arthur soundtrack contribution “When The Sun Goes Down.” Now you can hear his other track on the album, the gentle, waltzing “Where Our Destination Lies.” It’s acoustic like “When The Sun,” and relies on some soft sleigh bells for its rhythm.

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By: jessica / April 7, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Ben Gibbard – “When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street”

If you’re tired of listening to Death Cab’s “You Are A Tourist” on repeat, check out this new one from lead Cutie Ben Gibbard. We heard “When The Sun Goes Down” live at Noise Pop; here it’s fleshed out with quiet drums and a Paul Simon-y solo. The track comes from the soundtrack to Arthur,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 1, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Ben Gibbard Covers Radiohead, Describes New DCFC LP

The next Death Cab album is “not a guitar-based record … we’ve been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette.” So says Ben Gibbard of DCFC’s Narrow Stairs follow-up, expected next Spring, set to feature 12-13 songs. (Hear one of the potential tracks below.) He claims Brian Eno’s Another Green World is a reference… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2010 - 6:21 pm

Ben & Zooey Sing At Giants/Phillies Playoff

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel both sang at Game 3 of the Giants vs. Phillies NLCS yesterday. Gibbard did “The Star-Spangled Banner” while Deschanel did “God Bless America” later in the game, both choosing simple, shaky arrangements. Giants won. Watch both below:… More »

By: jessica / October 20, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Velvet Underground 2010: Moe Backs Tea Party, Lou Joins Gorillaz, John Revisits Paris 1919

Hey, what are members of the Velvet Underground up to? Lots, apparently:

John Cale played all of his 1973 album, Paris 1919 at UCLA’s Royce Hall with his band and the UCLA Philharmonia last Thursday. After an intermission, Cale returned to play a mix of his own songs and re-interpreted covers with special… More »

By: jessica / October 4, 2010 - 10:55 am

Death Cab For Cutie – “Centerfield” (John Fogerty Cover @ Mariners Opening Day)

He’s gone from slagging L.A. to moving there, but on Monday Ben Gibbard was rooting for his home team, performing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and covering John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” with the rest of his Death Cab cuties at the Seattle Mariners’ opening day game at Safeco Field. Dude’s on a covers kick. And… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 14, 2010 - 11:15 am

Ben Gibbard – “I Don’t Want To Get Over You” (Magnetic Fields Cover Live At Stereogum Range Life 2010)

There’s nothing like an unplugged Ben Gibbard set to remind you that the man has refined a signature style of storytelling. And there’s nothing like an unplugged Ben Gibbard unveiling his cover of another cherished lyricist to make you feel lucky to be within earshot. For those of you that couldn’t join us at our… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 25, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Joe Mande And Scott Lapatine Interview Ben Gibbard At SXSW

Comedian Joe Mande and our own Scott Lapatine sat down with Ben Gibbard to have a quick talk before our Range Life party got underway. Aside from thinking they were gonna have a chat with Beth Gibbons, they were very well prepared (they were not very well prepared). Watch and learn. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 23, 2010 - 12:22 pm

SXSW 2010: Stereogum Range Life

“It’s early Saturday afternoon and you guys are still drinking, aren’t you. You’re just like, ‘I can take off next week to dry up and process everything that happened during SXSW.'” Well no Ben Gibbard, we can’t take this week off — but the rest was true enough. There was free food and booze so… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 22, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Range Life: Stereogum Returns To SXSW

South By Southwest is nearly upon us, and as you may have expected, we’re in the mood to celebrate. We even got a new outfit for the occasion. Or really, got an occasion for the new outfit: After laying low last year in Austin and coming to your parties, we hope you’ll come to ours. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 24, 2010 - 9:51 am

“Harvest Moon” Becomes An Unlikely Charity Anthem

Some said Dreamin’ Man — essentially Harvest Moon Live ’92 — was a curious choice for the latest of Neil Young’s Archives. But Harvest is an undeniable high point along the NY discography, which rolls deep. And it now it seems a prescient pick, as its title track has taken on a new life lately… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2010 - 10:54 am

Ben & Zooey Play WTF?!, DCFC Do Kimmel

Actor Tim Robbins curated the WTF?! Festival this weekend in Culver City to raise money for the ailing non-for-profit Actors’ Gang arts organization, inviting fellow actor Ben Gibbard and his rock star wife Zooey Deschanel to perform amidst three days of plays, film screenings, and various other artsy happenings. LA Snark reports that David Crosby… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 23, 2009 - 11:34 am

Photos, Video From The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

When MTV’s college-obsessed little sister station mtvU announced the nominations for this year’s Woodie Awards, we had some fun trying to make sense of the logic underlying the way in which they had grouped together bands and pit them against one another. The logic being: their demographic is college, and college is the time whe… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 19, 2009 - 4:03 pm

Ben Gibbard Plays “Meet Me On The Equinox” Solo For KROQ

In our continuing Twilight coverage…. For those of you who thought maybe Owl City’s Postal Service plagiarism would inspire Ben Gibbard to jam with Jimmy Tamborello on some post-Give Up material forgot he had a vampire movie to promote: The Death Cab singer offered a solo take on The Twilight Saga: New Moon rager “MeetMore »

By: brandon / November 6, 2009 - 9:34 am

Owl City Pretty Much Admit Ripping Off Postal Service

In an interview with EW, Adam Young (aka laptop sensation Owl City) admits his no. 1 single “Fireflies” and the Postal Service in general “are pretty similar,” but at the same time claims he’s “a lot more of a Death Cab fan.” For example, he’d only heard Give Up “a little bit” before people started… More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar @ The El Rey Theatre & KCRW Studio, Los Angeles 10/23/09

Master thespian Ben Gibbard brought his Jack Kerouac-celebrating collaboration with Jay Farrar to Los Angeles on a busy Friday which had the pair (along with Death Cab resident beard Nick Harmer) record a session for KCRW before headlining a show at the El Ray with Long Winter main mind John Roderick in the early slot. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 2:33 pm

Watch Ben Gibbard Act In Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

The Death Cab cutie has stopped at nothing in paving his way into Hollywood for this silver screen debut. He wrote a song for that vampire movie. He even married an actress! Very method. Gibbard’s time has finally come, playing one of the hideous men briefly interviewed by Sarah Quinn (two “n”s) in John Krasinski’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2009 - 10:55 am

New Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – “The Void” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve mentioned that even though Death Cab For Cutie love vampires in love, Ben Gibbard admitted he’s never read any of Stephanie Meyer’s novels: He has enough romance at home so he reads (and writes) about Kerouac leaving his. You had a chance to hear “These Roads Don’t Move,” a song the Cutie and So… More »

By: brandon / October 12, 2009 - 9:49 am

New Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – “These Roads Don’t Move”

The newlywed and Son Volter showcase their Kerouac love in one of twelve new collaborative songs from One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, the documentary about the time the Beat spent in Big Sur. Hit “These Road” at NPR. More »

By: brandon / September 23, 2009 - 9:29 am

Ben Gibbard & Zooey Deschanel Married Yesterday

“The actress and Death Cab for Cutie singer … tied the knot in Washington state, a source tells People. The couple got engaged last year when Gibbard presented Deschanel with a three-carat diamond and platinum Neil Lane ring.” Congratulations! *sobs*… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 20, 2009 - 11:42 pm