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Gibbard, Farrar Prep Kerouac Soundtrack

Ben and Jay will release a collab album soundtrack to the forthcoming Kerouac documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. It’s been in the works for three years and lyrically pulls from Big Sur itself. More at Billboard. Expect it 10/20 via F-Stop/Atlantic. More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 14, 2009 - 10:16 am

A Screamo Version Of “Such Great Heights”

Christian post-hardcore group Confide recently unleashed its Postal Service cover on the world. Watch the music video here. You’re welcome. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 13, 2009 - 12:57 pm

Death Cab For Cutie/Ra Ra Riot/Cold War Kids @ RIMAC Arena (UCSD Campus), La Jolla 4/29/09

After we premiered each track from Death Cab’s new Open Door EP, the band set out on a North American tour that found its way to UC San Diego’s RIMAC Arena last night. Photographer Andrew Youssef made the drive from L.A. to La Jolla (as did a lot of folks impatient for the Hollywood Bowl… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2009 - 2:24 pm

We Got The Tweet: The Imposters

Twitter users were outraged last week when the service shut down @CWalken, a popular but totally fake celebrity account. Indeed it’s way too easy to be duped by fake profiles. (So easy!) Not that folks care — Tina Fey disowned her Twitter yet still has over 220k followers — but you should know some of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 1, 2009 - 1:12 pm

New Death Cab For Cutie – “I Was Once A Loyal Lover” (Stereogum Premiere)

It is Thursday, which means it is The Open Door’s Track 4 day. In announcing this new EP, Death Cab said these Narrow Stairs-session songs weren’t “castoffs,” but simply that they didn’t fit the mood and temperament of the LP’s 11-song set. True enough, the past three days have proven The Open Door’s mood separate… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2009 - 9:35 am

New Death Cab For Cutie – “A Diamond And A Tether” (Stereogum Premiere)

The next stop on our track-a-day premiere of Death Cab’s new Narrow Stairs companion Open Door EP is, fittingly, Track Two. And it’s a stark shift from the happy jangle of EP opener “Little Bribes.” Ben’s scene-setting lyric: “Pity, take pity on me / ‘Cause I’m not half the man I should be / Alway… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 24, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Ben & Zooey Hit Sundance

If you have money and/or connections, Washington DC is the place to be today. There are so many people gathered for the presidential inauguration, CNN is shooting from a satellite in space! But sadly some celebrities are stuck in Park City, Utah, forced to navigate gifting suites instead of cheering our new 44th president. We… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 20, 2009 - 12:33 pm

New Feist & Ben Gibbard – “Train Song”

Feist has won all sorts of awards for teaching math to the less fortunate, but her charity doesn’t stop there. The angelic indie folk star also donated a new recording to Dark Was The Night, a comp from HIV/AIDS awareness organization Red Hot. (Check the insane tracklist.) On this cover of Alasdair Clayre’s “Train Song,”… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 17, 2009 - 3:14 pm

Ben Gibbard & Zooey Deschanel Get Engaged

According to US/People/Sufjan Beat, Death Cab For Cutie’s frontman proposed to the She half of She & Him before Christmas and she said yes man (sorry). We’re happy for them (sort of!), but look forward to your indie wedding jokes in the comments. (Via Rawkblog, pic by a35mmlife at Unconventional ’08.)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2008 - 5:08 pm

Ben Gibbard Attacked By Scorpion

That’s correct, the incredibly shrinking Death Cab For Cutie frontman got stung by a scorpion last night in San Diego. Not just once: The bugger (the scorpion) came back for seconds. In a blog post titled “These Things Happen” — “file this under ‘things that really happen on rock tours…'” — Nick Harmer has the… More »

By: brandon / October 31, 2008 - 9:01 am

New Jenny Lewis – “The Next Messiah”

In preparation to drop Acid, Jenny’s been posting some not very amusing sketches to YouTube, featuring Ben Gibbard, Jonathan Rice, and actual music from the LP. So, yes “The Next Messiah”‘s special sketch involves Ben Gibbard in a closet with a bunch of pink heart-shaped balloons that have Acid Tongue inscribed upon them. After that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 4, 2008 - 9:56 am

Indie Rockers Join Forces For Obama (Again)

Tonight Barack Obama cements his nomination as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America while Radiohead cement their position as a band that really likes to do webcasts. Last night’s portion of the DNC had a different soundtrack: Rage Against The Machine played a protest show at the Denver Coliseum i… More »

By: brandon / August 28, 2008 - 1:00 pm

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie are a band that consistently turns out sincere, thoughtful indie rock in a style their own. More »

By: jim / July 16, 2008 - 6:17 am

Ben Gibbard Covers Stars, Rilo Kiley @ Hiro Ballroom, NYC 6/30/08

Rhapsody celebrated its new DRM-freedom by renting out Hiro and inviting Ben Gibbard to perform an acoustic set. Tough crowd — I suspect many attended for free MP3tinis — and I wouldn’t say the Death Cab frontman won them over so much as the douchebag contingent dispersed to the Ballroom perimeter after a few songs. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 1, 2008 - 3:40 pm

Op-Ed By Ben Gibbard: The Roger Waters Quandary Or, Will The Last One Leaving Battersea Please Turn Out The Lights?

Today your regular bloggers have been replaced by Ben, Chris, Nick, and Jason of Death Cab For Cutie. The band’s new album Narrow Stairs is out now. DCFC are not professional bloggers, so please send them tips.

By Ben Gibbard
It’s come to my attention that there are some people who were genuinely upset… More »

By: Ben Gibbard / May 20, 2008 - 1:00 am

Death Cab Release Daytrotter Session, Viral Video Site

Death Cab are on the road, and if you spend any time on this site, you’ve already had a taste of some live Narrow Stairs. The band (who are now quite hirsute!) promised new songs in their Coachella set list, and they delivered album opener “Bixby Canyon Bridge” and 37-minute hit single “I Will PossessMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 28, 2008 - 4:44 pm

Ben Gibbard: “Roger Waters Doing Dark Side Would Be Like Ringo Performing Sgt. Pepper’s

The boys of DCFC are gearing up for a busy festival season — Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Pemberton — where they’ll be playing songs from the forthcoming Narrow Stairs, which hasn’t leaked yet. Spin recently sat down with them at Ahmet Ertegun’s old office to talk about life on the road and Billy Corgan.

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By: Scott Lapatine / April 25, 2008 - 12:50 pm

Ben Gibbard Writes About Jack Kerouac And Himself For PASTE

Indie rock lyricist guys love Jack Kerouac. Just ask Craig Finn. Or 10,000 Maniacs. Gibbard was in Beat-y Big Sur working on songs for Narrow Stairs. We’ve already heard, and discussed the length of, “I Will Possess Your Heart.” Now you can discuss the length of this article Gibbard wrote, using Kerouac as a way… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2008 - 10:20 am

New Death Cab For Cutie Video – “I Will Possess Your Heart”

Gibbard never does catch up with the globe-trotting redhead who stars in this video for Narrow Stairs’ stalker anthem. Not in person, anyway. DCFC tell the jammy, eight and half minute tale in a chilly warehouse, while the object of Ben’s affection rides trains looking pensive. Little does she know Ben’s winning her over i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2008 - 12:05 am

Ben Gibbard’s April Fools Day Side-Project

On this highest of prankster high holidays, the internet is riddled with shit you shouldn’t believe. Or just maybe Ben Gibbard really is looking for some jazz release via his appropriately titled new side-project Just Jazzin’. Here’s the project description:

Just Jazzin’ is a new project by Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 1, 2008 - 2:41 pm