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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

She & Him – “Fools Rush In”

We listened to Dirty Projectors, Shins, and Passion Pit cover songs that inspired them for Levi’s Pioneer Sessions. In this edition, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel tackle the much tackled Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom pop standard “Fools Rush In.” Their take won’t supplant Sinatra or Ricky Nelson, but you can sign up at Levi’sMore »

By: brandon / August 20, 2010 - 10:05 am

She & Him – “Thieves” Video

She & Him’s “Thieves” has a vintage, Roy Orbison feel to it. Same goes for the video, directed by Norwood Cheek. Cheek specializes in doing Super 8 videos, and encourages spontaneity and resourcefulness with his Flicker Film Festival (an all Super 8 and 8mm film festival). That spirit guides the “Thieves” video and its primitive… More »

By: jessica / July 9, 2010 - 10:58 am

Tired Pony (Gary Lightbody, Peter Buck) – “Point Me At Islands” (Feat. Zooey Deschanel)

Quite an assemblage of fancy names for this new project from Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, called Tired Pony, with members including R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn, along with an extensive cameo list (M. Ward, Tom Smith from Editors, Zooey Deschanel from your dreams). The crew holed up for a week of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 25, 2010 - 11:09 am

She & Him Bring “Thieves” To Kimmel

Knowing that Zooey doesn’t exactly thrive while singing live on television, you could go either of two ways as her manager: Keep her off camera (unless it’s for a cutesy video), or line up the televised appearances in rapid succession so that if one doesn’t go so well its memory can be blotted out by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 6, 2010 - 2:04 pm

She & Him Bring “In The Sun” To Letterman

Here’s the thing about actors in music projects: Whatever the sounds are like, on camera they’re going to be alright. At least, on camera under controlled conditions, like in the video for “In The Sun” which saw Zooey Deschanel dancing and winking and being the human manifestation of indie adorability. It’s a slightly different scenario… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 5, 2010 - 1:05 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

She & Him – “In The Sun” Video

Here’s your G-rated Zooey fantasy sequence for the day. Z dances cutely, takes one step closer to Feist: The aww-shucks charm factor is high in the Peyton Reed-directed video for “In The Sun,” as is the “1234” factor (nice hula hoop sequence), just another step toward Ms. Gibbard’s dominance of the Triple A(dorable) indie set. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2010 - 11:26 am

She & Him – “Thieves” (Live On BBC)

So far the squeakuel to She & Him’s first Volume has offered only “In The Sun.” The studio sounds are still safely tucked away in a Merge vault somewhere, but promotional consideration inspired folk-buddies Zooey & Matt to perform some of its bits for a BBC broadcast, which we went 1 hour and 40 minute… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2010 - 6:26 pm

She & Him Volume Two, Tour, HBO Groupie Information

We passed along details about M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s sophomore album Volume 2 many moons ago, but now we can offer the album art, a tracklist (eleven originals plus NRBQ and Skeeter Davis covers), a listen to first single “In The Sun” (featuring Tilly & The Wall on guest vocals), and news about Deschanel’… More »

By: brandon / February 3, 2010 - 2:56 pm

She & Him Vol. 2 Details

The sequel to Zooey & Matt’s Volume 1 promises 13 songs — 11 originals and covers of Skeeter Davis and NRBQ — and a 3/23 release date via Merge. Keep up at sheandhim.com. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 8, 2009 - 4:22 pm

She & Him Prep Vol. 2

Mrs. Gibbard told MTV the new She & Him’s done and will be out in 2010: “It’s official. It’s done and being released in the spring. And we’re going to go on tour.” Also, they’re definitely continuing the “Volume” title concept. More at TwentyFourBit. More »

By: brandon / November 30, 2009 - 9:44 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 & 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

Zooey Deschanel Can Dance Well Too

(500) Days Of Summer gets a music video directed by Marc Webb. It stars the future Mrs. Gibbard and film costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing some fancy choreography set to She & Him’s “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” Watch at USAToday.com. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 5, 2009 - 12:36 pm

She & Him Cover The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

There’s a long history of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” covers in movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Not Another Teen Movie, Sky High… OK, not that long. But you can add to the list (500) Days Of Summer, the Zooey Deschanel/Joseph Gordon-Levitt love story with the meaningful-core soundtrack (its trailer ope… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 25, 2009 - 3:37 pm

New M. Ward Video – “Rave On”

The Zooey fans were probably hoping Matt would follow up “Hold Time“‘s video with some sort of visual treatment for “Never Had Nobody Like You,” but they have cotton commercials to hold them over. And, yes, Deschanel also shows up on Ward’s cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” albeit as a more-distant, basically disembodied backu… More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2009 - 4:19 pm

Zooey Deschanel Writes Cotton Jingle

No normal “rules” apply to the celebrity half of She & Him. Ben Gibbard’s fiancée can write and perform a throwaway tune about The Fabric Of Our Lives™ and we’ll still swoon. In fact we’re gonna go buy some cotton. Watch/download at Videogum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 15, 2009 - 10:58 am