Win A Date With Ben Gibbard

Ben Gibbard flies solo next week, and we want one of you to go on a date with him. But that’s not gonna happen. So instead, we’ve arranged for a Stereogum reader to sit in proximity to the Death Cab For Cutie frontman for at least an hour.

It’s a busy Q1 for the Sixth Place Indie Rock Hottie. (The hat cost you votes, Ben … at least according to Mrs. Stereogum & friends.)

On 1/14, DCFC visit SNL with hostess Scarlett Johansson (NSFW Lost In Translation grab). Next month, Death Cab competes with Arcade Fire, Beck, Franz, and White Stripes for Best Alternative Album Grammy. Rumor has it if Kanye doesn’t win via some loophole, we gonna have a problem.

Oh, and Austin City Limits with My Morning Jacket! Tivo that 2/11.

Anyway, Ben’s got a sold-out acoustic gig at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom next Tuesday 1/10. Matt from Nada Surf and Andrew from American Analog Set round out the bill. Expect a baker’s dozen cover songs. I bought tickets and hope it’s as awesome as this scalper implies.

OK, HERE’S THE CONTEST
On the Sunday before the concert, Ben & bandmate Nick Harmer sit for a public Q&A moderated by fanboy journo Jon Pareles. It’s part of NY Times Arts & Leisure weekend. Pareles cited We Have The Facts as one of 2000’s most overlooked CDs (“Benjamin Gibbard’s voice seems fragile, but his wiry songs aren’t as uncertain as their lyrics pretend to be…” -12/28/00). Transatlanticism (“Eleven impeccable songs about lovers just out of reach” -10/22/04) was one of his ’03 faves. Don’t expect a brawl, just dangling conversation from three audiophiles.

Stereogum has what appears to be one of the best seats in the 200ish capacity theater. We’re giving the ticket to one of you.

The catch (aside from handing off 1 ticket, not 2) is that you have to report on the event for this site: take notes, snap photos, ask questions, give Ben a hug and get kicked out, give Jon a hug and get kicked out, etc…

Sunday Jan. 8, 2006
Play With Chords: Ben Gibbard & Nick Harmer of Death Cab For Cutie
CUNY Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall
365 5th Ave NYC

8:00 PM to 9:15 PM (Arrive early)
Row/Seat: A/11

HOW TO WIN
Post in the comments why YOU should win. We want to pick a fan. If you write well that’s a plus. If you blog, of course we’ll pimp your URL.

Presumably Ben will discuss last year’s Plans and this year’s Directions. And maybe the Giant Village people.

Pareles is slated to open the forum to audience Q&A toward the end. Ask questions! Whatever you want. What DCFC song would Ben want on Kidz Bop 10?. How was Nick’s ComiCon adventure? Whatevs. Just hand in your homework on time (by 1/10). (Dioramas will be accepted for extra credit.)

THE CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY 1/6 AT 11:00 AM. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PICK UP THE TICKET IN TIMES SQUARE BY 7 PM THAT EVENING.

Tags: Jon Pareles