Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gibbard’

October 11, 2016

It’s not every day we get a treasured treat like a brand new Death Cab For Cutie song, so I suppose we have at least one solid reason to thank Donald Trump. Much of the music world has been uniting against the presidential candidate in the weeks leading up to the election, and they now voice their opinions via their craft in 30 Days, 30 Songs. The series will feature one song per day until Election Day, with artists speaking out against Trump’s campaign. Million Dollar Loan is DCFC’s contribution, a meditative and mellifluous ambler that focuses on Trump’s statements in regards to being a self made man despite his “small loan of a million dollars” from his father. Million Dollar Loan can be purchased now from iTunes.

September 10, 2015
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I’m starting today out with a remix, but not just any remix, this is a spectacular track that brings together Tycho and Death Cab For Cutie. Yes, you read that right, Tycho and Death Cab For Cutie. San Francisco producer Scott Hansen has created his own rendition of stand out Kintsugi track The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive, one of my favorites off that excellent album. Apparently, Tycho and Death Cab For Cutie make one heckuva treat. The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive’s pensiveness and synthier elements meld with Tycho’s ruminative style of ambient electronica seamlessly. This is a real beauty, that has me floating in bliss. Tycho, as always, just played some sets at Burning Man. I’m sad I once again missed hitting the Playa this year, but Tycho’s offered up a recording of his sunrise set for us to enjoy on Soundcloud.

March 24, 2015
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Apparently, while I was busy running around like a mad woman at SXSW, Death Cab For Cutie revealed yet another ace tune off forthcoming album Kintsugi. Little Wanderer is yet another piece of proof that March 31st is going to be a glorious day. Hopefully my pre-order will arrive at my desk on that exact date, if not earlier. Scrumptiously moody and mopey, Little Wanderer also carries such driving guitars. In fact, the guitars are borderline twangy. Add in the song’s melody and Little Wanderer might be the most The Decemberists song I’ve ever heard from Death Cab.

March 12, 2015
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Death Cab For Cutie let loose another song from their upcoming album Kintsugi, and The Ghosts of Beverly Drive is making it that much harder to wait for the album’s March 31st release date. The new reveal is an uptempo, bold number with a brighter feel compared to their super gloomy tunes. I’m reminded of some of the songs off Codes and Keys, but more jagged and crunchier. I had the pleasure of seeing Ben Gibbard perform an intimate stripped down show (with Mike Kozelek on guitar) a few weeks ago for Noise Pop Fest’s opening night, and it would have been awesome if he performed this Kintsugi track, too, along with his acoustic renditions of Black Sun and No Room in Frame. But I can’t complain. It was a splendid show.

February 24, 2015
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I’m kind of sad that I didn’t end up scoring tickets to go see Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie open Noise Pop Fest 2015 tonight at the intimate Swedish American Hall. I was too busy the other morning when they made the surprise announcement, and of course, the tickets sold out in mere minutes. I’m sure he’ll be doing some of the songs off forthcoming album Kintsugi, out March 31st, likely including this new reveal of the day, No Room In Frame. Unlike first single Black Sun (which I’m head over heels in love with), this one leans towards some of DCFC’s more simple arrangements, highlighted by Ben’s signature vocals. Entrancing drum work and warm guitars carry the song into lusher regions, but nothing like the explosive, burst of sound and energy that comes from Black Sun. No Room In Frame a far more gentle and tender track, sure to touch many hearts.

OFFICIAL VID: Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun

February 12, 2015

Death Cab For Cutie’s new single Black Sun is one of my favorite new songs of the moment. While carrying a more progressive sound that seems to logically derive from past album Codes And Keys, Black Sun mopes in a gloominess that brings us back to earlier DCFC. Melodic guitars work together with electronic elements to create a thoroughly unique and riveting experience. Watch their new video for the fantastic song above, which takes Ben Gibbard on a Hollywood film adventure. I’m eagerly awaiting DCFC’s new album Kintsugi, out March 31st.

January 27, 2015
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I’ve already listened to the new Death Cab For Cutie several times since it’s big reveal this morning, and I must say, it might be one of my most favorite Death Cab tunes in awhile. Black Sun is off DCFC’s new album Kintsugi, out March 31st on Atlantic. It’s carries a surprising amount of edgy guitar, but it’s much more brooding and gloomy, like early DCFC music (which should make many fans happy). In some ways, it sounds like a logical next sequence in DCFC’s evolution after their previous album Codes and Keys, blending much synth and guitar. It’s also their first tune since the departure of Chris Walla. I, for one, am suddenly extra excited about Kintsugi. I can’t wait to hear what the other tunes on the album sound like.

Reimagined synthy Postal Service-esque version of Soul Meets Body

July 1, 2013

Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson’s Electronic Anthology Project teamed up with everyone’s favorite emo musician Benjamin Gibbard to recreate some good ol’ classic Death Cab tracks. They’ve recreated two great tunes. The quintessential Soul Meets Body and also the fantastic Champagne From A Paper Cup from even earlier years. If you’ve ever wondered how an more electric take on these songs would sound like, this one’s for you. There’s no stream of Champagne From A Paper Cut yet, but stream Soul Meets Body below. They’ll both be released in early August on 7" vinyl (oooooh hmm). The new version of Soul Meets Body sounds more like The Postal Service or Codes and Keys Death Cab. I like! 

Reimagined synthy Postal Service-esque version of Soul Meets Body

July 1, 2013

Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson’s Electronic Anthology Project teamed up with everyone’s favorite emo musician Benjamin Gibbard to recreate some good ol’ classic Death Cab tracks. They’ve recreated two great tunes. The quintessential Soul Meets Body and also the fantastic Champagne From A Paper Cup from even earlier years. If you’ve ever wondered how an more electric take on these songs would sound like, this one’s for you. There’s no stream of Champagne From A Paper Cut yet, but stream Soul Meets Body below. They’ll both be released in early August on 7" vinyl (oooooh hmm). The new version of Soul Meets Body sounds more like The Postal Service or Codes and Keys Death Cab. I like! 

OFFICIAL VID: The Postal Service – A Tattered Line Of String

June 18, 2013

GASP. How often (in ALL seriousness) can one say “there’s a new The Postal Service video”!? I mean, really??? Well, buddies… there’s a new The Postal Service video! As everyone well knows, there were two new songs that came with the 10 year anniversary reissue of Give Up. One of the classic sounding electropop tunes was A Tattered Line Of String. Stream the brand spanking new video below, and enjoy your Tuesday with a dose of Gibbard’s signature vocals.