Posted in TV | music | video on May 21, 2007

It's like if the cast of The OC, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars & Grey's Anatomy all got together for one big Christmas special hosted by Zach Braff...

"The encore ended with two Postal Service songs. Gibbard started “Nothing Better” and in time for where her vocals were on the album, Jenny Lewis strolled onto the stage. The crowd went nuts, of course. She delivered her lines with some major style. They both seemed genuinely enthused to be on stage at that moment. (And, let’s be honest, a lot more polished than the last time I saw them together on stage in April 2003 when the Postal Service toured through Boston). The show, of course, closed with “Such Great Heights” with Gibbard on lead and Jenny Lewis, John Vanderslice and Bazan singing backups. (This, I imagine and I gathered from the number of camera phones and cameras out, lead to many of what my friend would call “hipstorgasms”). It was a nice version of an overplayed tune, I have to admit." [ipickmynose]
From Wikipedia:
The song "Such Great Heights" was written by Ben Gibbard with friend Aaron Kaplan in 2003, according to an interview with Gibbard in Spin magazine.
The song has been used for...
the ROBOT FOOD snowboard film "Lame"
the UPN drama Veronica Mars.
the Grey's Anatomy original soundtrack.
the trailer of the show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Season 1.
a TV advertisement for FUSE's show The Dive.
a TV advertisement for Kaiser Permanente that aired in California and Hawaii.
a Dutch TV advertisement for a company called StartPeople.
a featured part of UPS's "Whiteboard" ad campaign, which launched January 6, 2007.[6]
a flashback sequence in Episode 4-12 of the CBS drama Cold Case.
a PROGRESSIVE TV ad campaign which features several different parts of the song
Such Great Heights has also been...
on the top 10 of the music site,, ever since the site started logging its charts until the week of 11 March 2007 where 8 of the 10 slots were taken by tracks from The Arcade Fire's album Neon Bible.
Ben Folds performed a cover version of "Such Great Heights" on Australian television, on jtv's "Like a Version" segment.
Iron & Wine's version of the song "Such Great Heights" was part of of the movie Garden State. It was also used for a TV advertisement for M&M's candy, and a British TV advertisement for The original also served as a trailer for Garden State.
Zach Braff actually did host the season finale of SNL this weekend.

* Barsuk's David Bazan plays with Ben Gibbard at Town Hall
* John Vanderslice blogs on Brooklyn Vegan from the road
* VIDEO: M Ward, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan & Jim James (My Morning Jacket) on Conan O'Brien



Comments (14)

If there was ever an argument against naming Irving and everything else across the county "The Fillmore"...I have no clue where this took place. Not in New York?

Posted by Jeff | May 21, 2007 1:12 PM

Are you sure it's John Vanderslice and not opener Johnathan Rice? (Boyfriend of Jenny Lewis?)

Posted by lbow | May 21, 2007 1:20 PM

I'm guessing the Fillmore San Francisco since they all did the same thing in Seattle last night.

Posted by anon | May 21, 2007 1:29 PM

It's definitely Johnathan Rice and not John Vanderslice.

Posted by anon | May 21, 2007 1:32 PM

this was san francisco. it was a nice set, especially when ben did 405. the crowd was super rude, though - lots of yelling and screaming and annoying teenage girl syndrome, etc. the girl next to me started crying when they played such great heights.

Posted by scott | May 21, 2007 1:35 PM

also - that is definitely john vanderslice, not johnathan rice. ben introduced him as john vanderslice and i know what john vanderslice looks like and that was john vanderslice. jv likes to show up at shows in sf - he came to mountain goats, too.

Posted by scott | May 21, 2007 1:36 PM

It is John Vanderslice.

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 21, 2007 1:48 PM

wait, so jenny lewis is dating john vanderslice?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2007 2:15 PM

Nope. She's dating Johnathan Rice.

Posted by anon | May 21, 2007 2:25 PM

is john vanderslice dating st. vincent? "marry me john"?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2007 2:33 PM

Ben Gibbard is dating David Bazan's beard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2007 2:41 PM

I swear to God if I get teased with this Postal Service-ness with no tour dates posted by the middle of the summer I'm going to freak.

Posted by Finchmeister | May 21, 2007 2:54 PM

j lewis does NOT sing vocals on the album cut of "nothing better"- its someone else named jen wood i think. jenny lewis sings on brand new colony, silhouettes, and maybe one more

Posted by drew | May 21, 2007 10:44 PM

Well she sings on like 2/3's of the album and did all the touring behind the record, singing Nothing Better. The song is as much hers as Jen Wood's now. And by all accounts, Jimmy and Ben seem to consider her to be the third member.

Posted by jess | May 22, 2007 1:24 AM

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