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Death Cab for Cutie headlined MSG (setlist)

“It wasn’t The Bait Shop and Seth Cohen wasn’t my date but this will do” – @nquinn91

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Death Cab for Cutie @ MSG 9/12/2015 (photo via @deathcabforcutie)

“At that point in my life I was 23, I had been to New York once, and it was still this unfathomably large, vast, intimidating place,” Gibbard says. “Playing a show to 30 people at the Mercury Lounge felt like playing Madison Square Garden. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be showing up in New York City to play a show — playing Madison Square Garden was something you would say almost as a joke. That would be a joke, to say, ‘Our goal is to play Madison Square Garden.’ We’d get laughed out of the bar, you know? That wasn’t available to indie rock bands.”

As rising indie acts have transitioned from the fringes of popular culture to being major-label signees and arena tour hopefuls, the underlying goals — at least for Gibbard and Death Cab — have remained relatively modest and unchanged. Gibbard jokingly says that the things he wants to be able to buy are the same he wanted when he was 21: records, books, cool stuff.

“When we started this band, and started playing shows and making records, the people we looked up to — our heroes — were the bands that you could see would go on tour, and they would play shows at clubs and they’d make enough money that they could kind of make a living at it,” says Gibbard. “So the idea of making a living — even a meager one — playing music, I’ve always considered as the goal. That was the seemingly unattainable sweet spot to be in….Everything since then has just been gravy.” – [Village Voice]

Death Cab For Cutie headlined Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (9/12) with Explosions in the Sky, part of their big venue tour. The band’s set included about half of new album Kintsugi and a good mix of other stuff including a lot of Plans, which turned 10 years old two weeks ago. Their encore, appropriately enough, had “Marching Bands of Manhattan.” Did you go to the show?

Check out the setlist and a few more Instagrams, below…

Soundcheck // Madison Square Garden // Photo by @racheldemy #DCFCTour

A photo posted by Death Cab for Cutie (@deathcabforcutie) on

It wasn't The Bait Shop and Seth Cohen wasn't my date but this will do #DeathCab #RIPMarissa

A photo posted by Natalie Quinn (@nquinn91) on

Another view of last night's festivities. #deathcabforcutie #livemusic #madisonsquaregarden

A photo posted by Dan Gordon (@thatguysgotacamera) on

Setlist: Death Cab for Cutie @ Madison Square Garden 9/12/2015
No Room in Frame
Crooked Teeth
Why You’d Want to Live Here
Black Sun
The New Year
The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
Grapevine Fires
Little Wanderer
Company Calls
President of What?
You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
What Sarah Said
I Will Follow You Into The Dark
I Will Possess Your Heart
Everything’s a Ceiling
You Are a Tourist
Doors Unlocked and Open
Soul Meets Body
Bixby Canyon Bridge

Passenger Seat
Marching Bands of Manhattan

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