Entries tagged with: Ben Gibbard
The Monkees, with original members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith (RIP Davy Jones), will release their first album in 20 years this year. Depending on how much faith you have in a Monkees album in 2016, that may or may not be interesting, but this part is: Songwriting contributions come from Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard, XTC co-leader Andy Partridge, Zach from Rogue Wave, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger who also produced it. Nesmith and Tork also wrote one song each for it.
The album also includes some unfinished material from the '60s, including songs co-written with Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson. Some of the '60s material has the band backed by The Wrecking Crew.
The album is called Good Times and it's due out June 10 via Rhino. You can pre-order it at Amazon. The release doubles as the celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, and they'll also tour this year in support of it.
The complete set of the Monkees TV series also comes out on Blu-ray on April 29. You can pre-order that now too. That's the artwork above.
Listen to a demo of "Good Times" below...
Death Cab For Cutie premiered the second single from their upcoming eighth album, Kintsugi, over at NME. It's called "No Room In Frame" (they've played it live), and you can listen to it below. As previously mentioned, this is their last album with Chris Walla as a member, and their first with an outside producer (Rich Costey).
words and photo by Melissa Presti
Death Cab for Cutie have an upcoming tour with The Antlers in support of their forthcoming album Kintsugi, but ahead of all that they squeezed in a last-minute, intimate one-off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (1/28) with Say Hi.
The 90 minute set was a showcase of all the Death Cab hits and favorites, and a peek at a few impressive sounding tracks from Kintsugi. "Black Sun", "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive", and "No Room in Frame" (all three of which were debuted in Seattle a week earlier) gave the impression that even for an eighth studio album, Death Cab is still reinventing themselves, this time with more electronic textures and synths in the mix.
Ben Gibbard apologized for the album delay, citing "we had a lot of shit going on" -- perhaps referring to personal relationships, his solo release, his reunion tour with The Postal Service, or most likely the departure of Chris Walla. Ben made the round of introductions between songs, making sure the crowd knew Dave Depper (on guitar/keyboards) and Zac Rae (keyboards) were more than qualified to step in and keep the band's nostalgic sound intact.
Before the night ended, Ben announced the next time they would play in New York would be at Madison Square Garden - encouraging everyone to tell their friends. "Seriously, tell your friends...it's a huge place." Stay tuned for more info on that.
The following night, Death Cab appeared on Letterman to perform "Black Sun." Watch that, plus videos and the setlist from MHOW, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As discussed, Death Cab for Cutie is releasing their eighth album, Kintsugi, on March 31 via Atlantic -- their last with Chris Walla and first with an outside producer (Rich Costey) -- and they've now premiered its first single, "Black Sun" (one of three songs they recently debuted live). As you'd probably expect if you've heard the last few Death Cab albums, it's much cleaner and bigger sounding stuff than the band's introverted beginnings, and you can especially hear that they brought a big-name producer on board for this one. Listen for yourself, via the lyric video, below.
The band also announced a tour, much of which is with The Antlers, whose Familiars was one of our favorite albums of 2014. Unfortunately no NYC show at the moment. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ben Gibbard w/ DCFC in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
At a solo show this past October, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard performed a cover of "Archie, Marry Me" off indie popsters Alvvays' self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl. He called it his favorite song of 2014, and he's not the only one who loved it. He puts a cool spin on it, kind of making it sound like an older Death Cab song. Check out the professional video, courtesy of KEXP, Starbucks, and STG (via Stereogum), below.
Alvvays will soon head out on tour with The Decemberists, the band fronted by Colin Meloy, who despite what you may think, is a different person than Ben Gibbard. (Coincidentally, we posted an old video of them performing together today.) That tour hits NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre, which is sold out. Four days earlier, Alvvays headline their own NYC show at Bowery Ballroom (4/2), which is also sold out. And in June, The Decemberists return to NYC for Governors Ball, which is not sold out.
The Decemberists will release their first new album since 2011 next week (1/20), and you can stream it here. Earlier this week, Death Cab for Cutie announced that their first new album since 2011 will be out this year as well.
Ben Gibbard video below...
Longtime Death Cab for Cutie member/producer Chris Walla recently left the band, but Death Cab are moving forward, and have now announced details for their upcoming eighth album. It's called Kintsugi ("the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them"), and will be out on March 31 via Atlantic. As noted previously, though Walla does contribute to the album, it was recorded with Rich Costey (Interpol, Mew, Jane's Addiction), and marks their first time working with an outside producer.
No music has been revealed from it yet, but that's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist below...
Tacocat at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Seattle's Tacocat have deservedly gotten some praise this year for their entertaining new record, NVM, which they're continuing to play shows in support of. This month, on the west coast, they open for Haim, play 'Pizza Fest' with The Coathangers, Music Fest NW in Portland, and LINDA'S FEST.
Another one of their shows will happen in NYC on September 12 at Palisades. That's one of the three NYC shows their Hardly Art labelmates Shannon & the Clams are playing on their tour, and Las Rosas open that one, making for a great triple bill. Tickets for the Palisades show are still available. All Tacocat dates are listed below.
Tacocat are also featured in Budweiser's first episode of their 'Made In America' documentary series, which focuses on Seattle. Veteran Seattle-area musician Ben Gibbard calls Tacocat and La Luz his two favorite Seattle bands right now. You can watch that video, with the video for Tacocat's "Crimson Wave" and their list of dates, below...
Death Cab for Cutie at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ben Gibbard has been busy lately focusing on The Postal Service reunion and his solo career, but he did recently make some festival appearances with Death Cab for Cutie to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Transatlanticism at Bumbershoot and Barsuk 15. Death Cab have now announced their first show of 2014 which happens in upstate NY on May 23 at CMAC with indie folkies The Head and the Heart. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon with a Venue/Radio presale starting Thursday (1/23) at 10 AM.
Ben also did the score for Laggies the new Lynn Shelton-directed film starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley that just made its premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival. A Hollywood Reporter review of the film reads:
It takes some funny eyes-askance interrogation from Rockwell to remind us just how questionable it is for a 28 year-old to start going to high school keggers and having slumber parties with a teenager. Knightley's performance, convincingly desperate for anything that might point in a promising direction, makes sense of it while it's happening. Seigel's script earns its share of laughs while drawing not-too-blunt parallels between the adolescent dramas Megan witnesses and the difficulties she herself is having. Some kind of romantic collision between Megan and Craig is inevitable from their first scenes together, and the film integrates that unwise attraction into teen-movie shenanigans nicely.Check out a video of Keira Knightley discussing the film at Sundance and some classic Death Cab below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Postal Service brought their reunion tour (with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis in tow) to Coachella last night (4/13). The tour's in support of the 10th anniversary reissue of their only album, Give Up, and they played 8 of its 10 original songs, switching out "Recycled Air" and "Natural Anthem" for "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around," both of which appear as previously-unreleased tracks on the reissue (listen on Spotify). Check out a video of their full set, along with more pictures from the show and the setlist below.
Postal Service pics, video and setlist below...
Meanwhile, a music video and a short documentary about the reunited band are in the works. The title of the doc, according to IMDB, is "10 Years of the Postal Service", and the one and only Tom Scharpling directed it, as he recently told Matt Pinfield:
"I shot two things with them," Scharpling says. "One is a mini-documentary, getting Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello to tell the story of how this weird band came together and how they were mailing each other CD-R's back and forth. It's a straight mini-doc thing that should be out shortly. The other is a funny video that takes place in 2002, that shows Jimmy auditioning potential lead singers for Postal Service. We got an amazing group of people to come through."Tom's videos are always the best, so we definitely can't wait to see that. Meanwhile check out the video Tom made for one of Ben's' solo tracks.
They don't care what Mos Def has to say.... the reunited Postal Service, like Beyonce before them, have added a second Brooklyn show at the Barclays Center! The new date, June 15th, is one day after the previously announced show at the same arena, which is part of a larger reunion tour that includes Sasquatch Fest and Coachella. Tickets to the new date go on sale Saturday at noon, though a pre-sale of some sort will start Friday at 10am (the first date is sold out). Stay tuned for more details.
This news comes just one day after we first heard an unreleased song by the band. Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) will be released via Sub Pop on April 9.
DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - Such Great Heights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (MP3)
The Postal Service finally returned this year, ten years after the release of their only album, Give Up, and began confirming a few festival slots like Coachella and Primavera Sound. Now they've finally revealed headlining dates in the US and Europe, including one in NYC at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 14! Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
UPDATE: Presale tickets are available now via The Postal Service's website.
Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis and Mynabirds frontwoman Laura Burhenn will be part of The Postal Service's live band for this tour. All dates are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - Such Great Heights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (MP3)
Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.
PREVIOUSLY: Postal Service reunion in the works
Ben Gibbard at HiFi Bar in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard, who released his solo debut, Former Lives, this year, will be teaming up with novelist Ron Currie Jr. (who authored God Is Dead, Everything Matters!, and will publish Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles on February 7) for a night of conversation and music in NYC at Strand Book Store on January 9 from 7-8 PM. Ron will be previewing his forthcoming novel at the event and Ben will be performing solo acoustic songs. You can gain entry by purchasing a copy of Everything Matters!, God Is Dead, or a $15 Strand gift card at Strand's site.
Ben recently recorded a Twelve Days of Fretboard session where he performed "A Hard One to Know" from Former Lives and was also interviewed. The video of that session is below.
Ben Gibbard at Hi-Fi Bar in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben GIbbard, who played a single intimate show in NYC during CMJ, kicked off his tour with Advance Base in Minneapolis last week and they're set to hit NYC TONIGHT (11/5) at Town Hall. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Ben also just recently released a video for "Teardrop Windows" off of his debut album, Former Lives (out now via Barsuk), which was directed by Tom Scharpling, who also recently directed videos for Aimee Mann, Nude Beach, and others. The video stars comedian Kurt Braunohler, who plays a record label executive that tries to turn Ben into a "bad boy." Check out that video and an updated list of dates below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ben Gibbard @ HiFi Bar
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard released his debut solo LP, Former Lives, yesterday (10/16) and celebrated it with a private, intimate release show at HiFi Bar on Avenue A. He played a bunch off his new album and also treated us to a number of Death Cab faves like "Blacking Out the Friction," "Title and Registration," "Soul Meets Body," and "Grapevine Fires." During his set, Ben told a story about how he was happy to return to the space that used to be Brownies, where Death Cab played years ago. The show was opened by Bird of Youth singer Beth Wawerna. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pics below.
Ben Gibbard w/ Death Cab at Beacon Theater in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his solo debut LP, Former Lives, this Tuesday (10/16) via Barsuk and he'll play an invite-only record release show in NYC during CMJ on the day of the release (10/16) at HiFi Bar (169 Avenue A, formerly Brownies where Death Cab played way back when). Bird of Youth singer Beth Wawerna is opening the show. Again, there are no tickets available to the public for this show but Ben is giving list spots away on his Facebook.
Ben was also on Fallon this past Friday (10/12) to play "Teardrop Windows" and "Oh, Woe" off of Former Lives. You can watch videos of those two performances, stream Former Lives in its entirety, and check out an updated list of all upcoming dates, below.
Advance Base - 'The Shut-In's Prayer'
Advance Base (the current project of Owen Ashworth formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) released his debut album for the project, A Shut-In's Prayer, earlier this year. Stream two of its tracks, "New Gospel" and "Summer Music," and watch the video for the latter below.
Advance Base has a number of upcoming shows this year including a few support dates for Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) on his upcoming tour which brings both musicians to NYC on September 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Advance Base also plays another NYC show one day earlier (9/28) at Union Hall with Pendulum Swings and Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets for that show are not yet on sale.
It's also just been announced that Advance Base will support Ben Gibbard on many of the dates on his upcoming solo tour, incuding the NYC show which happens on November 5 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. When we last spoke, The Town Hall date was the only announced date on Ben Gibbard's tour but that tour has just been revealed in full and is mostly with Advance Base except for a few California dates with Damien Jurado (who plays his own NYC show on his tour). All Ben Gibbard dates are listed below.
All lists of dates, song streams, and videos are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Death Cab for Cutie at Firefly Music Festival - 7/22/12
As mentioned, Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard will release his solo debut LP, Former Lives, on October 16 via Barsuk. Around the same time, he'll support the album with a tour which hits NYC for a show at Town Hall on November 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/27) at 11 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon. A Death Cab fan club presale also begins on Wednesday (7/25) at noon and an artist presale will be available to the general public on Thursday (7/26) at 10 AM. The tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but more dates will be revealed soon.
Ben still hasn't released any of the material from Former Lives, but he did just put out a new song called "Ichiro's Theme" in honor of Ichiro Suzuki, who used to play for the Mariners in Seattle where Ben is from, and is now a New York Yankee (who Ben hates). You can listen to that song below.
Meanwhile, Death Cab have been continuing to make their way around the US and just hit Delaware's Firefly Music Festival and Montclair, NJ for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Surfer Blood. More pictures and the setlist from their set at Firefly are below.
Surfer Blood in Long Island in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned L.E.S. rock club Cake Shop is going through some tough financial times and have started a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money to stay alive. There's seven days left on that campaign and the venue is 63% of the way there. If they don't reach their target, they won't get any of the money raised, so show your support -- we need Cake Shop around!
Meanwhile, Cake Shop has had some benefit shows like the one earlier this month where Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were the secret headliner.
The venue is throwing another benefit show this Thursday (7/19) with Grand Rapids, Shark? and a headliner listed as "extra secretly special band (bring yr wakeboard and some band aids!)." Hmm. $12 - 20 sliding scale cover.
And in more related news, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard will release his debut solo album, Former Lives, on October 16 via Barsuk in the US and a day earlier in Europe via City Slang. The album was recorded at Aaron Espinoza's (Earlimart) studio, The Ship. Some tour dates in support of the release are TBA.
photos by Joe McCabe
Ben Gibbard @ Beacon Theater - 4/29/12
NYC showed Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab For Cutie much love during a recent three night run at Beacon Theater. Ben did not return that love in a recent article about baseball stadiums in Rolling Stone. Ben said:
PNC Park is by far the most beautiful park in all of baseball. The place feels so intimate and old-fashioned in all the best ways. I love the design of their out-of-town scoreboard. The views of downtown Pittsburgh and the bridges across the Allegheny River at night are spectacular. You can also buy a gigantic bucket of hot wings there that will stop your heart. The new Yankee stadium is by far the worst I've been to. It might look like the old one from the outside, but inside it's more like a gaudy, Long Island shopping mall than a ballpark. A classic example of what happens when people have too much money and very little taste. Plus, it tends to be full of Yankees fans.Ouch Ben, ouch.
We already posted timely pictures of nights one and two of Death Cab's three-night run (along with news of their continued tour that hits NJ next time). Here is a set of pictures we've been saving, from the third and final night at Beacon with Youth Lagoon. More of them below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie are trying something different for a 2012 tour that kicked off Tuesday in Colorado, performing with the eight members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra -- six violins and two cellos.You saw last night's setlist. Check out more pictures from Friday's show at Beacon Theater, below...
That's the same group that appeared with Death Cab in its "Storytellers" episode on VH1, and helped add a deeper texture to last year's Codes and Keys. Still, Magik*Magik -- which has previously worked with Mike Patton, John Vanderslice, the Walkmen and the Dodos -- have become the principal storyline for a tour that [hits Beacon Theater in NYC three nights in a row this weekend].
The interesting part for concertgoers will be hearing some of the Death Cab's back catalog, including favorites like "Soul Meets Body," in this format. Gibbard admitted a little apprehension -- OK, a lot...
"It's a little terrifying," Gibbard tells HeyReverb. "There are so many variables. The entire show is a series of variables, for the first time in a long time. And that's a good thing. The first handful of shows, at least from our end, will be like walking through quicksand." [Something Else]
Thurston and Kim still trendsetters...
Just two years after tying the knot, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard have separated, Deschanel's rep confirms to Us Weekly.In related news, She & Himhave a new Christmas album out . You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify.
"It was mutual and amicable," a source adds. "There was no third party involved."