Entries tagged with: Ben Gibbard
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Jack Groetzinger)
There weren't a ton of shows going on in NYC last night (10/28), relatively speaking, but members/collaborators of most indie rock bands in existence were part of them. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, husband of She of She & Him) played with Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) at Webster Hall with John Roderick (The Long Winters) opening.
"Along with all 12 songs from the album, Farrar and Gibbard each sang a song from a different project, before finishing with a pair of covers. Gibbard sang a rootsy version of "Couches in Alleys," a tune he sang on a 2004 album by the Belgian electronic band Styrofoam. Farrar opted for a rousing take on "Voodoo Candle," from his 2001 solo debut, "Sebastopol." And the covers: Farrar handled lead vocals on a countrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie," and the pair closed the show with Gibbard singing lead on a shattering version of Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)."" [listen, damnit]Full setlist and some videos below. John Roderick plays again tonight at Union Hall.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Nada Surf (who played electric instead of acoustic as originally advertised) (and who played as Holly Miranda's backing band at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier) teamed up with Charles Bissell of the Wrens and They Might Be Giants for an indie rock benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Videos below.
Over at BAM it was "The Long Count" featuring the we've-collaborated-with-everyone Dessner twins from the National in partnership with the Breeders-Deal twins who count a member of the Pixies among them. Joining them on stage was Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists) and many other indie-friendly musicians, classical and otherwise. Everyone who wasn't playing at one of these shows, was probably in the audience of this one. Check out pics and our review HERE, and our interview with Bryce Dessner HERE, and then check the show out, if you haven't already, on Friday (Mischief Night) or Saturday (Halloween).
Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar @ Bimbo's 365 Club, 10-24-09 (pneyu)
John Roderick of the Long Winters is the opener of the Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar Kerouac-tour that ends with a show at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (10/28). Tickets are still available. John will then stick around for a day, and headline his own show at the intimate Union Hall in Brooklyn on Thursday (1/29). Tickets are on sale for that too.
Greg Kot was at the Gibbard/Farrar show in Chicago the other day...
"The one-week old band," as Farrar called it, devoted the show to playing the album in its entirety, plus a handful of loosely related songs: Farrar's "Voodoo Candle," Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (And Picture Postcards)."Videos from the show in LA, below...
The "Big Sur" songs put the focus squarely on Kerouac's lyrics, which detail the dissolution of a drunk looking for sobriety and inspiration in a cabin on a remote stretch of the California coast. The material's tailor-made for Farrar: His voice has a natural slope to it, an ache that shades even his most optimistic sentiments, and his melodies are steeped in mourning.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Fiery Furnaces shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Them Crooked Vultures went on presale yesterday and go on general sale Saturday.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for two Bill Cosby shows happening at the Wellmont Theatre in NJ on April 11, 2010. ($60.00, $50.00 & $40.00).
Aside from getting married this week, Mr. Zooey Deschanel (aka Ben Gibbard) is keeping busy. He'll be playing a few shows this October with Jay Farrar of Son Volt in support of their new collaborative record, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The album, coming out Oct. 20th on F-Stop/Atlantic Records, is the soundtrack to a documentary on Kerouac's Big Sur. The songs, written specifically for the project, take their lyrics from the novel. The setlist for the four-date tour will include songs off the soundtrack and "other surprise material," and the band will conist of Farrar, Gibbard, Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats).
The NYC show is happening October 28th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, September 23rd at noon. General sale starts Sept. 25th at noon.
Jay Farrar was just in NYC Thursday (9/17) with Son Volt, who are currently on tour.
"The gig in New York was mostly a success. Although I'm confident that the sound in the house was solid, on stage it was loud and lacking in definition. Also, for some reason the lighting director decided to black out the stage in the middle of a song. Not sure what that was about.The trailer and more info on the film (which has guests that include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits) and the album (with a video for its last song, "San Francisco")are below...
Being that we were in NYC, we all stayed out too late and paid dearly the next day. Jay had it the worst, however, as he had to be up early to play on the radio." [Son Volt]
DOWNLOAD: Postal Service - Against All Odds (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Death Cab For Cutie - Someday You Will Be Loved (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel - Baby, It's Cold Outside (MP3)
Was there any Death Cab For Cutie on that mixtape Zooey Deschanel made for Yo La Tengo fans (and charity)? Because, according to US Magazine (and just about every other website on the Internet at this point), she is now engaged to Ben Gibbard! Congrats to the happy couple.
Ben and Zooey sing "Dream" together in the video below...
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
To some, Kozelek may come across as a recluse, but he's anything but: since the release of Sun Kil Moon's debut--2003's extraordinary Ghosts of the Great Highway--he's scored a film, acted in the movie Shopgirl, and put out a double-disc live album as well as a Sun Kil Moon record consisting of nothing but Modest Mouse songs. [Popmatters]
Ben Gibbard: When I was in my early 20s, I saw people in their 30s or 40s very differently than I do now. There's a level of confusion that is never really quelled as you get older.The rest of that conversation is at the Onion.
Mark Kozelek: I hear what you're saying about the confusion of it all. A part of you feels like you haven't grown up as much as you should at this age. I'm really in a strange position, where I'm 41, still don't know how to drive a car, I'm not married, I don't have kids. When I go back to Ohio, that's where it really kicks in. Everyone around there is dealing with their mortgages and their kids and all these things. That's where I really feel the confusion, and I really feel like the odd man out. There, nobody really cares about my record deals or my little bit parts in movies or these little blurbs I get in magazines. Everything's more like, "If you don't have kids, and you don't have religion, and you don't go to church, and you don't drive a car, and you don't own a home, and you're not married, you just don't have shit." [Laughs.]
photos by Chris Graham
In case you don't recognize him, that's Ben Gibbard at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington this past Sunday (May 25). He is a member of the #1 band in America Death Cab For Cutie who are playing a show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on June 10th with Rogue Wave (who also played Sasquatch). After the McCarren show, the party continues at Music Hall of Williamsburg:
Post Death Cab For Cutie Show!More pictures and video from Sasquatch below...
The XYZ Affair
Tue 6/10, 18+, Doors 9pm / Show 10pm, FREE
DOWNLOAD: Feist - Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) (MP3)
Death Cab For Cutie is coming out with a new album in May 2008. You can watch a trailer for it on their new website.
Also to look foward to in 2008: a collaboration between Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard and Leslie Feist...
during a recent off day in Louisville, she and her touring band got the itch to roll tape. "We thought, day off? Let's just do something fun," she recalls. "Bowling? A hike? Instead, we rented a studio."For a taste of what Gibbard & Feist sound like together, download the Postal Servce remix of "Mushaboom that is linked on the top of this post - right over that picture of Ben singing with Feist's Broken Social Scene band-mate (and boyfriend) Kevin Drew. That photo was taken by Chona Kasinger at a "Spirit If" show in October - a few weeks before a member of Pavement played with Kevin in NYC..
There, "we took turns and played together," she says. Feist "fooled around on some new stuff" and sang a Grizzly Bear song. She also recorded the basic track for a collaboration with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, which will appear on the "Red Hot and Indie" compilation being produced by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner. [Billboard]
DOWNLOAD: Cloak & Dagger radio w/ a Ben Gibbard "ambush interview" (MP3) (info)
Bright Eyes w/ guest Ben Gibbard @ Town Hall, NYC - May 30, 2007 (CRED)
Where Conor's hand went after this picture was taken, only those who were there know for sure. (listen to the mp3),
Last night's Bright Eyes guest was Steve Earle. According to one commenter,
...he guested on 4 songs with BEs.Ben's "friend" Johnathan Rice was one of Conor's guest a few nights ago.
1. God, is Bush horrible or what?
2. I mean come on, he is really horrible, right?
3. Damn remember how much fun we had on the Vote For Change tour Conor?
4. Under Bush the whole world has gone to hell.
Actually I love Steve Earle and would love to see him with BEs but sometimes the above is what his solo shows start to sound like. He is a rocker with amazing knack for writing great songs, he just needs to lay off the heavy politics sometimes.
Last night (May 30) Ben Gibbard came out and performed his own three song set at the Bright Eyes show that Maria Taylor and Nick Zinner were also guests at. People got a mini-set by Norah Jones' side-project The Little Willies the night before.
Bright Eyes & Norah Jones @ Town Hall, NYC - May 29, 2007 (CRED)
DOWNLOAD: Feist - Inside & Out (Mocky Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mocky - In The Meantime (featuring Jamie Lidell) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Melt Your Heart (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Born Secular (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Happy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Happy (reprise) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins - Run Devil Run (MP3)
Bright Eyes is bringing out a special guest at each of his seven shows at Town Hall in NYC this week. Many were dismayed by the appearance of Lou Reed at night one. Ben Kweller came out during night two, and I'm losing track, but Jenny Lewis was the guest at either night three or four, or both or something like that. I don't have a picture, but there is the recent video of Jenny on stage with Ben Gibbard & John Vanderslice, and here are some photos from October of Jenny on stage with Feist (actually the other way around).....
* Cannes Film Fest Award Winners
* Concerts get 'Second Life' on Internet
* Kanye West samples Peter Bjorn & John & Daft Punk
* Sufjan Stevens & friends 'Take Away show" video @ Blogoteque
* Jenny Lewis contributed vocals to Jayhawk Gary Louris' new album
* Mocky, Feist, Gonzo, Lidell | Zero 7 & Jose Gonzalez | MP3s
* Mocky, Gonzales & Lidell helped make 'The Reminder' happen
* CBC Radio 3 Exclusive: Fans Ruin Feist Show (for me)
* LIVE: Feist Audience A Little Too Respectful
Mocky feat. Feist - Fightin' Away The Tears
More pics of Jenny, Feist & The Watson Twins below......
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 only thing worse than regular people who mislabel Flickr photos (for instance the people who tagged every single photo from their NYC vacation with "CBGB"), are street team people who mislabel pictures on Flickr - actually - street teams just need to stop using Flickr at all. For instance, here's a few pictures that came up when I just did a search for "Arctic Monkeys"....
Yep, that's David Bazan in the last photo (sometimes mistaken for an Arctic Monkey - especially when holding a small flag, but actually just a Pedro the Lion), and it was just announed that David signed to Barsuk - ex-home of his tour-mate Ben Gibbard's band Death Cab For Cutie.
How were Arctic Monkeys at Hammerstein, and while we're at it - how were Ben Gibbard and David Bazan at Town Hall?
DOWNLOAD: DNTEL - Dumb Lunck (MP3)
An album five years in the making, and Jimmy Tamborello's first for Sub Pop. Thick with his signature sampler finessing, warm electronic washes, and genius beat placement, Dumb Luck is an album lyrically as much about human distance as connection. Includes vocal contributions from Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher (Lali Puna), Mia Doi Todd, Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott (Arthur & Yu), Andrew Broder (Fog), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and Christopher and Jennifer Gunst (Mystic Chords Of Memory).DNTEL (in town from LA) is DJing at Union Pool in Brooklyn this Wednesday April 25th at 10:30pm. Ed Droste (part of the all star cast listed above) and Chris Bear from Grizzly Bear will be there to help him out as well.
* STREAM THE WHOLE DNTEL ALBUM AT AOL
* Dntel's Dumb Luck Inspired By Animal Collective
* Remix DNTEL, win prizes
* Jenny Lewis Receives Award; New Rilo Kiley LP Due
* Maria Taylor Plays Down Her Conor Oberst Connection
* Ben Gibbard played drums w/ The Long Winters
* Ben Gibbard touring w/ David Bazan + Johnathan Rice
* Bright Eyes touring, playing Town Hall a lot
* Ed Droste plays DNTEL on Sirius Radio
* Grizzly Bear touring w/ Feist & stuff
Ben Gibbard & Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos (CRED)
Pedro The Lion's David Bazan is going on tour with Will Johnson of Centro-Matic in April. Then David is going on tour with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis' Johnathan Rice. Gibbard, Bazan and Rice play Town Hall in NYC on May 8th.
Food aficionado Alex Kapranos does not curretnly have any shows scheduled (that I know of).
All tour dates below....
"The first video from Death Cab for Cutie's innovative anthology of 12 short films inspired by each song on their album, PLANS, has been unveiled. The video for 'Marching Bands of Manhattan,' was directed by acclaimed video director P.R. Brown, and is now available for viewing at the band's website. The short films from the project, entitled DIRECTIONS, will be screened one by one exclusively online at deathcabforcutie.com."
The list of 12 video titles and directors below...
ANDREW KENNY @ BOWERY BALLROOM | JAN 10, 2006 (cred: mina k)
NYC is like that. On a random Tuesday night, Stephen Malkmus is playing Pavement songs in the basement of Knitting Factory while The Mooney Suzuki happen to be testing out new material at Sin-e, and Ben Gibbard (Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie), Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) are playing a one-off show at the Bowery Ballroom. For those not familiar with the venues, all three combined hold less than 1000 people.
More photos by Mina k at her Flickr. Death Cab is playing SNL Saturday.
Ben Gibbard, Matthew Caws, and Andrew Kenny at Bowery Ballroom is sold out. There may still be tickets for the Jenny Lewis shows. There are definitely still tickets for Low (new bassist included) at Bowery Ballroom, Southpaw, and elsewhere. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for "AN EVENING WITH: Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) and Will Johnson (centro-matic)" at The Bowery Ballroom on Feb. 13, 2006.
Colin Meloy & The Decemberists joined Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie on stage last night for an encore cover of Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way at their (August 18, 2005) show on Central Park's Summerstage.
More pics and news from this show to follow...
UPDATE 1: more pics added to this post
UPDATE 2: Smoosh was standing on stage during this