Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard just released a new solo single, "Proxima B," which features his cover of Minor Threat's "Filler" on the flipside. He first played the song during the virtual concert for the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum called Space Songs: Through the Distance.

“This one I wrote a while ago and I was going to have it out as a single for my solo tour this spring,” says Gibbard. “It’s about a planet that was discovered deep, deep in the cosmos, called Proxima B. The three things you need to know about Proxima B to understand the song are: One, there’s a planet called Proxima B that they think has water on it. It’s somewhat Earth-like. Secondly, it orbits the star called Centauri. And three, there’s been a lot of talk of ‘Ooh, maybe we can get there at some point.’ So I wrote this song in response to that.” Jangly and soaring, "Proxima B" is in the Big Star mode of powerpop.

As for "Filler," you may have heard this last year when he shared it via Soundcloud. He takes the DC hardcore classic into slow piano ballad that's quite lovely. You can order the single on 7" and cassette, and it's also available via the o of your choice. Stream both sides of the single below.

This is Ben's second single he's released during lockdown, the first was "Life in Quarantine."

Meanwhile, Ben hosts the last of his weekly livestream shows tonight at 7 PM via Youtube. He still plans on doing livestreams, but they'll be "slightly less frequent."

In other news, Ben is part of the "All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief" livestream on June 7 which features artists with roots in Washington, like Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-A-Lot and more.

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