watch Ben Gibbard cover Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” debut a new song, and more
Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard did an all-piano set for this week's livestream, and during this set he debuted a new song and played two covers, alongside plenty of Death Cab classics ("What Sarah Said," "Soul Meets Body," "Blacking Out the Friction," "Passenger Seat," and more).
One cover was a lovely, impassioned rendition of Nirvana's "All Apologies," which Ben introduced by saying that he played it a lot on his first proper solo tour in 2007, and that "I've been getting nostalgic for one of my favorite bands lately, so thought I'd pull it out and dust it off for you guys." He also did country veteran Tom T. Hall's "Tulsa Telephone Book" from his 1971 album In Search of a Song.
Ben's new song is called "Proxima B," named after the planet that's believed to have water on it and that there's talk of humans eventually exploring. Ben says what he played tonight was a "much more subdued version than the balls-out rock version coming at you soon," but it already sounded great in this stripped-down form, and the line "what's the point in trying to save this place if there's another out in space?" feels very relatable right now.
As always, Ben answered some fan questions, and tonight that included one person asking what the best band Ben's ever seen live is (Tel Aviv's Monotonix, who "quite literally almost burned the place down") and what Ben's favorite Built to Spill song is ("Car").
During each of his livestreams, Ben raises money for a different cause, and tonight's was the Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19.
Watch his full set and view the setlist below.
Unobstructed Views (Death Cab for Cutie song)
Passenger Seat (Death Cab for Cutie song)
The Ice Is Getting Thinner (Death Cab for Cutie song)
Tulsa Telephone Book (Tom T. Hall cover)
Binary Sea (Death Cab for Cutie song)
What Sarah Said (Death Cab for Cutie song)
Proxima B (new song)
All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
Blacking Out the Friction (Death Cab for Cutie song)
Soul Meets Body (Death Cab for Cutie song)