watch Ben Gibbard’s all-covers livestream (Phoebe Bridgers, Shins, Rilo Kiley, Flaming Lips & more)
Ben Gibbard did an all-covers version of his daily solo acoustic livestream tonight, and he did a nice array of songs, with classics like John Lennon ("Isolation"), Bob Dylan ("If Not For You"), Big Star ("Thirteen"), and Elliott Smith ("Waltz #2"); songs by Ben's peers/friends/collaborators like his Postal Service bandmate Jenny Lewis' band Rilo Kiley ("Silver Lining"), his fellow Garden State soundtrack alumni "New Slang" by The Shins (assuming you count Iron & Wine's Postal Service cover as Ben being on the Garden State soundtrack), and "Do You Realize??" by Ben's friends and almost collaborators The Flaming Lips; and a song by a much newer singer/songwriter who Ben says he admires and is now friends with, Phoebe Bridgers ("Motion Sickness"). And, amazingly, he covered "Bones" from I Think You Should Leave (like Murder by Death did last year). Watch the full set below.
He also said at the end that he'll continue to do all-covers sets on Sundays. In his previous streams, Ben did one cover a night (except last night, 3/21, where he did all originals), including Radiohead, Joy Division/New Order, The Decemberists, and Frightened Rabbit. Ben also recently released a video of a new song, and he'll be donating proceeds from that song to charity once it hits streaming services. Ben also promotes a different charity on his livestream each night -- tonight's was in benefit of Country Doctor Community Health Centers.
Fun fact: Ben takes some audience questions during these livestreams and today he replied to one asking what the first show he ever attended was: 1992's Sub Pop Ultra Lame Fest with Mudhoney, Seaweed, Earth, Supersuckers, and Pondarosa.
Tune in Monday (3/23) at 7 PM ET for Ben's next livestream.
Day six setlist
Isolation (John Lennon cover)
Silver Lining (Rilo Kiley cover)
Thirteen (Big Star cover)
Waltz #2 (Elliott Smith cover)
Motion Sickness (Phoebe Bridgers cover)
If Not For You (Bob Dylan cover)
New Slang (The Shins cover)
Hysteria (Def Leppard cover)
"Bones" (I Think You Should Leave cover)
Do You Realize?? (The Flaming Lips cover)