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Ben Gibbard Covers Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

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I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”

Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.
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Ben Gibbard – Ichiro’s Theme

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2012

As a Yankee fan, I was extremely excited to hear that we traded for Ichiro yesterday. It was a dream come true. However, I can only imagine how hard it is for fans of Seattle to see him go. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service) is one of these fans. He recorded an awesome little song as a tribute to Ichiro yesterday and here it is.

All fans of baseball can appreciate this song.

[mp3]: Ben Gibbard – Ichiro’s Theme

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Seperate

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2011 — with 1 comment

So it’s official, Zooey and Ben are no more. This news sucks for Ben, but it’s probably made a healthy amount of men around the world that much healthier. What this does mean is that Death Cab For Cutie’s next album is sure to be one of the more depressing albums, which is saying a lot. Reports are that this split was “mutual and amicable” and that “there was no third party involved.”

It sucks that it didn’t work out, but for some reason, the news doesn’t seem all that surprising. At least they lasted longer than good old Kimmy K.

Doubt that Ben is going to be listening to She & Him’s Christmas album anytime soon.

Listen To Ben Gibbard Play Two New Songs

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2011 — with 2 comments

Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard played a solo set at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival on February 27th. Recordings of some of the songs have now surfaced. He performed a song called “Codes and Keys”, which is the title track from their new album. He also played a solo song called “When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street” that will be included in the new Russell Brand movie, Arthur.

I’m interested to see what “Codes and Keys” sounds like with the supposed electronic transformation that Death Cab is taking on Codes and Keys. Both songs sound like Death Cab songs, and you can stream both below thanks to TwentyFourBit:

Codes and Keys:
Codes And Keys (Gibbard Solo, Live in SF) by

When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street:
When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street (Gibbard Solo, Live in SF) by

Ben Gibbard Plays New Death Cab For Cutie Song + Radiohead Cover

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2010 — with 2 comments

(photo via 107.7 The End)

Last night Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie’s frontman/lead singer played an acoustic solo benefit show in Seattle. He played a new song that should see a spot on Death Cab For Cutie’s new album. He also covered Radiohead’s “All I Need” and The Seekers “I’ll Never Find Another You” along with his wife, Zooey Deschanel. The new song is sounding good.

All three videos are posted below:

New Song:

All I Need (Radiohead Cover):

“I’ll Never Find Another You” (Feat. Zooey Deschanel):

Recap: Newport Folk Festival – Day 1

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2017 — with 3 comments

It only takes one visit to fall in love with Newport Folk Festival. What once felt like an unknown curiosity encounter to me has blossomed into an annual ritual that will occur every July, simply because it’s one of the best music festivals that American has to offer.

What makes Newport so special is the chill and very welcoming atmosphere that wears off on everyone from the crowd to the performers themselves. Everyone feels like one big happy family, which makes it a true standout amongst the more corporate festivals out there.

(Hurray for The Riff Raff)

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Death Cab for Cutie at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2015 — with 2 comments

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It’s not every day that you get to see Death Cab for Cutie play a 550-capacity venue like Music Hall of Williamsburg. The staggering setting for such a band was put into perspective later in the night, when frontman Ben Gibbard announced that they’d be returning to New York this fall to play the much less intimate Madison Square Garden. That notion made me truly appreciate what I was witnessing, on top of the great 22-song set of Death Cab songs both old and new that spoke for itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Death Cab for Cutie Announce New Album: ‘Kintsugi’

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015 — with 2 comments

Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi

It’s strange to think about Death Cab for Cutie without Chris Walla, the former co-founding member who officially left the group last year after playing one final show. But before he quit, he helped record the band’s next album, which is entitled Kintsugi and will be released March 31 via Atlantic Records.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Nick Harmer gave insight into the meaning of the album’s title:
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