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May 28, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been livestreaming solo concerts from his home studio since March. Tonight he performed his final concert for a while and his wife Rachel Demy got to pick the setlist, which included a cover of Björk’s “All Is Full of Love.”  More

May 28, 2020

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has shared a new song, "Proxima B," as well as a cover of Minor Threat's "Filler."  More

May 14, 2020

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie was the musical guest on last night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He performed his recent single, “Life In Quarantine,” doing it solo acoustic from home.  More

May 07, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming solo concerts from his home studio. Tonight’s concert was an all-Beatles covers set.  More

Apr 24, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming solo concerts from his home studio. During last night’s concert he performed a new song, “Proxima B,” and covered Nirvana’s “All Apologies” in what was an all-piano set.  More

Apr 10, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming solo concerts from his home studio. During last night’s concert he performed all of Death Cab for Cutie’s 2000-released album We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. More

Apr 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming daily solo concerts from his home studio. He has now switched from daily to weekly concerts and today during his first weekly one he covered Fountains of Wayne’s “Barbara H.” in tribute to the band’s Adam Schlesinger, who died yesterday due to COVID-19. More

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Spiritualized, Morrissey, and More

An All Covers Set for His Last Daily Live From Home Concert

Mar 30, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming daily solo concerts from his home studio. Yesterday was his last daily concert, he is moving to weekly concerts starting this Thursday, and for the occasion he did another all-covers set (as he did last Sunday). He covered R.E.M.’s “Half a World Away,” The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” Hall & Oates’ “Out of Touch,” The Magnetic Fields’ “Strange Powers,” Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge’s “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy In New York,” and Spiritualized’s “Hold On.”  More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Braids, NZCA LINES, Muzz, Sorry, and More

Plus Bob Dylan, Man Man, Hamilton Leithauser, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 27, 2020

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was another scary week out there, as America surpassed China and Italy to become the country with the most COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the world, with 101,242 known U.S. cases at the time of this writing and 1,588 American COVID-19 deaths. Meanwhile the world economy is in tatters and there’s no realistic end to the quarantine in sight, despite what President Trump says about everything opening back up again in time for Easter.  More

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Phoebe Bridgers, Elliott Smith, Rilo Kiley, The Shins, and More

His Latest Live From Home Concert Also Featured Covers of The Flaming Lips, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Big Star, and Def Leppard

Mar 23, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been live streaming solo concerts from his home studio. His latest concert was yesterday and it was an all-covers set in which he covered songs by Phoebe Bridgers, Elliott Smith, Rilo Kiley, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Big Star, and Def Leppard.  More

Ben Gibbard Is Taking Requests for His COVID-19 Live Streams, Watch Him Cover Radiohead

He Performed Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” Yesterday

Mar 18, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, for the next few weeks Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie will be live streaming solo concerts from his home studio. The first performance was yesterday and during the 45 minutes he covered Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees.” Gibbard has also announced on Twitter that he’s taking requests.  More

Mar 17, 2020

With most spring tours and festivals either postponed or cancelled, and with most of the world being told to stay at home as much as possible, all in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, some musicians are finding creative ways to still perform. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has announced that starting today and for the next few weeks he will be live streaming solo concerts from his home studio.   More

Jan 02, 2020

Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service fame), and Telekinesis have shared their versions of two of James Mendenhall's tracks off of the forthcoming commemorative compilation album, I'll Send You The Stars, due out January 3 via Barsuk Records, and we are pleased to premiere it. More

Nov 05, 2019

Last night at the Bellco Theater in Denver, CO Lana Del Rey sang a duet with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, covering his classic 2005-released song "I Will Follow You Into the Dark." Del Rey also performed a duet with Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin, doing Jacklin's own song "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You." More

Frightened Rabbit Share “Tiny Changes” Tribute Album Making Of Documentary

Documentary Features Benjamin Gibbard, Julien Baker, The Twilight Sad, Sarah Silverman, and Others

Aug 15, 2019

Frightened Rabbit have shared Tiny Changes, a new 24-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of their recent tribute album Tiny Changes - A Celebration of 'The Midnight Organ Fight', where different artists covered each song on the band's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight. The documentary features interviews with many of the artists on the tribute album about how they got involved and what the original 2008 album meant to them, including Benjamin Gibbard, Julien Baker, Sarah Silverman, The Twilight Sad, and others. More

Benjamin Gibbard Shares Cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Keep Yourself Warm”

Tiny Changes - A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight Due Out This Friday via Canvasback Music/Atlantic

Jul 10, 2019

Tiny Changes - A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight is a new tribute album where different artists cover each song on Frightened Rabbit's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight. The band put it together and now they have shared another track from it, a cover of "Keep Yourself Warm" by Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. More

Download/Stream Scott Hutchison Live Covers Album Feat. Julien Baker, Ben Gibbard, and More

Tiny Changes: A Celebration of the Songs of Scott Hutchison Available as a Free Download

Mar 24, 2019

In May 2018, Scott Hutchison, 36-year-old frontman for Scotland's Frightened Rabbit, was found dead of apparent suicide after he was earlier reported missing by the band. Last December there was a benefit concert at Rough Trade in Brooklyn featuring the songs of Hutchison performed by Julien Baker, Ben Gibbard, Aaron Dessner from The National, Craig Finn, and others. Now the remaining members of Frightened Rabbit have released the concert as a live album that's a free download or available to stream. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - MLK At 50

Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Apr 06, 2018

This week we look at Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had half a century on from his death, plus there're sanctions, walls, pay gaps, reworked wedding songs, and Superorganism. More

Seven Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, Protomartyr, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Gibbard, and More

Plus A. Savage, Tricky, Zola Jesus, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 14, 2017

The first four singles from Arcade Fire's forthcoming new album, Everything Now, seem to have gotten a mixed response from fans, but we make no apologies for naming the album's excellent and catchy first single, title track "Everything Now," our #1 Song of the Week back on June 2. More

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Covers Teenage Fanclub’s “The Concept”

As Part of Gibbard's Bandwagonesque Covers Album For Sounds Delicious Vinyl Series, Out July 28

Jul 13, 2017

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard is covering Teenage Fanclub's 1991 album Bandwagonesque in its entirety. It will be released on July 28 on limited edition vinyl (with a download card) as part of Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription series. Now Gibbard has shared a cover of Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept" via an animated video. More

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard to Cover Teenage Fanclub’s “Bandwagonesque” Album

For Sounds Delicious Vinyl Series Also Featuring Local Natives, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and More

Dec 13, 2016

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard is set to cover Teenage Fanclub's 1991 album Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque in its entirety. It will be released on limited edition vinyl (with a download card) as part of Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription series.  More

Oct 10, 2016

Death Cab for Cutie have shared a brand new song and video that is a clear statement against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. "Million Dollar Loan" is inspired Trump's disputed claim that he started his business career with a small loan from his father of only one million dollars. The video was directed by Simian Design and features a Trump lookalike as a wall is built around him. The song is the first part of the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign put together by author/publisher Dave Eggers and Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland.  More

May 20, 2016

The Monkees are releasing a new album, Good Times! on May 27 via Rhino. What makes it noteworthy is that the lyrics have been written by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben GibbardWeezer's Rivers Cuomo, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and Rogue Wave'sZach Rogue, among others.  More

Watch: Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Perform Piano-Backed Acoustic Version of “Passenger Seat”

New Version of Song from Band's 2003-Released Fourth Album, Transatlanticism

Apr 28, 2015

It's always strange when the favorite bands of your youth now have "classic albums" released a decade or more ago. Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism is now 12 years old (well, 11-and-a-half if you're getting technical), and it's their fourth album!  More

Feb 03, 2015

Last fall a conversation between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek was posted online by The Thread, where the two longtime friends touched on a variety of topics from the difficulties of stage banter, to living in L.A. and San Francisco. More

Watch: Ben Gibbard Plays “Conan”

Performs "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)"

Dec 21, 2012

Last night Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard stopped by the set of Conan where he performed the track "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)" off his solo debut Former Lives. More

Nov 01, 2012

With the help of a meddling record executive, Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard tries his hand at being a bad boy in order to move copies of his new album, Former LivesMore

Stream Ben Gibbard’s “Former Lives”

Listen to Solo Debut in its Entirety

Oct 09, 2012

With a week left before the arrival of his debut solo record Former Lives, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has posted the entire 12-song set online to stream. More

Oct 02, 2012

Having already shared a number of songs from his forthcoming solo debut Former Lives Ben Gibbard has come forward this morning to deliver yet another cut from the full-length.  More

Sep 25, 2012

On Oct. 16 Ben Gibbard will release his debut solo album Former Lives on Barsuk. More

Aug 28, 2012

On Oct. 16 Ben Gibbard will release his debut solo album Former Lives. More

Aug 14, 2012

Last month Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard announced that he would be releasing Former Lives, his debut solo album. More

“90 Days, 90 Reasons” Kicks Off with Ben Gibbard and Roger Ebert

Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland Want to Remind You to Vote for the President

Aug 09, 2012

With three months to Election Day, fellow Chicagoans Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland are here to remind voters of President Barack Obama's first term accomplishments with "90 Days, 90 Reasons." More

Listen: Ben Gibbard - “Ichiro’s Theme”

Ode to Former Seattle Mariner

Jul 24, 2012

Yesterday, All-Star baseball player Ichiro Suzuki made his official debut in a Yankees uniform after a recent trade from his longtime team the Seattle Mariners. More

Jul 17, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has announced that he will release his debut solo album later this fall. More

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Separate

Call it Quits on a Two Year Marriage

Nov 02, 2011

Sad news: Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and She & Him/New Girl Zooey Deschanel have called it quits on the their marriage of two years. More

Apr 04, 2011

aving already given a taste of the new Death Cab for Cutie album Codes and Keys with "You Are a Tourist," frontman Ben Gibbard has provided fans with a stream of his solo work "When the Sun Goes Down On Your Street." More

Nov 04, 2010

Last night, Ben Gibbard hit the stage at Seattle’s Crocodile to raise money for youth organization Teen Feed. In addition to a few oldie but goodies from bands Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service, he pulled out a few surprises. We have the video.  More

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel Sing at a Baseball Game

Most Patriotic Couple in Indie Rock?

Oct 20, 2010

Proving they’re the most patriotic couple in indie rock (or at least the biggest baseball fans), husband and wife Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) performed at today’s Giants vs Philles game in San Francisco. More

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Take Kerouac Tribute Album On the Road

Death Cab for Cutie's Twilight Song Now Streaming Online

Sep 14, 2009

As previously reported, Death Cab for Cuite member Ben Gibbard and Son Volter Jay Farrar have collaborated on an album inspired by beat poet Jack Kerouac titled One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur—due out October 20th. Now the two are heading out on tour. We have the dates in full. Death Cab for Cutie's Twilight song is also now streaming online. More

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Collaborate Over Kerouac

Son Volt and Death Cab For Cutie Members Pen Prose-Inspired LP

Aug 14, 2009

Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard have announced the release of an upcoming collaboration known as One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. Inspired by none other than beat writer Jack Kerouac More


Interviews

Mar 27, 2020

The city of Seattle is many things. It’s a hub for tech companies, food and drink establishments, and, perhaps most importantly, music. The lineage of Emerald City greats pushes well into the past and continues with standout after standout today from Pearl Jam to Death Cab For Cutie to Thunderpussy, The Decemberists, Car Seat Headrest, and The Black Tones.  More

The End: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie

"[My version of hell would be] sitting on the tarmac of an airplane after an international journey waiting for the gate, but the gate never opens up."

Nov 16, 2018

To end out the week, we ask Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (and also The Postal Service) some questions about endings and death. Death Cab for Cutie has been a pivotal act in bringing indie rock to the mainstream in the mid-to-late 2000s with seminal releases such as TransatlanticismPlans, and Narrow StairsMore

Winning to Lose: The Indie Rock Revolution a Decade and a Half Later

Paul Banks, Wayne Coyne, Kevin Drew, Black Francis, Ben Gibbard, Jens Lekman, Murray Lightburn, Colin Meloy, Nina Persson, Laetitia Sadier, and More on Indie Rock's Identity Crisis

Mar 20, 2017

In 2001, when Under the Radar's first issue was released, the music industry had reached a transitional moment. In January, Apple introduced its iTunes program to the world, laying the groundwork to forever change how listeners interfaced with their music. More


Reviews

Bandwagonesque

Bandwagonesque

Turntable Kitchen

Aug 17, 2017

Let's be honest here. For most listeners, covers albums are often trite at worst and at best, are faithful reproductions of the work of the artists that they intend to pay tribute to. This applies as well as to many works like these, where an artist covers an album from start to finish.  More