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Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

Final Show at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada on September 13

Aug 13, 2014

Bummer news from the Death Cab For Cutie camp—multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Walla has quit the band. More

Aug 29, 2013

This fall Death Cab for Cutie's breakthrough album Transatlanticism will turn ten-years-old. More

Bumbershoot Announces Line-up, Death Cab for Cutie to Perform “Transatlanticism”

Also Featuring Charli XCX, Tegan and Sara, Alt-J, Deerhunter, and MGMT

May 03, 2013

Heading into its 43rd year, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival of Music and Arts has announced its multi-day line-up of artists. Death Cab for Cutie will be performing their 2003-released breakthrough album Transatlanticism in its entirety. More

Listen: Chris Walla - “Never Give Up”

Record Store Day 7'' with Sombear

Apr 02, 2013

When he's not recording, producing, and touring with his primary outlet Death Cab for Cutie or overseeing albums from the likes of Tegan and Sara, Telekinesis, or The Decemberists, Chris Walla has demonstrated himself to be talented solo artist. More

Death Cab for Cutie to Release Box Set

Barsuk Releases Come Together

Nov 09, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie fans looking for a great gift idea this coming holiday season will be pleased to know that Artist in Residence will be releasing a deluxe vinyl box set on Jan. 7, a collection gathering all of the band's material while signed to Barsuk. More

Protest Sign Auction Ends In One Hour!

Your Last Chance to Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 23, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends in one hour at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Protest Sign Auction Ends Tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 22, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends tomorrow, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, and more

Protest Auction Ending Tuesday, Also Features Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 21, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction is now on and ends Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.

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Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Protest Issue Contains 132 Pages of Extra Content

Additional Bonus Interviews With Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, Death Cab for Cutie, Dinosaur Jr., The Drums, Richard Hawley, The New Pornographers, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, and More

Oct 19, 2012

Just a reminder that the not-to-be-missed digital version of Under the Radar’s The Protest Issue includes all the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 132 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra interviews with Andrew BirdAriel Pink's Haunted GraffitiDan DeaconDeath Cab for CutieDinosaur Jr.The DrumsEMARichard HawleyFucked UpLiarsBob MouldTom MorelloThe New PornographersOkkervil RiverAmanda PalmerLaetitia SadierJD Samson of Le Tigre and MenTegan and Sara, and more.  More

Under the Radar’s Charity Protest Auction Starts Now!

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, and others

Oct 16, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction starts NOW!. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.   More

Under the Radar’s Charity Protest Auction Starts Tomorrow

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, and others

Oct 15, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.  More

Sep 25, 2012

Check the Facebook news feed of some of your favorite musical artists today and you'll notice that some of the more politically minded ones are doing their best to encourage voter registration. More

Aug 28, 2012

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

Under the Radar’s Protest Issue feat. Dan Deacon and Tegan & Sara covers hits newsstands next week!

Issue Also Features Ariel Pink, Passion Pit, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, Death Cab for Cutie, Janelle Monáe, Andrew Bird, The Drums, Tom Morello, Zola Jesus, Amanda Palmer, and much more

Aug 23, 2012

Under the Radar is pleased to share our election year Protest Issue for 2012, on newsstands next week, featuring two covers with Dan Deacon and Tegan and Sara. The issue features major stories on the music of Occupy and Gay musicians talking about current Queer issues. The issue is now available to buy in the digital/iPad format hereMore

“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

Aug 02, 2012

On July 14, 2012, Death Cab for Cutie performed at the Charlottesville Pavilion with openers Surfer Blood in Charlottesville, Virginia. Under the Radar photographer Wendy Lynch Redfern was there to take some photos. You can see the photos here. More

Apr 30, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie kicks off its North America tour tonight in Maryland with The Magik*Magik Orchestra. We have the full list of upcoming dates.  More

Death Cab for Cutie Announce U.S. Spring Tour

Accompanied By Magik*Magik Orchestra

Jan 18, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie have announced an interesting alteration to their live show setup for their upcoming North American tour. More

Jan 12, 2012

Partnering with Walter Robot animation, the same team behind "Grapevine Fires," Death Cab for Cutie have debuted a music video for their Codes and Keys track "Underneath the Sycamore." More

Jan 04, 2012

In case you haven't noticed, Ben Gibbard has become a bit more svelte over the past couple years. More

Watch: Death Cab for Cutie Play “Kimmel”

Perform "Undernearth the Sycamore" and "You Are a Tourist"

Dec 14, 2011

Continuing to support their latest LP Codes and Keys Death Cab for Cutie made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to perform both "Underneath the Sycamore" and "You Are a Tourist."  More

Dec 01, 2011

Last night the 54th Annual Grammy Awards presented its year's list of contenders, with Bon Iver coming away big and scoring some of the evening's higher profile nominations, including Record and Song of the Year ("Holocene"), Best New Artist, and Best Alternative Album.  More

Nov 07, 2011

Take a listen to Yeasayer’s reworking of Death Cab For Cutie track, “Codes and Keys”—the title cut from their album released earlier this year. More

Oct 31, 2011

Take a listen to “Home is a Fire,” a cut from Death Cab For Cutie’s Codes and Keys, freshly remixed by German producer Ulrich SchnaussMore

Under the Radar Magazine Announces 10th Anniversary Issue Featuring Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes

Plus: Paul Rudd vs. The Divine Comedy, plus interviews with Broadcast, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, and much more

Oct 19, 2011

Under the Radar is excited to announce the release of the indie music and entertainment print magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue which hits newsstands next week. The extra-sized 10th Anniversary Issue features cover artists Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold together in an exclusive photo shoot and joint interview.  Exclusive video taken during the cover shoot of Robin Pecknold and Joanna Newsom arm wrestling can be found here More

Oct 13, 2011

On Monday, October 10, 2011, Death Cab for Cutie performed at the Verizon Wireless Theatre in Houston, TX with support from Telekinesis. Photographer, Iman Mannie Saqr, was there to capture the action. Check out the full gallery. More

Death Cab for Cutie to Release Remix EP, Listen to the Cut Copy Remix

Codes and Keys Remix EP Out November 2 Via Atlantic Records

Oct 12, 2011

Seattle band, Death Cab For Cutie announced yesterday that a remix EP for their latest album, Codes and Keys will be out November 2 More

Sep 30, 2011

Death Cab For Cutie stopped by Letterman last night to perform perky Codes and Keys cut, “Stay Young, Go Dancing.” We have the video.  More

Watch: Death Cab For Cutie on Carson Daly

“You Are a Tourist”/”The New Year”

Sep 22, 2011

In their ongoing support of Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie played Carson Daily last night—or rather, Carson Daily showed footage of their August concert at the Greek Theatre.We have the video. More

Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips May Collaborate on an EP Together

Plus Video of Frightened Rabbit Covering Death Cab for Cutie

Aug 16, 2011

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne has asked Death Cab for Cutie to collaborate on an EP. Plus we have video of Scotland's Frightened Rabbit covering Death Cab. More

Aug 15, 2011

A stage collapse at the Indiana Stage Fair claimed the lives of five people over the weekend, causing severe injuries countless others. More

Death Cab for Cutie Announce Fall Tour

Support Includes Explosions in the Sky, The Hold Steady, Telekinesis, and The Head and the Heart

Aug 01, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie have announced their fall tour, which is kicking off September 30 in Cincinnati and commencing October 22 in Seattle. More

Jul 29, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie dropped by the BBC studio recently, bringing with them their take on Ride’s “Twisterella.” We have the clip.  More

Treasure Island Festival 2011 Lineup Announced – Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent, and more

Performers Also Include Cut Copy, Beach House, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Friendly Fires, Empire of the Sun, Battles, and others

Jul 26, 2011

Today, Treasure Island Music Festival announced their 2011 lineup. More

Jul 18, 2011

Today at the Ottawa Bluesfest held in Ontario, Canada there was a catastrophic event as the main stage collapsed due to wind. On stage at the time was Cheap Trick and lined up to follow them wereDeath Cab for Cutie. Luckily no one was killed.

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Jun 09, 2011

With their recent album Codes and Keys debuting at #3 on the Billboard charts, Death Cab for Cutie decided to celebrate by making an appearance on television last night with Mr. Conan O'Brien. More

Watch: Death Cab For Cutie on VH1 Storytellers

“Cath”/”Photobooth”/You Are a Tourist” and More

May 31, 2011

Death Cab For Cutie recently made their VH1 Storytellers debut. We have the videos.  More

May 23, 2011

With less than a week away from release on May 31, Death Cab for Cutie's latest album Codes and Keys is getting the full stream treatment over at NPR. More

May 18, 2011

With their forthcoming album Codes and Keys less than two weeks away from release on May 31, Death Cab for Cutie made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to play the record's first single, "You Are a Tourist." More

May 10, 2011

Continuing their ever steady trickling of material pertaining to their upcoming album Codes and KeysDeath Cab for Cutie have released yet another track off the album entitled, "Underneath the Sycamore." More

May 09, 2011

The Seattle-based indie rockers collaborate with graphic artist Shepard Fairey on their latest video, "Home Is A Fire." We have the video. More

Apr 26, 2011

Our current cover artists Death Cab For Cutie are out to steal a few hearts this summer with a full run of tour dates. We have the details. More

Apr 06, 2011

After pulling off an unprecedented live broadcast, one take music video for their song "You Are a Tourist," current Under the Radar cover boys Death Cab for Cutie have allowed another tune off their upcoming album Codes and Keys to find it way to the interweb, entitled "Home Is a Fire."  More

Death Cab For Cutie to Stream Live Video Today

Death Cab Stream Live Video Today

Apr 05, 2011

As we previously told you, today our cover artists Death Cab For Cutie are trying the ultimate high-wire act—a scripted music video broadcast live as it is shot. Now you can watch the event via our site.  More

Death Cab For Cutie Announce Ambitious New Video

A One Take “You Are a Tourist”

Mar 29, 2011

Cover artists Death Cab For Cutie are plotting an ambitious video for Codes and Keys single, “You Are a Tourist.” We have the details.  More

Mar 22, 2011

Our current cover artists Death Cab For Cutie are heading out on tour. We have the dates.  More

Listen to New Death Cab For Cutie Tracks

Codes and Keys Out This May

Mar 02, 2011

In our most recent issue, cover artists Death Cab For Cute told us about forthcoming album, Codes and Keys. Today, live streams of the album title track and “When the Sun Goes Down on Your Street surfaced. More

Death Cab For Cutie Announces Tour Dates

Film Story Tellers Session

Feb 16, 2011

Our cover artists Death Cab For Cutie have a busy spring.  We have tour details.  More

Feb 15, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie have revealed via their website that their upcoming album Codes and Keys will see release on May 31.  More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.

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Oct 29, 2010

In June, Chris Walla announced Death Cab for Cutie was stepping into the studio to work on their seventh studio album. Today, Ben Gibbard spoke with Spin Magazine about their progress.

 

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Death Cab for Cutie Start Work on New Album

Guitarist/Producer Chris Walla Currently Tracking

Jun 21, 2010

Is there a new Death Cab for Cutie album on the way? All signs point to yes. Here's what we know so far.  More

Video of Death Cab for Cutie Covering Simple Minds for John Hughes Tribute

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" at the Critics' Choice Awards

Jan 16, 2010

Last night at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, which were broadcast on VH1, Death Cab for Cutie performed a cover of Simple Minds' 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The performance was part of a tribute to film director John Hughes, who passed away last August. The original Simple Minds' version was featured in Hughes' 1985 film The Breakfast Club. We have the video. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is.

The Final Cover is Revealed, As is the Rest of the Issue's Content

Dec 11, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores on December 18th. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we have been revealing a different cover artist building up to today's reveal of the final cover. More

Nov 24, 2009

By now, New Moon has been out for a full four days so you've seen if at least four times right? Well, in case you're not among the more ambitious, Death Cab for Cutie stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to fan the flames of vampire mania with their new single "Meet Me On the Equinox," featured on the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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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

Aug 27, 2009

File this one under “news you can sink your teeth fangs into.” Today, Seattle darlings Death Cab for Cutie were confirmed as part of the New Moon soundtrack. The band has written an exclusive song for the soundtrack to the Twilight sequel. More

Jul 06, 2009

Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara and The New Pornographers played a sold-out show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA Sunday night. More


Interviews

Throwback Thursday: Death Cab For Cutie Interview from 2002

Laughing Indoors with Death Cab For Cutie

Aug 14, 2014

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2002 article on Death Cab For Cutie. It was our first interview with the band and appeared all the way back in issue #2 of the magazine. We are posting it in honor of yesterday's announcement that guitarist Chris Walla is leaving the band. Death Cab For Cutie were one of the bands we knew we had to interview when we started Under the Radar. The interview was conducted in honor of the band's third full-length album, 2001'sThe Photo Album, and 2002's The Stability EP. The lineup at the time was Walla, singer Benjamin Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Michael Schorr (current drummer Jason McGerr took over in 2003 in time for their next album,Transatlanticism). Under the Radar's co-publisher and co-founder Wendy Lynch Redfern did a photo shoot with the band at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles around the time of their soundcheck. Walla was happy enough with the article that he wrote us a letter to thank us, which we ran in the following issue. Later Walla would write a regular column for us for many years titled "Chris Walla Explains It All." Read on as Benjamin Gibbard and Chris Walla discusses never taking a sick day, avoiding day jobs, the emo tag, their early recordings, and hints of The Postal Service.  More

Nov 02, 2012

If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla released a solo record in 2008, the well-received but mostly overlooked Field Manual. And if you did pick up that album, if you didn’t listen all that closely, you might have missed that it was actually a fairly political album, with what Walla self-effacingly says are 10 “ill-fated protest songs.” More

A Decade of Indie: The Rise of the Outsiders

A Discussion with Geoff Barrow, Isaac Brock, Wayne Coyne, Bradford Cox, Black Francis, Scott Kannberg, Jason Lytle, Mac McCaughan, Colin Meloy, and Chris Walla

Nov 10, 2009

Though it's reputed to be the most widely spoken musical language in the world today, rock and roll was born on the margins. More

Death Cab for Cutie

Ben Gibbard’s Period Piece

Apr 30, 2009

Death Cab for Cutie is currently on the road alongside Ra Ra Riot and Matt Costa (with Cold War Kids as the opener during the first half of the tour). While on tour Death Cab's vocalist Ben Gibbard doesn't do much with his available free time. The things he does do, however, he commits to with consuming sincerity. Aside from raiding the inventory of numerous cities' record shops, with the new season of Major League Baseball starting up, Gibbard has been living in a state of nine-inning increments: watching games, checking the latest stats, and listening to all kinds of sports commentary. He's even managed to get out to an actual ballpark, recently catching the Twins face off against the Blue Jays in Minneapolis. More

Death Cab for Cutie

Seizing the Narrative

Apr 01, 2008

There’s the “next big thing” buzz band, riding a wave of hype that becomes more important than the music they make. And then there’s the band with a hard-earned indie rock pedigree that is making the integrity-risking move of jumping to a major label, a move that is greeted with suspicion by anyone from the keeping-it-real old guard that equates corporate involvement as a contaminant that endangers any honest expression. In 2006, Death Cab for Cutie learned that having a story that’s too good to ignore can drown out all other subplots. More

Justin Mitchell

Director of Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Death Cab for Cutie

Aug 01, 2005

Justin Mitchell is the producer and director of the Death Cab for Cutie tour documentary Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Death Cab for Cutie, which was recently released on DVD by Plexifilm. More


Reviews

Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)

Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)

Barsuk

Nov 14, 2013

I don't know if anyone aside from Death Cab for Cutie completists was really demanding a deluxe reissue of Transatlanticism, but here we are with one anyway, having entered the era in which nearly every record gets a reissue for every milestone. More

Keys and Codes Remix EP

Keys and Codes Remix EP

Atlantic

Dec 07, 2011

The post-release victory-lap remix EP has become a remarkably ubiquitous item in the industry, but it still feels strange for Death Cab for Cutie to be doing one. The Keys and Codes Remix EP (get it?) is a remarkably beat-driven affair, with everyone from The 2 Bears to Yeasayer reconfiguring some of the central tunes of the parent LP.  More

Codes and Keys

Codes and Keys

Atlantic

May 30, 2011

Perfection is the goal for Death Cab for Cutie. One listen to its seventh album, Codes and Keys, reveals a band as conscious as ever of the power of the studio. More

The Open Door EP

The Open Door EP

Atlantic

May 21, 2009

Before they hit the big time and had money coming out of their ears, Death Cab For Cutie toured in a van, slept on floors and played small, smoky clubs rather than thousand-seater theaters and arenas. And, in between records (which were generally superior to their more recent work) they put out stop gap EPs to keep the bills paid and fans satiated between full-lengths. So now on the heels of last year's Narrow Stairs LP comes The Open Door EP, with four songs culled from the Stairs sessions and a ukulele-backed demo-version of Stairs' "Talking Bird." More