News In Brief: February 12, 2013

Lots of interesting little bits today, kiddos.

Timbuck and the JZA…what, I can’t make up nicknames for popular entertainers that I hope will catch on, even though they’re super-stupid and I know they won’t? Fine, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z (happy?) are reportedly planning a big tour together. Jay-Z guests on JT’s new “Suit And Tie” and the pair have been appearing together a lot recently, most notably at the Grammys this past Sunday. Via Rolling Stone

Spin has neatly summarized the pop-up feud between The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Leif Garrett Justin Bieber. Carney, cornered by TMZ cameras, let out a short dig at the pop’s littlest sensation. Known lately for taking shots at some, uh, easy targets, Carney’s remarks hinted that Bieber had been snubbed at the Grammys because the Grammys are for music. Conclusions drawn. Bieber hit back on twitter that Carney should be “slapped around haha.” HAHA YOU ASSHOLE, I WILL HAVE YOUR LEGS BROKEN, is what we think he was getting at. Carney then invited a more intimate form of corporal punishment.

Phoenix has announced an impending new album, called Bankrupt! I can’t imagine the title has anything to do with the French quartet’s bank accounts, after the success (and double success if you count some mega licensing deals) of 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (named in tribute to Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang, I assume). Tour dates, track list, over at the AV Club.

Despite the buzz, which itself was despite the consistent denials, Ben Gibbard has again refuted the notion of a new Postal Service LP. It is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, MUSIC NERDS. Gibbard “broke” the “news” while announcing that there are two new singles, both to be included with the reissue of Give Up.

More like this:


The Postal Service Reuniting For Coachella

Another music rumor has been laid to rest, as Billboard confirmed early this week that The Postal Service are alive again. Not only will they be releasing a deluxe edition of their only album, Give Up, but multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard that the band is slated to play this year’s Coachella with the possibility for additional dates and festivals.

Though fans may be hopeful that this means new music, it was only this past October that Ben Gibbard told Spinner, “There are no plans to make a second record, I can’t say that enough.”

For a ten year flashback, listen to “Such Great Heights” after the jump. (more…)

Is The Postal Service Going To Deliver Another Album Any Time Soon? Don't "Hold Your Breath," Says Gibbard

Has it really been ten years since the release of Give Up, the debut album from electronic duo The Postal Service? Not quite, but it will be in about five months. Wow, I’m getting old.

So when can nostalgics and fans of fey indie rock/electronic music expect a followup from the group comprised of Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello aka Dntel? Probably not for a long time, if ever.

In a recent interview with Spinner, Gibbard stressed that while he enjoyed composing and creating with Tamborello as The Postal Service, the whole electronic music production thing just isn’t his bag, man.


Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard Streams Debut Solo Album

Indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman Ben Gibbard has recorded his first official solo album entitled Former Lives. According to Rolling Stone, the singer/songwriter says that hese songs span from the past eight years of his life and that “they’re a side story, not a new chapter.” So don’t worry; Gibbard isn’t leaving Death Cab for a solo career. In fact, “I’m doubtful I’ll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better,” he says. So get your fill on this new folksy album, because you may not have another one like it for quite some time. Click here to stream Former Lives, which is due out on November 12th.

If you like Death Cab For Cutie and/or Ben Gibbard, then you might also like OurStage’s own The Tyler Steele Co.

More Like This:

Sizzle Pop


Goodnight Argent

Pop music is great, but if you’re looking for emotional depth, you may not find it in an LMFAO song. So when Chase Manhattan was recalibrating after his band short-circuited midway to their big breakthrough, he turned his focus to making pop music with substance. Enter Goodnight Argent, a nod to an old studio on Argent Road in the band’s hometown of Pasco, Wash. The band crafts burning, soulful pop, part Justin Timberlake, part Ben Gibbard. Those Were The Days is a smoldering look at summer love, driven by a simple back beat and panging piano. When the sun comes up will the stars remember our love? Manhattan wonders. Then, like an admonishment, the band fires back with Don’t Get Sentimental,  a track filled with spacy sequences and piercing guitars. The only thing these guys have in common with LMFAO is that they’re sexy and they know it.

Ben Gibbard Releases New Single: "Teardrop Windows"

Death Cab For Cutie singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard has a solo album coming out on October 16th called Former Lives. Head to to hear the single “Teardrop Windows.” As one would expect, it sounds pretty much like Death Cab, but with a little more of a folky twang and, in contrast to the title and lyrics, it has a nice upbeat and easy-going feel, which is a good fit for the indie/shoegaze singer.


More Like This:


Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Ben – Sorry, Benjamin – Gibbard Announces Debut Solo Album 'Former Lives'

Ben Gibbard has been a staple of the indie rock scene for years. He’s a twee everyman. If you were a sensitive kid in high school, there’s a good chance that Death Cab For Cutie, Gibbard’s main musical project, soundtracked some of your most vulnerable moments. He’s also a frequent collaborator with other members of the indie rock cognoscenti. And let’s not forget The Postal Service! Finally, for those of you that are totally not dialed into the world of Rock, he’s also that scruffy chap who was married to Zooey Deschanel for a bit. But for the first time in his career (since he got famous, at least), Ben is stepping out on his own with Former Lives.

The debut album from Gibbard is going to be released through Barsuk Records. Barsuk, the label which first signed Death Cab and has put out releases from the likes of The Dismemberment Plan, Ra Ra Riot, and Mates of State, is indie as all get out. Gibbard is also recording and releasing under his full name, Benjamin Gibbard, for what it’s worth.

Gibbard dropped some hints about what we should expect from Former Lives in an interview with Stereogum, saying that the songs on the record come from a number of different periods of time during his music career. “I think that people will kind of see past the fact that one song has a mariachi band, the next song is acoustic ” it’s all over the map,” says Gibbard. “But I’m really proud of the tunes and how they came together in the studio, and I’d like to hope that that’s enough to carry and justify the record.”

Former Lives is out in the U.S. October 16th with tour dates in the fall to be announced. Visit Gibbard’s offical website for more updates.

The Kind-Hearted Kid


Bad stuff is out there”in nasty Facebook posts, shocking headlines and mean people looking to kill your buzz. Next time you feel a deep and abiding despair about humanity, put on Roads, a Washington-based band led by singer-songwriter Ian Vidovic. Along with keyboard player Abram Bardue and drummer Justin Abel, Vidovic crafts indie pop patchworks of found parts, binding them together with an unwavering hopefulness. On Love Will Grow piano and strings are met with yawning textures, rattles and creaks. I Don’t Know How, on the other hand, is a quixotic ukulele song, played sweet and easy. If you’re not a fan of high whimsy, you’ll want to bypass Roads. But if you like the gentle and earnest croon of vocalists like Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard and the quirky balladry of Decemberists, well, you’ve found your jam.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012