Holiday Sale at the Death Cab for Cutie Online Store

Beginning today, visit the Death Cab for Cutie online store and save on your entire order, just in time for the holidays!

Order by December 16 to receive your shipment before Christmas.

Ben’s Tiny Desk Concert for NPR

Chris Walla to speak during the Future of Music Coalition Summit Tuesday, November 13

Chris Walla will be speaking on a panel about music and activism during the Future of Music Coalition Summit Tuesday, November 13. Stream it live online at at 5:20pm (est) / 2:20pm (pst).

more about the panel:
In today’s social media world, musicians are much more than entertainers – they are activists, educators and providers of news and information. From disaster relief to election work, building awareness for issues and engaging in philanthropy, artists are redefining what it means to communicate with an audience. Our panel looks back on this election cycle, what excites (and concerns) them about their activism, and reflects on what it means to be an artist and citizen.

Merrill Garbus – tUnE-yArDs
Jordan Kurland – Musician Manager, Zeitgeist Artist Management
Thao Nguyen – Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Chris Walla – Death Cab for Cutie
Erin Potts – Executive Director, Air Traffic Control (interviewer)


We are very pleased to announce that two-time Grammy nominated boutique box set label, Artist In Residence, is releasing Death Cab for Cutie’s complete Barsuk Years collection in an individually numbered and signed vinyl box set!

This deluxe box set contains all of Death Cab for Cutie’s early albums and E.P.s, some never before available on vinyl. All the records from the original 1997 cassette-only demo You Can Play These Songs With Chords (originally released via the band’s first label, Bellingham, WA-based Elsinor) through 2001’s The Stability E.P. have been re-mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, bringing the audio quality of those pressings up to that of the band’s ground-breaking classic 2003 opus (and final studio release via Barsuk) Transatlanticism.

Three releases in the package (Chords, Stability, and The Death Cab for Cutie Forbidden Love E.P.) are available for the first time on vinyl, only as part of this box – the entire set is pressed on hefty, beautiful 180-gram vinyl. Each release is packaged individually in its own jacket with the album’s original artwork, and then collected snugly in an individually-numbered cloth-bound box and signed by each member of the band.

Only 1,500 pieces will be made and are available for PRE-ORDER NOW.


- You Can Play These Songs With Chords
- Something About Airplanes
- We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes
- The Death Cab for Cutie Forbidden Love E.P.
- The Photo Album
- The Stability E.P.
- Transatlanticism

*Will ship on or before January 7, 2013.

Video Premiere: Benjamin Gibbard – “Teardrop Windows”

Check out the official music video for Ben’s “Teardrop Windows”! The clip – directed by Tom Scharpling – follows Ben as he tries to reinvent his image:

Benjamin Gibbard Twitter Q&A

Ben will be doing a Q&A with @Twittermusic tomorrow, October 18 at 11am PST / 2pm EST. Tweet your questions to #AskBen.


Former Lives is finally here! Benjamin Gibbard’s debut solo full length is now out on Barsuk Records, available in the US on CD, LP and digitally.

Purchase it on CD or LP from Ben’s online store HERE,
from itunes HERE,
or Amazon HERE.

Former Lives is out now on City Slang in the UK/Europe, out 10/17 in Japan on Big Nothing Records and 10/12 on Spunk Records in Australia.

Regarding Former Lives, Ben told Rolling Stone:
“It’s more Big Star-y and rootsy..I didn’t set out to make something distinctly retro, but if you strip out modern production, that’s just what rock & roll sounds like. It just ends up more timeless.”

Hear the Second Track from Ben’s Solo Album, Former Lives

Ben has just released “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)”, the second track from his debut album, Former Lives. Stream the song from The Onion HERE or via YouTube below. Pre-order the album from his site


Ben Announces European Tour in Support of Former Lives

Ben has announced a fall 2012 European tour in support of his first solo record, Former Lives, out October 15 in the UK/Europe via City Slang and October 16 in North America via Barsuk.

11/29 – Hamburg, DE @ Kulturkirche Köln
11/30 – Berlin, DE @ Passionskirche
12/3 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
12/4 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
12/5 – Paris, FR @ Cafe de la Danse

For ticket information and a complete list of Ben’s tour dates, visit

Ben Announces Benefit for Washington United for Marriage

On October 9th Ben Gibbard will play a benefit show for Music for Marriage Equality, a coalition dedicated to approving Referendum 74 in Washington State, which would make Washington State the first in the nation to defend marriage equality with a public vote.  If approved, Referendum 74 (R-74) will allow everyone in Washington to marry the person they love.  Music for Marriage Equality is a project of Washington United for Marriage, and is comprised of members of the Seattle music community.

The intimate solo acoustic performance — taking place one week before the release of Ben’s debut solo album, Former Lives — will be held in the 100-Person Chinese Room in Seattle’s historic Smith Tower. Tickets are $75 and go on sale tomorrow, September 26th, at 12 pm PDT at