Posts Tagged Death Cab for Cutie
I have been told numerous times from people in the music business that Ben Gibbard is one of the nicest guys on the face of the planet. But in recent years, he had broken my heart and killed off most of my love for his main band Death Cab For Cutie. I have written extensively about my angst and heart-break HERE.
Death Cab For Cutie is releasing a new EP that is made up of tracks from their latest album Codes and Keys. Expect the EP to drop on November 22nd.They will be releasing one new track every week, for the next seven weeks till the drop date. This week they released “Doors Unlocked and Open.”
Summer is over. Labor Day has come and past and I can finally put all of my bright colors and white back in the wardrobe and bust out the black! I want to go over some of my favorite albums of the summer and some new releases that were disappointments. For me, this summer didn’t have any major new albums that stole my heart. I was listening to a lot of the albums that came out last summer. Mainly The Thermals, Stars, and The Dead Weather.
I have been struggling with the new Death Cab For Cutie album Codes and Keys which will be released on May 25th. I’ve written several blog posts about my trepidation of a new album, (mainly because Death Cab’s last album was god awful and the band has been moving in a new direction since the release of Narrow Stairs.) Codes and Keys does sound quite a bit different from Narrow Stairs in many respects. The songs have more synth and vocals layered throughout the songs, just as promised. However, my first response to the new album was “meh.” There isn’t a single track on the entire album that has blown me away or that changed my opinion of the new direction Death Cab has decided to take. A lot of other reviews and opinions have hailed this album as an example of a band that has evolved and has reached a new pinnacle. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sorry. This is going to be a rage post.
I finished reading this new CNN article on Death Cab’s up coming new album Codes and Keys, which will be released on May 31. This is an explosive article for many reasons, chiefly the admission that Ben Gibbard doesn’t plan on writing any more sad songs. Instead, he feels that he is in a happy place now that he is married to Zoey Deschanel. (Admittedly who wouldn’t be?) Death Cab’s upcoming album will have a different feeling entirely. According to lead singer Ben Gibbard “…and while it sounds like Death Cab, there’s a new spirit of optimism on this disc.” Read the full article here. Warning it is nauseating.
My favorite holiday is fast approaching! Record Store Day is this Saturday April 16th. This is the one day out of the year we come together to celebrate our dying local record store. Your local participating record store may have live in store acts throughout the day. Be sure to go out and check to see who is playing. What makes Record Store Day special, besides the live acts, are the special releases. Bands come together and release a live concert or some rare b – sides. The complete list of releases can be found here. But I’ve gone through the list and picked the best new releases.
My good friend and On The Couch founder, T. William Gooch, stumbled upon some live performances of Death Cab for Cutie’s new title track “Codes and Keys.” The lead singer for Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard, performed this song in San Fransisco. A quick heads up though, this live version should be dramatically different from the album version and should be different from live performances. The album version is reportedly going to have a lot more synth and spacey sounds and less guitar strumming. This live version is just Ben sitting at a piano. The rest of the band isn’t contributing to the title track.
The Second track Ben performed live is from the upcoming Arthur 2.0 soundtrack. It will be interesting to hear what the movie version of this track will sound like.
Lets start off with the big news: Radiohead has a new album, King of Limbs dropping soon – very soon – Saturday soon! You can digital download King of Limbs for $9 on Saturday. There will not be a name your own price deal going on, like with Radiohead‘s previous album, On Rainbows, the price is $9. There will be a collectors vinyl addition coming out in May for $50. The pre-order for that starts Saturday as well. The physical release of the album is scheduled for sometime in May. I love how this album release came out of no where. Normally for major releases like this I sit for months in a state of high anticipation.
I was at my local record store, Cactus Records, where a debate started taking place on what was the first band that started emo. This debate probably started because I walked into the record store sporting an emo swoop. Needless to say, the fulcrum of the debate was over whether or not The Smiths were the first emo band. I stood in one place for quite a while pondering any other bands before The Smiths that could possibly be genesis to emo.
Death Cab for Cutie has a new album coming out sometime in Spring 2011. It’s entitled Codes and Keys and I’m conflicted about the band’s new release.
Ok full disclosure, I was a huge Death Cab fan and that fandom started when I heard We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes. The album was amazing and I hadn’t heard anything like it before. In short I was hooked. Then followed Transatlanticism, a stellar album, and then Plans, which was pretty good. In 2008 Narrow Stairs, their largest and most anticipated release, hit record store’s shelves. Unfortunately for die-hard Death Cab fans, this record pushed the band into the main stream. It was god awful, a major disappointment, and can best be described as audio poison. I no longer wear my Death Cab t-shirts in public, in fear that I might be associated with the steaming pile of excrement that is Narrow Stairs.