Posts tagged “Death Cab for Cutie

Autumn de Wilde & Death Cab for Cutie : New Book

In the market for a new coffee table book? Not likely, but this might just change your mind. Autumn de Wilde will be releasing a new book chronicling her work with indie band Death Cab for Cutie since 2003.

From the Death Cab for Cutie website

“In 2003, photographer Autumn de Wilde began shooting Death Cab for Cutie at a couple of shows at the close of their Transatlanticism tour. In the seven years since then, a collection of 200 photographs, conversations, and personal ephemera contributed by the band have emerged in the form of Autumn’s new book, Death Cab for Cutie.

The book will be available soon through the new online store with an exclusive, limited edition poster. More details to come, so stay tuned for information.”

If this book is anything like her work with Elliott Smith (the cover of his album Figure 8, yep, that’s Autumn), it can be nothing short of phenomenal. So excited.
:: Haley Rheinhart


Mates of State Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)

If you’re in need of something to look forward to this summer, listen up. Mates of State just announced a new album entitled Crushes (The Covers Mixtape). The expected release date is sometime this summer. The sooner the better, I say, especially after seeing that the album includes a cover of Death Cab’s “Technicolor Girls”.  Read more about it on the Mates of State official site.

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Laura (Girls)
2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

The first track, “Laura”, is available as a free download on the Mates of State as well.

— Haley Rheinhart —

Death Cab for Cutie

The dynamics of Death Cab for Cutie are astounding. Ben Gibbard is evolving. It is not that he wasn’t a front man before, but last Wednesday for “Title and Registration” he put down his guitar and stepped away from his mic stand into new territory. It was a proud moment as a long time fan to see him interacting with the crowd in that way. It was great to see Gibbard’s lighter side, he was often smiling and Uncle Ben even used his clout to check on the safety of some crowd members who were being bashed about by a drunkard. It was a typical Death Cab for Cutie show, they are always excellent to see live because of the energy that extends from each of their limbs. They even played some new stuff from their EP The Open Door including “My Mirror Speaks” and “Little Bribes.” The Dustbowl managed to snap some really great photos of the show too.

However, I wasn’t over enthused about the openers. Ra Ra Riot was an interesting act with their use of electric violin and cello, but their stage presence was overshadowed by the bassist’s volume and unbalanced sound of the vocals. On the other hand, the harmonies of the Cold War Kids were like beautiful patterns woven together into a patchwork quilt. Although the set Cold War Kids played wasn’t my absolute favorite, they did perform crowd-pleasers like “Hospital Beds” (Check out Florence and The Machine”s cover of it here) and “We Used To Vacation.” It was a good night with the trust fund hipsters at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Written by Rachel Summers

Youth Group

In the subterranean consciousness that is my mind, I passed through the International Date Line to arrive in Australia, where the light shone upon Youth Group. Their fourth studio LP release, The Night Is Ours, just dropped in the US on the 7th of April. Everything they produce is catchy, beautiful, and melodic. Longevity is in their music and that is what I love. Make sure to listen to “Start Today Tomorrow,” producer, Chris Walla stepped in on the remix and it is truly wonderful.

The first time I saw Youth Group was October of 2005, they were opening up for this little band that was breaking into a new world of mainstream, Death Cab for Cutie. These guys were one of the most memorable opening acts, I have ever seen. Luckily, Youth Group got a lot of attention for their remake of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” for Music from The OC: Mix 5 (Thank you for putting intelligent music on The OC, Alexandra Patsavas). As for now, they are doing their first headline US tour and will be in Minneapolis, May 5th at the Triple Rock. Get your tickets here. See you there.

Written by Rachel Summers

Listen to The Open Door EP all week long on Stereogum


Just in time for spring break,  we get a taste of the latest from Death Cab for Cutie. Every day this week Stereogum is streaming one of the tracks from the new EP.  Today’s track, “My Mirror Speaks“, has been my favorite so far. With two more days left of this week, we still have yet to hear “I Was Once a Loyal Lover” and the acoustic ukulele demo of “Talking Bird”.

Spring Break Broke.


— Haley Rheinhart —

narrow stairs and open doors.


Nick Harmer, the bassist of Death Cab for Cutie was talking to MTV and announced that an EP entitled The Open Door will release in 2009. Too bad the EP’s title is shared with Evanescence’s second album. The Open Door will feature the original version of Narrow Stairs‘ “Talking Bird” with lead singer, Ben Gibbard playing the ukulele (reminiscent of his All-Time Quarterback days). Also, four others from the overflow of Stairs’ will make the cut here. This will be the fuel that will tame our stomachs from twisting into knots for a full length.

The Open Door will be available online March 31st and in stores April14th–Get it.

1. “Little Bribes”
2. “A Diamond And A Tether”
3. “My Mirror Speaks”
4. “I Was Once A Loyal Lover”
5. “Talking Bird (Demo)”

Written by Rachel Summers

Fresh New Death Cab Video: Grapevine Fires

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Death Cab for Cutie announced the debut of their latest music video, Grapevine Fires, this afternoon. Directed by Walter Robot, the video features some pretty interesting animation and reminds me of something from Directions, the video album for the band’s fifth studio album released in 2005.

See it for yourself here:

— Haley Rheinhart —