Ben Gibbard
Guitarist, singer
Ben Gibbard
Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard is an American musician known as a member of several successful indie rock bands. He is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, and is also known for his project ¡All-Time Quarterback! and his first band, Pinwheel.
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Hey, Hey, It's 50 Years Of The Monkees!
NPR - 9 months
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard wrote a song for The Monkees' new album, titled Good Times! NPR's Stephen Thompson shares "Me & Magdalena" with All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro.
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How NOT To Perform A Cover Song
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It’s probably happened to you. You’re at a bar with a few friends, and they’re playing all the hits. Not those sugary Top-40 anthems you poke fun at when they pop into your head unannounced (“‘I can’t feel my face’? Have we depleted our body metaphor resources so entirely?”). The real hits. The newest songs by the truest artists of our era, according to Pitchfork. The soft-spoken acoustic guy with a touching story. The ambient DJ, with the hair. The accessible hip-hop artist. The woman. Whoever’s in charge of the music at this bar really knows their stuff. They’re even busting out a few surprising and tasteful covers of pop songs! Who knew how thoughtful a song like “Shake It Off” could become in the right context? Who knew how heart-rending? You’re considering this when your friend Dave asks one of those questions people ask so they can share their own answer. “Favorite cover song,” Dave says. “Go.” This leads to a mostly delightful conversation about the good (Cat Po ...
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10 Pop Culture Moments That Changed The Way We View Divorce
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Forget the sweet-as-apple-pie portrayals of married life ushered in by June and Ward Cleaver: Divorce effectively stole the spotlight in the last decade. Turn on your television today and you're bound to see a character going through divorce (or at least a Real Housewife or two). Walk through your local bookstore (fingers crossed you still have one) and the new releases section likely features a memoir about someone's imploding marriage ("Divorce porn" as one writer labeled the burgeoning divorce memoir genre). And we're just scratching at the surface. Below, 10 moments in pop culture that shook up the way we view divorce. "Boyhood" gave us a warts-and-all portrayal of growing up as a child of divorce. In "Boyhood," acclaimed director Richard Linklater delivered a coming-of-age story that showed what it's really like to grow up with divorced parents. Linklater spoke about how growing up with divorced parents colored their direction and acting in the 2014 film. "[Growing up] ...
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Ben Gibbard Analyzes the Current State of Death Cab for Cutie
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
The band's frontman talks about their new album 'Kintsugi' and more.
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Zooey Deschanel's Best Relationship Advice
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By all appearances, Zooey Deschanel has moved on from her 2011 split from "Death Cab For Cutie" frontman Ben Gibbard. She's dating screenwriter Jamie Linden, whom she coupled up with six months after finalizing her divorce and with whom she has two rescue dogs, Dot and Zelda. What's more, the "New Girl" star covers Marie Claire's September issue and shares some solid relationship advice gleaned from her divorce. "Whether you're married or not, if you're in a relationship, you have to wake up every day and say, 'I want to stay with this person.' You have to make the commitment every day and every second and every minute," she told the magazine. And though interviewer George Gurley admits he had a "list" of questions about her boyfriend, Deschanel only offered this: "I will say we got the dogs together, and he loves them very much." She also addressed the incident of her financial records being publicized after an income and expense declaration was attached to he ...
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PHOTOS: Highlights From Lollapalooza Day 2
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The second day of Lollapalooza threw a mix of weird -- lineup shuffles, claustrophobic crowds -- and wonderful -- awesome weather, wheelchair crowd surfing! -- into Chicago's Grant Park Saturday. Beginning with the weird, the day got off to a strange start when rumors tricked out that scheduled Saturday performers Death Grips pulled a no-show at their official after party performance the night prior. The no-show was confirmed and Lolla released a terse message that the band "chose not to appear" before announcing their set cancellation. Story continues below Crowds reportedly packed the park shortly after the gates opened at 11 a.m., morphing Grant Park into a claustrophobe's nightmare. According to Tribune music critic Greg Kot, festival officials were officially reporting 100,000 attendees per day, surpassing the cap of 75,000 set several years ago. Moving from the Red Bull Stage at the southernmost end to the Bud Light stage to the north took some 20 minu ...
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The Postal Service's New Video Goes Upside Down
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Postal Service is headed to the laundromat in their latest video, a gravity-defying clip set to "A Tattered Line of String." The song, with Jenny Lewis, is a new track from the 10th-anniversary reissue of "Give Up." The "String" video features a befuddled man whose laundry endeavors are interrupted by a building that appears to be flipping upside down. The quirky camera angles complement the song's upbeat tone, even if the laundry-doer holding on to a washing mashing for dear life isn't have quite as fun of an experience. "String" marks Postal Service's first single since 2005, when the band was wrapping up its promotion of their successful 2003 album. The Ben Gibbard-fronted group is currently reuniting for a world tour that concludes Aug. 3 with a set at Lollapalooza.
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Reunited Postal Service Celebrate 'Give Up' at Barclays Center
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
When crooner Ben Gibbard teamed up with downtempo electronic producer Jimmy Tamborello for "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" an initially one-off collaboration back in 2002 the timing couldn’t have been more perfect Tamberello’s world of IDM (ie Intelligent Dance Music) was ambient and aloof by name Gibbard...
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Joshua Ostroff: The Postal Service Reunion Lacks Romance
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Postal Service has existed for 10 years but this band has only been together for three months," Ben Gibbard explained (some might say, equivocated) from the stage in Toronto's sparsely filled Air Canada Centre hockey arena. But that wasn't why something felt off with the show. Gibbard spent a decade denying this would ever happen, including to me personally during a 2011 interview when he said, perhaps frustrated with my unoriginal line of inquiry, "Yeah, it just kind of took on a life of its own. It became something far more than it was ever meant to be." But this year the Death Cab frontman and his one-time electronic collaborator Jimmy "Dntel" Tamberello decided to finally acquiesce to the pressure and bring the Postal Service back to "celebrate," in Gibbard's onstage words, the 10th anniversary of their only album, Give Up. In the years since it's low-key release, Give Up had become a legendary album, steadily selling until it became Sub Pop's second-biggest eve ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 282
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nils FrahmGerman composer/producer Nils Frahm was born in early '80s Berlin. This classically trained pianist whose fingerprints mark an ambient evolution has released a dozen-plus projects into the cosmos. Collaborations include Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang, F.S. Blumm, and Dustin O'Halloran. His mesmeric sounds induce a reverie. Press rewind on "Keep," from Nils Frahm's 2011 Felt. Buy: iTunes.com Genre: Alt Ambient Classical Artist: Nils Frahm Song: Keep Album: Felt Cannonball AdderleyHard-bop alto-saxophone legend Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley into a musical and professorial home in Coolidge-era Tampa. After marking his music bones as a youth, he went on to teach his craft while playing with brother Nat (cornet) and Ray Charles in Florida. By the mid-'50s in New York, Adderley landed onstage with Oscar Pettiford, flying into his debut on the Savoy Label. Soon after, the Cannonball Adderley Qu ...
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Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
Today you can't toss a guitar pick without clipping a synth-tickling indie-rock softy But in 2003 when Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard traded tapes through the mail with Jimmy Tamborello (dance handle Dntel) the one-off result felt like discovering a rock-scene chill room on high-purity drugs The album runs...
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Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story
NPR - almost 4 years
Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Is A Postal Service Reunion In The Works?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Good news for Postal Service fans! The indie band that had a short run in the early 2000s is reportedly reuniting. The band's website was changed on Jan. 21 to read simply "The Postal Service 2013." Billboard reports that The Postal Service's label, Sub Pop, is planning to release a deluxe edition of the band's only album, 2003's "Give Up." The deluxe edition will be made available in celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Give Up." Billboard is also reporting that the band will perform a reunion set at the Los Angeles music festival, Coachella. The Postal Service is made up of musician Ben Gibbard, who fronts Death Cab for Cutie, and producer Jimmy Tamborello of DNTEL. In October, "Give Up" was certified platinum, more than nine years after it was released. Days before "Give Up" went platinum, Gibbard asserted that the album would be the only one from the duo. "There are no plans to make a second record," he said in an interview with Spinner. "I can't say that e ...
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Ben Gibbard Duets With Aimee Mann on 'Colbert'
Rolling Stone - about 4 years
Ben Gibbard brought help to handle Stephen Colbert last night performing "Bigger Than Love" with Aimee Mann on The Colbert Report Mann sang the first verse playing bass while Gibbard hammered away at an electric guitar before joining in on the chorus of the song from last year's album Former Lives In...
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Zooey Deschanel: I Would Look "Scary" If I Lost 15 Pounds
US Magazine - about 4 years
Zooey Deschanel has no intention of going on a diet in the new year. The New Girl actress, 32, covers the February issue of Glamour magazine and says she doesn't feel pressure to be a certain size in Hollywood, but does think many stars are too skinny. PHOTOS: Zooey Deschanel's red carpet style "Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime . . . There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny -- much, much too skinny. You can't Pilates to that," she explains. "I'm a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I'd look like them; it's scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That's not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what's acceptable is larger than what people believe." PHOTOS: Scary skinny bikini bodies And Deschanel also doesn't follow the Hollywood trend of moving from TV to movies -- she prefers the opposite. "I'm just going w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Gibbard
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 38
    As of May 2015, Gibbard tours with four modified 1970s Fender Mustang guitars.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally he uses two custom-built Acme Silvertone amplifier heads. For use on acoustic songs he relies on two 2008 Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitars with B-Band pickup systems. In the past, Gibbard used Fender Telecasters and G&L Telecaster-style guitars. Gibbard is the subject of the song, "Ben's My Friend", by indie folk act Sun Kil Moon. The track appears on the project's sixth studio album, Benji (2014). On Sun Kil Moon's follow-up album, Universal Themes (2015), primary recording artist Mark Kozelek again refers to his friendship with Gibbard on its closing track, "This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station". Gibbard previously made a guest appearance on the band's third studio album, April (2008). In addition, Gibbard, alongside Steve Fisk, composed and recorded the score for AJ Schnack's 2006 documentary, Kurt Cobain: About a Son. The film also features his cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer".
  • 2014
    Age 37
    In September 2014, it was reported that Gibbard would appear as a guest on the Foo Fighters' eighth studio album Sonic Highways.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    He ran his first trail ultra-marathon (a running race longer than 26.2 miles) in 2013 and since then has completed several each year.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbard is an agnostic, lapsed Catholic: "I don’t want to falsely believe in something solely so I can jump to the front of the line for whatever this awesome place is we go after we die. The vastness of that idea is so beyond my comprehension that I feel like if there was a God, then that God would accept me saying I’m not able to believe because it’s so outside of my ability to understand it. I understand that’s where faith comes into play." Gibbard is an activist for gay rights and wrote an article in The Daily Beast voicing why this issue is important to him. He stated that when his lesbian sister got married, that it was "the most beautiful thing" he had ever seen. In the article, he voiced his strong support for Referendum 74 and discussed raising money for the issue. He stated, "I would just feel so much pride for my state if we could pass it by a popular vote and show the rest of the country that this is the direction we are going in."
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Gibbard released his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012, and a collaborative studio album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone (2009), with Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt's Jay Farrar.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    He reportedly gave up alcohol in 2008 and began running marathons.
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    Gibbard became engaged to actress and musician Zooey Deschanel in 2008. The couple married in September 2009 near Seattle, Washington. They announced their separation on November 1, 2011. Deschanel filed for divorce on December 27, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final on December 12, 2012.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    He had a small role in the John Krasinski film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men based on the David Foster Wallace short story collection of the same title. He completed a solo tour through the US in the spring of 2007 that featured David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In a 2003 interview Gibbard stated that while he had previously been a vegan, he had recently become a pescetarian.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    The following year, the band released its debut album, Something About Airplanes (1998), on Barsuk Records, and released its follow-up, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbard was born in Bremerton, Washington, where he spent his formative years, during the time of the grunge music explosion in the early 1990s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 17
    He graduated from Olympic High School in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details He also cites Jack Kerouac as a major influence. He studied engineering at Western Washington University. He was raised Roman Catholic and referred to himself as "this indoctrinated Catholic even though I haven't been to church of my own volition in 10 or 15 years now."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on August 11, 1976.
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