death cab for cutie will release their new album, kitsungi, on march 31st. this will be the last album with chris walla, which is the worst news about this all. the band have released their first single from the outing, “black sun,” in the form of a lyric video. and to go along with it, the announcement of a full set of tour dates (which will be the first without walla). hit the jump for those.
this is it, folks. DCFC’s last outing with original member and backbone of the band’s sound, chris walla. kintsungi is the last album he’ll be a part of, so i’m expecting big things. strange to say about a band who hasn’t released an album i’ve liked the last three times around.
a symbolic name to say the least:
It’s a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally.
read the full article at rolling stone. kintsungi will be out march 31st.
here’s the tracklisting:
1. No Room in Frame
2. Black Sun
3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
4. Little Wanderer
5. You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
6. Hold No Guns
7. Everything’s a Ceiling
8. Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
9. El Dorado
11. Binary Sea
remember how much of an emo rite of passage this album was? well soak in the fact that it’s 10 years old and you’re far removed from those days. and if not, reevaluate some things and get happy. but in the meantime, head over to NPR and listen to the album’s 10-year anniversary reissue.
death cab for cutie – transatlanticism [10-year reissue]
at the link below, hear the electronic anthology project’s take on death cab for cutie’s plans single, 2005’s “soul meets body.” created by built to spill’s brett nelson with a completely new vocal track by ben gibbard, the song sounds more like something from new order than it does the postal service. so fans of bleep blorp can take a backseat.
death cab for cutie – soul meets body [the electronic anthology project version]
summer tour, no texas, no care, no openers announced yet — more dates coming soon. hit the jump for the initial routing and check back as more dates are announced.
death cab for cutie is a name synonymous with twee, instagram, and seth cohen. perhaps hoping to kill of that bit of misnomer, the band decided to fold a little hardboiled crime fiction into their new video for “underneath the sycamore” from last year’s codes and keys. the result is a gritty animated thriller with a twist ending. check it out above.
death cab stops by the kimmel studios to perform “you are a tourist” and “underneath the sycamore,” two of codes and keys finest. that being said, this recent zooey break up will hopefully have ben gibbard in prime form: will he finally release a SAD follow-up to plans? i mean, he already has the break up beard!
“sycamore” under the jump.
yeasayer get their turn at remixing a DCFC cut from the latest remix project for codes and keys. hear the remixed title track at soundcloud below.
death cab for cutie – codes and keys [yeasayer remix]
DCFC are putting together a remixed version of codes and keys on november 22nd and what better way to introduce it than a cut copy remix?
death cab’s frontman gibbstacks, as he’ll henceforth be known, plants himself on a picturesque porch with an acoustic watching warm images of young love in the new video for “stay young, go dancin'” from death cab for cutie’s latest lp codes and keys.
ben gibbard’s lookin’ old these days! but here he is serenading people of all ages and encouraging them to stay young, and you guessed it – go dancing. from this year’s codes & keys.
as a sweetheart sendoff to death cab, whom frightened rabbit was opening for on tour and, as a thanks for their support on invisible children, a stubbly scott hutchison posts up upon what looks like the world’s larget tree to perform the dcfc plans track “different names for the same thing.” enjoy.
photo credit: brumlive
summer is nearly over and with it goes that leg of death cab’s codes and keys tour featuring frightened rabbit as support. but never one to let latency get the best of them, the band has already mapped out a fall leg with some pretty fancy supporting acts. pretty fancy indeed. get your tickets here.
hit the jump to check out the tour itinerary and check out codes and keys, out now.
leave it to gibbstack to cover a band that hardly any of us know, save for those record store clerks into deep cuts. ride were a british alternative rock band that formed in 1988 in Oxford, England and were initially part of the “shoegazing” scene (thanks wiki!). hear death cab’s cover of the band’s song “twisterella” from their 1992 album going blank again.
MTV has a full set from the death cab boys over at their site. here’s a sample video (set opener) for “title and registration.” i still think chris walla is one of the coolest dudes ever.