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Ben Gibbard

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Ben Gibbard is a singer/songwriter best known as frontman for Pacific Northwestern indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie. Gibbard was raised in Washington and got interested in music due in part to the explosion of grunge and its roots in his region during his formative high-school years. Gibbard's first band was the fledgling Pinwheel, who released one self-titled album in 1996. Pinwheel's Justin Kennedy would go on to front Army Navy. Gibbard began Death Cab for Cutie as a solo project in 1997, taking the name from a song by cheeky classic rockers the Bonzo Dog Band. He released a cassette of his sentimental acoustic-leaning songs called You Can Play These Songs with Chords under the new moniker later that year, and the reception was warm enough to merit expanding the project into a full band. Death Cab for Cutie would go on to enormous popularity and release records for years to come, but Gibbard's itch to work solo continued. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked on several solo releases under the name ¡All-Time Quarterback! Collaboration became standard for Gibbard early on as well. In addition to joining friends Pedro the Lion as a bassist for one tour, Gibbard has collaborated in some form or another with the Long Winters, Jenny Lewis, Jay Farrar, Styrofoam, Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set, and others. Perhaps his most fruitful collaboration came in the form of adding guest vocals to the Dntel song "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" on the 2001 album Life Is Full of Possibilities. From that meeting, Gibbard began trading sound files with Dntel beatmaker Jimmy Tamborello for what would become the immensely popular project known as the Postal Service, thusly titled because the two would send each other song ideas through the mail. The Postal Service's 2003 debut, Give Up, was well received critically as well as in terms of sales, going gold in two countries. Gibbard married actress/singer Zooey Deschanel in September of 2009 and the couple remained together for two years before divorcing in the fall of 2011. In 2012 Gibbard issued Former Lives, the first collection of songs under his own name. ~ Fred Thomas
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Stations Featuring
Ben Gibbard

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    1 song

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    3 songs

    Alt Country

    Alt Country
    1 song

Albums by
Ben Gibbard

Top Songs by
Ben Gibbard

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Choir Vandals
  3.   Bigger Than Love
  4.   Teardrop Windows
  5.   Indian Summer
  6.   Carolina
  7.   You Remind Me of Home
  8.   Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
  9.   Dream Song
  10.   Garden
  11.   Post Reunion
  12.   Arrest Jail
  13.   Oh, Woe
  14.   Main Titles
  15.   Lily
  16.   Annika Sees Makeout
  17.   Farmer Chords
  18.   Post Picnic
  19.   Lady Adelaide
  20.   A Good Childhood
  21.   Interlude 1 (Olympia)
  22.   Where Credit Is Due
  23.   The Coldest Winter
  24.   Giganticism
  25.   Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
  26.   When the Sun Goes Down
  27.   TP
  28.   Broken Yolk in Western Sky
  29.   On Way to Airport
  30.   Craig Megan Montage
  31.   Drive Precall
  32.   Meg's Parents' House
  33.   Chaos and Resolution
  34.   Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
  35.   I'm Building a Fire
  36.   The Opiate Waltz
  37.   Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)
  38.   Drive to Grocery
  39.   Some Days
  40.   Overture Reprise
  41.   East to West
  42.   Shepherd's Bush Lullaby
  43.   Dad Office Sign
  44.   Drive to Meet
  45.   The First Show
  46.   A Pudding Bridge
  47.   Meg Comes Home
  48.   Where Our Destination Lies
  49.   Craig Megan Hookup
  50.   After Airport
  51.   It's Never Too Late (End Credits)
  52.   A Hard One to Know
  53.   Tour of House
  54.   Walk to Mex
  55.   Overture
  56.   You Always Have a Place to Stay (In Oakland)
  57.   Interlude 2 (Seattle)

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