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Ben Gibbard

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

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