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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. Two years later he supplied the score to the romantic comedy film The Laggies, and he returned to Death Cab for Cutie for 2015's Kintsugi, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. In 2017 he delivered Bandwagonesque, a reworking of Teenage Fanclub's breakthrough 1991 album of the same name. ~ Fred Thomas
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Stations Featuring
Ben Gibbard

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    1 song

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    4 songs

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    1 song

    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.   The Concept
  6.   Indian Summer
  7.   Carolina
  8.   You Remind Me of Home
  9.   Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
  10.   Chaos and Resolution
  11.   What You Do to Me
  12.   Interlude 1 (Olympia)
  13.   Guiding Star
  14.   TP
  15.   A Pudding Bridge
  16.   When the Sun Goes Down
  17.   Giganticism
  18.   Lily
  19.   Alcoholiday
  20.   Satan
  21.   Walk to Mex
  22.   A Good Childhood
  23.   Farmer Chords
  24.   The Opiate Waltz
  25.   The Coldest Winter
  26.   Shepherd's Bush Lullaby
  27.   Drive Precall
  28.   It's Never Too Late (End Credits)
  29.   December
  30.   Main Titles
  31.   You Always Have a Place to Stay (In Oakland)
  32.   Annika Sees Makeout
  33.   Drive to Meet
  34.   East to West
  35.   Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
  36.   Interlude 2 (Seattle)
  37.   Dream Song
  38.   Is This Music
  39.   I Don't Know
  40.   On Way to Airport
  41.   After Airport
  42.   Where Our Destination Lies
  43.   Drive to Grocery
  44.   I'm Building a Fire
  45.   The First Show
  46.   Post Picnic
  47.   Overture
  48.   Tour of House
  49.   Arrest Jail
  50.   Meg Comes Home
  51.   A Hard One to Know
  52.   Metal Baby
  53.   Garden
  54.   Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
  55.   Star Sign
  56.   Meg's Parents' House
  57.   Where Credit Is Due
  58.   Broken Yolk in Western Sky
  59.   Oh, Woe
  60.   Sidewinder
  61.   Pet Rock
  62.   Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)
  63.   Overture Reprise
  64.   Lady Adelaide
  65.   Craig Megan Hookup
  66.   Some Days
  67.   Craig Megan Montage
  68.   Post Reunion
  69.   Dad Office Sign

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