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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

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    4 songs

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    1 song

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

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