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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

    New Indie First

    New Indie First
    1 song

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    1 song

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    1 song

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    1 song

    Relax Trax

    4 songs

    Indie Chill

    1 song

    Alt Country

    1 song

Albums by
Ben Gibbard

Top Songs by
Ben Gibbard

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

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