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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

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    1 song

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    1 song

    New Indie First

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

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