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Well, the results are in for last weeks poll question, which was “What is your favorite DCFC album?” After a hard fought battle, the winner by just two votes is their 2003 breakthrough,  Transatlanticism.

This race was closer than I expected, with Plans leading for most of the week, only to be overtaken at the last minute. Somewhat surprisingly, We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes actually led the poll for a few days at the beginning of the week, only to eventually settle into a comfortable third place. Narrow Stairs came in fourth followed by The Photo Album then Something About Airplanes. 

Death Cab’s latest effort, Codes and Keys, had zero votes all week until finally managing a single vote just before closing. However that was not enough to save it from coming in dead last.

So, what do you guys think? Surprised? Angry? Not surprised at all? Don’t be afraid to share.

Below you can enjoy my personal favorite track from Transatlanticism, the heart-wrenching, slow burning title track. Also, stay tuned for next weeks poll!

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"HELLO TORONTOOOOO!!!"

Death Cab continued their Codes and Keys tour last night at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. The set list was very similar to the Detroit show, save for a few changes. Most notably the addition of Photo Album gem, “A Movie Script Ending”.

Below, as usual, I’ve provided the full setlist, videos from the show, and also a couple downloads. Just click on the songs with links.

If anyone was there, give a shout and let us know how it was! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more info/downloads/videos for this show and others. Enjoy!

1. Bend To Squares
2. The New Year
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Crooked Teeth
5. Photobooth
6. Doors Unlocked and Open
7. Long Division
8. Grapevine Fires
9. Codes and Keys
10. Summer Skin
11. I Will Possess Your Heart
12. I Will Follow You into the Dark
13. Title Track
14. You Are A Tourist
15. Underneath the Sycamore
16. Title And Registration
17. A Movie Script Ending
18. Soul Meets Body
19. Stay Young, Go Dancing
20. Cath…
21. The Sound of Settling

Encore:
22. Home Is a Fire
23. Portable Television
24. MarchingBands of Manhattan
25. Transatlanticism


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Before Death Cab played last night at Detroit’s Fox Theater, Ben sat down with the Detroit Free Press to answer a few questions (five, to be exact). The interview is short, but actually very interesting. Ben gives us more insight into what happened last week when the stage collapsed at the Ottawa Bluesfest, he says:

Everybody’s fine. We were in the backstage area 20 yards away from the stage when it collapsed. The touch-and-go moment was when the stage collapsed and we asked, “Where the (profanity) is Trevor, where’s Lucas?,” our crew people who might have been on the stage.

Then we saw all our people and (Cheap Trick band member) Robin Zander offstage and they were OK. It was still very terrifying. A couple of people got hurt, but it’s an absolute miracle that no one got killed.

Read the whole interview here.

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Last night, after Death Cab finished up their set at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Ben Tweeted, “Holy f–k Detroit, you guys were AMAZING!!! thank you for coming and bringing your A game.” So, needless to say…it was a great show. I personally am loving the fact that they’re starting to open shows with “Bend To Squares,” probably my favorite track from their early catalog. Below, as usual, i’ve provided the full setlist, videos for the show, and also a few downloads. Just click on the tracks that have links to them.

If anyone was there, give a shout and let us know how it was! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more info/downloads/videos for this show and others. Enjoy!

1. Bend to Squares
2. The New Year
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Crooked Teeth
5. Photobooth
6. Doors Unlocked and Open
7. Long Division
8. Grapevine Fires
9. Codes and Keys
10. Summer Skin
11. I Will Possess Your Heart
12. I Will Follow You into the Dark
13. You Are a Tourist
14. Underneath the Sycamore
15. Meet Me on the Equinox
16. Company Calls
17. Soul Meets Body
18. Stay Young, Go Dancing
19. Cath…
20. The Sound of Settling

Encore:
21. Home Is a Fire
22. Title and Registration
23. A Movie Script Ending
24. Transatlanticism

“Soul Meets Body”

“Home Is a Fire”

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I know, I know…this cover of the semi-obscure early 90’s Britpop group Ride‘s “Twisterella” has been showing up on setlists for a while now. But a couple weeks ago when DCFC stopped by BBC Radio One, they gave us by far the best quality recording of the cover to date. The song fits startling well with Death Cab’s style and Ben’s voice, so much so that you could probably fool your friends into thinking you uncovered some sort of B-side from The Photo Album.

Check out the stream below, and if you like what you here (and I know you will) I’ve made the song available for download. Enjoy, and rock on like it’s 1992.

Download: Death Cab for Cutie – Twisterella (Ride Cover)

Here’s the original version:

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Last night Death Cab finally kicked off the North American leg of the Codes and Keys tour in Columbus, Ohio. Despite some technical difficulties, the show seemed to go pretty well based on Tweets by people who were there. The setlist was pretty great too, as it showed the band reach far back into their catalog. “Title Track” must have been an awesome surprise for all the We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes fans in the crowd.

Below you can find the full setlist as well as a videos of  “What Sarah Said”,  “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” and “We Laugh Indoors”. Also, if you click the songs with links on them, you can download the audio. If anyone was at the show, don’t be afraid to leave a comment telling us how it was! Enjoy.

Also…don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates/downloads/videos from this show and others!

1. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. The New Year
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Crooked Teeth
5. Photobooth
6. Doors Unlocked and Open
7. Long Division
8. Grapevine Fires
9. Codes and Keys
10. What Sarah Said
11. I Will Follow You into the Dark
12. Title Track
13. You Are a Tourist
14. Underneath the Sycamore
15. Title and Registration
16. A Movie Script Ending
17. Soul Meets Body
18. Stay Young, Go Dancing
19. Cath…
20. The Sound of Settling

Encore:
21. Home is a Fire
22. Expo ’86
23. Marching Bands of Manhattan
24. Transatlanticism

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After the scary incident at the Ottawa Bluesfest last week put a halt to the start of Death Cab’s North American tour, they’re surely eager to finally play their first show in Ohio tonight. In the meantime, Ben Gibbard sat down to talk with UK based online music magazine, Gigwise and Canadian newspaper, National Post.

The Gigwise interview, which you can find here, is worth the read at the very least to make fun of the completely aloof interviewer. This music scholar stupidly asks Ben about the “emo movement,” to which he politely replies “I’m not really the best one to know how it’s changed or evolved because it’s not something I’ve really paid attention to.” Next time try doing more than reading a Wikipedia page before you interview someone.

The National Post interview is a little more heavy, and touches on Ben’s recent sobriety. You can read that one here.

Finally, good luck to the guys tonight in Ohio! I hope this show is free from flash hurricanes and collapsing stages.

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