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"The elegantly wasted musician is played out and I'm not interested in being that anymore."

Ben recently sat down with Spinner for an interview that centered around his past problems with alcohol. Ben has in no way been shy about his former addictions, but he has rarely been as candid as he is here, railing against the music industry in general as a place where one can easily pass of their substance abuse problem.

And so what is Ben’s secret to keeping sober and fit? He says that a recent affinity for running has been instrumental to his recovery over the past couple years. All I can say is good for you, Ben. I’m sure I can speak for Death Cab fans everywhere when I say that it’s really great to hear that he’s in such a good place in his life. Let’s hope he can make it last.

Read a few choice excerpts below, and check out the whole thing here.

“Alcohol and drugs [are] such a large part of the experience of being a musician. It’s always around and it’s always easy to look at somebody who is more f——ed up than you and be like, ‘Well, I may have a problem but I’m not as bad as that dude,’” he says. “There’s no better industry to pass off your own substance abuse problems on the overindulgence of others. [You can] look at someone who is falling off the stage drunk and say, ‘At least I’m not that f——ed up’…”

“In my own life, the elegantly wasted musician is played out and I’m not interested in being that anymore. I’m not interested in the storyline of the tragic figure anymore. I wish I could help people who can’t get it together but the reality is that you have to wake up one morning and realize, ‘I’m just not going to do this anymore.’ That’s what I did. I certainly don’t think I had as much of a problem as some other some other people do. But in my own way, I did and I woke up and realized I didn’t want to feel this way anymore…”

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Last night Death Cab blew into the Windy City to continue their Codes and Keys tour. The guys played yet another killer setlist with highlights including both “Company Calls” and “Company Calls Epilogue” for the first time since their show in Brooklyn earlier on in the tour.

Below, as usual, I’ve provided a full setlist and some videos from the show. I’ll make some of the tracks available for download as soon as some better audio comes in. Stay tuned for more free downloads!

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. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Crooked Teeth
3. Why You’d Want To Live Here
4. Doors Unlocked and Open
5. Long Division
6. Grapevine Fires
7. Codes and Keys
8. I Will Follow You Into the Dark
9. Soul Meets Body
10. Company Calls
11. Company Calls Epilogue
12. Title and Registration
13. The New Year
14. Summer Skin
15. Stay Young, Go Dancing
16. Cath…
17. We Looked Like Giants
18. Marching Bands of Manhattan

Encore
19. Home is a Fire
20. Styrofoam Plates
21. The Sound of Settling
22. Transatlanticism

“I Will Posses Your Heart”

“Title and Registration”
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As all of us on the East Coast brace for a major hurricane this weekend, I figure what better way to spend those hours cooped up away from the storm than grooving to some more awesome covers by Death Cab for Cutie. These covers aren’t entirely new, but as far as I know this is the only place on the web where you can download them for yourself.

So what’s better than hearing DCFC cover The Shins, Rilo Kiley and Michael Jackson? Being able to download those tracks for free! Just click away on the links below to download. Enjoy everybody!

Ben Gibbard – Gone For Good (The Shins Cover)

Ben Gibbard – Silver Lining (Rilo Kiley)

Death Cab for Cutie – Thriller (Michael Jackson Cover)

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Courtesy Jon Solomon

Last night Death Cab played at the beautiful and historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. The guys have been on a roll ever since they hit the West Coast leg of their tour, treating Read Rock to another killer setlist (despite the absence of “Title Track” which you know I love all too much).

Below, as usual, I’ve provided a full setlist and some videos from the show. I’ve also ripped audio from a few tracks and made them available for download. Just click on the songs with links. Stay tuned for more free downloads!

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. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Crooked Teeth
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. A Movie Script Ending
5. Doors Unlocked and Open
6. Long Division
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Codes and Keys
9. What Sarah Said
10. I Will Follow You Into the Dark
11. Little Bribes
12. You Are A Tourist
13. The New Year
14. Photobooth
15. Company Calls
16. Soul Meets Body
17. Stay Young, Go Dancing
18. Cath…
19.We Looked Like Giants
20. Marching Bands of Manhattan

Encore
21. Home is a Fire
22. Title and Registration
23. The Sound of Settling
24. Transatlanticism

“What Sarah Said”

“The New Year”

“Title and Registration”

“Codes and Keys”

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Sorry for the late, post but I was on vacation the past few days and away from my computer. Anyway, back to business as Death Cab’s Codes and Keys tour reached it’s stop in West Valley, Utah. They played a super solid setlist full of the fan favorites and deeper album cuts (am I the only one who is loving the fact that “Title Track” has been popping up at shows more and more often as of late?).

Below, as usual, I’ve provided a full setlist and some videos from the show. I’ll be sure to make some tracks available for download as soon as some decent audio comes in, so stay tuned!

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. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Crooked Teeth
3. Why You’d Want To Live Here
4. Photobooth
5. Doors Unlocked And Open
6. Long Division
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Codes and Keys
9. 405
10.You Are A Tourist
11. A Movie Script Ending
12. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
13. Underneath The Sycamore
14. Soul Meets Body
15. Title and Registration
16. Summer Skin
17. The New Year
18. Cath…
19. We Looked Like Giants
20. The Sound of Settling

Encore:
21. Title Track
22. Pictures in an Exhibition
23. Stay Young, Go Dancing
24. Transatlanticism

“Stay Young Go Dancing”

“Pictures in an Exhibition”

“Title and Registration”

 

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Courtesy Las Vegas Sun

Sorry for the late post, but it took me a while to find the setlist from Death Cab’s show the other night in Las Vegas. And it’s too bad, because according to Ben it was the best show of the tour. Just after walking off stage, he Tweeted: “Didn’t see that one coming, Las Vegas. What could’ve easily been a complete disaster was the best show of tour! Thanks for being there!

Below, as usual, I’ve provided a full setlist and some videos from the show.  Also, I’ve made a few tracks available for download. Just click on the tracks with links. I’ll be sure to post more downloads as soon as more audio comes in.

Here’s some great photos from the show, courtesy of The Las Vegas Sun.

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. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Crooked Teeth
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Photobooth
5. Doors Unlocked And Open
6. Long Division
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Codes and Keys
9. What Sarah Said
10. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
11. Little Bribes
12. You Are a Tourist
13. The New Year
14. President of What?
15. Soul Meets Body
16. Portable Television
17. A Movie Script Ending
18. Cath…
19. We Looked Like Giants
20. The Sound of Settling

Encore:
21. Stay Young, Go Dancing
22. Title Track
23. Marching Bands of Manhattan
24. Transatlanticism

“Soul Meets Body”

“What Sarah Said”

“You Are A Tourist”

“Marching Bands of Manhattan”

“Transatlanticism”


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