Last night the boys stopped by NYC’s Ed Sullivan Theater to give us a live taste of new single, “Stay Young, Go Dancing”. The performance comes right on the heels of the release of a brand new video for the Codes and Keys standout track. Check out the performance below:

Coming via Spinner, the new music video for Death Cab’s Codes and Keys standout, “Stay Young, Go Dancing”. I must say I enjoyed this one much more than the “You Are a Tourist” video, mainly because it maintains the charming simplicity of the actual song, and ends up being pretty darn heartwarming. The video follows an older couple back in time, Benjamin Button style, as they dance through the decades of their romance.

Watch it here, and don’t forget to share your thoughts! Did you like it? Hate it? Debate away.

Also don’t forget to check back in after the guys start back up their tour on Friday, i’ll be providing full coverage, as usual.

Last night on Carson Daly’s late night talk show (yeah, he still has his own show), he featured a couple videos from Death Cab’s recent show at LA’s Greek Theater. If you can manage to sit through Carson’s shameless product placement, check out the video to see the guys perform killer versions of “You Are A Tourist” and “New Year”. Enjoy.

Aaaaaand we’re back. Sorry folks for the sparsity of posts lately, but truth be told with the boys on a month long break from tour (which starts up again on Sept. 30th in Cincinnati) there hasn’t been much of anything to report.  However leave it to DCFC guitar geek extraordinaire, Chris Walla, to get things jump-started again with these very cool videos. It’s no secret that Death Cab and fellow Seattle natives, Telekinesis, are band BFFs (the group enlisted Chris to produce their awesome new album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, which is out now). So it’s no surprise that when Telekinesis recently performed a couple cuts from the album for SPIN Magazine, they asked Chris to join them on guitar.

Watch the performance below, and also download a track from the album. Telekinesis will also be supporting Death Cab on their upcoming leg of the Codes and Keys tour.

“50 Ways”

“You Turn Clear in the Sun”

Telekinesis – 50 Ways 

...more like Langerdon't! (sorry, I had to.)

Langerado, the Florida-based music festival was scheduled to return on October 8th and 9th after a two-year hiatus with a lineup that included Death Cab for Cutie, The Trey Anastasio Band and Arctic Monkeys. Back in 2009, the last year of the festival, poor ticket sales and a less than impressive lineup caused the event to go on indefinite hiatus. Now, despite the attempted comeback, the higher-ups at Langerado have decided to cancel the festival once again.

Although no official reason has yet been given for the cancelation, one can only assume that the ticket sales were not what the festival planners had been hoping for, so they decided to cut their losses. It’s too bad for Florida-based fans of DCFC, I’m sure it would have been a fantastic performance.

For information regarding ticket refunds, click here.

"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…”