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Benjamin 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, Rovi
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I love his f**king voice, man.
Great song! I wonder if he stole that little guitar riff from Colin Meloy or vice versa. Love it!
Melts me all the time.
love this song!!
Ben has an amazing voice and it would be hard not to like any band that he performs/gro u p s with
You've gotta love Ben Gibbard. If you don't you ain't human.
Vad är detta???
Follow me if u love all of Ben gibbards amazing projects
mccollom5053
HOME is a split series ep from Post-Parlo Records. Ben Gibbard (DCFC) & Andrew Kenny (AmAnSet) split. The entire album is brilliant,
Between Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service, Ben Gibbard is the s**t! He's so cute and nerdy <3
is this a luna song?
noah.. it IS the singer of death cab. =)
he sounds just like the singer of death cab for cutie
yeah this is way better than DCFC
Oh, well that explains it.... how could I not figure that out myself? Oh well, still awesome:)
geetarguy11
he's the singer for death cab.
oh, my gosh, he sounds a lot like DCFC!
BEN GIBBARD SWAGG!!!
thats why i thought it was death cab for cutie...
Hate to say it, but I'm enjoying this tune more than the Death Cab stuff.
kowens7845
Ben Gibbard is the man! Wish they'd put the songs from Arthur up. That was the only the reason I saw that movie :P
How is he not linked to elliot smith within the top 5 similar artists?
41854781
Ben Gibbard is the most talented man alive.
gota love pandora - would like to get the lyrics for this one
Wish "You Remind Me of Home" was on Amazon's mp3 list. Love the song. <3
Spreadin too thin Benny. Pick a band and stick with it.
This guy is the best man in the worlds!
berry.paige
i thought it was Sufjan for a second...
shulalyd
sounds like mike last.
Yes, the same Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service. FYI he's married to the actress/sing e r Zoey Deschanel from She & Him.
is this the dude for death cab/postal service?
Heh, this song showed up and it said "Benjamin Gi..." and I was like, this sounds like Ben Gibbard! Is it his broth... oh." Fail moment.
cscavon
Ben Gibbards voice fills up my heart.
Is this the singer for Death Cab? Very similar.
BEN GIBBARD, LOVE ALL HIS BANDS AND MUSIC...OBSE S S I V E I AM
justinjphili p s
you guys are joking right? it's the same guy
gopanthers99
Is this guy related to the singer of Death Cab for Cutie in anyway? They sound really similar to me.
crossbach
very funny jordan b...
jordan016
I don't think he's similar to Death Cab or Postal Service at all.
ehdrin
Gibbard is a genius. Indie god.
kylemccarthy
Turtles!
gump_195
yessir! He's amazing, huh?
aesir911
this is the same singer as the one for death cab...
amazing
tfraz7
Ben knows what music is all about. Anyone who understands music loves to listen to real musicians like Mr. Gibbard play.
you remind me of home
emma703
a genius. how is it fair for one person to have such an amazing voice AND can write the most beautiful lyrics ever written?
jess_joy_j
ben gibbard is brilliant.
Choir Vandals.
mnmmm his lyrics - in all his stuff, dominate.

from Postal Service, to Deathcab. the man has a gift.
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