Transatlanticism is the fourth studio album by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, released on October 7, 2003, by Barsuk Records. The band's second concept album, Transatlanticism features a theme set around long-distance love. Three singles and accompanying music videos were released for the album: "The New Year", "The Sound of Settling", "Title and Registration"; the first two singles, "The New Year" and "The Sound of Settling", reached number 86 and 84 on the UK Singles Chart. Transatlanticism received acclaim from critics when it was released and has since been considered the band's greatest album; the album charted at number 97 on the Billboard 200, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. In 2013, Barsuk Records released Transatlanticism Demos, a collection of demo versions of songs from Transatlanticism to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album's release. Similar to all previous Death Cab for Cutie releases, Transtlanticism was written by lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard, with many of the songs co-written with other members of the band guitarist and producer Chris Walla.
Prior to the album's release, Gibbard stated: "...unlike The Photo Album, I feel like this record is more like a proper album. We’ve tried to construct it with transitions of songs going in and out of each other, I think it's a little bit more expansive than the last record."The album is the first to feature drummer Jason McGerr, who joined the band earlier in 2003, features writing credits on the songs "The New Year", "We Looked Like Giants". When Transatlanticism was released in 2003, it charted at number 97 on the Billboard 200, it reached sales of 135,000 copies in May 2004, by 2007, the record had sold 530,000 copies, which music journalist Greg Kot judged was "a massive hit by indie-rock standards". On April 29, 2008, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America; the licensing of the album's songs as music on the mid-2000s television drama The O. C. helped. Transatlanticism was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 85, based on 21 reviews.
Uncut magazine hailed it as "a record of rare beauty and poise", Alternative Press deemed it "Death Cab's slowest and most mature recording" with "hidden bits of magic reveal themselves brilliantly." Andy Greenwald from Spin found the imagery of the lyrics strikingly vivid while praising Gibbard and Walla's musical direction. Rob Theakston of AllMusic wrote that Transatlanticism is "such a decadently good listen from start to finish" because of the band's maturity as songwriters and musicians. In The A. V. Club, Stephen Thompson said the record "surpasses Gibbard's other career highpoints", calling it "a lush, impeccably produced, musically adventurous resonant examination of the way relationships are both strengthened and damaged by distance". PopMatters critic Christine Klunk said it was a "nearly perfect pop record" whose straightforward melodies and honest narratives extolled the human condition. William Morris from Pitchfork was more critical, lamenting what he felt were Gibbard's more generalized lyrics and less edge to the band's "usually acute divinations".
Stylus Magazine's Colin McElligatt said despite his strong melodies, he had regressed as a lyricist and sounded more "asinine" than before. In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau cited "We Looked Like Giants" as a "choice cut", indicating "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money". In 2011, Transatlanticism was named by NPR Music as one of the fifty most important recordings of the 2000s decade, while Rolling Stone ranked it 57th on the magazine's decade-end list. In 2013, Death Cab for Cutie re-released the album, marking its 10th year anniversary with a remaster available as vinyl or MP3 download, including demos for all the songs from the album. In a retrospective piece that year, Entertainment Weekly's Kyle Anderson called Transatlanticism a "classic indie-rock album", while Pitchfork editor Ian Cohen wrote, "few records open themselves up to forge those kind of moments, to be a formative emotional and listening experience, pushing you to feel what you’re thinking, daring to be universal enough to allow you to see yourself in it."
All lyrics written by Ben Gibbard. Death Cab for Cutie Benjamin Gibbard – vocals, piano, foot-stomp and hand clap effects on "The Sound of Settling" Nick Harmer – bass guitar, vocals on "Transatlanticism", foot-stomp and hand clap effects on "The Sound of Settling" Jason McGerr – drums, foot-stomp and hand clap effects on "The Sound of Settling" Christopher Walla – guitar, samples, mixing, vocals on "Transatlanticism"Additional personnel Ed Brooks – mastering John Goodmanson – mixing on "The Sound of Settling" and "Tiny Vessels" Rob Herbst – foot-stomp and hand clap effects on "The Sound of Settling" Sean Nelson – vocals on "Transatlanticism" John Roderick – vocals on "Transatlanticism" Phil Wandscher – vocals on "Transatlanticism" Mike Kezner – sitar, vocals on "Death of an Interior Decorator" Transatlanticism at Discogs
Sean Nelson is an American musician, music critic, filmmaker. He is best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock group Harvey Danger and as the arts editor for The Stranger newspaper in Seattle, Washington. Nelson is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria and was a classmate of Paul DePodesta and Courtenay Bram Anderson. Nelson formed Harvey Danger in 1993 and played with the band through to its farewell show in 2009. In addition to being the band's lead singer, he was its songwriter and keyboardist; the band's debut album Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? was released in 1997 and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies. The album contained the hit single "Flagpole Sitta", featured in the 1999 film American Pie and was used as the theme song for the British sitcom Peep Show. In 2001, Nelson formed The Long Winters, with John Roderick, he left the band in 2004, Roderick has continued the group as a solo effort. Nelson has recorded and performed with Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Robyn Hitchcock, Nada Surf, The Minus 5, others.
In 2006, he recorded Nelson Sings Nilsson, an album of songs by the late American composer Harry Nilsson, accompanied by a 25-piece-orchestra. Nelson was a member of the short-lived side project The Vernacular, along with Chris Walla and Nathan Good of Death Cab For Cutie. On June 4, 2013, Nelson released his first official batch of recordings to bear his name, Make Good Choices, which includes contributions from Chris Walla, Peter Buck, Matt Pence & Scott Danbom, Howard Draper, Dave Depper, Rachel Blumberg, Adam Selzer, Steve Fisk, others. Sessions arose over the course of several years between Nelson and his collaborators' other projects. Nelson joined the staff of the Seattle alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger in 1996 while still a member of Harvey Danger, he has held several positions at the publication, including web editor, film editor, copy editor and associate editor. He is the paper's arts editor. In 2006, Nelson published his first book, an entry in the 33⅓ series on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark.
His essay "Dead Man Talking" was published in the Da Capo anthology Best Music Writing 2008. In addition to his writing work, Nelson has taught a songwriting class at the University of Washington Extension and co-hosted Audioasis on KEXP-FM for five years. In 2008, Nelson co-wrote and played a supporting role in Humpday director Lynn Shelton's third feature film My Effortless Brilliance, which enjoyed a successful run on the film festival circuit and was released on DVD by IFC Films in November 2009, he has acted in David Russo's cult film festival hit The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and alongside Dax Shepard in Kathryn Aselton's The Freebie, released in September 2010. Make Good Choices Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? King James Version Sometimes You Have To Work on Christmas EP Little By Little… Cream and Bastards Rise EP Little Round Mirrors EP Burn to Shine Dead Sea Scrolls The Worst You Can Do is Harm When I Pretend to Fall Putting the Days to Bed Picaresque The Crane Wife Ole Tarantula Goodnight, Oslo The Weight is a Gift Lucky Sean Nelson Music Page on Facebook Biography and articles at The Stranger LAist Interview with Sean Nelson Sean Nelson tour diary for Entertainment Weekly Time Out NY interview with Sean Nelson
Codes and Keys
Codes and Keys is the seventh studio album by Death Cab for Cutie, released on May 31, 2011. Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer have both been quoted as saying that the album will be "a much less guitar-centric album than we've made before"; the first single, "You Are a Tourist", was made available for online stream on March 28, 2011 on the band's official site and the album was available for streaming in its entirety on May 23, 2011 on NPR. The album debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 3, with 102,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold 283,000 copies in the US as of March 2015. On November 30, 2011, the album received a Nomination in the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album. Influenced by the album, Another Green World, by Brian Eno and Keys was recorded in eight different studios, using Logic Pro software; the band would record in each studio for no longer than two weeks, with vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Gibbard noting, "We're all moving into a period in our lives where family is important.
So living off in the woods for a month away from family isn't something we want to do. On this record I've written a couple songs in our downtime between studios and we start recording that brand new song on the first day of the next session, something we've never had the opportunity to do before."During its recording, Gibbard stated: "It's not a guitar-based record. We've been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette. We're not adding guitars. I'm so proud of this album that at this point I don't care if people don't like it." Guitarist and producer Chris Walla elaborated further, "We're thirteen or fourteen years, seven or eight albums – depending how you count – into this, it just seemed like a good time to not make a guitar-centric, guitar-focused record." Walla stated: "guitar is great. But I think if we had strapped on guitars and gone into the studio with the intent of making a sort of live-ish sounding record, we would've retreaded some of the territory that we were in for Narrow Stairs.
None of us wanted to do that, but it took us a little while to figure out how to do it differently. I wanted to do that. I wanted less photograph, more impressionism." Walla elaborated, " was an exercise in using an different tool set. The whole record ended up being this big experiment, exciting. We were happy with Narrow Stairs, but we could make a record like that in our sleep. It's just so simple. I still think, and I think we'll continue on a similar trajectory and see where we end up on the next album."The album was mixed by Alan Moulder, with Walla noting: "I've mixed except for this one. I'd been toying with it for a couple of records now, it was just a matter of trying to find the right person for this, to mix a Death Cab record, Alan was my first choice. I was thrilled. I'd been a huge fan of his for years so it was super exciting to get to work with him. He's kind of one of my heroes, he's made a bunch of my favorite records, so it was awesome." Lyricist Benjamin Gibbard stated that the album's lyrical content and themes differ from their previous studio album, Narrow Stairs: "There's a level of self-loathing in Narrow Stairs that I'm a bit of embarrassed about now.
It's a dark record. I didn't want to make that record again. I didn't want to write those songs again." As to the influence his marriage to Zooey Deschanel had on the new album, he noted: "Everything I write is reflective of my own life and the lives of those people around me. They reflect the rumblings of life around you, but when somebody gets married, people assume that they're going to get a certain thing out of an album." Gibbard stated, however: "I would be remiss if I tried to continue writing in a melancholic voice, given the fact that now I'm a married man." Five months after the release of the album and Deschanel announced their divorce. With Codes and Keys, the experimental side of the band was drawn out more through production than a set songwriting process. Nicholas Harmer stated: "The making of this album was a little more open-ended as far as submitting different ideas if there were openings or holes for ideas to be submitted, but I think a lot of the experimentation came from the production side more than it did from the writing side."According to Gibbard and producer Chris Walla's writing contributions were key during the album's writing and recording: "There are a few songs that Chris wrote all the music for.
I pasted and wrote lyrics and arrangements for them. This is the first time that we've had multiple compositions that started with Chris's demos and not mine, exciting." Gibbard continued to praise Walla's contributions, stating: "I'm down with Chris screwing around with what he wants to do. He's yet to lead us down the wrong path. I think we're trying to reinvent the band without losing sight of who we are. I don't feel, but there are moments on this record where we looked at each other and said,'Oh, fans of The Photo Album are going to wonder what's going on here.'"Walla commented on writing contributions, stating: "If I'm starting something from the ground
The Photo Album
The Photo Album is the third studio album by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, released October 9, 2001 on Barsuk Records. The albums spawned three singles: "A Movie Script Ending", "I Was a Kaleidoscope", "We Laugh Indoors". All of the singles charted on the UK Singles Chart, with the highest charting song "I Was a Kaleidoscope", peaking at number 115; the Photo Album was the first Death Cab for Cutie album to feature charting songs, with "A Movie Script Ending" becoming the first of three songs by the band to feature on the television show The O. C.. It was the only full-length album to feature drummer Michael Schorr. A limited edition extended play called The Stability EP was released in early 2002, containing bonus tracks from the limited edition and Japanese versions of The Photo Album; the Photo Album holds a score of 75 out of 100 from the review aggregate site Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews". John D. Luerssen of Billboard gave the album a favorable review and said, "If it's true that music of this nature doesn't get anymore heartfelt, it rarely gets more infectious."
Mojo wrote that the band "weave together smartly taut guitars with vivid observational lyrics to create crafted pop songs, stunning in their simplicity and beauty", while Alternative Press called the album "the skillful meshing of Benjamin Gibbard's part-stream-of-consciousness, part-confessional vocals with melancholy piano and achingly melodic guitars that reveal a fleshed-out Cutie are indeed a band of uncommon beauty." Nude as the News gave it a score of eight out of ten and stated, "While not every song is a gem, the ones that are have pushed the band's high standard of compelling indie pop one notch higher." Neumu.net gave it seven stars out of ten and called it "evidence of a band that's maturing, slowing down and trying new things." Drawer B gave it a positive review and stated, "The most noteworthy aspect of The Photo Album is the band's upward trajectory. The music is cohesive and though still somewhat sluggish."In a mixed assessment, Stephen Thompson of The A. V. Club wrote that the album "is marked by pleasant but static, middle-of-the-road material."
Melanie Haupt of The Austin Chronicle said, "It's a rare talent that can express such emotions so concisely. Q wrote, "Full of beautiful pop songs, The Photo Album is just that—a collection of vignettes." Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a three-star honorable mention rating, indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure". Death Cab for Cutie Ben Gibbard – vocals, piano, organ Nick Harmer – bass guitar, organ Michael Schorr – drums, shaker, loops Chris Walla – guitar, loopsAdditional personnel Sean Nelson – high vocals on "Blacking Out the Friction", harmony vocals on "I Was a Kaleidoscope" Jeff Saltzman – mastering John Vanderslice – low vocals on "Blacking Out the Friction", backing vocals on "I Was a Kaleidoscope" The Photo Album at Metacritic
Directions: The Plans Video Album
Directions: The Plans Video Album is a video album from Death Cab for Cutie, corresponding to their major-label debut album Plans. It was released on April 2006 on Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group. Conceptualized by executive producers Aaron Stewart-Ahn and the band's bass player Nick Harmer proposals from around the world were submitted to Death Cab for Cutie, a budget was allowed for 12 finalists to create videos that would translate their visions of every song from Plans. Directions includes an interview with the band, directors' statements and profiles, artwork, along with two bonus videos, "Jealousy Rides with Me" and "Talking Like Turnstiles". At the 2007 Grammy Awards, the videos were nominated for Best Long Form Music Video, but they lost to Bruce Springsteen. "Marching Bands of Manhattan" "Soul Meets Body" "Summer Skin" "Different Names for the Same Thing" "I Will Follow You into the Dark" "Your Heart Is an Empty Room" "Someday You Will Be Loved" "Crooked Teeth" "What Sarah Said" "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" "Stable Song" DVD only "Jealousy Rides With Me" "Talking Like Turnstiles" iTunes only "Directions Interview" "Directions Trailer" Band interview Directors' statements and profiles
Benjamin Gibbard is an American singer and guitarist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, with which he has recorded nine studio albums, as one half of the electronica act the Postal Service. Gibbard released his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012, a collaborative studio album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone, with Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt's Jay Farrar. While performing guitar in the band Pinwheel, Gibbard recorded a demo cassette under the moniker Death Cab for Cutie, titled You Can Play These Songs with Chords. After receiving a positive response to the material, Gibbard expanded the project into a full band, with the addition of Chris Walla, Nick Harmer and Nathan Good; the following year, the band released its debut album, Something About Airplanes, on Barsuk Records, released its follow-up, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, in 2000. Gibbard was born in Bremerton, where he spent his formative years, during the time of the grunge music explosion in the early 1990s.
He graduated from Olympic High School in 1994. He cites Jack Kerouac as a major influence, he studied engineering at Western Washington University. He was raised Roman Catholic and referred to himself as "this indoctrinated Catholic though I haven't been to church of my own volition in 10 or 15 years now." In a 2003 interview Gibbard stated that while he had been a vegan, he had become a pescetarian. He had a small role in the John Krasinski film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men based on the David Foster Wallace short story collection of the same title, he completed a solo tour through the US in the spring of 2007 that featured David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice. Gibbard became engaged to actress and musician Zooey Deschanel in 2008; the couple married in September 2009 near Washington. They announced their separation on November 1, 2011. Deschanel filed for divorce on December 2011, citing irreconcilable differences; the divorce became final on December 12, 2012.
Gibbard married photographer and tour manager Rachel Demy on October 21, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. He gave up alcohol in 2008 and began running marathons, he ran his first trail ultramarathon in 2013 and since has completed several each year. Gibbard is an agnostic, lapsed Catholic: "I don't want to falsely believe in something so I can jump to the front of the line for whatever this awesome place is we go after we die; the vastness of that idea is so beyond my comprehension that I feel like if there was a God that God would accept me saying I'm not able to believe because it's so outside of my ability to understand it. I understand that's where faith comes into play."Gibbard is an activist for gay rights and wrote an article in The Daily Beast voicing why this issue is important to him. He stated that when his lesbian sister got married, it was "the most beautiful thing" he had seen. In the article, he voiced his strong support for Referendum 74 and discussed raising money for the issue, he stated, "I would just feel so much pride for my state if we could pass it by a popular vote and show the rest of the country that this is the direction we are going in."In September 2014, it was reported that Gibbard would appear as a guest on the Foo Fighters' eighth studio album Sonic Highways.
As of May 2015, Gibbard tours with four modified 1970s Fender Mustang guitars. Additionally he uses. For use on acoustic songs he relies on two 2008 Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitars with B-Band pickup systems. In the past, Gibbard used. Gibbard is the subject of the song "Ben's My Friend" by indie folk act Sun Kil Moon; the track appears on Benji. On Sun Kil Moon's follow-up album, Universal Themes, primary recording artist Mark Kozelek again refers to his friendship with Gibbard on its closing track, "This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station". Gibbard made a guest appearance on the band's third studio album, April. Gibbard is referenced in "The Cones of Dunshire," an episode from the sixth season of Parks and Recreation. In the episode, one character attempts to promote a forest cabin to hipsters by claiming that "Ben Gibbard and Neko Case made out here once." 1997: You Can Play These Songs with Chords 1998: Something About Airplanes 2000: We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes 2001: The Photo Album 2003: Transatlanticism 2005: Plans 2008: Narrow Stairs 2011: Codes and Keys 2015: Kintsugi 2018: Thank You for Today 2003 Home Volume V 2007 Solo Concert at the 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 2012 Former Lives 2017 Bandwagonesque 2003 Give Up 2002 Bridges Worth Burning 1999 ¡All-Time Quarterback!
1999 The Envelope Sessions 2002 ¡All-Time Quarterback! 2009 One Fast Move or I'm Gone 1996 PinwheelIn addition, alongside Steve Fisk and recorded the score for AJ Schnack's 2006 documentary, Kurt Cobain: About a Son. The film features his cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer". Jason McGerr Nick Harmer Chris Walla Official site
The Sound of Settling
"The Sound of Settling" is a song by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, the second single from their fourth studio album, released on 26 December 2003. The song reached number 84 on the UK Singles Chart, was featured on various movie soundtracks, became the third song by the band to be featured on the television show The O. C.. An acoustic demo for "The Sound of Settling" was featured on the Transatlanticism Demos LP released by Barsuk Records in 2013, to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Transatlanticism's release. Written by Ben Gibbard, the song is notable for its upbeat style and the "Bop bah" sung during the chorus. Gibbard did not like the song, due to his personal distaste of uptempo songs, had intended to discard it. Despite Gibbard being reluctant to include it on Transatlanticism and producer Chris Walla insisted that it be included on the album; the video begins with a picture frame containing an image of velvet curtains. When the song starts the camera zooms out from the picture frame mounted on an easel, a scene is performed for a few seconds before the camera zooms out again, the cycle repeats until the end of the song.
These scenes alternate between the band members playing their instruments and humorous unrelated scenes featuring gospel singers, a drunk man, cheerleaders, an astronaut, chefs, a gingerbread man, as well as the band playing miniature instruments. The video bears a resemblance to the music video for The New Pornographers' song "Letter from an Occupant". "The Sound of Settling" "Lightness" "That's Incentive" "The Sound of Settling" "This Charming Man" The song was featured as a free download in the popular video game Tap Tap Revenge 2 from the App Store for the iPhone OS. It was featured in Season 2 of The O. C. in the twentieth episode "The O. C. Confidential"; the song is mentioned in the song "Bukowski" by the British band Moose Blood in the line "Introduce you to Clarity, teach you the words to The Sound Of Settling". The song was featured on the soundtracks for two movies, Wedding Crashers, Mean Creek. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics