Seattle Office of Film + Music


BEN GIBBARD PERFORMS “405” AND “I AM A KALEIDOSCOPE” FOR ONE SHOT SEATTLE
January 19, 2010, 1:08 pm
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Check out this video from One Shot Seattle of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard playing “405” and “I Am a Kaleidoscope” at The Crocodile. One Shot Seattle is a Seattle spin on La Blogothèque and features spontaneous live musical performances with one camera and in one take filmed in various, unique locations in or around Seattle.



CATCH DEATH CAB ON VH1’S CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS THIS FRIDAY
January 14, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Tune into the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on VH1 this Friday night to catch a special performance by Death Cab for Cutie. The awards show is going to feature a John Hughes Tribute, and word on the street is that they will be covering the Simple Minds song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me”). So, curl up on your couch with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch (Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, anyone?) and tune in.



BAND BUSINESS IS HARD ON THE WALLET, SAYS DEATH CAB’S CHRIS WALLA

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Being in a successful rock band may be great for your personal finances, but getting there can be expensive. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal talks to Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie about the music business and the band’s new single on the Twilight soundtrack. “The thing that I always try and impart on bands who are just getting started is that your band is a business,” Walla says, “and you have to treat it like a business.



DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE FEATURED ON NPR
October 5, 2009, 11:00 am
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Death Cab for Cutie started out as the solo project of engineering student Ben Gibbard. While he was attending college in Washington state, Gibbard performed on the side and recorded a demo that found a unexpected following. Gathering members with the help of producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla, the group began to record and hit local venues. Word spread quickly about the Bellingham band’s sweet, sincere pop. Years later, Death Cab for Cutie has scored multiple Grammy nominations and toured internationally, but it hasn’t lost the ability to express accessible and powerful emotions in its music. For the full story, check out the above link.



DEATH CAB DRUMMER GETS IPHONE APP
September 18, 2009, 10:23 am
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Death Cab for Cutie have a brand-new iPhone app. The InstantDrummer: Heartbreaker app is a tool for building drum loops with drummer Jason McGerr’s drum tracks. You can pick a groove and a tempo and then drum along with McGerr, messing around with different settings for gain, ambiance, variation, and intensity. Death Cab’s website reports that InstantDrummer: Heartbreaker is the first in a planned series of InstantDrummer apps from different genres. McGerr recorded the drums for the app in his own studio, Two Sticks Audio.



FILM TO DOCUMENT SEATTLE’S VINTAGE FUNK & SOUL SCENE

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Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc:

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BEN GIBBARD AND JAY FARRAR TEAM UP TO HONOR KEROUAC

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Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt mainman Jay Farrar will release a disc of new songs “with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1962 novel Big Sur” on October 20. Farrar and Gibbard, both Kerouac fans apparently, met while recording songs for an upcoming Kerouac documentary, which will be released around the same time as the disc. Both are called One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. Gibbard has already proved that he can handle the subject well, on last year’s “Bixby Canyon Bridge.”