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Benjamin Gibbard On World Cafe | November 6, 2012

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After 15 years as the singer of Death Cab for Cutie, Benjamin Gibbard has finally released his first solo album, titled Former Lives. The record moves beyond the indie-pop confines of Gibbard's band, touching on Latin music, alt-country and '70s power pop. It largely consists of songs written in the last eight years that never fit the themes of past Death Cab records. As a result, Former Lives finds him branching out a bit, whether in the countrified "Teardrop Windows" or the bubblegum-flavored "Duncan, Where Have You Gone?"

This isn't Gibbard's first project outside of Death Cab: He's also known for his side project All-Time Quarterback, his electronic duo The Postal Service with producer Jimmy Tamborello, and his 2009 album with Jay Farrar, One Fast Move or I'm Gone, based on Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel Big Sur. On Former Lives, he finds a new partner in Aimee Mann, with whom he duets in "Bigger Than Love." But while Gibbard's collaborators have been numerous over the years — he gets a vocal assist from ex-wife Zooey Deschanel in "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)" — his wittily yearning voice still comes through in his work as a solo artist. In this edition of World Cafe, Gibbard plays several tracks from Former Lives and discusses his debut with host David Dye. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

The Black Keys "I'll Be Your man" The Big Come-Up
Raphael Saadiq "100 Yard Dash" The Way I See It
The Avett Brothers "Pretty Girl from Michigan" The Carpenter
The Shins "Australia" Wincing the Night Away
The Postal Service "Such Great Heights" Give Up
((The Postal Service "Clark Gable" Give Up))
Benjamin Gibbard "Teardrop Windows" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Benjamin Gibbard "Shepherd's Bush Lullaby" Former Lives
Benjamin Gibbard "Dream Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Benjamin Gibbard "Lady Adelaide" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Benjamin Gibbard "Love's Gonna Live Here" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Benjamin Gibbard & Jay Farrar "Big Sur" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Stevie Ray Vaughan "Cold Shot" Couldn't Stand the Weather
Gary Clark Jr. "Ain't Messin' Around" Blak and Blu
((The Section Quartet "Such Great Heights" Fuzzbox))

HOUR 2

Van Morrison "Caravan" Moondance
The Wallflowers "Misfits and Lovers" Glad All Over
The Hold Steady "Hurricane J" Heaven Is Whenever
Drive By Truckers "Outfit" Decoration Day
Allen Stone "What I've Seen" Allen Stone
((Andrew Bird "Near Death Experience" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Jerry Douglas "The Boxer" Traveler
Simon & Garfunkel "The Only Living Boy in New York" Garden State Soundtrack
David Wax Museum "Will You Be Sleeping" Knock Knock Get Up
((U2 "Bullet The Blue Sky" Rattle & Hum))
Calexico "Splitter" Algiers
The English Beat "Save It for Later" Special Beat Service
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head is an Animal
Glen Hansard "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm and Repose
The Jayhawks "Take Me with You" Hollywood Town Hall
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe