Kintsugi

bark152: Death Cab for Cutie / Kintsugi

bark152 · 2XLP
Barsuk Records · March 2015
atl5483662 · CD / CASSETTE
Atlantic Records · March 2015

1.
No Room In Frame
2.
Black Sun
3.
The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive
4.
Little Wanderer
5.
You've Haunted Me All My Life
6.
Hold No Guns
7.
Everything's A Ceiling
8.
Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)
9.
El Dorado
10.
Ingenue
11.
Binary Sea

Kintsugi marks Death Cab for Cutie's first new release since founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla announced his departure from the band just after completing work on the album. Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold or silver, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object's history.

"Considering what we were going through internally, and what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us — the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty," says bassist Nick Harmer.

The Barsuk release of Kintsugi is on three sides of high-quality 180-gram vinyl (with an etching on side D), and includes the entire album on CD. Packaged in a gatefold jacket embossed with gold foil, the first pressing is on colored vinyl — side A/B on gold and side C/D on white.

Live 2012 (Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra)

bark144: Death Cab for Cutie / Live 2012 (Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra)

bark144 · 2XLP
Barsuk Records · April 2014

1.
Magik Overture
2.
Passenger Seat
3.
Different Names For The Same Thing
4.
A Movie Script Ending
5.
Stay Young, Go Dancing
6.
Codes And Keys
7.
What Sarah Said
8.
Bend To Squares
9.
Hindsight
10.
Little Fury Bugs
11.
No Joy In Mudville
12.
Grapevine Fires
13.
Underneath The Sycamore
14.
I Will Follow You Into The Dark
15.
Tiny Vessels
16.
Transatlanticism

This LP can be purchased only at record stores as part of Record Store Day 2014.

Available exclusively on 180-gram double vinyl, with a download code for high-quality MP3s, this pressing is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide and will be part of Record Store Day 2014, the annual celebration of independent record stores, on Saturday, April 19th.

Live 2012 documents the band's 2012 tour with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a one-of-a-kind spring trek through intimate venues and historic theaters in North America. The collaboration resulted in brilliant reinterpretations and wonderfully lush orchestrations of songs from across the entire Death Cab catalog, from their early Barsuk releases to their latest Atlantic Records full-length Codes and Keys. The band previously collaborated with the Magik*Magik Orchestra (who have also worked with artists such as Mike Patton, John Vanderslice, The Walkmen and The Dodos) on their VH1 Storytellers appearance.

Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)

bark32lp10: Death Cab for Cutie / Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)

bark32lp10 · 2XLP / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · October 2013

1.
The New Year
2.
Lightness
3.
Title And Registration
4.
Expo '86
5.
The Sound Of Settling
6.
Tiny Vessels
7.
Transatlanticism
8.
Passenger Seat
9.
Death Of An Interior Decorator
10.
We Looked Like Giants
11.
A Lack Of Color
MP3 BONUS TRACKS (included with MP3 download in the vinyl version)
12.
The New Year (Demo)
13.
Lightness (Demo)
14.
Title And Registration (Demo)
15.
Expo '86 (Demo)
16.
The Sound Of Settling (Demo)
17.
Tiny Vessels (Demo)
18.
Transatlanticism (Demo)
19.
Passenger Seat (Demo)
20.
Death Of An Interior Decorator (Demo)
21.
We Looked Like Giants (Demo)
22.
A Lack Of Color (Demo)

This special 10th anniversary edition of Transatlanticism is available on vinyl (after several years out of print) and in digital form. The high quality 180-gram double LP comes in a nice gatefold sleeve, with full-color 12-page booklet. The digital release (included with MP3 download in the vinyl version) contains the album tracks, plus an intimate peek into the landmark album's genesis: all eleven original demos, none of which have ever been released before.

Transatlanticism Demos

bark32demo: Death Cab for Cutie / Transatlanticism Demos

bark32demo · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · October 2013

1.
The New Year (Demo)
2.
Lightness (Demo)
3.
Title And Registration (Demo)
4.
Expo '86 (Demo)
5.
The Sound Of Settling (Demo)
6.
Tiny Vessels (Demo)
7.
Transatlanticism (Demo)
8.
Passenger Seat (Demo)
9.
Death Of An Interior Decorator (Demo)
10.
We Looked Like Giants (Demo)
11.
A Lack Of Color (Demo)

This low-priced digital-only release contains the original demo recordings of the songs that comprise Transatlanticism, none of which has ever been released before. They are an intimate peek into the landmark album's genesis, and many are drastically different from the beloved final studio versions.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THE ORIGINAL ALBUM AUDIO ALONG WITH THE DEMOS, GO HERE.

Keys And Codes Remix EP

bark126: Death Cab for Cutie / Keys And Codes Remix Ep

bark126 · LP
Barsuk Records · April 2012

1.
Some Boys (Rac Maury Mix)
2.
Doors Unlocked And Open (Cut Copy Remix)
3.
You Are A Tourist (The 2 Bears Remix)
4.
Underneath The Sycamore (Dillon Francis Remix)
5.
Unobstructed Views (Unicorn Kid Remix)
6.
Home Is A Fire (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
7.
Codes And Keys (Yeasayer Remix)

Limited-edition numbered pressing for Record Store Day 2012! Seven songs from Death Cab's latest album Codes And Keys, twisted and manipulated by expert remixers, and released on high-quality 180-gram vinyl.

Codes And Keys

bark116: Death Cab for Cutie / Codes And Keys

bark116 · 2XLP
Barsuk Records · May 2011
atl527251 · CD
Atlantic Records · May 2011

1.
Home Is A Fire
2.
Codes And Keys
3.
Some Boys
4.
Doors Unlocked And Open
5.
You Are A Tourist
6.
Unobstructed Views
7.
Monday Morning
8.
Portable Television
9.
Underneath The Sycamore
10.
St. Peter's Cathedral
11.
Stay Young, Go Dancing

Death Cab for Cutie's seventh studio album Codes And Keys, available on CD or on four sides of high-quality 180-gram vinyl in a nice gatefold sleeve.

The Open Door EP

bark96: Death Cab for Cutie / The Open Door Ep

bark96 · LP
Barsuk Records · April 2010

1.
Little Bribes
2.
A Diamond And A Tether
3.
My Mirror Speaks
4.
I Was Once A Loyal Lover
5.
Talking Bird (Demo)

Released initially on CD as a companion to 2008's Narrow Stairs, now available on 180-gram vinyl from Barsuk.

Narrow Stairs

bark75: Death Cab for Cutie / Narrow Stairs

atl52796 · CD
Atlantic Records · May 2008
bark75 · LP
Barsuk Records · December 2008

1.
Bixby Canyon Bridge
2.
I Will Possess Your Heart
3.
No Sunlight
4.
Cath...
5.
Talking Bird
6.
You Can Do Better Than Me
7.
Grapevine Fires
8.
Your New Twin Sized Bed
9.
Long Division
10.
Pity And Fear
11.
The Ice Is Getting Thinner

The Grammy-nominated album from Death Cab for Cutie, available on CD, and now on high quality 180-gram vinyl.

Plans

bark47: Death Cab for Cutie / Plans

atl83834 · CD
Atlantic Records · August 2005
bark47 · 2XLP
Barsuk Records · September 2005

1.
Marching Bands Of Manhattan
2.
Soul Meets Body
3.
Summer Skin
4.
Different Names For The Same Thing
5.
I Will Follow You Into The Dark
6.
Your Heart Is An Empty Room
7.
Someday You Will Be Loved
8.
Crooked Teeth
9.
What Sarah Said
10.
Brothers On A Hotel Bed
11.
Stable Song
12.
Talking Like Turnstile (Bonus Track)

The new release from Death Cab for Cutie on CD, or three sides of 180-gram vinyl, with a special bonus track on the fourth.

The John Byrd EP

bark43: Death Cab for Cutie / The John Byrd Ep

bark43 · CD-EP / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · March 2005

1.
We Laugh Indoors (live)
2.
Why You'd Want To Live Here (live)
3.
Lightness (live)
4.
Photobooth (live)
5.
We Looked Like Giants (live)
6.
405 (live)
7.
Blacking Out The Friction / Brand New Love (live)

The John Byrd EP is the new 7-track CD-EP, featuring live tracks taken from the 2004 spring Transatlanticism tour. Recorded by the bearded and mysterious DCfC touring sound guy, John Byrd, and guitarist/producer Chris Walla, the 7 tracks include songs spanning the band's career (as well as the never-before-released cover of Sebadoh's brand new love) and some hilarious between-song banter.

Transatlanticism

bark32: Death Cab for Cutie / Transatlanticism

bark32 · CD / DIGITAL / LP / SACD
Barsuk Records · October 2003
sbr012 · 2XLP
Sonic Boom Recordings · December 2003
skr004 · CASSETTE
Skrocki Records · November 2004

1.
The New Year
2.
Lightness
3.
Title And Registration
4.
Expo '86
5.
The Sound Of Settling
6.
Tiny Vessels
7.
Transatlanticism
8.
Passenger Seat
9.
Death Of An Interior Decorator
10.
We Looked Like Giants
11.
A Lack Of Color

"This may be the loneliest album of the year. So lonely, in fact, that Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie has coined a new word for it: Transatlanticism, that feeling you get when you're an emotional ocean apart from someone. On DCfC's fourth full-length, Ben Gibbard's lyrics are wistful metaphors for the nautical miles between two hearts: 'The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row/It seems farther than ever before,' he sings on the album's title track. An abstract concept, for sure, but Gibbard's genius is his focus on life's smallest details as metaphor. It's pictures in a glove compartment that lead to a flood of memories about an ex; it's the broken blood vessels in a love bite that slowly fade, lasting longer than the one-night stand they're from. Chris Walla's guitars and keyboards are gorgeous and mournful — and then they're gone, leaving gaps of sound that deepen the album's isolation." — Playboy

We have a very limited number of the Japanese version (from Toy's Factory Records) as well as the cassette version (from Skrocki Records).

You Can Play These Songs With Chords

bark28: Death Cab for Cutie / You Can Play These Songs With Chords

bark28 · CD / CASSETTE / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · October 2002

1.
President of What?
2.
Champagne From A Paper Cup
3.
Pictures In An Exhibition
4.
Hindsight
5.
That's Incentive
6.
Amputations
7.
Two Cars
8.
Line of Best Fit
9.
This Charming Man
10.
TV Trays
11.
New Candles
12.
Tomorrow
13.
Flustered / Hey Tomcat!
14.
State Street Residential
15.
Wait
16.
Prove My Hypotheses
17.
Song For Kelly Huckaby (Facts Version)
18.
Army Corps Of Architects

In 1997, before Death Cab for Cutie was a band, Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla made an 8-song cassette. Originally released by Bellingham's Elsinor Records, You Can Play These Songs With Chords is a remarkable document of what was to become DCFC. The Barsuk CD release compiles the original 8 songs (5 of which were later re-recorded for Something About Airplanes), plus 10 tracks of unreleased early recordings, covers, and outtakes from 1997-2000 (taken from recording sessions for Chords, Something About Airplanes, and We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes).

The Stability EP

bark23: Death Cab for Cutie / The Stability Ep

bark23 · CD-EP / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · February 2002

1.
20th Century Towers
2.
All Is Full Of Love
3.
Stability

Three songs that highlight the beautifully languid side of Death Cab: ultimate slow-core 20th century towers, precious and perfect all is full of love (a Bjork cover), and the 13-minute epic stability. These songs were previously available with the limited version of The Photo Album, but the band decided to release them separately for those who may have missed out.

The Photo Album

bark21: Death Cab for Cutie / The Photo Album

bark21 · CD / CASSETTE / DIGITAL / DOUBLE CD / LP
Barsuk Records · October 2001

1.
Steadier Footing
2.
A Movie Script Ending
3.
We Laugh Indoors
4.
Information Travels Faster
5.
Why You'd Want To Live Here
6.
Blacking Out The Friction
7.
I Was A Kaleidoscope
8.
Styrofoam Plates
9.
Coney Island
10.
Debate Exposes Doubt

"A truly mesmerizing album, Death Cab For Cutie hasn't lost their touch. The aptly titled The Photo Album shows you clear portraits of life through the eyes of the band. A skillful blend of soft and loud guitars, steadily thumping drums, and different shades of bass, DCFC's crafty pop songs are laden with emotion and smart lyrics. I'll give it an A+." (In Music We Trust)

The Death Cab For Cutie Forbidden Love EP

bark15: Death Cab for Cutie / The Death Cab For Cutie Forbidden Love Ep

bark15 · CD-EP / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · October 2000

1.
Photobooth
2.
Technicolor Girls
3.
Song For Kelly Huckaby
4.
405 (Acoustic)
5.
Company Calls Epilogue (Alternate)

"...each of the three new songs on this EP is hypnotic and oddly circular; lines of picked guitar notes provide cadence and dreamlike regularity while various noises afford welcome commotion" (Seattle Weekly)

We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes

bark11: Death Cab for Cutie / We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes

bark11 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · March 2000

1.
Title Track
2.
The Employment Pages
3.
For What Reason
4.
Lowell, MA
5.
405
6.
Little Fury Bugs
7.
Company Calls
8.
Company Calls Epilogue
9.
No Joy In Mudville
10.
Scientist Studies

"Let's see, how many ways can I say this album is great? ... Great as in magnitude; great as in majestic; great as in fearsome. I say fearsome because it's scary how this album is both archetypically Death Cab for Cutie and an augury of what they might do in the future." (The Stranger)

Something About Airplanes

krang5: Death Cab for Cutie / Something About Airplanes

krang5 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 1998
sbr002 · LP
Sonic Boom Recordings · December 1998

1.
Bend to Squares
2.
President of What?
3.
Champagne From A Paper Cup
4.
Your Bruise
5.
Pictures In A Exhibition
6.
Sleep Spent
7.
The Face That Launched 1000 Shits
8.
Amputations
9.
Fake Frowns
10.
Line of Best Fit

"It's no exaggeration to say something about airplanes is the future of music. Part of me hopes no one will listen to Death Cab for Cutie, but Sesame Street's Big Bird taught me I shouldn't be selfish, and a bigger part of me knows they're due at least household name status. Already playing to rabid audiences in their corner of the country, as well as this year's North by Northwest, they've shared stages with Harvey Danger, Built to Spill and Imperial Teen to name but a few." (Audiogalaxy)

We have a very limited quantity of the Japanese version ($14), which includes 4 bonus tracks — hindsight, that's incentive, two cars, + state street residential.

RELATED ARTISTS

Benjamin GibbardFormer Lives

bark130: Benjamin Gibbard / Former Lives

bark130 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · October 2012

1.
Shepherd's Bush Lullaby
2.
Dream Song
3.
Teardrop Windows
4.
Bigger Than Love
5.
Lily
6.
Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)
7.
Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
8.
Oh, Woe
9.
A Hard One To Know
10.
Lady Adelaide
11.
Broken Yolk In Western Sky
12.
I'm Building A Fire

Other cities, other plans; different friends, different dreams; former loves, former lives. After fifteen years in Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard didn't make his first solo album in search of a new beginning; instead, it closes a door. "These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking" he says of the dozen tracks that comprise Former Lives. "They're a side story, not a new chapter." Still, what we keep for ourselves is often just as interesting as what we choose to share. Former lives is a gorgeous shadow anthology, the exuberant sound of one of our best songwriters finding his voice by experimenting with those of others.

Steve Fisk & Benjamin GibbardKurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score

bark72: Steve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard / Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score

bark72 · 2XLP / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · May 2008

1.
Overture
2.
A Good Childhood
3.
Scoliosis And Kind Teachers
4.
The First Show
5.
Interlude 1 (Olympia)
6.
Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
7.
Giganticism
8.
The Coldest Winter
9.
Interlude 2 (Seattle)
10.
Overture Reprise
11.
Where Credit Is Due
12.
The Opiate Waltz
13.
Some Days
14.
Chaos And Resolution

Limited edition hand-numbered double LP containing the stunningly beautiful score from the film, Kurt Cobain About A Son (see also the soundtrack cd). Comes with a single-use code to download the entire album as high-quality MP3 files.

Chris WallaField Manual

bark69: Chris Walla / Field Manual

bark69 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · January 2008

1.
Two Fifty
2.
The Score
3.
Sing Again
4.
A Bird Is A Song
5.
Geometry &c.
6.
Everyone Needs A Home
7.
Everybody On
8.
Our Plans, Collapsing
9.
Archer v. Light
10.
St. Modesto
11.
It's Unsustainable
12.
Holes

Known both as the guitarist / producer in Death Cab for Cutie and as an in-demand producer of other independent-minded artists (Tegan & Sara, The Decemberists), Walla brings a refined aesthetic and melodic ear to everything he involves himself in. Walla's past recordings of his own songs (occasionally made available online under the name "Martin Youth Auxiliary") have mostly been quickly-recorded lo-fi sketches unintended for widespread release. Field manual represents the first time his own songs have been given the studio attention and thought-out approach to recording for which he is in such demand by others.

The Postal ServiceGive Up

spcd595: The Postal Service / Give Up

spcd595 · CD
Sub Pop [label] · February 2003

1.
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2.
Such Great Heights
3.
Sleeping In
4.
Nothing Better
5.
Recycled Air
6.
Clark Gable
7.
We Will Become Silhouettes
8.
This Place Is A Prison
9.
Brand New Colony
10.
Natural Anthem

Electronic-pop collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello.

All-Time QuarterbackAll-Time Quarterback

bark26: All-Time Quarterback / All-Time Quarterback

bark26 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · June 2002

1.
Plans Get Complex
2.
Dinner At Eight In The Suburbs
3.
Cleveland
4.
Empire State
5.
Rules Broken
6.
Untitled
7.
Factory Direct
8.
Why I Cry
9.
Underwater
10.
Sock Hop
11.
Send Packing

In the Spring of 1999, Death Cab for Cutie songwriter/frontman Ben Gibbard had some time on his hands and a batch of songs running around in his head that didn't seem quite right for his band. He also had a few broken keyboards scattered about, a guitar that wouldn't stay in tune, and an old four-track home-recording machine. What resulted were two charming lo-fi releases (a five-song self-titled cd and the envelope sessions cassette tape) on the excellent Bellingham WA scene-documenting Elsinor label under the one-off moniker All-Time Quarterback.

Ten songs from those recordings are collected here along with a previously unreleased outtake and a hilarious, strangely heartwarming video. Standouts include why i cry (a lovely Magnetic Fields cover), underwater (later re-recorded by DCFC for a 2000 Sub Pop singles club 7"), and the pop gems plans get complex, sock hop, and empire state.