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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Released initially on CD as a companion to 2008's Narrow Stairs, now available on 180-gram vinyl from Barsuk.
The Grammy-nominated album from Death Cab for Cutie, available on CD, and now on high quality 180-gram vinyl.
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 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.
bark32 · CD / DIGITAL / LP / SACD
Barsuk Records · October 2003
sbr012 · 2XLP
Sonic Boom Recordings · December 2003
skr004 · CASSETTE
Skrocki Records · November 2004
"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).
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).
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.
"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)
"...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)
"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)
krang5 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 1998
sbr002 · LP
Sonic Boom Recordings · December 1998
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Electronic-pop collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello.
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.