All-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

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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.

Splendid E-zine:
All-Time Quarterback affords listeners a candid insight into one of indie rock's highest-profile talents.