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March 01, 2007

Death Cab For Cutie

I searched this blog for anything about Death Cab For Cutie and found nothing.

NOTHING.

Is that right? (In the sense that world peace is “right” and stabbing a baby in the eye with a fork is “wrong”.)

Here’s a clue: No.

Different haircuts? CHECK
Typical improbable environment band photo

Death Cab For Cutie is a band from Washington whom I have recently been hooked on by virtue of a memory stick full of goodness from my housemate. I should have heard of them before, given they’ve been out since nineteen ninety sev-EN and are quite good.

The name is from a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their 1967 album Gorilla and is also in the Beatles experimental movie, Magical Mystery Tour. Funny, wikipedia says the same thing. It is often mispronounced Death Cab For A Cutie. This is wrong (though not quite in the abovely defined sense).

They sound like a cross between The Pussycat Dolls and Ergo Phizzmizz. HA! They don’t! But such a lazy “they sound like a cross between…” construction isn’t a bad place to start as (seriously now) Death Cab For Cutie sound a lot like I imagine The Flaming Lips would if Elliott Smith did a guest stint as “creative” and singer.

If he wasn’t DEAD.

Like most (all) music, I have to just say “listen to it and see what you think”. There are three perfectly good tracks below to listen to as well as links to the albums on amazon. So what are you waiting for? Death Cab For Cutie are extremely worth listening to, I promise.

Bend To Squares
Why’d You Want To Live Here
Title and Registration
MP3s Expired

Some amazon links

1. Something About Aeroplanes (1998), the debut LP, contains ’’Bend To Squares’‘

2. We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes (2000), included because Jimbob Riley said so!

3. The Photo Album (2001), contains ’’Why’d You Want To Live Here’‘

VULCAN RAVEN
4. Transatlanticism (2003), probably my favourite of theirs that I have listened to. Very Elliott Smith-like. Contains ’’Title and Registration’‘

5. Plans (2005), their latest. I’ve not heard it


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