Tag Archives: Death Cab For Cutie

morning bell

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications when I see His face
In the morning in the window

All the glory when He took our place
But He took my shoulders and He shook my face
And He takes and He takes and He takes

And it came to me then that every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself
That I’d already taken too much today
As each descending peak on the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

And I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose
Than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

Cause theres no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round and everyone lift their heads
But Im thinking of what Sarah said
That love is watching someone die

So who’s gonna watch you die?
So who’s gonna watch you die?

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we pull the cars up from the river

so tonight i went to see new moon…….. i know, how unlikely. i enjoyed it a bit more than twilight – partly because i was laughing the whole way through, partly due to the reaction of the crowd – and also it did look quite nice at times. i’ve been avoiding any talk of the soundtrack, just noticing but not following headlines on pitchfork about thom yorke and death cab contributing.

to be fair, thom’s track is quite amazing.

in other thom-related news, i picked up the collection of his remixes (or rmxs) the other day – i know i’m two years late on that, but i didn’t think it was available on cd! it’s a japanese import, i saw it in hmv, i couldn’t resist. it’s gold! i’d heard a few of the remixes already, but the field‘s reworking of cymbal rush is simply mesmerising. quelle surprise.

here’s the burial remix of and it rained all night, quite appropriate a) because burial sounds best in november and b) on account of the flooding across the country this week. not that i want to make light of that horrible situation at all.

Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)

5am

two summers ago i was lucky enough to perform at wasbe 2007, and at the end of it we celebrated it as all good musicians do – by staying at the bar till it closed at some ridiculous hour and then retreating to someone’s place and chilling. i was in a happy but dreary state at the time, and the playlist i made that night reflected the mood and hour. it’s one of the few playlists i’ve ever kept.

Bright Eyes – Middleman
Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack of Color
Wilco – Radio Cure
Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville

Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
Arcade Fire – Ocean of Noise
Feist – My Moon My Man
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Wilco – Impossible Germany

Panda Bear – Take Pills
Röyksopp – What Else Is There?
Cat Power – Where Is My Love

a ticket to nothingness

the back page of the ticket, the irish times‘ weekly entertainment supplement, always makes for interesting reading. this week is no different. brian boyd quotes steve van zandt ahead as he analyses the failures of modern music, ahead of van zandt’s appearance in tower records on sunday.

…the music media is supposed to offer up a welcoming pair of arms to “new music” in all its forms. But a scene that celebrates itself (and sets up forums to do so) does nobody any favours. “We need to develop bands” is the catch-cry. Really? The Beatles developed by going to Hamburg and playing five shows a day seven days a week until they felt ready to approach a record label.

meanwhile the music charts show an awful trend that has only grown in recent years. the death of the king of pop has seen his albums fly off the shelves in the past fortnight. however, which albums sit on the top of the charts? the essential michael jackson, number ones, and king of pop all fill the top three positions in the irish album charts. thriller gets a look in at number 5, but the fact is, people are going out and buying collections of his supposed greatest hits rather than listening to his albums in the format in which they were intended to be heard.

i’ve shouted down “death of the album” rants in my time, listing recent albums by the likes of wilco, panda bear, death cab for cutie and sufjan stevens as proof that people out there are still making great albums. fact is, people don’t seem to be buying them. blah blah disposable nature of pop, blah blah itunes downloads, blah blah see above piece from brian boyd. it’s a vicious circle, and i think it will only come to a halt when something truly major happens – if and when that happens, we’ll see the next chapter unfold. for now, go download man in the mirror and forget “the album” ever existed.

when the spring arrived we were taken by surprise

i’ve been a really big death cab fan for the last few years, and sometimes i have to take a break and then gorge on some of their albums before i really remember how great they are. transatlanticism is one of the most perfect albums i know, and bar a song or two plans gets better and better with each listen. i feel i haven’t given narrow stairs enough time, but i know that every time i put it on i’ll be impressed.

i will possess your heart was a real bolt from the blue, as its four minute rumbling bass-led intro broken is by ben gibbard’s lyrics, which are so naked on the track it almost feels as if he’s in the same room singing to me. the lyrics veer on the side of morbid, as he chillingly utters “there are days when outside your window i see my reflection as i slowly pass.” it’s almost like a more forceful version of imogen heap‘s say goodnight and go.

the b-side to the single is a demo of album-closer the ice is getting thinner, a delicate breakup song that sorrowfully speaks of lost love that has withered with the seasons. my rip has a tiny skip, but i think that adds to the crackly beauty of it all.

Death Cab For Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner (Demo)