Benjamin Gibbard (born August 11, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, with which he has recorded nine studio albums, and as one half of the electronica act the Postal Service. Gibbard released his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012, and a collaborative studio album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone (2009), with Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt's Jay Farrar. While performing guitar in the band Pinwheel, Gibbard recorded a demo cassette under the moniker Death Cab for Cutie, titled You Can Play These Songs with Chords (1997). After receiving a positive response to the material, Gibbard expanded the project into a full band, with the addition of Chris Walla (guitar), Nick Harmer (bass) and Nathan Good (drums). The following year, the band released its debut album, Something About Airplanes (1998), on Barsuk Records, and released its follow-up, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, in 2000.
Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
( m. 2009; div. 2012)
( m. 2016)
Early on in the pandemic, Charlotte Lawrence was sitting in her Los Angeles home, listening to music, when she had a revelation. Instead of continuing to make the sort of radio-friendly, pop-centric songs she’d earned a reputation for over the previous few years, her next tracks would be different. Deeper. More her.
As someone who has used his voice and influence for years to encourage people to vote, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has a question. " I don't understand why anybody in this country would oppose having election day be a national holiday," Gibbard says. Over the course of...
The new music video for “Here to Forever,” a song shared by Death Cab for Cutie this week, depicts band leader Gibbard taking control of the process of pressing his group‘s new album, Asphalt Meadows, on vinyl. It’s a pretty meta video, which also intercuts performance footage...
Liz Phair will be hosting a special night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this May to play from her generation-defining and spanning catalog of songs. But it won’t be just her onstage as the 90s rock icon will be joined by an impossibly perfect lineup to perform her songs with. Legends like Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Remi Wolf, and Vagabon will all be making appearances alongside Phair. It all goes down on May 10 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now so make sure you grab yours as soon as possible!
Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono is a new tribute album dedicated to the Japanese multimedia artist, curated by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Released on Ono's 89th birthday, the album features covers by David Byrne, Japanese Breakfast, the Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo, and more. Gibbard and contributing musician Thao Nguyen, who performs as Thao, join us for a Listening Party.
Yoko Ono turned 89 last Friday, the same day a new covers album of her music was released titled Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono, out now via Canvasback-Atlantic Record. The album was curated by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and features artists like Japanese Breakfast, Sharon Van Etten, and David Byrne.
Click here to read the full article. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, who has curated and produced a new tribute album, “Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono,” released on the occasion of its subject’s 89th birthday, says that his first true introduction to Ono’s work came during a crate-digging session 20 years ago.
“I found a copy of ‘Feeling the Space,’ in the ‘O’ section of a dusty record store, thinking it would be what I imaged to have been her more challenging avant-garde stuff,” says Gibbard, talking about Ono’s self-produced 1973 album. “But it wasn’t what I expected at...
Today, Feb. 18, Yoko Ono celebrates her 89th birthday — and a host of musical acts joined forces to celebrate her with a new tribute album. Conceived and curated by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono features 14 new versions of songs from Ono’s career, from an eclectic array of artists including:
For the past year and change, Ben Gibbard has been busy working on his passion project: a Yoko Ono tribute album. Paying respect to one of the most misunderstood artists of the past half-century, Gibbard enlisted high-profile artists like David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, his bandmates in Death Cab for Cutie and Japanese Breakfast to record Ono covers. Japanese Breakfast’s tender piano-driven take on Ono’s “Nobody Sees Me Like You Do” showcases a depth of knowledge for her catalog.
Badass Bitch Yoko Ono is turning 89 this year on February 18. In honor of her legacy, Ben Gibbard (yes, of Death Cab for Cutie fame) has curated a compilation to be released on Ono’s birthday. It’s called Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono and contains 14 new renditions of her songs. The roster of artists reimagining her catalogue includes Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab for Cutie, U.S. Girls, Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields), Thao, Sudan Archives, We Are KING, Amber Coffman, David Byrne, and Yo La Tengo. The latter two recorded their joint version of “Who Has Seen the Wind?” which is the first single we get to hear from the album.
February marks the 89th birthday of Yoko Ono, and Ben Gibbard will celebrate with a tribute album to the artist, out Feb. 18.
David Byrne and Yo La Tengo have previewed the project with a cover of Ono’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” which she originally released as a B-side to John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” in 1970. Byrne’s vocals swim over soothing instrumentation, released with the lyric video above.
Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono also features renditions by Sharon Van Etten (“Toyboat”), the Flaming Lips (“Mrs. Lennon”), and Japanese Breakfast (“No One Sees Me Like You Do”), and others. Gibbard —...
Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has curated a new album that celebrates the work of artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono. ‘Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono’ will be released on February 18 and features 14 new versions of Ono’s tracks performed by a range of artists, including David Byrne and Yo La Tengo who take on a collaborative cover of ‘Who Has Seen The Wind?’. Listen to the track below.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records have announced the release of a Yoko Ono tribute album, Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono, which will be out on February 18. Curated by Gibbard, the album features 14 covers of Ono tracks from artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab for Cutie, US Girls, Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, and Thao. A David Byrne and Yo La Tengo cover of Ono’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” has just been released. Listen to the cover and view the album’s tracklist below. The album’s artwork is featured above.