Thursday, March 22, 2007

Death Cab for Cutie

For as much as I claim to be a music geek, I'm very often a late comer to certain bands, and Death Cab for Cutie is one of them. I was at least aware of them throughout college, but never really listened to or got into them. To be honest, I figured they were to emo for me.

Fast forward to last semester when a student of mine randomly burned me an album by The Postal Service (another band I'd known of, but written off). And I actually liked it. After that, I tracked down Death Cab for Cutie's 2001 disc The Photo Album, and I like it. A lot.

What was surprising to me was how many songs off of this album I already knew from hearing through WPTS. "A Movie Script Ending," "We Laugh Indoors" and "Blacking Out the Friction" were not only immediately familiar, but quite enjoyable, as is the entire disc. I'm not really familiar with the rest of their catalog (as far as I know), but this is worth checking out. And I promise, it's not too emo.

I also can't help but wonder if they took their name from the ultra-creepy performance by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in Magical Mystery Tour:

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Another post due later today, so check back!


michelle said...

"Photo Album" is my favorite of theirs. It's just about perfect. My second favorite is "Transatlanticism", you should check that one out too.


RYP said...

great vid - Viv & The Bonzos at their best!

Gonzo said...

Michelle - thanks, I'll definitely check out Transatlanticism.

RYP - thanks for stopping by! Love the Twilight Zone!

Tommeh said...

I have "Plans" and "Transatlanticism" which I love, but I've haven't heard Photo Album. I was scared because a lot of bands that I've got their latest albums, quite often tend to be quite radically different in style in previous albums and I didn't want to taint my view of DCFC.

p.s Great blog btw!

Gonzo said...

Tommeh - thanks for stopping by! Looks like some interesting things going on over at your blog(s) as well - I'll be reading!