Category Archives: Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For April Fools

If you’re a freuquent reader of the ever-growing blogosphere, you might have heard about the prank with the new Death Cab For Cutie album-leak (if not, read about it in detail here). The same guy that uploaded the new Interpol-album last year (which turned out to be songs from Swedish band Cut City), did it again this year. But instead of getting DCFC‘s latest release, the leechers that fell for it got a collection of songs from German band Velveteen.

Now you can think what you want about that foolery, but the fact remains that the Germans got some free promotion for their music, and that really is a good thing! I have not downloaded the leak, but the band offers some of their songs on the homepage. And while there are indeed some similarities to Death Cab For Cutie – especially voice-wise – I can also hear further influences like for example Gravenhurst (on The Body & The Frequence) or fellow Germans Slut (on Run If You Can). Velveteen have some very appealing and fresh indie-pop-tunes up their sleeves, and it certainly spawned my interest for more… my copy of their latest release, Homewaters, is already on the way!

It will be another month before we can embrace the latest DCFC offering, so I guess you don’t have to look any further for a way to bridge that time. Listen to the songs below, and visit Velveteen‘s official homepage and MySpace for more. April Fool’s day has never been that entertaining! 🙂

Frome Homewaters, 2007:
Velveteen – After The KM Tapes (MP3)
Velveteen – The Drummer Goes Berserk (MP3)

From The Outdoor Method, 2005:
Velveteen – The Body & The Frequence (MP3)

From Keep It To Yourself, 2003:
Velveteen – Run If You Can (MP3)

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New Album News

Hope you all had a good Easter Holiday… I sure did! As you might have noticed, I didn’t have much time for the blog, but I’ll do my best to pick up the speed again. Let’s see what goes…

Death Cab For Cutie has revealed the artwork for their highly anticipated next album, Narrow Stairs. I’ve been listening to the first single I Will Possess Your Heart over the last few days, and I really like it… the bass-line is just ace, and with a running time of just over 8 minutes, it is perfect for a long-song-lover like me. Really looking forward to the album! Here’s the cover of Narrow Stairs:
(including a stream of the single)

Death Cab For Cutie – Bend To Squares (MP3)
Death Cab For Cutie – Champagne From A Paper Cup (Live) (MP3)

Another album I’m looking for is Everything’s The Rush, the third album by UKs indie-dream-rockers Delays. Release date is May 5th, and a new video for another fine song called Hooray has just popped up. Watch and listen here.

Check out dredg‘s myspace for some tasters of their next album… could be a good one, too!

And while you’re surfing around MySpace anyway, check out The Good Old Days (stream-only), a new single by Leeds-lads The Lodger. Their debut was a refreshing offering of brit-pop, and going by this new song, album #2 will follow that lead. Fine with me, I could do with some more of those tunes! Life Is Sweet will be released in May.

The Lodger – You Got Me Wrong (MP3)
The Lodger – Let Her Go (MP3)

Yes, Sir!

San Francisconians (is that written right…?) Sir Salvatore have released a new EP called Continental Breakfast. The 5 songs are all pretty good, with Ambalina being the stand-out-track for me. The new EP as well as the older one can now be purchased on iTunes and eMusic; just check the homepage for information. Here are some tasters from both EPs:

from Continental Breakfast:

Sir Salvatore – Ambalina (MP3)
Sir Salvatore – Townies (MP3)

From Those Men Are Not Astronauts:

Sir Salvatore – Hooray This Projector (MP3)
Sir Salvatore – Public Key (MP3)

On other news: the next Death Cab For Cutie album will be called Narrow Stairs. No definitive release date yet, but it should be somewhen in May 2008. Here’s a cool song from DCFC-guitarist/producer Chris Walla‘s first solo-album Field Manual, now available at Barsuk.

Chris Walla – Sing Again (MP3)
Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body (MP3)