Do you have a singer or a band that just moves you? For me, it is Ben Gibbard, and just about every band or project that he has been involved with.
I began as a Death Cab For Cutie fan, and started my love affair with him back in 2001 with the release of the band’s record The Photo Album. Then came Transatlanticism and I was hooked for good. In addition to Death Cab, Gibbard has been involved with a couple of other (amazing) projects including the Postal Service, ¡All-Time Quarterback!, and teamed up with Jay Farrar for the album of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. Truly epic stuff.
This concert was like no other. I’ve seen Ben Gibbard … a lot (4-5 times with Death Cab, 1 solo – with a surprise Jenny Lewis duet! – and 1 time with Jay Farrar). This show, however, was all about the music. Just Ben, a guitar (or two) and a grand piano for close to 2 hours. He played a lot of the ‘oldies’ as well as some of the new stuff off his most recent solo album. The venue, the Whilsire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, provided an amazingly intimate experience (I could hear every toe tap or silly side comment Ben was making – without the mic).
All of it was amazing.
I always do a bad job of remember set lists (my job is to have fun, not sweat the details) but here are the songs he played – minus the new stuff – that I remember. They are listed in chronological order, because I’m particular like that.
- Cleveland (¡All-Time Quarterback!)
- You Remind Me of Home (Home)
- Blacking Out The Friction (The Photo Album)
- Title and Registration (Transatlanticism)
- Lack of Color (Transatlanticism)
- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Give Up – The Postal Service)
- Such Great Heights (Give Up – The Postal Service)
- Recycled Air (Give Up – The Postal Service)
- Soul Meets Body (Plans)
- I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Plans)
- Crooked Teeth (Plans)
- Cath … (Narrow Stairs)
- You Can Do Better Than Me (Narrow Stairs)
- Grapevine Fires (Narrow Stairs)
- One Fast More or I’m Gone (Kerouac’s Big Sur)
- Unobstructed Views (Codes and Keys)
As a side note, I was kind of disappointed that he didn’t play Why’d You Want to Live Here. I mean, he was playing in LA so I felt like it was only appropriate Maybe it would be too obvious? Well, here is a video of him doing it live in 2007. Enjoy.