The Postal Service – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and prodcer Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) – have reunited for a tour and the 10th anniversary release of Give Up, a collection of electro-pop songs that has a lasting influence on indie rock since its release in February, 2003. No one foresaw the influence the record would have. The album’s most popular song “Such Great Heights,” began to seep into the zietgeist of pop culture over a period of a couple of years. It was covered by Iron & Wine on the 2004 film and soundtrack, Garden State, and was prominently featured on Greys Anatomy in 2005. The band has not released a second album, however have taken the anniversary of Give Up’s release to tour, which bring them to The Mann Center on Monday, June 17.
The deluxe edition of Give Up features two new songs, “A Tattered Line of String” and “Turn Around.” Below, download “A Tattered Line Of String.”
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction presents “Sub Pop Art Debt,” an art show featuring over two decades worth of odds and ends from Sub Pop‘s art department archives. The collection includes, but is not limited to, art work, sketches, label ads, press sheets, blue-lines, and cutting room floor scraps from the Seattle indie record label that has represented bands such as Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sunny Day Real Estate, and more in their nearly 25 year career.
There is an opening reception for the exhibit on August 3rd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Afterwards, the exhibit will be open to the public throughout the month of August until the 24th at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction during their store hours, which are listed on their website.
The members of Handsome Furs have said that the title of their 2009 album, Face Control, was a reference to the practice of bouncers at Russian nightclubs denying partygoers access to reserved tables based on their appearance. So what to make of the title of the Canadian duo’s upcoming album, Sound Kapital? Perhaps Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade) and his wife, Alexei Perry, are trying to make a statement about the relative worth of various instruments (and the sounds they create) as far as the production of music goes; given that Sound Kapital was written entirely on keyboards, however, that might suggest they feel the sonic value of guitars are plummeting. Or maybe the already-stripped-down duo is just following the same do-even-more-with-even-less economic model the rest of the world subscribes to. Either way, Handsome Furs’ 80s-Eastern-Bloc-inspired album (which drops on June 28th on Sub Pop Records) promises “cleaner sound and absence of slower tempos” that aim to “instill listeners with hope—or at least the rush of endorphins that accompanies vigorous dancing.” Handsome Furs perform at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.
Also playing: Andrew Lipke + Jill Jacobs And The Know How (8 p.m., 21+, free); Ólöf Arnalds at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12)
Pissed Jeans, Allentown, PA’s not least favorite sons recently recorded two new songs, unassociated with nor otherwise promotionally leading up to any upcoming full-length album they have yet to record. These are just two exceptionally great new Pissed Jeans songs. They are called “Sam Kinison Woman” and “The L Word,” and were recorded for this 7″ single. That’s it and that’s enough.