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Death Cab for Cutie - 10th Anniversary Reissue + more!

posted Oct 1, 2008, 10:08 AM by Vu Nguyen
From Barsuk

Barsuk Records Re-Issues 10th Anniversary Deluxe Limited Edition version of Death Cab for Cutie's debut Something About Airplanes!  (... and finally 180 gram vinyl version of Narrow Stairs)

Exciting news!  Barsuk Records is pleased to announce that we will be re-issuing Death Cab for Cutie’s classic 1998 debut album, Something About Airplanes, on November 25th. This limited edition deluxe 10-year anniversary CD edition will include a bonus disc featuring a recently-unearthed recording of the band’s first-ever Seattle show, a February 1998 set at the legendary venue The Crocodile Café. The reissue will also feature beautifully redesigned artwork, including extensive liner notes by noted musician and writer Sean Nelson (whose band Harvey Danger was the headliner of the bonus disc show, and who sings lead vocals on the DCfC set’s never-before-heard cover of The Smiths' “Sweet and Tender Hooligan”).

Also on November 25th, DCfC’s most recent Atlantic Records release, Narrow Stairs, will finally become available on deluxe 180 gram vinyl via Barsuk. The first pressing of the long-awaited vinyl LP will include a 7” single featuring demo versions of album tracks “No Sunlight” and “The Ice Is Getting Thinner.”

Death Cab for Cutie originally formed in Bellingham, WA, in 1997 with their cassette-only Elsinor Records release (recorded by Chris Walla and played almost exclusively by Ben Gibbard) You Can Play These Songs with Chords (later reissued on CD along with bonus archival material by Barsuk). Something About Airplanes was the first album recorded by the full band, following the addition of Nick Harmer (bass) and Nathan Good (drums) – it was released jointly by Barsuk and Elsinor in late 1998 (and initially distributed by the fledgling labels via consignment at local retailers such as Sonic Boom, Easy Street, and the now-defunct Fallout).
The group has consistently released outstanding albums over the years, gaining a wider audience and seeping into the consciousness of mainstream America with the success of their latest albums, the most recent of which were released by Atlantic Records. The band remains a core member of the Barsuk family, however, and Barsuk is still home to We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes (2000), The Photo Album (2001), Transatlanticism (2003), along with the 2005 double 180-gram vinyl version of the Atlantic Records release Plans (complete with the vinyl-only bonus track "Talking Like Turnstiles") and a handful of EP releases and DCfC side-projects [including the Ben Gibbard lo-fi solo project All-Time Quarterback CD reissue (2002), the Chris Walla solo album Field Manual (2008), as well as the Steve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard score to the film Kurt Cobain About a Son (2008)].