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Death Cab For Cutie To Reissue “Transatlanticism”

Reprint in honor of album’s 10th anniversary

Apparently it’s a year of reminiscing for Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard—not that he hasn’t earned the right to do so. Between his wildly popular one-off album Give Up with side project The Postal Service and the release of Death Cab’s breakthrough album Transatlanticism, 2003 was a particularly productive year for him.

Earlier in the year, Gibbard celebrated the decade with a revival tour of The Postal Service, who reportedly played their final performance ever at Lollapalooza over the summer. Now, Death Cab have announced a special edition re-release of Transatlanticism, which also turns ten this year.

The re-issue will include both a vinyl pressing and a digital release. Both formats will also include access to download an 11-track bonus collection of previously unreleased demos, entitled appropriately, The Transatlanticism Demos. (The demos will reportedly also be available as a separate purchase.)

Although Death Cab had been around since the late 1990s, Transatlanticism, their fifth album, marked the beginning of their commercial success in 2003, breaking into the Top 100 and eventually going gold. All of their albums since have charted in the Top 10.

Seattle fans will get a special treat this weekend, as Death Cab For Cutie are returning to their home stomping grounds to perform Transatlanticism in its entirely during their set at Bumbershoot on Sunday. For the rest of us, take a listen to the demo track of “Lightness” below.

The re-issue of Transatlanticism is scheduled for an October 29 release.


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Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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