Saturday, August 6, 2011

Second Best Night Everrrr...

Last night, Matt and I went to see Death Cab for Cutie.  It was the second best night of my life.  I can officially die happy now.  I've been wanting to see Death Cab for probably 5 years now.  First they weren't on tour, and then they weren't on tour in the US.  Finally, they came back to the States this year.  And finally I was able to get tickets.  They played in June at the Trocodero and I wasn't able to get tickets - they sold out during the presale.  So when I found out they were coming back to Philly, I joined the fanclub so I could get in on the presale action.

It. Was. Awesome.  My expectations were sky-high, and the band more than lived up to them. Not only was the band great, but the venue was awesome.  It was our first time seeing a show at the Mann, and I really wish we'd known about it years longer - it is a beautiful venue!  Just a street away from a kind of crappy part of the city, but it's right in Fairmount Park, surrounded by trees and museums.  Cities are funny that way, aren't they?  The venue is all open, but parts are covered, and if you venture to the top of the hill, you get a tremendous view of the city!

Anyway, the show was great.  Frightened Rabbit opened for them.  I'd never heard of them, but I definitely intend to download some of their music.  Think Mumford & Sons, only harder.  Great stuff.

Then, Death Cab took the stage.  I was so freakin giddy.  They put on a great show.  Ben Gibbard is quite funny!  And they played forever!  They started at 8:30 and played almost right up till 11.  24 songs.  Here's the setlist.
I Will Possess Your Heart > Crooked Teeth > We Laugh Indoors > Movie Script Ending > Doors Unlocked and Open > Long Division > Grapevine Fires > Codes and Keys > Summer Skin > I Will Follow You Into the Dark > You Are a Tourist > The New Year > 405 > Underneath the Sycamore > Title and Registration > Soul Meets Body > Stay Young, Go Dancing > Cath... > We Looked Like Giants > Marching Bands of Manhattan
Encore: Portable Television > Expo 86 > Sound of Settling > Transatlanticism
They played all my favorites.  When we got through the whole show and they hadn't played "Sound of Settling," I was a little heartbroken.  I was thrilled when it showed up in the encore.  Jumping all over the place like a moron.  Lovin it.

Frightened Rabbit
the set
Ben at the piano

I heart thee, Ben Gibbard

Here are a couple of videos I took, too.  First is "I Will Follow You into the Dark."  Ben gave us all permission to take a seat and enjoy the song.  It was just him and his guitar.  Lovely.

The second is "Stay Young, Go Dancing," which is my other favorite song, other than "Sound of Settling."  I was too busy jumping around to be able to record that one, ha ha.

If you're not a fan of Death Cab for Cutie, you should be.  And I'm sorry for boring you with this post.  (c: 


  1. Yay so glad you had a great time!!! I love jumping around like a moron at shows too!

  2. Fun! They are from my college town (Bellingham, WA) so I've seen them a few times. Good stuff.