Friday, September 24

Postal Service Album Keeps On Delivering

Interestingly I just stumbled upon this the way I first stumbled upon the postal service almost a year ago in some one's blog. They and the Dresden Dolls being far and away my two favorite new bands of the last year. A couple years ago and neither of these two bands would have made it out of the starting gate, and need I explain on this blog what force keeps their records selling a year and a half after their original release? ...and no it's not "blogs" but it just might be word of mouth and that the people have a voice now far greater than any blog, bulletin board or other single technology.
The Postal Service's Give Up shows no sign of doing so.

'We made that record like two years ago and it's still selling like crazy,' puzzled Postal singer Ben Gibbard said. 'I don't really know why.'

Like the Energizer bunny, the album, released in February 2003, keeps going and going. The collaboration between Death Cab for Cutie frontman Gibbard, Dntel mastermind Jimmy Tamborello and Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis was just meant to be a fun little side project (see 'Death Cab Singer Goes Postal With Electronic Side Project') but it has steadily crawled to 351,000-plus copies sold thanks to the wistful pop singles 'Such Great Heights' and 'The District Sleeps Tonight.'

The group's sleeper-hit debut melds pop and electronic beats in a manner that plays to the strengths of each genre to create a hybrid some have dubbed 'lap-pop,' because a laptop computer figures prominently in its production and performance.
Update: So, somone asked exactly where it was I first heard the Postal Service. What was this mysterious video? Well, it only took me only a second to look it up, so here it is: WeeklyDV : [Wire] Short. The funny thing is the author and excellent and masterfull thief of this music and culture (Steve Rice) forgot to even give the postal service attribution, yet still word of mouth slipped out and not only exposed me to the postal service but through myself and other viewers generate who knows how many CD sales, evil as this "unauthorized pirate use" was. I snicker at anyone who would shun such free exposure and what should be protected "fair use" though it is not. Not to oddly it spawned several other uses of Postal Service songss in video on the site. I particularly liked this one: WeeklyDV : [Suprise] Short - News -Postal Service Album Keeps On Delivering

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