Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard is set to release his debut solo album, Former Lives, on October 16th, 2012 (Barsuk/City Slang). Starting today, October 9th, and for the coming week, people can hear the album in its entirety on the Music homepage of YouTube (embeddable link below). Next Tuesday, October 16th, Gibbard will celebrate his record release with an intimate CMJ show at New York City’s HIFI Bar, featuring an opening performance by Beth Wawerna before starting a North American Fall tour November 1st. Fans can also catch the songwriter make his first TV appearance in support of Former Lives on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on Friday, October 12th.

Listen to Former Lives here
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Review copies of Former Lives available. Contact

More about Former Lives
Other cities, other plans; different friends, different dreams; former loves, former lives. After fifteen years in Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard didn’t make his first solo album in search of a new beginning; instead, it closes a door. “These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking” Ben says of the dozen tracks that comprise Former Lives. “They’re a side story, not a new chapter.”

Former Lives Track Listing:
1. Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby
2. Dream Song
3. Teardrop Windows
4. Bigger Than Love
5. Lily
6. Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)
7. Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
8. Oh, Woe
9. A Hard One to Know
10. Lady Adelaide
11. Broken Yolk in Western Sky
12. I’m Building a Fire

Preorders of the new album Former Lives are also available in 3 exclusive packages on Gibbard’s website. Fans can choose from the following packages: 1. Former Lives CD or vinyl LP; 2. Former Lives CD or LP, and an exclusive t-shirt; 3. Former Lives CD or LP, plus an exclusive t-shirt and limited edition poster. Every person who preorders the new album will immediately receive a download of “Teardrop Windows”. All preorders can be purchased through his website at The official track listing for Former Livesis available below.

For more information about Benjamin Gibbard please visit:
Twitter: @gibbstack

Sun Oct 14 – Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
Tue Oct 16 – NYC, NY CMJ Record Release Show @ HIFI Bar w/ Beth Wawerna
Thu Nov 01 – Minneapolis MN @ Assembly Hall at The Women’s Club w/ Advance Base
Fri Nov 02 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre w/ Advance Base
Sun Nov 04 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theater w/ Advance Base
Mon Nov 05 – New York, NY @ Town Hall w/ Advance Base
Wed Nov 07 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre w/ Advance Base
Thu Nov 08 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue w/ Advance Base
Sat Nov 10 – Saxapahaw, NC @ The Haw River Ballroom  w/ Advance Base
Sun Nov 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse w/ Advance Base
Tue Nov 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre  w/ Damien Jurado
Wed Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wilshire Ebell w/ Damien Jurado
Fri Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox w/ Damien Jurado
Sat Nov 17 – Seattle, WA @ Washington Hall / 826 Benefit
Sun Nov 18 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom w/ Damien Jurado
Thu Nov 29  – Hamburg, Germany @ Kulurkirche Köln
Fri Nov 30  – Berlin, Germany @ Passionskirche
Mon Dec 03  – London, United Kingdom @ Union Chapel
Tue Dec 04  – Brussels, Belgium @ ORANGERIE
Wed Dec 05  – Paris, France @ Café de la Danse

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