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When I found out I was going to be able to catch The Postal Service’s intimate show at the Metro the day after their Lollapalooza performance, I was excited. I considered myself lucky to catch a small show after such a large one. What I didn’t realize was how truly special the show would be. During their Lollapalooza set Ben Gibbard announced that it was their penultimate show, with the show at The Metro being their last. My jaw almost dropped. Not only was I catching the Postal Service’s final show, but I was doing it as a New Yorker, seeing them do it all the way in Chicago.
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The Postal Service @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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No matter who was playing, The Postal Service’s set was a must for me, even if I did finally get to see them live at Barclays earlier in the summer. I figured that the bands time on the live circuit is limited, and it turns out that this was their 2nd to last show ever. So I’m glad I was able to catch the magic happen once again. They had everyone in the crowd reminiscing and singing/dancing to the best of their ability. There’s a nostalgia factor about this band that is second to none.

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One of the highlights of this year was The Postal Service’s show at Barclays Center (Night 1). I was lucky enough to attend, and it was a special night. The moment was captured by The Creators Project who filmed a short documentary called “Some Idealistic Future” documenting the hours during, before, and after, of the performance.

It’s a good watch for any fan, but a real special one if you were there. Enjoy it below.
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[watch]: The Postal Service On Colbert

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2013

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Believe it or not, The Postal Service’s appearance on The Colbert Report was their first late night television appearance ever. They played “Such Great Heights” & “A Tattered Line Of String.” There’s also a great interview with Colbert and the band. Just seeing the band’s reaction when he asks if they will make a new album is worth a watch.
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The Postal Service @ Barclays Center (June 14, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2013 — with 2 comments

I have come to terms that there are some things in life that I probably never will get to see: A Knicks championship, The Smiths reunion tour, or an In-N-Out in the east coast. Seeing The Postal Service live was something I never would have expected to ever see. That is until they decided to get up and tour this year, 10 years after their one and only album Give Up was released.

Ben Gibbard joked that all bands should just do what they did. Release an album and then disappear for 10 years. Then, you get to play Barclays Center. Thinking about it, it is quite amazing that they are able to jump right into one of the biggest arenas in New York after all these years. But it shouldn’t surprise us, as Give Up has stood the test of time incredibly well. That album touched a lot of people including myself. I may have only been a 13-year-old at the time, but I remember being affected by that album for many years to come. So it was life affirming to hear these songs live, with everything coming full circle.

Ben & Jimmy were joined by Jenny Lewis and Laura Burhen of The Mynabirds live, a 4-piece that created quite the sound. “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” opened the show, as if there was ever any other song considered. “We Will Become Silhouettes” surprisingly came next and sounded bigger than you could imagine. “Nothing Better” saw Ben & Jenny dance close together making it clear that he is well over Ms. Deschanel these days. It was cool to hear Jimmy add the robotic vocal finish to “Sleeping In”, a moment which really made me realize that I was actually seeing The Postal Service live in person.

They delighted us with bigger versions of everything off Give Up, but the album was only 10 songs, requiring them to get creative in order to stretch out the set. This was done with a few b-sides (“A Tattered Line Of String”, “Turn Around”, “There’s Never Enough Time), a cover (“Our Secret” by Beat Happening) and Dntel’s “(This Is) The Dream Of Evan and Chan”, the first collaboration between Gibbard/Tamborello that sparked their teaming up as The Postal Service.

People had their doubts about The Postal Service’s live show, but they delivered. Ben Gibbard was energetic throughout the show, dancing in place, genuinely having fun. He would run from the mic to the drum kit whenever it called for it. Jimmy Tamborello’s beats sounded massive in the arena, making me realize just how ahead of the game he was with what he created on Give up. Jenny Lewis was essentially the bands 6 man: adding beautiful vocals, and rocking out when it called for it when she played guitar with her teeth.

Everyone in attendance can now check off seeing The Postal Service off their list. It was a show that was a mixed bag of feelings. There were parts that made me dance, and parts that made me reflect emotionally. The Postal Service meant something to me over the last 10 years. It was great to finally see them live and recapture the essence of these feelings and to show the band just how much they meant to us.

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With The Postal Service’s 10th Anniversary release of Give Up, they are releasing some previously unreleased bonus tracks that will come on the album. We already heard “A Tattered Line Of String”, and now they have released another song for our consumption. It’s called “Turn Around.”

It has a funky feel, much different than anything found on Give Up, which makes sense as it is a bonus track after all. It’s a cool look for the guys, and just plain cool to hear after all these years.

[watch]: The Postal Service Auditions

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2013

Funny or Die nails this parody video imagining what would have happened if the auditioned for Ben Gibbard’s spot alongside Jimmy Tamborello in The Postal Service. Musicians such as Moby, Weird Al Yankovic, Tom DeLonge, Aimee Mann, Nate Mendel, all audition and show their comedic chops.

The video is worth it alone for Moby’s spot. Absolutely hilarious. It’s a spot for The Postal Service’s 10th anniversary re-issue of Give Up, out April 9 via Sub Pop.

[new]: The Postal Service – A Tattered Line Of String

By Will Oliver, February 11th 2013 — with 1 comment

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The deluxe 10th Anniversary reissue of The Postal Service’s Give Up comes out April 9, via Sub Pop. It features some previously unreleased tracks, such as “A Tattered Line Of String”.

Sub Pop released a video of the track spinning on vinyl, allowing us our first listen to the long pocketed track. It’s one of the most vibrant things that we have ever heard from the duo for sure. It’s a fun track. I can understand why it wasn’t on Give Up for sure, as it doesn’t fit the bill.

But I’m glad it’s been unearthed, because this is good stuff. Give it a listen below.
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The Postal Service Announce Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, February 4th 2013

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The Postal Service reunion is in full swing, as the band have announced a somewhat full set of tour dates. This includes a stop at the Barclays Center on June 14. It seems like a abbreviated tour, so more dates are likely. I have a nagging suspicion that the band may even add a more intimate show along the way, but maybe I’m just dreaming.

Jenny Lewis. and Laura Burhenn will join them on tour. Tickets for the Barclays show go on sale Friday @ 10 a.m. Find the full set of dates below.
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