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(New Musical Express)   The Postal Service is going back on tour, presumably to raise funds to buy more stamps   (nme.com) divider line 30
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2013-02-04 08:23:14 PM  
www.tshirthell.com
 
2013-02-04 08:36:12 PM  
Hello, Newman.
 
2013-02-04 08:52:48 PM  
Cool news, lousy headline.
 
2013-02-04 08:54:29 PM  
Great! These guys really know how to deliver.
 
2013-02-04 09:18:54 PM  
so does Owl City open for them or just book the following night?
 
2013-02-04 09:44:47 PM  

baorao: so does Owl City open for them or just book the following night?


Fairly certain She and Him won't be opening.
 
2013-02-04 09:50:51 PM  
I'm going to Vegas 4-19 for this...Dr. Who still sucks
 
2013-02-04 10:37:44 PM  
Weird dates - Vegas, Paris, London, NYC, Phoenix and... San Luis Obispo? Davis?

Not sure how appealing a mostly electronic band is live.
 
2013-02-04 10:44:39 PM  
great news.  I'll have to find a way to see them in NYC.

Ben Gibbard's voice is the female version of viagra based on past experiences.  I have to pay respect
 
2013-02-04 10:48:36 PM  

moothemagiccow: Weird dates - Vegas, Paris, London, NYC, Phoenix and... San Luis Obispo? Davis?

Not sure how appealing a mostly electronic band is live.


About as appealing as they are on disk.   That is to say, not at all.
 
2013-02-04 11:30:54 PM  
....................... as if they have a choice...
 
2013-02-04 11:41:07 PM  

moothemagiccow: Weird dates - Vegas, Paris, London, NYC, Phoenix and... San Luis Obispo? Davis?

Not sure how appealing a mostly electronic band is live.


Lucky enough to see them 10 years ago. It was a fantastic set, with more than enough live instrumentation to keep from sounding like a dj set.
 
2013-02-05 12:26:47 AM  

drewsclues: moothemagiccow: Weird dates - Vegas, Paris, London, NYC, Phoenix and... San Luis Obispo? Davis?

Not sure how appealing a mostly electronic band is live.

Lucky enough to see them 10 years ago. It was a fantastic set, with more than enough live instrumentation to keep from sounding like a dj set.


I saw them probably about the same time.  Not that much live instrumentation, but it was still a damn entertaining show for a 11 song set (10 plus a Phil Collins encore, since that was apparently all the songs they had at the time).

Obligatory hotlink
http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/archives/2003/May/
www.toothpastefordinner.com
 
2013-02-05 12:45:58 AM  
I thought they got sued into not using that name
 
2013-02-05 01:44:46 AM  
AND headlining Coachella... I may have to finally go this year.
 
2013-02-05 01:49:11 AM  
Oh, well they're playing Vegas. Saves me some driving then!
 
2013-02-05 02:12:21 AM  
This place is a prison.  These people are not your friends.

I know that it's not a party if it happens every night...
 
2013-02-05 02:41:49 AM  
Yay! Gonna see them at Primavera Sound.
 
2013-02-05 02:47:39 AM  

haterade: I thought they got sued into not using that name


SIGH

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MOVES INTO MUSIC PROMOTIONBand's Name Dispute Leads to Cross-Promotion DealBy: Published: http://adage.com/results?endeca=1&return=endeca&search_offset=0&search _order_by=score&search_phrase=11/01/2004" title="Browse more stories published on November 01, 2004">November 01, 2004 http://adage.com/emailafriend?article_id=41432" title="Email a friend">http://adage.com/rss-feed?section_id=12" title="RSS">
LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- Think of it as a David-and-Goliath battle with a dance pop sound track and a 37-cent stamp.
The U.S. Postal Service will promote the album of the band, Postal Service, as part of a new cross-promotional marketing agreement.When the behemoth U.S. Postal Service found out that a young rock band had named itself "Postal Service," executives weren't happy. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to the band's label, Seattle-based independent Sub Pop Records.
But what began as an argument over name rights turned into the mail-delivering institution's first cross-promotional music deal.
Tracks in the mail
The members of Postal Service -- Seattle rocker Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Los Angeles-based electronica maven Jimmy Tamborello -- created their current record by sending tracks and lyrics back and forth to each other via the postal service. Hence, the name.
Sub Pop executives explained the back story and suggested that the USPS turn the musicians into marketing partners instead of adversaries. The USPS ultimately agreed to let the band keep using the name via a licensing deal, and will take advantage of the musicians' hipster cachet through some innovative co-promotions.
"We found a place in the middle where all our interests can be served," said Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop's owner and founder. "There's a real spirit of cooperation."
Playing at a conference
Postal Service, the band, is set to perform at an annual conference of 800 senior Postal Service executives in a few weeks, and there are possibilities for using the band's music in USPS ad campaigns and promotions.
"It's a great way for us to extend our brand into new areas," said Gary Thuro, manager of communication services for USPS. "They reach a young audience that's very important to our future, and music is such a powerful medium."
Also under consideration: using local USPS facilities as a distribution point for the Postal Service album, a move that mirrors what many record labels are trying to do in finding alternative distribution.
No stranger to entertaiment
The USPS is no stranger to Hollywood, having co-marketed films such as DreamWorks' Shrek and Universal's Cat in the Hat.
The Postal Service album, Give Up, is on its way to 1 million units sold, without much marketing investment from its small label. It's gathered steam over time in the form of radio play and glowing reviews in music magazines, and the band has a fervent niche following.
"We could've abandoned the name," Mr. Poneman said, "but it would've been a significant setback. Name recognition is very important to us."
Give Up is the second best-selling record that Sub Pop has ever had. The first was by Nirvana.
 
2013-02-05 03:32:49 AM  
Well...  StreetlightInTheGhettoprovided some interesting facts here. I may just try to see them live. It'd bring back memories of college.
 
2013-02-05 03:52:25 AM  
fans of postal service check this stuff out if yr unaware:

James Figurine - 55566688833

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1wLod8VKk

"i turned off my phone, you did the same, and we fought face-to-face like it was the 90s again."

one of the best lines of all time

also

Figurine - New Mate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvxKSNvjhmE

that's the guy who did the music for postal service. and i like his voice way better than gibbard's. more monotone and brooding, pretty much spoken word.

i think he was loosely related to another phenomenal, now defunct computer nerd band:

Barcelona - Paging System Operator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZmDtbJKSLY

one of his other monikers is DNTEL. it's good, but not as accessible, i think

and now you know
 
2013-02-05 08:04:44 AM  
 
2013-02-05 08:52:58 AM  
i.imgur.com

/hot
 
2013-02-05 09:12:46 AM  

Insurgent: one of his other monikers is DNTEL


Well, unless you give the dream of evan and chan a try.  Its postal service pre postal service.
 
2013-02-05 09:19:44 AM  

thecpt: great news.  I'll have to find a way to see them in NYC.

Ben Gibbard's voice is the female version of viagra based on past experiences.  I have to pay respect


Won't be hard.  They're playing a farking arena.
 
2013-02-05 09:38:40 AM  
I only ever heard that one song. You know, that one song that everyone has heard. Any recommendations on what else I should hear?

/remembered it was "the district sleeps alone" just as I went to add comment
 
2013-02-05 11:33:44 AM  

baorao: so does Owl City open for them or just book the following night?


I was about to post something similar, but saw your comment and LOL'd.
 
2013-02-05 11:51:57 AM  

dai the flu: I only ever heard that one song. You know, that one song that everyone has heard. Any recommendations on what else I should hear?

/remembered it was "the district sleeps alone" just as I went to add comment


the rest of the album's good. maybe two songs aren't that great.
 
2013-02-05 05:07:01 PM  

Rent Party: moothemagiccow: Weird dates - Vegas, Paris, London, NYC, Phoenix and... San Luis Obispo? Davis?

Not sure how appealing a mostly electronic band is live.

About as appealing as they are on disk.   That is to say, not at all.


*Shrugs*
 
2013-02-07 04:13:23 AM  

Leishu: Well...  StreetlightInTheGhettoprovided some interesting facts here. I may just try to see them live. It'd bring back memories of college.


I try, sometimes.
 
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