As mentioned in the Death Cab For Cutie Post, Ben Gibbard formed The Postal Service with Jimmy Tamborello and debuted with their only full-length release on February 18, 2003. Several songs on the album feature guest vocals from Jenny Lewis, the lead vocalist of Rilo Kiley, in addition to vocals from indie rock musician Jen Wood. Coincidentally, Rilo Kiley member Jenny Lewis dated Jake Gyllenhaal and then later Ben Gibbard. She is now the ex-girlfriend of them both. Lewis also starred in the 1989 film The Wizard, which was excellent for any Nintendo fan that’s actually old enough to have played the original NES in its heyday, because the movie placed emphasis on The Power Glove and of course Super Mario Bros. 3. The Mario aspect of the movie was especially exciting because the highly anticipated game had not been released before the film, which meant that the film was North America’s first introduction to the game, which eventually became one of the top-selling video games of all time.
Chris Walla and Dntel produced Give Up. Walla played the guitar and piano on several tracks. The album’s most well-known single was “Such Great Heights“, which has been featured in advertisements for UPS and Kaiser Permanente. The song has also been covered by Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, Brack Cantrell, and Iron & Wine. The Iron & Wine cover appeared on the soundtrack for the film Garden State, as well as a commercial for M&M’s. Give Up was the Sub Pop label’s most successful release since Nirvana’s debut album Bleach.
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The District Sleeps Alone Tonight: