Every Death Cab for Cutie Song Ranked

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Vintage Death Cab

The indie rock universe eagerly awaits the March 31 release of Death Cab for Cutie's Kintsugi, the group's eighth full-length and final with founding guitarist Chris Walla. One of the most commercially successful indie bands of the 21st century, Death Cab went platinum with 2005's Plans and have reached the Top 10 of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart seven times and counting.

The band will visit the Twin Cities for the first time in four years on May 2, when they'll play a sold-out Northrop. Now a trio consisting of singer Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr, they'll seek to prove that a three-wheeled cab can still drive just fine.

In anticipation of the new album and the upcoming tour, here's ranking of all 96 tunes that Death Cab has released since 1997. Take a seat and follow me into the dark. (Note: Covers are not included, while songs that appear on multiple releases are only listed once.)

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The Five Best Brock Lesnar References in Rap

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Paul Heyman's Client, Brock Lesnar
Last night, ESPN Sportscenter welcomed an unannounced guest in Brock Lesnar. He announced that he was shutting the door on his MMA career in favor of re-signing with sports-entertainment top dogs WWE just in time for this weekend's Wrestlemania. Lesnar's multi-year contract comes after weighing all of his possible options and ultimately deciding it was in his best interest to be the entertainer he was born to be while, in his words, receiving full-time pay for part-time work.

In honor of this big news for our local boy beast done good, we've assembled our five favorite Brock Lesnar references in hip-hop history.

See also:
The Top Five Wrestlemania Music Performances


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The Decemberists' Guide to Winning Scrabble

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Colin Meloy is at the center of the Decemberists' wordplay.
The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy's incredibly deep vocabulary has made him one of rock's most famous nerds. I'd hate to come up against him in Scrabble.

Listen to any tune from the first three Decemberists albums -- 2002's Castaways and Cutouts, 2003's Her Majesty, the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque -- and you'll hear Meloy singing of bagatelles, gunwales, and roustabouts. His lyrics have become more colloquial of late, especially this year's What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but the Portland quintet are still the kings of literary indie rock.

To put his verbiage to even better use, I combed through the lyrics to every Decemberists song and found over 40 words I could've never identified on my Scrabble tile holder. Then I whittled that list down to 10 high-yielding words that are verified by the official Scrabble Tournament Word List. Here are the findings.

If you come across anybody playing these words in online Scrabble, you'll know one of two things -- they're using a word generator, or they're a Decemberists fan.

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The 10 Douchiest Drummers of All Time

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What would music be without a beat, a rhythm, or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some gods of thunder who might actually deserve to be struck by lightning. It's only natural that having the biggest instrument in the band will lead to some smug attitudes, inflated egos, and dumbass behavior.

But when it comes to narrowing down the douchiest drummers of all time, there's a handful of them that definitely stick out. Here is our list.


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The Top 10 UnderCurrent MPLS Videos

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The UnderCurrentMPLS team.

Armed with nothing but phones and instincts honed from years in the trenches of the local punk and DIY community, the folks at UnderCurrentMPLS have amassed nearly 2000 videos in the past three years. They've documented everything from 12 Rods' triumphant return to First Avenue to unsanctioned warehouse shows featuring bands you've never heard of. Strictly non-profit, despite their jokes about being Pepsi-sponsored carpetbaggers from L.A., the folks at UnderCurrent do it all for the love of the music, and you can see that love shine through in these clips.

In honor of UnderCurrentMPLS's ongoing residency at the Triple Rock, we compiled a list of our 10 favorite gems from their massive YouTube archive for your viewing pleasure.

See also:
UnderCurrent Mpls Preserves Our Punk Underground, One Bootleg Video at a Time


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The 10 Best Booze Brands from Metal Bands

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Motörhead vodka

It's a well-known fact that many metalheads love to party, and by party we mean drink. Keeping with this sentiment, the worlds of heavy metal music and booze have been colliding so much these days, we decided to present several notable adult beverage options that will make you throw up the horns with every sip.

From wine to bourbon, IPA beers, and even vodka, if you drink, we've got you covered. But, please remember: Drink responsibly. And bang your fucking heads.

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The Best Twin Cities Taprooms for Live Music

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Local act Ruben performing at Lift Bridge Tap Room in Stillwater.

While taprooms are often inside a brewhouse that's a workspace by day, they transform into a lively neighborhood gathering spot when the sun sets and the sanitary gloves come off. Beer pairs great with the other arts, and breweries in the Twin Cities region have taken note by adding some live music to their taprooms on select evenings.

Many breweries host special events a few times a year featuring music; those tend to be one-off block party affairs. Here, Gimme Noise has collected a list of metro taprooms that feature live music on a regular basis. Most spaces adopt a more coffeehouse feel with their musical selections -- with the decibels lower than at traditional venues. Acoustic and bluegrass are among the more popular styles, though rock, jazz, and brass show up too. Here are your Twin Cities taproom music destinations.

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10 Rock Classifieds That Changed Music History

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Guess which one of them answered a classified ad?

A few things you can easily find in classified ads: phone sex, apartment rentals, tarot card readers, telemarketing jobs, and a used Toyota Camry with low mileage. Look a little closer, and you might also find your path to rock 'n' roll glory.

OK, answering most musician classifieds won't automatically punch your ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's more likely to result in an awkward jam session at some stranger's residence with three dudes who are twice your age but only know one song all the way through.

Still, the seeds for many very successful bands were sown in the classifieds section. Here are some of them.

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The 10 Best Piano-Playing Rock Frontmen of All Time

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Billy Preston performing in 1971.

Were it not for certain extroverts, rock 'n' roll piano players would be at a decided disadvantage.

Though a frontman who wields a guitar has the mobility to move about the stage and pose and posture accordingly, your average keyboardist is forced to remain in a stationary position due to the fact that your average grand piano isn't really made for portability. To compensate, certain showmen found a way to do gymnastics while using their pianos as a prop, one they can stand on, duck beneath, or somersault off, depending on their athletic prowess.

Call it compensation; after all, Elton John humbly named one of his bestselling albums Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player in an attempt to lower expectations. Regardless, here are the 10 best piano-playing rock frontmen of all time.

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The 20 Sexiest Songs of All Time

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OK, D'Angelo might be on this list because of the video as much as the song

Sexy music is personal. What turns you on could be bedroom kryptonite to someone else. So compiling any list of the all-time sexiest songs is, inevitably, a highly subjective task. Are we weird to include Jack White, but no Marvin Gaye? Probably, but everyone's a little freaky when the lights are out.

Even if not all our choices give you the warm 'n' tinglies, we hope you find some fodder here for your future playlists. Let the seduction begin.

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