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Ben Gibbard @ Town Hall


Monday Nov 5, 2012 (7:30pm)



The Bowery Presents (Venue Partner)


$65, $56, $45, $39.50

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The Bowery Presents says…

One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, a new album featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie--with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac's landmark 1962 novel Big Sur--is set for an October 20 release on F-Stop/Atlantic Records along with a feature-length documentary of the same title in which both Gibbard and Farrar appear. Gibbard and Farrar, having never previously met, discovered a mutual kinship in their passion for Kerouac's work while recording several songs for the documentary, produced by Kerouac Films. After the initial San Francisco recording session in July 2007, they decided to develop the project further to create an album using Kerouac's own words from the book as the lyrics. Big Sur is an evocative account of a time in Jack's life when he'd 'come undone,' both emotionally and spiritually. He escapes to a cabin in Big Sur to confront his inner demons and find a modicum of peace by the sea. Gibbard stayed in the original cabin Kerouac wrote about, to compose songs for his band's 2008 Grammy-nominated album, Narrow Stairs. For many years, Jay Farrar's songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac's compositional style. Jim Sampas, (Badlands, Kerouac--kicks joy darkness) is executive producer of the album. The documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, is directed by Curt Worden and produced by Gloria Bailen and Jim Sampas of Kerouac Films. The film features appearances by writers, poets, actors and musicians including, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Sam Shepard. The album and film will be released on October 20, the day before the 40th anniversary of Kerouacs death, as a stand alone CD, a CD/DVD package, a limited edition boxed set packaged with the novel, a 40-page book on the documentary and the CD/DVD. The album will additionally be released on vinyl. There's nary a music-loving soul who hasn't heard of Gibbard or his bands. Those who haven't run the risk of instant infection from the spell of his distinct, heart-melting vocal cords. It's tough not to take anything he sings with all seriousness, even silly pop songs like "Complicated." It's not just on guitar his fingers form chords, Gibbard also tickles the ivories. Powerful blocked chords sound fat and rich on piano, while right hand melodies twinkle and dance with his mesmerizing voice. Keep an ear out for favorites on acoustic guitar, like "Such Great Heights," "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," and maybe, just maybe, he'll bust out a tribute to the most popular pop star of all time and play "Thriller." With seven Death Cab albums, one Postal Service album and two All Time Quarterback! albums to draw material from, Gibbard might just go all night. Add in some witty banter and cover songs, for serious or for fun, and it could mean you're staying for breakfast. NICOLAS GRIZZLE