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The Postal Service’s “Give Up” to be reissued in 2013

22 Jan

Yesterday, The Postal Service quietly announced that a deluxe version of their debut album, Give Up, will be reissued April 8.

That being said, it’s been a long ten years since The Postal Service first debuted, so the news seems to be both exciting and underwhelming at the same time.

The Postal Service, which consists of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, Pinwheel) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), came around when today’s 20 and 30-somethings were busy soundtracking the best days of their lives.

For me, The Postal Service came during high school – a time when the lack of the band’s immediate presence left some making homemade t-shirts and swapping burned copies of CDs between the busses after school. But for everyone who loved them, The Postal Service came before The O.C. shot Death Cab For Cutie to fame and before rock-turned-electronic was an experiment rather than a cheap way to shake things up.

Singles like “Such Great Heights” and “We Will Become Silhouettes” have been famously covered by artists such as Iron & Wine, The Shins and Amanda Palmer. The songs have also been featured in movies and television shows such as Garden State and Grey’s Anatomy.

As of now, The Postal Service have not announced another album, and it’s likely they won’t. As for tour dates, Billboard is claiming that they’ve “confirmed” a Coachella appearance with other dates in the works. Unfortunately there’s no other hard evidence from the band to back that claim. My advice? Don’t hold your breath too long – the rumors are still just that. Instead, take a moment to appreciate Gibbard’s latest solo album, Former Lives, or Tamborello/Dntel’s Aimlessness – both of which dropped last year.

The deluxe edition of Give Up, which features guest vocals from indie queens Jenny Lewis and Jen Wood, will come in a 2xCD, 3xLP and digital download and will include two new songs, along with a few other bonus features. For more information and updates, visit their website.

For now, here’s a walk down memory lane with their video for “Such Great Heights.”

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