In November 2012, the former "90210" actress sat down with Jeff Probst to discuss her newly single status."The minute I think I’m ready to start dating I’m like, ' Oh no you’re not,'" she told the host.“A public breakup is obviously a large part of that narrative and people are going to connect those dots.That’s fair, I suppose.”The record is also the band’s last as a quartet: longtime guitarist and producer Chris Walla left the band in September 2014, citing a “longing for the unknown.” (Rich Costey, best known for working with Muse and TV on the Radio, stepped in as producer to help make what Gibbard deems “one of our best records.”)So indeed, a lot has happened in the last two years, both for the band and for Gibbard. “our generation’s struggle.”At the time of our talk, Indiana governor Mike Pence was busy backpedaling on a newly signed, conservative-sponsored “religious freedom” law, which bars the government from hampering a person’s ability to exercise their “religion” (read: gives businesses the right to discriminate against gays on “religious” grounds).September 2009 - November 2011'Death Cab for Cutie' rocker Ben Gibbard married actress and singer Zooey Deschanel in late September, 2009.On November 1, 2011, the couple announced they were splitting and "no third party was involved" in the break-up.
Jay Z recently unveiled plans for his own subscription streaming service, Tidal, which aims to “forever change the course of music history” by offering high-fidelity audio to customers for up to a month, higher royalty rates for musicians—and a share of the company for an endless parade of high-profile artists like Rihanna, Kanye West, Madonna, Jack White, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and Beyoncé (none of whom seem strapped for cash).
“I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”“There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate,” he continues. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”As for Kitsungi, Gibbard could not be less concerned about what the critics are saying.
He doesn’t read reviews (“I’m not particularly interested in them”) and he knows his band’s strengths and, more importantly, his audience.“At this point, I’ve been doing this band for 17 years [and], you know, we’re a polarizing band.
In late 2012, the songwriter, moved by his sister’s relationship with her wife, raised money to help legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state (he wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast about it here). After protests broke out over the law’s anti-gay undertones, the state’s Republican leaders rushed to introduce a new measure to counteract it—a move Gibbard says is “very telling.”“As our nation gets younger and the voting population becomes skewed toward people who grew up with gay, lesbian, trans people being much more visible, these laws that are meant to ‘protect’ what I view as a religious minority in this country will continue to fall,” he says.
“What the state had to lose by sticking to its guns on this piece of legislation was vastly larger than what it stood to gain from it.”“I don’t see any difference between the struggle that the LGBT community is experiencing with laws such as Indiana’s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s—though a black man was gunned down by a police officer two days ago in South Carolina, so that is an ongoing struggle in itself,” he continues.