Ben Gibbard And Jay Farrar: Kerouac In Song


Benjamin Gibbard and Jay Farrar.

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What happens when two of the biggest driving forces in indie rock collaborate on album based on Jack Kerouac's beat poetry? The answer: 12 rapturous Americana songs recorded by Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), titled One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur.

Set List

  • "Low Life Kingdom"
  • "These Roads Don't Move"
  • "California Zephyr"

The soundtrack to a documentary of the same name, this collaborative effort began in 2007, inspired by Gibbard and Farrar's shared appreciation for the Beat generation. (Gibbard even stayed in the Big Sur cabin while writing Death Cab for Cutie's album Narrow Stairs.) They started working together to produce sensitive and thought-provoking songs for the score, and there was enough chemistry and inspiration left over to create a full album, released this past October. One Fast Move walks an easy line between the alt-country of Farrar and the soaring melodies of Gibbard.

This segment originally ran Dec. 15, 2009.

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