The Postal Service

  • Aired:  06/19/13
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Jimmy Tamborello, Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album, "Give Up." (4:50)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT ARE

AN INDY ROCK GROUP MAKING THEIR

FIRST T.V. APPEARANCE, BUT.

PLEASE WELCOME THE POSTAL

SERVICE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, JIMMY, HEY, BEN, THANKS FOR

COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

BEING HERE.

JENNY, JIMMY, THIS IS YOUR FIRST

TIME ON THE SHOW.

WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: BEN, WELCOME BACK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> NOW COLLECTIVELY YOU GUYS ARE

KNOWN AS THE POSTAL SERVICE AND

YOU PUT OUT AN ALBUM TEN YEARS

AGO CALLED "GIVE UP."

AND AN ALBUM --

(LAUGHTER).

-- A TITLE I GUESS YOU TOOK TOO

SERIOUSLY?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE YOU'VE'VE NEVER PUT OUT

ANOTHER ALBUM BUT YOU'RE

CELEBRATING THE TENTH

ANNIVERSARY ON A TOUR.

HOW DO YOU DO AN ALBUM LIKE THIS

LIVE?

BECAUSE -- I MEAN THIS IN THE

BEST POSSIBLE WAY, BLEEP

PWHRORP.

IT'S A LITTLE BLEEP BLORP.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT LIVE IN FRONT

OF AN AUDIENCE?

JIMMY?

>> A LOT OF COMPUTERS AND A LOT

OF DANCING.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU LAY THE

COMPUTER, RIGHT?

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: NOW WHY DID YOU

CHOOSE THAT INSTRUMENT?

DID YOU GO TO LIKE THE MUSIC

STORE AS A KID AND IT WAS CLOSED

BUT THE BEST BUY WAS OPEN NEXT

DOOR?

(LAUGHTER)

WHAT WAS MARCHING BAND LIKE?

>> I COULDN'T GET INTO PIANO

LESSONS AND SO -- COMPUTERS --

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: AND HOW DID YOU

GUYS CREATE THIS ALBUM

ORIGINALLY TEN YEARS SOMETHAT

THAT.

>> WELL, JIMMY WOULD SEND ME

C.D.s WITH KIND OF MUSIC BEDS

ON THEM AND THEN I WOULD KIND OF

PUT THEM IN MY COMPUTER AND KIND

OF TRY TO CREATE SONGS OUT OF

WHAT HE SENT ME.

EVERYTHING HE SENT ME WAS

STRUCTURED.

THEN I WOULD WRITE WORDS AND

MELODIES AND ADD LITTLE THINGS,

GUITARS, KEY BOARDS AND STUFF

AND SEND THE TRACKS BACK TO HIM

THEN HE WOULD PUT THEM IN HIS

COMPUTER.

>> Stephen: YOU'D SEND THEM AS

E-MAIL FILES OR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> IN 2003 IT WAS KIND OF BEFORE

YOU COULD SEND HUGE FILES LIKE

THAT EASILY.

I THINK I HAD A DIAL-UP

CONNECTION AT THAT POINT.

(LAUGHTER)

SO WE'VE KIND OF SENT THEM

LITERALLY THROUGH THE MAIL,

HENCE THE NAME THE POSTAL

SERVICE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: OH, OKAY!

I SEE.

SO IF YOU WERE -- IF YOU'RE --

IF YOU WERE DOING YOUR ALBUM

TODAY IT MIGHT BE CALLED LIKE

COME CAST HIGH SPEED INTERNET?

SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

(LAUGHTER)

NOW HOW DID YOU GET MIXED UP

WITH THESE TWO GUYS, JENNY?

YOU HAD YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL

CAREER.

LET'S LOOK AT YOUR EARLIER WORK.

♪ I DON'T WANT TO GROW UP, I'M A

TOYS "R" US KID

♪ WOULDN'T BE A TOYS "R" US KID

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WOW.

WOW.

>> Stephen: DO YOU EVER LORD

THAT OVER THESE GUYS AND SAY

"YOU'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT IT'S

LIKE TO BE REALLY FAMOUS"?

>> (LAUGHS)

NO BUT I WILL NOW.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU GET

MIXED UP?

>> BEN AND I WERE ON THE SAME

RECORD LABEL OUT OF SEATTLE AND

I WAS OUT IN NEBRASKA RECORDING

A RECORD WITH RILO KILEY AND MY

CELL PHONE THAT I JUST PURCHASED

RANG.

>> Stephen: THEY HAD THOSE IN

2003?

>> IT WAS A HUGE THING AND IT

WAS BEN GIBBARD ON THE PHONE AND

HE ASKED ME TO SING ON THE

RECORD AND I HAD NEVER MET BEN.

I'D NEVER SEEN A PICTURE OF BEN.

>> Stephen: WOULD THAT HAVE

CHANGED ANYTHING?

(LAUGHTER)

>> SO I WENT BACK TO L.A. AND

BEN ASKED IF I WOULD PICK HIM UP

FROM THE AIRPORT AND I ROLLED UP

IN A 15-PASSENGER VAN AND HAD A

SIGN THAT SAID "BEN GIBBARD" ON

IT.

SO HE GOT IN THE VAN AND WE WENT

TO GO MEET JIMMY WHO I HAD NEVER

MET BEFORE.

WE SHARED MARGARITAS AND

RECORDED MY VOCALS I THINK IN A

DAY.

>> Stephen: SO THIS IS TEN

YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE

ALBUM BEING RELEASED, YOUR NEW

OLD ALBUMS "GIVE UP."

ARE YOU GOING TO DO A SECOND

ALBUM?

>> UM --

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: (LAUGHS)

UH-HUH.

YOU HAVE THE SAME DELIVERY

PHILOSOPHY AS THE ACTUAL POSTAL

SERVICE.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BEN, JIMMY, JENNY, HOW ABOUT

SOME SONGS?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A

PERFORMANCE FIRST TIME ON

TELEVISION BY THE POSTAL

SERVICE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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