April 5th, 2011
04:37 PM ET

Death Cab shooting first ever live, one-take video

Tonight, at 7 p.m. EST,  Death Cab for Cutie will do something no band has ever attempted.  They'll shoot a scripted music video in one-take while it's being simulcast on the web.

Unlike the one-take videos by 'OK Go,' that can be re-done several times to get it right, Death Cab only has one shot, raising the stakes to new heights.

CNN caught up with two members of the band as they were rehearsing for the big performance.

The music video is for Death Cab's new single "You are a Tourist," off their upcoming album "Codes and Keys." The new album will be available in stores on May 31.

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  1. mattmchugh

    "...something no band has ever attempted: They'll shoot a scripted music video in one-take while it's being simulcast on the web."

    This is not a potshot at DC4C, but... baloney. It's called a recorded live performance and, prior to about 1979, pretty much anything that could be interpreted as a "music video" was done that way (minus the web simulcast).

    Yes, I know it's just something cooked up by their publicity manager... but even the implication that there's anything pioneering about it is annoying.

    - mm

    April 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Posh-Kenneth

    I saw someone call them "alternative"... I remember the good old days when alternative wasn't whiny men signing about how existential they can be.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Amen Posh. Our Lady Peace (before they sold out to be mainstream), Nirvana... sigh... the good old days indeed.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      @Posh & Brooke- EXACTLY! How can anyone consider them "alt-rock"? They're part of this annoying indie-hipster-starbucks easy listening crap that is everywhere. I'm not saying I hate it all or I'm too good for it but... really I don't know how much more I can take. I'm really just glad the punk-pop-fuaxrock phase is nearly done with. That was just a stain on the memory of music existance. Frickin Avril Lavigne. Hate you.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernestina

      still upset about the jonnys snub. no play-in game? this is a tioditran that has been a part of "March Madness" since 1991, you know back when you were mixing things up over at BGA.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brad

    Genius? ROFL...Stephen Hawking is a genius. Ben Gibbard and this lousy band are just garbage. He sounds like a whiny girl when he "sings". Death Cab is nothing more than music for pretentious hipsters who THINK they "get it" and like to broadcast to others that they do.

    And yeah, it takes some thought – just one, in fact. That thought is "Where is the garbage can so I have something to throw this CD into?"

    Now THAT is deep. You wouldn't understand.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Hawkings IS a genius. I'll show my love for Theoretical Physicists. <3

      April 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cath

    Great Band! Crative alternative music, its not pop so I would expect everyone would like it. Takes some thought.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ernie

    They are a really good band, good chill out music.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. ron

    The Beatles did this almost 45 years ago. "All You Need is Love" was filmed before a live studio audience and televised to millions around the world. Youtube it. Great journalism.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. brad

    them 'making history'? I guess I made history when I ordered my coffee this morning without starting my order with a long "ummmmmm..." to get the brain firing. Unlike everyone else that knew what they wanted but still had to add "um" I just stepped up and just said, "medium house". try omitting "um" sometime, its liberating.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |

    Didn't New Order do this back in '85 with Jonathan Demme? "The Perfect Kiss" video was definitely done live musically, unsure about the editing though.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. American Citizen

    I find the violent connotation and suggestion of the name sickening and so unlike anything that CNN would NORMALLY report on. Come on guys. You can do better than this. Try decency for once.. :]

    April 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. theAntiELVIS

    So isn't this then just a live performance of one song? How is that new?

    April 6, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cwobhy

    their last good album was "we have the facts..."

    in fact around the time of 9/11 they got all "heeyyy. we're not mexican NOR black!"

    cooincidentally i'm blaxican... i saw them live in ohio with pedro the lion.


    April 6, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |


    April 6, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Cath

      Why? Just why would this even matter? Get over it, some white guys started a band and didn't have any ethnic friends. Every Rap group sucks, no white guys, cooincidence.... do something productive with your brain instead of continue stupid unfounded race complaints.

      April 6, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. i rock

    these guys ROCK

    April 6, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Mattymatt, Im with you . Love em!

    April 6, 2011 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Head Diva In Charge

    I have more fun hum-ping my dog.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  16. Rick

    I don't think this is any different than the many bands who have streamed their concerts on the net then posted the vid clips.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. Who Cares

    This is about as exciting as watching paint dry. You're making it sound like it's something epic. You're polishing a turd here.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. boing

    how bout recording the song in one take

    April 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. r

    Simple, one take, very nice.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rufus Leroy Washington

    Now when Parliament Funkadelic and the Brides of Funkenstein do a video, you call me, but not for this crap!

    April 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. angie

    try harder. boring.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. porkypig

    Death cab for a who gives a crap!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DW

      "Look at me, look at me. I'm too cool to care, but I took the time to click the link AND to reply." –porkypig


      April 6, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  23. Bob Rest

    Meth Lab for Cuties

    April 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. RW

    The by-line led me to think someone was doing a twisted take on "Cash Cab"!!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mattymatt

    If you've never heard them they are pretty genius ...

    Check out their CD "Plans" or "Transatlanticism"

    too good for mainstream radio.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. I left my LP in the sun

    I've never listened to them,so they blow.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Superhiro


    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nurun

      Krishna Sir,Namaskar. This is Narayan Singh Gurung from London. Thank you very very much for your detailed iirfomatnon about Ghandruk. May we hope to hear from you the same in the days to come as well. Finally please extend my and my family's regards to Dharma Shila madam and children.Bye for now.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  28. Ooompa Looms

    It sounds so stupid.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. boozie's mom

    Tom Businga is secretly Howard Hughes.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. sue

    so cool!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |

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