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  1. **The Postal Service**
    [artist pic](https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/252/04c140c3d9844b4dcb9c9a93e0f23448.png)

    > The Postal Service were an American indie electropop band which formed in Seattle, Washington in 2001. The group consisted of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jimmy Tamborello (production, programming, synthesizers) and Jenny Lewis (vocals, guitar). The band released one album “Give Up” in 2003 and fell inactive around 2007. The band reunited in 2013 for a reunion tour before permanently disbanding that August.

    > The band started life as a side project for singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headset and Figurine. The group formed, in 2001, after Gibbard contributed vocals for a song on Dntel’s album Life Is Full Of Possibilities called (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan.

    > The band released their debut album Give Up on 18 February 2003 on the Sub Pop label. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling record in the history of Sub Pop Records after Bleach by Nirvana.

    > Several songs on this album feature guest vocals from Jenny Lewis, the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, a band which was once on the same label as Death Cab (Barsuk Records) and vocals from Jen Wood, an indie rock solo artist. Chris Walla recorded some of the songs and played the piano on Nothing Better. Lewis’ membership in the band was unclear during the “Give Up”-era, although she appeared with Tamberello and Gibbard in the music video for “We Will Become Silhouettes”. By the time of their 2013 reunion, Lewis had become a permanent third member of the group.

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    The group’s name comes from the manner in which their songs were written, due to the fact that the two of them lived too far away to be able to work together in person. Tamborello would create beats and mail them to singer and lyricist Gibbard, who would then edit them and put his melodies over the tracks and mail them back. Gibbard didn’t write any of the lyrics until the tracks were completely finished.

    > In August 2003, the United States Postal Service sent the band a cease and desist letter, citing its trademark on the phrase “postal service”. After negotiations, the USPS relented, allowing the band use of the trademark in exchange for promotional efforts on behalf of the USPS and a performance at its annual National Executive Conference. Additionally, at one point the USPS website sold the band’s CDs. In 2007, “Such Great Heights” appeared in the background of the “Whiteboard” advertising campaign for one of the federal establishment’s private competitors, the United Parcel Service.

    > The album’s most notable single was Such Great Heights that has been featured in various television commercials, series, and movie trailers also remixed by John Tejada.

    > The Postal Service contributed a cover of Against All Odds to the soundtrack to the 2004 motion picture Wicker Park, and the band has worked on several remixes of other artists, including Do You Realize?? (Postal Service remix) (from Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots) and Little Girl Blue (Postal Service remix) (from Verve Remixed 3) and Mushaboom (Postal Service remix). Gibbard doesn’t sing on these remixes (except for Feist’s Mushaboom), and it is likely that he granted Jimmy Tamborello permission to work alone under the name The Postal Service.

    > Second album

    > On June 22, 2007, it was revealed that The Postal Service had begun work on a new album, though the specifics of the release date were ambiguous. Gibbard stated, “We’re slowly starting. We’re crawling right now, and whether that crawl turns into a walk remains to be seen. But we’ll know more towards the end of the year. I’ve just been touring so much and trying to find time to make it happen and make our schedules line up.” Tamborello added, “We’re talking about wanting to finish an album by sometime next year, because we have to work with Death Cab’s schedule and stuff. I definitely want to do another one.”

    > On February 29, 2008, Spinner released an article stating that The Postal Service may not release a new album. Ben Gibbard stated, “Jimmy and I are still throwing ideas back and forth, but as time goes on, we find ourselves busy with our own music. … We have some stuff, but it’s been difficult to find the time and the drive to do the record. I’d love to finish it at some point and maybe even do some performances. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”

    > In a December 2008 interview with Rolling Stone, Gibbard laughed off suggestions that The Postal Service’s long overdue follow-up to their 2003 hit Give Up is an indie version of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy. Gibbard said that both he and Tamborello do not see it as a priority in light of their main projects, Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel. He said, “The anticipation of the second record has been a far bigger deal for everybody except the two of us… I don’t know about it being the indie-rock Chinese Democracy, but now that Chinese Democracy has come out, I guess it just becomes the second Postal Service record that will never come out. There never really was a plan to do a second album. We work from time to time together but we have other things that take up all of our time.”

    > 2013 Reunion

    > As of November 2012, Ben Gibbard posted on his Twitter account that there are “no plans” to produce another Postal Service record. He did not cite any specific reason for this statement, other than the fact that multiple fans questioned if there was going to be a second album.

    > In January 2013 Postal Service updated their website to read “The Postal Service 2013,” reigniting speculation that the band would play shows, or possibly release a new album. It was later confirmed that the image on the band’s site portended that the band’s debut, Give Up, would receive a ten year anniversary re-issue featuring a 15-song disc of rarities, including two new songs with Jenny Lewis.

    > In February 2013, The Postal Service announced it would officially reunite for twelve tour dates including the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, the Primavera Sound Festival 2013 in Barcelona, Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, and Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago. The band played a Lollapalooza aftershow on August 4, 2013 to 1,200 people at Wrigleyville’s Metro, in which Ben Gibbard prefaced the night’s second rendition of “Such Great Heights” by saying “not only is this the last song of the tour, this is the last show we will ever do.” At the song’s conclusion, Gibbard stated that “The Postal Service is closed.” Read more on Last.fm.

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  2. Alright so just to clue everyone in on the video. They are in a microchip manufacturing facility. The chips are made on wafers (discs), sometimes hundreds or thousands of chips are on a single wafer. They are in a clean room environment, wearing what is known as bunny suits. The holes in the tiles allow airflow to be forced down fast and efficiently, constantly refreshing the cleansed air that flows through the building.

  3. Wow, this is incredible

    I heard the postmodern jukebox version, and when i looked for the “original” i must’ve found the wrong version because I didn’t like it

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    But this… This is wonderful

  4. The moment when “they will see us waving” lines up with the wafer(s) (chips) flying over on a satellite…
    The moment their gloved human hands touch after you’ve been shown nothing but automated cycles of machines exchanging discs…
    It’s an oddly satisfying video.

  5. I discovered this album working at an NPR station in Albuquerque in the free music bin. It had been one of my favourites ever since. I was incredibly lucky to see the final tour in London. It’s prompted a discovery of my love of other indie music. I love DCFC and Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins ❤️

  6. This album was also a very defining album within my life. Wow.
    I was still pretty heckin’ young when I first heard this song, let alone the line from another TPS song about “inhaling thrills through 20 dollar bills” (Thanks to religiously reading Palahniuk, I actually managed to somehow grasp what that lyric implied.) lol..

    I eventually burned the album onto CD & would go for walks with my Dad’s pup, just listening to it via Walkman and would romanticize the sunset.

    Not to become absurdly sentimental and cheesy, but damn, this brings back sooo many memories I haven’t recalled in forever, (until now.)

    Here’s to wishing I could go back to being that wildly “deep”/cheesy pre-teen, if only for a moment. ✨

  7. I bought this album when it came out. Almost every song on it is a potential single. The album was released to little fanfare and really didn’t make much of an impression for the first few years. I remember thinking that if there was any justice in the world, this album would be hugely popular. It’s been very gratifying to see this album slowly gain steam and fans through the years. I think it’s one of the best albums of the past twenty years. Favorite track “Clark Gable” which is a perfect combination of clever word play and pathetic living in denial.

  8. Great album, but I’ve always thought this was probably the weakest track. There were so many great songs on *Give Up*, but this one is just okay. I never understood how this song became the only one that still gets any attention.

  9. One of the greatest moments in my entire 30 years on this earth was watching The Postal Service on the Coachella Main stage, playing the songs I’ve been listening to for 10 years, with every single person in the crowd singing every word.

  10. Such Great heights has a lot of history for me. I lived next to this girl from the time I was 2 until she moved away when I was 17. She was my best friend and we were 1yr and 2 days apart. My senior year her family moved to Florida. I had started developing feeling for her. Well the day she moved I couldnt bring myself to say one word. Not even goodbye, even though I wanted to tell her what she meant to me. (I was to shy) 4 months after she moved it’s my prom night and I went alone cause I wanted to take her. About halfway thru, I was informed via phone call from her brother, her and her boyfriend were t-boned by a drunk driver in Orlando, Florida. She ended up passing away that night in the hospital. A second time I was never able to say goodbye. This song was always our song. Countless hours were spent listening and looking at the stars dreaming about our lives.

    I wish I could thank Ben for his lyrics. I found Deathcab shortly after with plans(this happened in 2005) and it helped me thru my darkest hour. There hasn’t been a day in my life these last 13 years that I haven’t missed her. My birthday, although easier now, is something that still hurts me every year because we celebrated them together.

    Brittany, I miss you and your infectious smile, your laughter, and the light you brought to everyones lives so much.

    They will see us waving from such great heights
    Come down now, they’ll say
    But everything looks perfect from far away

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