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The Postal Service on The Colbert Report [Video]

Posted by: Alex DiVincenzo (06/20/13)
Watch The Postal Service's interview and performances of "Such Great Heights" and "A Tattered Line of String" from last night's episode of The Colbert Report. It marks the band's television debut.
 
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06:15 AM on 06/20/13
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Unrelated, but I also highly recommend you watch Colbert's beautiful, heartbreaking monologue about his mother who just passed away.
06:25 AM on 06/20/13
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Hmm, I guess I'll have to wait until the performances show up on YouTube.
06:47 AM on 06/20/13
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Unrelated, but I also highly recommend you watch Colbert's beautiful, heartbreaking monologue about his mother who just passed away.
Oh man - almost shed a tear cause of that monologue
07:18 AM on 06/20/13
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That monologue was amazing.

Colbert is such a good interviewer. He knows how to get a laugh without ever insulting the bands' intelligence. Ben and Jimmy seem like such sincere guys. But for some reason, Jenny Lewis has started to come off as a bit arrogant when I've seen her interviewed lately. She also seems to make the performance about her when really, she's just a backup singer. I don't know, maybe she was just nervous. Just seemed a little off.
07:58 AM on 06/20/13
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That monologue was amazing.

Colbert is such a good interviewer. He knows how to get a laugh without ever insulting the bands' intelligence. Ben and Jimmy seem like such sincere guys. But for some reason, Jenny Lewis has started to come off as a bit arrogant when I've seen her interviewed lately. She also seems to make the performance about her when really, she's just a backup singer. I don't know, maybe she was just nervous. Just seemed a little off.
I haven't seen any interviews of her (and I haven't watched this video yet since I'm at work) but I like how she works it on stage. Ben and Jenny have such a good chemistry.
07:59 AM on 06/20/13
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One of my favorite episodes.
08:17 AM on 06/20/13
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A lot better than when I saw them a few days ago and the bass synthe overpowered everything in the world.
09:39 AM on 06/20/13
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That monologue was amazing.

Colbert is such a good interviewer. He knows how to get a laugh without ever insulting the bands' intelligence. Ben and Jimmy seem like such sincere guys. But for some reason, Jenny Lewis has started to come off as a bit arrogant when I've seen her interviewed lately. She also seems to make the performance about her when really, she's just a backup singer. I don't know, maybe she was just nervous. Just seemed a little off.

I don't think she came off as arrogant in this interview, just focused on answering Steven's main question. I also happen to find the image of Ben Gibbard standing at an airport with a "Ben Gibbard" sign hilarious.

I also wouldn't marginalize her by calling her "just a backup singer". In "Such Great Heights", she's responsible for backing vocals, the main piano part during the second verse, the slide guitar under Ben's riff on the bridge and triggering the claps at the end of the song. I'm not someone who's really familiar with her work/Rilo Kiley's stuff, but after seeing them on Friday, I'm definitely interested. I thought she added a lot in stage presence and performance. She doesn't shy away from the spotlight on stage, but I don't think she's trying to overshadow anyone. I'd rather that than someone who wasn't enthusiastic about performing these songs live.
09:52 AM on 06/20/13
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This performance was really dumb. So much of it isn't live. And they have two musicians that barely do anything. Umm, why did they need all of that equipment? And why did Ben make his guitar strumming seem so elaborate and energetic when it's just a simple progression? So lame.
10:34 AM on 06/20/13
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A lot better than when I saw them a few days ago and the bass synthe overpowered everything in the world.
Really? They had fantastic sound when I saw them a couple weeks ago.
11:20 AM on 06/20/13
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Really? They had fantastic sound when I saw them a couple weeks ago.
Yeah I don't know, the bass just drowned out the other instruments to the point where it sounded like the vocals or instruments were slightly out of tune with it. Could be a psychoacoustics thing or their patches could just be a bit flat or some filter they had on; any number of things with that setup but some songs sounded worse or better than others.
11:41 AM on 06/20/13
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This performance was really dumb. So much of it isn't live. And they have two musicians that barely do anything. Umm, why did they need all of that equipment? And why did Ben make his guitar strumming seem so elaborate and energetic when it's just a simple progression? So lame.
Yeah, fuck energy!
12:09 PM on 06/20/13
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Loved these performances, they remind me I still have to check TPS and Death Cab For Cutie out.
12:21 PM on 06/20/13
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Loved these performances, they remind me I still have to check TPS and Death Cab For Cutie out.
Yeah you do.
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