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A Death cab for cutie curated collection

Death Cab for Cutie’s bassist Nick Harmer curated albums from VMP’s catalog to share memories of home and the Pacific Northwest, and his admiration for fellow artists. His picks range from ’70s outlaw country to ’90s hip-hop and more. Read more below to learn about why he picked each record.

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When this album was released, it was the perfect intersection of so many subcultures and interests of mine that I felt like it was created specifically for me.
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I can’t talk about the music of the Pacific Northwest without talking about Modest Mouse, and this album is solid proof of their necessity and importance to the musical landscape of where I live.
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Even today, this album continues to educate me and remind me of the power of Public Enemy.
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As far back as I can remember, Waylon’s music was in [my family’s] house and I revisit it often in my adult life to stir up old memories and emotions.
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This album is an essential piece of understanding the complete picture of J Dilla’s musical mind and his indelible contribution to modern music.
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A modern masterpiece.
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Almost Gone
The question isn’t when am I listening to Built to Spill, the question is when am I not?
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When I’m stuck in a rut, I play this album – and many of her others – to open my ears and mind to what is possible.
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Celebrate 20 years of 'Transatlanticism'

Mattering, as both subject and object, was the animating principle of Transatlanticism. The impulse began with Death Cab for Cutie deciding to embrace their creative and professional ambition, risk losing their place on the tour-record-tour treadmill (as addressed obliquely in “Expo ’86”) and commit to making a record that required more time, money and effort than any they’d made previously. It then manifested in the music, which dealt with the consequences of failing to recognize what matters, of having no option but to endure the full impact of proper, adult-scale loss while yearning to break free of the failings that led to it. And it extended to the audience: These songs sounded an extraordinarily deep note among a generational cohort of listeners who were on the verge or in the midst of the same process.

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"We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes", the second studio album from Death Cab for Cutie, was recorded over five months in several home-recording environments on a 16-track half-inch tape machine (on loan). It features songs such as "Title Track," "The Employment Pages" and "Company Calls Epilogue." Limited to 1500 copies, the VMP exclusive version of Death Cab for Cutie's We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes is pressed on 180g Opaque Tangerine vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing (MRP). The 1LP will arrive in a single, reverse board, foil-stamped and numbered jacket. It was mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

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