Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar Kerouac Project in the Works

July 16, 2009

The future of the Postal Service may be uncertain, as Ben Gibbard said recently that it isn’t really a priority and could end up being the indie Chinese Democracy, but it looks like we’ll be getting a different Death Cab for Cutie side project this fall. Son Volt’s Jay Farrar has revealed that a short session with Gibbard turned into a larger project that will possibly be announced later this year.

“I did work with Ben on this recording project, which started out as each of us contributing songs to a documentary about Jack Kerouac,” Farrar told Riverfront Times’ Annie Zaleski. “We both wound up in the studio together, just sort of decided to take a step further and record a whole batch of songs. It’s kind of evolved into a real project. I guess there aren’t a whole lot of details about it yet, but it’s in the works, and it could possibly come out in the fall, like around October — which I think is a Jack Kerouac anniversary of sorts.”

Photos from the recording sessions for the documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur can be seen on the film’s official site here, including the publicist’s claim that “Farrar and Gibbard’s partnership seems to have been ordained.” Tom Waits and Sage Francis also contributed to the documentary, which makes me kind of wish they had joined the Gibbard/Farrar collaboration as well, giving all these supergroups of late a run for their money.

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