Death Cab for Cutie vs. Bill Barminski

"Walter Robot" -- aka BB pal Bill Barminski and writer Christoper Louie -- directed the new Death Cab For Cutie music video "Underneath the Sycamore." It's a terrific piece of neo-noir animation! And what really delights me is the backstory: According to DCfC bassist (and delightful happy mutant) Nick Harmer, he was first turned on to Barminski's brilliance back in 2009 on Boing Boing! Nick saw Bill's work on BB and then commissioned him to direct their "Grapevine Fires" video. And now this new one! Yet another great example of what bOING bOING patron saint Timothy Leary meant when he said, "Find the others."


  1. I’ve been a Bill Barminsky fan for almost 20 years. I like the video better than the song. But Jesus in a jetpack, can the woman JUST FOR ONCE NOT DIE.

  2. Someone needs to tell Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard that he’s wasting his time making mediocre alt music and to concentrate on the only contribution he’s made that has any substance and longevity – The Postal Service.

  3. I too, thought it was going to be a cover of the song sung by Jimmy Scott. I was relieved it wasn’t. On that note, a noir film with a soundtrack comprised exclusively of Jimmy Scott songs would be amazing. If done right of course…

  4. The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the movie playing in the cinema is a clip from near the end of the Grapevine Fires video.

    Thanks for this, GrapeVine Fires and Underneath The Sycamore are my two favourites of their last two albums.

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