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The Postal Service to reunite, possibly play Coachella?

January 21, 2013|By August Brown
  • Benjamin Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello created their album via the mail, sending completed parts to each other.
Benjamin Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello created their album via the mail,… (Laura Blackheart )

The electro-pop duo the Postal Service titled its only album "Give Up," but 10 years after its release, the group doesn't sound like it's throwing in the towel quite yet.

The beloved band, which features the L.A. electronica producer Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, recently updated its website to a cryptic graphic that simply reads "The Postal Service 2013." Reports confirm that the band is set to reissue a 10th-anniversary edition of "Give Up."

"Give Up," which has sold more than 1 million copies, is the second biggest-selling record for the indie label Sub Pop (behind only Nirvana's "Bleach"). Its single "Such Great Heights" became an early-aughts hipster staple with a folksy cover by labelmates Iron & Wine featured in the 2004 film "Garden State."

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But several sources told Billboard Magazine that the dormant group might make its long-awaited return to the stage at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The Postal Service also has a newly active page on the website of Billions, an indie-artist booking agency, suggesting the band is indeed prepping for a tour.

Whether that includes a follow-up album is unclear. Gibbard has repeatedly said in interviews as recent as last fall that the group has no plans for a new record. Gibbard just released a low-key solo album, "Former Lives," and also just came off a successful run of touring for Death Cab for Cutie's latest release, "Codes and Keys." Tamborello was also busy in 2012, releasing a new album under his Dntel alias, "Aimlessness."

Requests for comment from the band or its label have not been returned, but a Coachella reunion could salve any wounds stemming from rumors that the Rolling Stones might not be gracing the desert after all.

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