April 14, 2013 |
Many years ago -- it seems like a lifetime -- I used to hang around in a house in the Silver Lake hills lived in by Postal Service producer Jimmy Tamborello. He had a number of roommates, including a friend of mine named Pedro Benito, who once played in a band called Sunday's Best, and later in the Jealous Sound. The house had a great view of the reservoir and was the type of place that facilitated the comings and goings of a lot of creative types and many, many musicians. Tamborello was kind and quiet and spent most of his time in his bedroom crafting beats and instrumental tracks.
April 14, 2013 |
When did you first hear the Postal Service? If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically. " And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
April 14, 2013 |
During a between-song break during their first-ever live performance at Coachella on Saturday night, singer Ben Gibbard introduced the unit he co-founded with Jimmy Tamborello as "an imaginary band called the Postal Service. " He was acknowledging the group's unlikely rise, but the reaction to its music was very real, whether delivered by a make-believe band or a platinum artist. Ten years ago the two made what they thought would be a one-off side project. Gibbard was taking a break from his day job in Death Cab for Cutie, and Tamborello was looking to further examine a sound he'd forged as Dntel with the underground hit "The Dream of Evan and Chan.
April 11, 2013 |
When the U.S. Postal Service announced in February that it would end Saturday mail delivery this summer, most Americans reacted with a mixture of wistfulness and resignation. Yes, it was sad that the mail carrier wouldn't be dropping off letters on Saturday anymore, but scaling back to five days was a necessary concession to the agency's financial problems and a reflection of changes in communication wrought by the Internet. But not everyone saw it that way: The unions representing postal employees and their champions on Capitol Hill were especially determined to block the change, and a continuing resolution passed by Congress last month prohibited the USPS from curtailing service.
April 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--The US Postal Service has canceled a plan to end Saturday letter delivery this summer, conceding Wednesday that Congress had won a recent legal bout over the agency's attempt to cut costs. The USPS had announced in February that letter delivery would drop to five days starting Aug. 5. But Congress responded by adding a rider on a spending bill mandating Saturday delivery. The Postal Service's Board of Governors reviewed Congress' decision and determined Congress had the authority to make it, it said in a press release Wednesday.
April 7, 2013 |
This Coachella edition gathers new music by lesser-known artists gigging this weekend's music festival as well as one epic reissue by a recently reunited group. If you haven't the desire, money or constitution to spend three days surrounded by so many humans under the desert sun, you can find comfort in the tracks (and watch the whole event live online). Kurt Vile, "Wakin on a Pretty Daze" (Matador). The Philadelphia singer and guitarist's new record is a guitar rock gem of the classic variety.
March 9, 2013 |
A Berkeley city councilman is proposing an email tax to help the cash-poor United States Postal Service stay afloat. Gordon Wozniak suggested that using email, which is partially responsible for killing off demand for letter-carrying services, could save “vital functions” of the post office, the news site Berkleyside reported. “There should be ... a very tiny tax on email,” he told the City Council. “There should be something like a bit tax. I mean, a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollar a year.” The problem is, such a levy wouldn't be legal unless the Internet Tax Freedom Act is allowed to expire in 2014.
March 7, 2013 |
Five of the rowdiest, rarest and best-known muscle cars of an era when gas prices were less than 40 cents a gallon have been immortalized in a new series of U.S. Postal Service stamps. The stamps in the "Muscle Cars Forever" collection, whose makeup has already inspired debate among muscle car aficionados, depict the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. "I was a little surprised at the cars they chose," said Steve Dale, a salesman at Showdown Muscle Cars dealership in Port Charlotte, Fla. "They left out the [Chevrolet]
February 22, 2013 |
In the same week that Lance Armstrong announced that he would not cooperate with the anti-doping agency that uncovered the deception he used to win seven Tour de France titles, the Justice Department on Friday opted to press him for the millions he took from former sponsor the U.S. Postal Service. By joining a whistle-blower lawsuit first filed by Armstrong's former cycling teammate Floyd Landis, the Justice Department alleges Armstrong and teammates violated sponsor agreements by using banned substances and methods, including blood doping, testosterone and human growth hormone.
February 20, 2013 |
Snail mail is fast going out of style. How is the U.S. Postal Service trying to stay hip? By launching a fashion line. The quasi-government agency, which is struggling financially and recently announced plans to stop delivering letters on Saturdays, said this week that it will start a line of clothing and accessories. The collection, to be called “Rain Heat & Snow,” will be made through a license agreement with Cleveland-based apparel firm Wahconah Group Inc. The Postal Service will not incur any cost and will collect royalties from sales, according to USPS spokesman Roy A. Betts.