Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard team up for new side-project

Ben Gibbard is a musician from Bremerton, Washington who you probably know from Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. Jay Farrar is a musician from Millstadt, Illinois who you probably known from Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo. When you combine the two together, you not only get a mix of some of the today’s finest music, but also a pretty nifty side-project, or so it seems…

In a recent interview with the Riverfront Times (via TwentyFourBit), Farrar revealed that recent work he did with Gibbard on a documentary about American author/poet/painter Jack Kerouac, titled One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, has led to something else, something more.

“I did work with Ben on this recording project, which started out as each of us contributing songs to a documentary about Jack Kerouac, he explained. “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.”

And that basically sums up all that is known right now, though there are photos from the recording sessions on the documentary’s website so you can see what they look like together. Plus, a preview, in the form of a music video recorded by Farrar for the film, was released last year. A taste of what is to come?


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