The New York Times this morning has a story about the successful emo/electronica project called Postal Service and their relationship with… the United States Postal Service.
The legend of the project, recounted in this story, is that Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard sent tracks back and forth in the mail to make the album. Thus the name. Huge commercial success ensues.
But then apparently the USPS was like, “Yo dudes, you can’t just call yourselves Postal Service, ’cause that’s us” and Tamborello/Gibbard were like, “But we will use our indie mojo to promote the USPS,” and everything was settled.
But hold on: They sent tracks back and forth in the mail? Haven’t these dudes ever heard of a certain global web of interconnected computers? This just makes no sense:
[Tamborello] noted that the regular mail is inexpensive and easy to use, and that packages containing their working discs arrived in a couple of days, a comfortable margin for their unhurried schedule – although when finishing the album, they did use Federal Express a couple of times.
“Just to get it back and forth as quick as possible,” he said. “It saved a day.”
Yeah, you know what’s even faster than FedEx? THE INTERNET.
I mean, Postal Service’s skittery beats and mellow tones were clearly engineered on Tamborello’s Powerbook… are you telling me he couldn’t just download an FTP program and get wit’ the 21st century? AIM file transfer, anyone?
Anyway, whatever. It’s weird. I’m going to go buy some donuts now.