Sweet Tunes Thursday: 10 Favorite Albums #7 — Postal Service “Give Up” – life+running

Sweet Tunes Thursday: 10 Favorite Albums #7 — Postal Service “Give Up”

So my top 10 album list turned into a “thing” with Mark and I over the last few weeks. Lately we’ve been asking each other “What’s your top 10 … ?” for just about everything.

“Quick! What’s your top 10 favorite sitcoms?”

“Name your top 10 favorite ice cream flavors. Go!”

“Top 10 favorite dog breeds in 10 seconds or less — and start!”

Yeah. We are geeks. Maybe I’ll bring you those miscellaneous lists at a later date … but for now, here is #7 on my top 10 list (which is actually not in any particular order).

sweet tunes thursday interim graphic // lifeplusrunning.com

Today’s Sweet Tunes Thursday is brought to you by The Postal Service, a two-man band fronted by lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, who released one album with The Postal Service and promptly went back to producing Death Cab for Cutie tunes. I don’t like Death Cab. But I love The Postal Service.

That one album, Give Up,  happens to be in my top 10 albums. And I seriously wish there would be another Postal Service release, but would Give Up be as good if there were another album? I don’t know.

postal service give up cover from wikipedia.com


I’d assume most people have heard “Such Great Heights”, if not the original Postal Service version, then the Iron and Wine version (which happens to be Mark’s and my song). Here’s the official video.

One of my other favorite songs on this album is “Sleeping In”. I even created a flash animation for our interactive media class in college that goes along with the song. (click if you want to watch — the technology/code is old, and I’m so rusty at code now that I can’t embed).

Another song that I love is “Nothing Better”. It’s a duet with a female vocalist. And unfortunately, an official video was never made. I did find this hilarious attempt at a video that was shot by some film students in Chicago (on that note, don’t go poking around the rest of the site that has the flash animation I created … there are some pretty lame first attempts at video production).

Of course, this album probably wouldn’t make the list if it weren’t for the nostalgia factor. I listened to this a lot when I was in college, especially during the last couple of years when I became friends with the band, and started dating College Boyfriend (who consequently introduced me to his buddy, Mark, who may or may not have broken the bro code a couple years later).

Oddly enough, the album mostly reminds me of Mark. I think it’s the tone of the music (not so much the lyrics), and the fact that I listened to this album when I was typically bummed about College Boyfriend and chatting with Mark. Jimmy Eat World was what I listened to when I was bummed about College Boyfriend and wallowing in self-pity — The Postal Service isn’t that subliminally dark.


What’s on your top 10 list? 

3 Comment

  1. I’ve been and listening to and loving Mumford and Sons lately. 🙂

  2. Synchronicity.

    You already know I love this album. It always reminds me of my Senior year of college and first year of Grad school.

    Although the stupid UPS commercials with the dude in the lady wig ruined “Such Great Heights” for me.

    Last, I think the reason they named the “band” The Postal Service is clever as hell.

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