You Can Play These Songs with Chords

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You Can Play These Songs with Chords
Death Cab for Cutie - You Can Play These Songs With Chords.jpg
Demo album by
RecordedMay–July 1997 (original)
November 1996 - January 2000 (reissue)
GenreIndie rock
LabelBarsuk Records[1]
ProducerBen Gibbard
Death Cab for Cutie chronology
You Can Play These Songs with Chords
Something About Airplanes
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Almost Cool(6.5/10)[4]
Dusted Magazine(positive)[6]
Pitchfork Media(6.4/10)[7]
PopMatters7/10 stars[8][2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Stylus MagazineC[10]

You Can Play These Songs with Chords is an early demo from the rock band Death Cab for Cutie, which at the time consisted entirely of founder Ben Gibbard. This demo was originally released on cassette by Elsinor Records. It proved so popular, Gibbard recruited other musicians to make a full band, which would go on to record Something About Airplanes, the band's debut studio album.

You Can Play These Songs with Chords was expanded with ten more songs and re-released on October 22, 2002, through Barsuk Records on the heels of the success of The Photo Album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Benjamin Gibbard.

1."President of What?"4:06
2."Champagne from a Paper Cup"2:34
3."Pictures in an Exhibition"4:02
5."That's Incentive"2:13
7."Two Cars"3:31
8."Line of Best Fit"5:49

All songs written by Benjamin Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Christopher Walla except as otherwise noted.

iTunes Store and Compact Disc bonus tracks
1."This Charming Man"Johnny Marr, Morrissey2:14
2."TV Trays" 4:02
3."New Candles" 3:02
4."Tomorrow" 2:17
5."Flustered/Hey Tomcat!" 2:56
6."State Street Residential" 5:51
7."Wait (Secret Stars Cover)" 3:34
8."Prove My Hypotheses" 4:11
9."Song for Kelly Huckaby (Facts Version)" 3:51
10."Army Corps of Architects" 4:43



  1. ^ "Discography". Death Cab For Cutie. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  2. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Almost Cool review
  5. ^ Billboard review
  6. ^ Duster Magazine review
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review

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