Song of the Day: Death Cab For Cutie — A Movie Script Ending

Song of The Day / December 17, 2014

The Week’s Theme

“Death Cab For Cutie: The Barsuk Era”
This week marks the release of several reissues from Death Cab For Cutie’s tenure over at Barsuk Records. We’re here to replay some of our favorite tracks from them.

I owe every ounce of my soul to the classic television show, The O.C., for introducing me to one of my favorite bands of all time. Not only did the show boast an impressive soundtrack of indie music, and gave me my ideal perfect guy (here’s to you, Seth Cohen), but it also cemented the music of Death Cab For Cutie to a spot in my cold, dark, emo heart.

“A Movie Script Ending” was the song that made Death Cab For Cutie a household name and it would be their first of several appearances on the show. It was also the song playing in the classic scene from “The Escape,” or the seventh episode of the first season…even though it was not just “one guitar and a whole lot of complaining,” like Summer Roberts seemed to think.

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The track, from the band’s third studio album, The Photo Album, is now 13 years old. Just listening to the track makes me want to go back to places that remind me of home; the places that give off a comforting feel and would embrace me warmly with open arms if I ever chose to go back for a visit one day. I think that might be because it’s a song written about one of the towns that the members of Death Cab consider home: Bellingham, Washington, where returning home could feel like “A Movie Script Ending.”

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Meghin Moore
Meghin Moore is a Penn State grad and Pennsylvania native who resides in Virginia, happily nestled between Washington, D.C. and Richmond. She's the site's Managing Feature Editor, as well as one of the two Missaligned Podcast co-hosts. When she's not eating her weight in burritos or attending various concerts, she can often be found reading a book or trying to keep tabs on the latest news happening around the world.

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