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Popping culture: Postal Service didn’t Give Up completely

Ten years ago, two friends from separate musical projects decided to collaborate. But they lived in separate cities, and so their musical endeavour became subject to the mail, as they would send each other lyrics, melodies and chords. That collaboration would become named, aptly, The Postal Service. Their album Give Up featured such beautiful songs as “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” and “We Will Become Silhouettes.” It would become Sub Pop Records second-best-selling album, after Nirvana’s Bleach.

Unfortunately, there was never a second album. There were rumours, but nothing ever really materialized. Until now.

Sub Pop is putting out a 10th-anniversary edition, along with two new tracks, featuring Rilo Kiley alum (and she of the immortal line “He touched my breast!” from The Wizard) Jenny Lewis. Today, one of the tracks, “A Tattered Line of String,” was released on YouTube.

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