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Shepard Fairey creates music video with indie band Death Cab for Cutie

May 16, 2011 |  9:00 am

Shepard Fairey is no stranger to the world of indie rock. The L.A. street artist has carved out a side career as a DJ and has made his share of album cover art for edgy bands. Recently, Fairey participated in the making of a music video for Death Cab for Cutie. The video, above, is for the single "Home Is a Fire," from the forthcoming album "Codes and Keys."

Fairey collaborated on the video with Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer. The video captures the poetic emptiness of of L.A. streets around Echo Park and downtown. It also pays special attention to the graffiti and street art that can be found in the neighborhoods, including some street art by Fairey himself.

On the band's website, Harmer states that Fairey is a friend: "It was a logical step in my mind to take a song about redefining familiar space and connect it to the visual artistic expression of street art... So I called Shepard and asked him if he would be into figuring out a way to do this and also make it compelling. From the very first conversation, Shepard could see this intersection between his world and mine and knew exactly what to do and how to do it."

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-- David Ng

 Photo: Shepard Fairey. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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