Having just completed two weeks of preproduction, Death Cab for Cutie will hit the studio in the middle of September to begin work on its second Atlantic album.

Having just completed two weeks of preproduction, Death Cab for Cutie will hit the studio in the middle of September to begin work on its second Atlantic album. The group plans to record in Seattle, Portland, Ore., and San Francisco, with an eye on a spring 2008 release.

The new album is the follow-up to 2005's "Plans," a runaway hit that has sold 902,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned the top 10 Modern Rock hits "Soul Meets Body" and "Crooked Teeth."

No Death Cab shows are planned through the end of the year, although frontman Ben Gibbard will on Sept. 11 perform and converse with "Lemony Snicket" author Daniel Handler as part of San Francisco's City Arts & Lectures series.

Also not on the horizon anytime soon: a new album from Gibbard's electronica side project the Postal Service with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello. A recent Spin article claimed the follow-up to 2003's "Let Go" was due Dec. 25 via Sub Pop, but sources say there is no timetable at all for another album.

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