Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has commissioned music videos for each of the 12 tracks on its Atlantic debut, "Plans." The clips, which were created by a mix of expe

Taking a page from rapper 50 Cent's playbook, Death Cab For Cutie has commissioned music videos for each of the 12 tracks on its Atlantic debut, "Plans." The clips, which were created by a mix of experienced directors and music video novices, will be rolled out one at a time via the band's Web site in early January.

The project, dubbed "Directions," was the idea of Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer and Aaron Stewart-Ahn, his partner in the production company otaku-house. "It just seemed so appropriate to build a project that so many artists that we admire could be a part of and it's so inspiring to stand back and watch them work," Harmer says.

In addition to veterans like Lance Bangs, Laurent Briet, Monkmus and P.R. Brown, videos were created by photographer Autumn de Wilde, writer/director Rob Schrab, animator ace Norton, graphic artist Jeffrey Brown and the Cincinnati-based design team Lightborne.

It has been a year of firsts for Death Cab For Cutie, as "Plans" garnered the band's first top 10 album on The Billboard 200 (No. 4), its biggest radio hit ("Soul Meets Body," which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart) and its first Grammy nomination (best alternative album).

Having recently concluded a North American tour, Death Cab returns to live duty tonight (Dec. 19) at Portland, Ore., radio station KNRK's December to Remember show. The group will also play on New Year's Eve as part of Los Angeles' Giant Village festival and serve as the musical guest on the Jan. 14 episode of "Saturday Night Live."

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