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Field Manual

Field Manual
Studio album by Chris Walla
Released 29 January 2008
2 February 2008
Genre Indie rock
Label Barsuk
Producer Chris Walla and Warne Livesey
Chris Walla chronology
Martin Youth Auxiliary
Field Manual
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Crawdaddy! (mixed)[2]
Pitchfork Media (5.9/10)[3]
Patrol Magazine (4.6/10)[4]

Field Manual is the debut solo album by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, released on January 29, 2008 on Barsuk Records.[5] This is Walla's first album under his own name. It was previously speculated that Walla may use a moniker, most likely Martin Youth Auxiliary, under which to release the album.[6]

The album was originally named It Is Unsustainable.


  • Release 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Bonus tracks 3
  • References 4


Walla originally announced on his Hall of Justice Recording site that the album would be released in March 2007, but Field Manual was pushed back to September 2007.[5] The album was then set for a later release date of January 29, 2008.[7] The record was released in Australia via Architecture, the same label that released three Death Cab for Cutie albums. Warne Livesey co-produced the album with Walla.[5]

All tracks performed by Chris Walla, except drums on 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 by Kurt Dahle (of The New Pornographers); drums on songs 3, 7, and 11 by Jason McGerr (of Death Cab for Cutie)

Track listing [8]

  1. "Two-Fifty" - 3:31
  2. "The Score" - 2:58
  3. "Sing Again" - 2:31
  4. "A Bird Is a Song" - 3:08
  5. "Geometry &C" - 3:07
  6. "Everyone Needs a Home" - 3:06
  7. "Everybody On" - 3:17
  8. "Our Plans, Collapsing" - 3:56
  9. "Archer v. Light" - 3:06
  10. "St. Modesto" 4:27
  11. "It's Unsustainable" - 5:56
  12. "Holes" - 2:40
  13. "Every Tic" (Australian Bonus Track)
  14. "Like a Spark" (Australian Bonus Track)

Bonus tracks

Copies pre-ordered from the Barsuk shop before February 4, 2008 received three downloadable non-album MP3 bonus tracks.

  1. "Like a Spark" - 4:31
  2. "Sing Again (2006 Demo)" - 2:32
  3. "Our Plans, Collapsing (2006 Demo)" - 3:47


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Crawdaddy! review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Patrol Magazine review
  5. ^ a b c HOJ Words
  6. ^ » Death Cab for Cutie: “We’re six songs in.” :: Puddlegum ::
  7. ^ Chris Walla / Barsuk Records
  8. ^ Chris Walla : field manual
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