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VIDEO: Funny or Die auditions for members of the Postal Service

The band the Postal Service's album
The band the Postal Service's album "Give Up."
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The latest from Funny or Die offers an… alternative history of the formation of the much-loved but short-lived band the Postal Service, with open auditions for a partner for Los Angeles’s Jimmy Tamborello, aka electronic artist Dntel.

Tamborello sits alongside comic Jon Daly, playing the jerk Hollywood record exec of your imagination, trying out a who's who of musicians with cred, plus a few less serious contestants.

The Postal Service Auditions from Ben Gibbard

The celebs offering their take on the world of the Postal Service include Aimee Mann, Weird Al, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, comedian (and KPCC Comedy Congress alum) Marc Maron and an out-of-character Moby, who pretty much steals the video.

In real life, Tamborello teamed with Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and traded files between Los Angeles and Seattle to create their signature sound and create the 2003 album, "Give Up." The band was dark for many years, with both men busy with their own projects.

The Postal Service is reuniting this year for a world tour, hitting several huge festivals including SoCal’s Coachella, but have no announced plans for another album. This year also brings a 10th anniversary reissue of their one album, along with a bonus disc of rarities including two new songs with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, so that will have to sate fans’ appetites for now.

The Postal Service’s brand new song, “A Tattered Line of String”:

The song that brought them their most fame, “Such Great Heights”: