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DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Sugar (live on WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - The Other One (live on WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Sugar (MP3)

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Wooden Birds

The Wooden Birds played the first of three scheduled NYC dates at the Mercury Lounge on Friday, April 10th. Lymbyc Systym opened that show. Pictures from that show above and below.

The Wooden Birds' second gig at the same venue is Thursday, April 16th with opener Home Video. (Tickets still on sale.) The next night, April 17th, the Wooden Birds play with Cale Parks and Sam Izdat at Union Hall. (Tickets are also on sale.)

Last month the band visited SXSW. One stop on that visit was WOXY's Lounge Act sessions, where the band performed tunes off their forthcoming Barsuk debut, magnolia. Songs "Sugar" and "The Other One" from that session are posted above for free download, as well as the studio version of one of them

Andrew Kenny, Wooden Birds frontman, also briefly reunited with his former band, American Analog Set, for a one-night (SXSW day party) performance of their 1999 album The Golden Band.

On hiatus since 2005's Set Free, [American Analog Set] got back together to pull a "Don't Look Back"-esque revisit to 1999's The Golden Band for this show only. A special occasion to say the least. I'd forgotten how beautifully hypnotic AmAnSet was, particularly their earlier records - I'd only seen them live in their (slightly) more upbeat and poppier configurations. This show, however, was all shimmering vibraphone, whirring farfisa and Andrew Kenny's somnambulant vocals - pure aural beauty in its sleepiest form. Though it's great that Kenny has a new project in The Wooden Birds, I hope this isn't the last of AmAnSet (although I sort of do, since it means I was there). [Chromewaves]
The Wooden Birds have more tour dates scheduled, including an April/May European tour with Grand Archives. All dates and more Mercury Lounge pictures, below...

Lymbyc Systym...

Lymbyc Systym

Lymbyc Systym

Lymbyc Systym

Lymbyc Systym

Lymbyc Systym

Wooden Birds...

Wooden Birds

Wooden Birds

Wooden Birds

Wooden Birds

The Wooden Birds - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 16 Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
Apr 17 Union Hall - Brooklyn, New York
Apr 18 TT the Bears - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 19 Bar Night Club - New Haven, Connecticut
Apr 23 Debaser - Malmo, Sweden #
Apr 24 Prinzenbar - Hamburg, Germany #
Apr 25 Hafen 2 - Offenbach, Germany #
Apr 27 Schocken - Stuttgart, Germany #
Apr 28 Chat Noir - Trier, Germany #
Apr 29 Vera - Groningen, Netherlands #
Apr 30 Bar Mondial - Antwerpen, Belguim #
May 1 Bikini Test - La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland #
May 2 d*qliq - Luxembourg, Luxembourg #
May 3 Albani - Winterthur, Switzerland #
May 4 Cafe de la Danse - Paris, France #
May 5 TBA - Bordeaux, France #
May 6 Wah-Wah Club - Valencia, Spain #
May 7 Moby Dick Club - Madrid, Spain #
May 8 Cafe Hispano - Zaragoza, Spain #
May 9 Apolo - Barcelona, Spain #
May 10 Psilocybenea Cultural Center - Hondarribia, Spain #
May 12 Orangehouse - Munich, Germany #
May 13 Wuk - Vienna, Austria #
May 14 Teatar & Td - Zagreb, Croatia #
May 15 GrooveStation - Dresden, Germany #
May 16 Pop-Up Festival @ UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany
May 17 Cafe Zapata - Berlin, Germany #
Jul 4 Stubb's BBQ - Austin, Texas $
# with Grand Archives
$ with Explosions in the Sky

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Comments (14)

Looking forward to this show. Going to have to run there after the Rhett Miller show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Strangely enough, when Andrew was at the University of Texas, I was a lab instructor and a teaching assistant for his Biochem 2 class. I had no idea about his writing prowess, but the guy was kick ass at organic synthesis.
- Ashok

Posted by Ashok Chandra | April 14, 2009 3:59 PM

Jacob, the photographer for this show was so
annoying. Only because he set up a remote
flash on the side of the wall so as he shot
photos all night, everyone would get these bright
flashes in their peripherary. They were quick, repeated
Flashes like a fire alarm would have. Jacob also had to shoot
for the entire set. Did you really? All that for these few here?
Photogs need to get better at their craft so they can shoot, get out of the way and allow others to enjoy a show without worrying
If there are epileptics in the crowd. thanks Jacob!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 5:32 PM

Sam Izdat is Gabe from Takka Takka.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 9:42 PM

to the boy who posted at 5:32 who was born without a name -

my god, you poor thing. I had no idea your mother was epileptic too.

send me your address and I'll send you your ten dollars back.

Posted by jacob | April 15, 2009 2:14 AM

^ that sounds really annoying

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 2:38 AM

I took about 150 with shots with flash over the time span of an hour, an average of one shot about every 24 seconds. Having the flash *behind* everybody (on your periphery) means I don't have to use it in your face. Mercury is dark, dark dark. it started dark and then they turned the lights down even lower.

Thanks for your brilliant and informative comments.

Posted by Jacob | April 15, 2009 11:43 AM

The last few years that AAS played, their shows were always much louder and more uptempo than their albums. Asking anyone who attended this show: is the same true for Wooden Birds? Or do they sound much like their recordings?

Posted by Ben | April 15, 2009 3:30 PM

wow jacob you should just shut up you're making yourself sound worst

i only took a pick every 24 seconds
and only 150 of them
do you know how ridiculous that sounds?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2009 9:24 PM

Jacob is such a loser. that's a lot of pics. and leave my mother out of it you amateur. also learn to talk shit better while you're at it. amateur.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 5:09 AM

no really, jacob. it was beyond annoying. i heard there were other comments about it here and went out of my way just so i could chime in (however late) and say i'm not surprised you took 150 pics, it sure seemed that way. that's a hell of a lot for a one hour set and you should know it. that blinding flash definitely interfered with my enjoyment of the show (and it was an awesomely good show too! much love for the wooden birds). so come on. be considerate and shoot a fraction of that next time.

Posted by sue | April 21, 2009 8:53 PM

I didn't even notice the photos were being taken... and I was on stage playing music. Photographers bracket, meaning for one good shot, ten might have to be taken to get it right. There are some nice photos here, so I'm glad they were taken. It's too bad audience memebers were inconvenienced, but I wasn't bothered by the flashes on the stage. Anyway, it's funny that the comments here are all about the photos. I hope the music was enjoyable, at least.

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