Posted in music | pictures on October 24, 2011

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird

I escaped the madness of CMJ on Friday hopping the Metro-North to catch Andrew Bird at the charming Tarrytown Music Hall. The bustle of a small town on a Friday night, a tiny street fair and a couple of musical acts accompanied the short walk from the station. It was unexpected but gave the main strip a festive fall atmosphere.

With Sock Monkey perched behind him, Bird played in his shoes this time, despite shouts from sold-out audience to remove them, admitting that years of playing in his colorful socks had taken a toll on his legs.

The setlist was sweeping; hitting seldom played songs, such as a condensed and cabaret-style take on "The Naming Of Things", staples like "Why" and "Plasticities" and a host of new songs (a new full length is due in March) including standout "Lusitania.") He also played "Bein' Green" from Muppets: The Green Album and, during the encore, a cover of The Handsome Family's "So Much Wine" as well as "Happy Day" from the Trials of Darryl Hunt soundtrack. Joining Bird mid-way through the set was collaborator and show opener, Dosh. At one point the two performed an improvisational piece, something they've be doing over the course of the short, nine-city, Northeast tour. Bird prefaced the number by telling the audience the nightly experiments had been going so well there would likely be a record.

Dosh's opening set of electronic, percussion- and keyboard-based instrumentals was excellent. The set contained the familiar (to Andrew Bird fans) music of "Simple X" to which Bird added lyrics for the track that appeared on Armchair Apocrypha.

More pictures from the night, including one of the setlist, below...

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Comments (20)

occupy.

squat the world.

the whole world is actually, really watching.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:17 PM

one of the nicest andrew bird shows i've been to in a long time. a great mixed bag of goodies. improvisational collaboration with bird and dosh was something special.
perfect description and great pictures!

Posted by in memory of garbage can | October 24, 2011 5:20 PM

Dear Mr. Bird,

You may be a classically-trained violinist, but I don't see you pulling off the bodysuit like Ms. Caroline Polachek does oh so well. RIght? I said ... RIGHT?! My Billyburger-eating fools for brothers will go in on this one with me. Back off, Bird. We only want photos of Ms. Chairlift on this site.

Yrs,

Occupy Polachek

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:20 PM

why exactly should we be "squatting?"

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:23 PM

He played Don't Be Scared and Weather Systems in the encore as well, instead of "Orpheo"

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:34 PM

we should occupy or squat because if enough people participate globally and get enough high quality videos/pictures/articles/personal narratives/etc... it could lead to a moment where a lot of people around the globe wake up to the idea that "we are all the occupiers" and be a sort of "mini-revolution" of consciousness i guess.


Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:36 PM

What time did Daft Occupation go on?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:48 PM

internets

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 5:49 PM

i can haz occupy?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:16 PM

in the last couple years basically every single person on the planet got online. everyone the globe over is learning about how democracy works in a way they never could before.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:26 PM

Bird bird bird, the bird is the word !
Bird bird bird, the bird is the word !

OK, I'm just kidding. What it comes down to, kiddies, is this:

All we really need to know, understand and love are these two words:

Occupy Polachek

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 6:35 PM

What song from Norman did he play?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 7:10 PM

So glad this setlist is up. The set was phenomenal and I needed to find the setlist somewhere. Thank you, BV!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 7:59 PM

NPR-Core

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 8:33 PM

fuck it, i'm going to sleep outside in the fucking cold just to make a point. it's on. hell yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 8:47 PM

it's actually a really beautiful idea, especially with pita.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 8:50 PM

the cold war on bullshit.

nice guys and girls.


: )

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 8:52 PM

It all boils down to the following -

Wherever Polachek is going to occupy, that's where you'll find me and all my BEB (Billyburger Eating Brethren).

So. As said before. As said now. Occupy Polachek, motherfuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2011 10:25 PM

Occupy Polachek this sunday at the music hall of williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 12:22 AM

andrew bird for the win

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 8:16 PM

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