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...