Entries tagged with: Andrew Bird
The first big music release date of the year offers a bonanza of indie rock albums. The CD release of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been garnering most of the press, but A.C. Newman's Get Guilty, Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, and Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP have all been greatly anticipated and have mostly lived up to their hype.
Other releases I have heard and can recommend include Anya Marina's Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II, Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light In The West, Matt & Kim's Grand, MV & EE's Drone Trailer, Six Organs of Admittance's RTZ, and Will Sheff & Charles Bissell's split 7" Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Andrew Bird rocking for Barack @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Andrew Bird was just saying how he likes to keep it real and play more intimate venues that he can definitely sell out and connect with fans in. He recently decided to not go nuts and play the huge Radio City, instead opting for the smaller room at Carnegie Hall. Staying true to that cool attitude, he just added a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The new January 26th date is two days before he plays Carnegie Hall. Tickets go on Am Ex presale Thursday at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.
At 35, Bird has spent almost 15 years working relentlessly for the sort of exposure he now seems poised to enjoy. "Six years ago, when I was still struggling, I just wanted to go anywhere in the world and play for 300 people," he says.Andrew's new album Noble Beast is now streaming at NPR.
And yet when I first met Bird a couple of weeks before the Hideout show, he didn't have the air of an underappreciated artist finally about to be given his due. On the contrary, he seemed worried about losing control over a career that he is accustomed to micromanaging. He wondered, for instance, if "Noble Beast" was perhaps being promoted too aggressively. Bird's publicist had wanted him to play one of the first shows on his coming tour at Radio City Music Hall (capacity: 6,000). Bird was concerned that it was too big a venue, that he might fail to make a connection with the audience and that things could easily spiral downward from there. They compromised on Carnegie Hall, which seats about 3,000.
"A lot of bands get hyped and go from playing for no one to playing for thousands of people, most of whom are standing there with their arms folded saying, 'O.K., are you really as good as everyone says you are?' " Bird told me. "I've never had to deal with that. I've gotten here by winning one person at a time."
[Sunday's NY Times Magazine]
Lemonade @ LPR (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Stella @ Nokia Theatre
* Diego Garcia @ Living Room
* Friendly Fires & Lemonade @ The Annex
* Friendly Fires @ Virgin Megastore Union Square
* Kid Cudi, Wale & DJ Marc Ronson @ Highline Ballroom
* Beach House & Tickley Feather @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Friendly Foes, Frankpollis & Your Skull My Closet @ The Bell House
* Ting Tings, Duke Spirit, Airborne Toxic Event & Mike Doughty @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Tallest Man On Earth & Marissa Nadler @ Mercury Lounge
Flower Travellin Band is not playing tonight.
Mike Doughty is also playing Maxwell's on New Years Eve.
The Tallest Man on Earth is also playing three other sold out shows this week.
Marissa Nadler blogged about her time at the Brainwaves Festival.
Jakob Dylan was born today in 1969.
Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, and Tom Waits in... This Week in Music Licensing.
A video for Andrew Bird's "Lull" below...
We're a week away from the Swedish invasion that is Melpo Mene and Loney, Dear both in NYC at the same time. As previously noted, the two artists have shows scheduled together at Mercury Lounge (12/10) and The Bell House (12/12), and Melpo Mene is also playing Rockwood Music Hall (12/11). Now you can also add a free, early show at Cake Shop to MM's list (12/12).
And as previously noted, Loney, Dear is then going on a tour with Andrew Bird in 2009, but the NYC Andrew Bird date at Carnegie Hall (1/28) has Dosh opening instead of Loney, SO rather than not play NYC at all in that general time range, Loney comma Dear went ahead and scheduled a show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 31st - a night that he and Andrew both otherwise had off. No tickets for that one yet. All Melpo and Loney dates below...
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
Andrew Bird rocking for Barack (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Loney, Dear isn't opening for Andrew at the NYC show (Dosh is), but Loney, Dear is playing every other 2009 Andrew Bird show just announced. Loney, Dear (I hate that comma in his name) is playing NYC soon though - in December with Melpo Mene.
Andrew Bird @ Hiro Ballroom (more by Fresh Bread)
Tickets will be sold through CarnegieHall.org or charge by phone 8 AM - 8 PM - 212.247.7800 No fee tickets are available at the venue box office - Mon-Sat 11AM - 6PM & Sun 12PM - 6PMAll Andrew Bird tour dates below...
on sale 11/20 11:00 am
All Ages, Doors 7:30PM / Show 8PM
Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grizzly Bear & Final Fantasy will be performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Christie, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale October 20th.
Nico Muhly will be writing the arrangements for GB. FF writes his own. Grizzly Bear's last NYC show was at Hammerstein Ballroom with The National. Their next one will be a few songs at an event for Obama.
"Last spring, Final Fantasy and members of Beirut went outdoors with instruments, microphones, and Alan Lomax's headphones for an ethnomusicological exercise in fake field recordings that captures the culture of the fictional land of Spectrum.' Final Fantasy's Spectrum, 14th Century is out now from from Blocks Recording Club. Final Fantasy's next EP, Plays To Please, is out October 21st, "as part of the Pregnancy Series, presented jointly by Slender Means Society, States Rights Records and Blocks Recording Club. It is six songs written by Toronto genius Alex Lukashevsky, delivered by a 35-piece big band, including Nick Fraser (Drumheller), Paul Mathew (The Hidden Cameras) and Andrew Bird."
Photos by Fresh Bread
The amazing Andrew Bird played his second of two nights at Hiro Ballroom in NYC last night before heading to Music Hall of Williamsburg to close out the Barack Rock event with a second, but shorter performace (10/7). More than half of Bird's Hiro set was made up of songs taken from his upcoming album, "Noble Beast." There was whistling. Minnsesota/South Dakota singer-songwriter Haley Bonar opened the show and plays again at Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight (10/8). More pictures and the setlist below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night (October 7) 6 musicians and 6 comedians came together to raise money for Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The not-so-packed, but sold out event went on over the course of 5 and a half hours, ending with a set by Andrew Bird who thought this was the greatest afterparty he could imagine. The $40 event was highlighted by an appearance by not-so-secret-guests Franz Ferdindand (who play the same venue again tonight)
"Thanks for letting a bunch of Limeys like us play your rally," said Scot and Greenpoint resident Alex Kapranos. "We only hope you'll invite us back for your victory party." It was a fun night in support of who many of us hope will be the next President of the United States. [Sound Bites]Other highlights were Eugene Mirman's RNC video coverage, a Les Savy Fav (another not-so-secret guust) patriotic song sing-a-long, and a set by the Fiery Furnaces.
Fiery Furnaces may have played all new songs, I didn't recognize an of them at least. Once again, they've reinvented themselves since last seeing them at MHOW last December. They're now organ-heavy, early '70s funk. I still marvel at Elanor's ability to memorize Fiery Furnaces insanely-verbose lyrics. [Sound Bites]Each band played 3-5 songs and each comedian joked for about 15 minutes. Downstairs was Obama headquarters where live video of the debate was viewable.
More pictures below...
Andrew Bird @ All Points West (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Bird's got his follow-up to last year's Armchair Apocrypha in the can.Andrew Bird is in NYC
The disc's called Noble Beast, and it's due from Fat Possum January 27. You can get your first earful of leadoff track "Oh No" over in Forkcast right now. And yes, there is lots of whistling.
Bird also has a new live album available right this instant through his webstore. It's called Live in Montreal, and it was recorded at the city's La Tulipe in September of last year with Martin Dosh and Jeremy Ylvisaker backing up Bird. [P4K]
Oct 6 @ Hiro Ballroom w/ Sandro Perri (sold out)
Oct 7 @ Hiro Ballroom w/ Haley Bonar (sold out)
Oct 7 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Les Savy Fav, Fiery Furnaces, others (on sale)
All AB dates below...
Andrew Bird / Eugene Mirman / The Fiery Furnaces / Kumail Nanjiani / Alina Simone / Heather Lawless / Guster / Lizz Winstead / Martin Bisi / John Roberts / Adira Amram / Special Secret Musical Guests -- (Not appearing in order)This show happens while Andrew Bird is in town to play two shows at Hiro Ballroom.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN!
Tue 10/7, on sale 9/27 12:00 pm, 18+
Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
$40 advance / $40 day of show
@ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Andrew Bird -- Wow, was this guy awful. I wanted to get close to the stage for She & Him so I had to tolerate Bird's performance. It was horrendous. He played a violin like a guitar. Not cool. But what was perplexing was that everyone else LOVED this guy. It was like I was taking crazy pills. He had more people than either The Go! Team and She & Him (who sandwiched him on the south stage). When his set was over everyone cleared out. What were these people thinking?!? She & Him were next! It's times like this that I lose faith in humanity." [Yeah Right]A violin like a guitar?!?!?! Pics from Andrew's performance at APW the same weekend are HERE. More pics of She & Him at Virgin below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
I walked in to All Points West while Andrew Bird was playing on the small stage on Friday (8/8/8). The little I heard sounded great. It was painful to keep going, but I was intent on seeing Underworld who had already started as well. More tour dates and APW pictures below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Gothamist: I assume you're going to be with Andrew Bird at All Points West?Dosh is on tour with Anathallo. You can catch them tonight (May 24) at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Last night they played Mercury Lounge. How was it? More pictures from the show below...
Dosh: Absolutely. Yes. That's going to be awesome.
Gothamist: Where are you guys at with his new album?
Dosh: Let's see. I want to say maybe 80% there. I think there are nine or ten tunes done. Jeremy just went to Chicago to do some bass on a bunch of the stuff. I'm not sure what the total count of tunes is that are going to be on there. Jeremy and Andrew went to Nashville and recorded I think seven songs there with guitars, violins and vocals. They sent me the files and I recorded a bunch of strange percussion stuff in my basement and then went to Chicago with Jeremy and did some live stuff there. And when Andrew was in Minneapolis for the World of Dosh show we recorded some looping in my basement.
Wolves and Wishes, Martin Dosh's fourth official LP, arrives after its architect spent nearly a year on the road--touring solo and as a member of Andrew Bird's band--and yet, he sounds reborn. If 2006's The Lost Take reimagined the drums, Rhodes and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink virtuoso as a full band, his latest restocks the lineup with a fresh cast of collaborators, then stretches out as Dosh masterminds the material (composing, improvising, arranging) with all the explorative wonderment of a debut ablum. Never has our man sounded so free. And to think, there's not a single drum machine in the mix. Wolves And Wishes will is available on CD today, May 13. The vinyl version of the record will be in store June 10. [PR]What do you think of the new album? Grab one MP3 from it above.
With music now available with a single, offhand click, it's easy to forget that songs are not born whole, polished and ready to play. They are created by artists who draw on some combination of craft, skill and inspiration. In the coming weeks, the contributors to this blog -- all accomplished songwriters -- will pull back the curtain on the creative process as they write about their work on a songs in the making.Andrew Bird & Suzanne Vega did posts so far. Andrew Bird tour dates below...
"Leno has said he’s comfortable with his planned departure but, according to a report earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times, the comedian has grown reluctant to retire as host of the fabled, top-rated late-night program." [MSNBC]
Grizzly Bear is playing Conan on November 6th. Some related videos below.....
Andrew Bird @ Austin City Limits 2007 (CRED)
Andrew Bird just announced a slew of new tour dates, and some of them are now on presale - that includes the one happening November 30th at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. I unfortunately missed Andrew's set at ACL because I went to the Wilco ACL TV taping (which was amazing), but there's a picture from it above. Andrew is playing six shows with Wilco - some with Bright Eyes too. All tour dates below....
MITOSIS: "type of cell division where one cell splits into two identical cells" [Google]
"I": a song on Weather Systems
"IMITOSIS": a song on Armchair Apocrypha, "I" redone......
DOWNLOAD: Andrew Bird - Heretics (MP3)
Andrew Bird's sock monkey in Bellingham, WA - May 6, 2007 (CRED)
Something very important came out in Gothamist's interview with Andrew Bird this week...
Whenever I'm going to do an interview I always scan the fan sites to see what people are obsessing over. In your case, there seems to be a lot of message-board curiosity about where you get your socks. There are entire threads about this, titled things like "Dude, where does Bird get his socks?!", "I will ask him at the San Francisco show, if I can, directly after I ask him to marry me!" And "I don't want him to think that I only love him for his socks." So are they custom made or would you rather that remain a mystery?Andrew Bird's socks - SXSW 2004 (CRED)
Andrew: Sometimes people give them to me, which is nice. Who doesn’t need a new pair of socks? We’re actually working on making our own socks instead of T-shirts. But honestly the best socks I’ve ever found in the most colorful and interesting patterns are Paul Smith. They’re pricey but they’re pretty beautiful socks. But I mix it up, you know I wear Sock Monkey socks sometimes. Have you ever seen those Sock Monkey kits? They’re good socks! But onstage I have admit I do pay a little more attention to my sock wear.
The interview by John Del Signore also reveals Andrew's thoughts on one small Brooklyn venue he visited recently...
We just played Union Hall and I thought that was a pretty great place. I just like how much work they put into those glass cases.Below you'll find a picture of Andrew's socks from that very show....