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Andrew Bird at Riverside Church - 12/11/12
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird played his second of two "Gezelligheid" shows at Riverside Church last night (12/11) after selling out the venue a night earlier. Like the previous night, Andrew played a handful of solo material in addition to being joined by Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton for a portion of the set. Pictures from that show are in this post.

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Andrew Bird @ Riverside Church, 12/10/2012
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird played his first of two "Gezelligheid" shows at Riverside Church in NYC last night (12/10). Many people thought the church was a beautiful location for Andrew's show, and the sound was great too. As usual, Andrew came equipped with his violin, guitar, and giant horns behind him. Though he played most of the show on his own, Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton joined him for a portion of it. Pictures from the show (including one of the setlist, though he didn't stick entirely to it last night) are in this post.

Andrew Bird will do it again at the same venue tonight (12/11) and though last night was sold out, tickets for tonight's show are still available.

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Andrew Bird at Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird will play three special shows in December as part of his "Gezelligheid" series of concerts. "Gezelligheid" is a Dutch term that loosely translates to "cozy." Says Bird, "What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season. I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter. I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere."

For his NYC show, Bird has chosen the lovely Riverside Church on December 10. Tickets are currently on fan pre-sale and go on regular sale Friday (10/5) at noon. As part of this series, he'll two two shows in Chicago on December 19 and 20 with a full band show in Minneapolis on 12/17.

In the meantime, gear up for Andrew Bird's new LP, Hands of Glory, by streaming the new track "Three White Horses" below. Look for the LP on October 30 via Mom + Pop.

All listed tour dates are below.

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Gil Scott-Heron

"Kanye West was among those who paid respect to spoken word artist and "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away at age 62 last week, at a memorial service in Harlem's Riverside Church Thursday (June 2).

The service, which was open to the public, closed with West performing an Auto-Tuned yet emotional rendition of of "Lost In The World" -- the song from his latest album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," and one that samples the refrain, "Who will survive in America?" from Scott-Heron's well-known poem, "Comment #1."

In addition to West, a trio of Scott-Heron's longtime backing musicians gave a spirited performance of the artist's songs "Better Days Ahead" and "The Bottle," while the audience clapped along." [Billboard]
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DOWNLOAD: Lou Reed - Perfect Day (Carillon April 30th, 2009) (MP3)

Lou Reed & his Metal Machine (more by Lori Baily)
Lou Reed

"Lou Reed's (b. 1942) music written for the Velvet Underground propelled him to rock stardom. His Metal Machine Music, a distorted sound wall of guitar feedback, has been called the precursor to punk. Critical rejection at its first release in 1975 led to a cult-like interest. Ulrich Krieger has accomplished a feat once deemed impossible by transcribing and arranging Metal Machine Music for classical instruments"...
Mark your calendar because that program, "Fireworks Ensemble playing Metal Machine Music", is coming to Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5, 2010. Tickets are on sale now.

Ulrich Krieger was 1/3 of the Metal Machine Trio that played the Gramercy Theatre in April. (The others on stage were Sarth Calhoun, Reed himself and special guest John Zorn.) That trio has dates later this year in Europe, which are posted below.

This weekend, Reed is at Lollapalooza in Chicago, where he'll play a "songs" set (if you recall, the Metal Machine shows advertised themselves as "No Songs No Vocals" to curb any suspicion about the program).

Reed recently collaborated with Barenaked Ladies instrumentalist Kevin Hearn on a "song about overfishing the oceans stands out like a sore sea-hugger."

Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle's Havana Winter, released on [July 28th] from Hearn's indie label Celery Music, is nakedly invested in...natural subjects. "Coma," which features Reed on backing vocals and guitar, was inspired by Charles Clover's The End of the Line, an alarming documentary about fishing, technology and extinction. Reed and Hearn use that as a point of departure to also criticize urban sprawl.

Reed plays screeching guitar on three [of the record's] tunes ("Coma," "In The Shade," "H.I.T.S."), while his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson adds electric violin on "Reeling."

Listen to "Coma" at Wired.

Another track, posted above, is a version of Reed's "Perfect Day," originally released on 1972's Transformer, being played on the Riverside Church carillon (a huge mass of bells and the largest of its kind in the world) last April. Why you ask? Here's the description of the event...

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