by Bill Pearis

andrew bird

Andrew Bird is one of the contributors to a new compilation titled Good People Rock which benefits Montreal-based charity organization Yellow Bird Project. It's out now digitally via new Arts & Crafts imprint Madic Records. It's got artists associated with Yellow Bird (which makes unique t-shirts) covering other Yellow Bird artists, and Andrew Bird covers New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines." It's my kind of cover in that Andrew Bird makes it his own while it's unmistakably a Carl Newman melody. The video for the song was made by directors Luke McCutcheon and Michael Yablonski with marionette artist Robin Polfuss and is quite lovely. Watch it below. Other artists involved on Good People Rock include The Tallest Man on Earth, Elvis Perkins, and King Creosote. Full tracklist is below.

Bird will be touring Europe this summer and will play a warm-up show for that at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on June 25 which he's calling "a very special performance." Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/1) at noon. Andrew's only other US show is a gala benefit for Boston's Institute of Contemporary Arts on May 16. All dates are listed below...

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Good People Rock tracklist:
01 Andrew Bird: "The Fake Headlines" (The New Pornographers)
02 Hayden: "Family Tree" (TV on the Radio)
03 Elvis Perkins ft. Alec Ounsworth: "Mexican Ritual" (Alec Ounsworth)
04 Whispertown: "Give A Little Love" (Rilo Kiley)
05 Micah P. Hinson: "Not One Bit Ashamed" (King Creosote)
06 King Creosote: "Take It In" (Hot Chip)
07 Alec Ounsworth: "How's Forever Been Baby" (Elvis Perkins)
08 Keaton Henson: "Take Care" (Beach House)
09 Dry the River: "Satellite Mind" (Metric)
10 T E Morris: "Much More Then That" (Sharon Van Etten)
11 Astral Swans ft. Dan Mangan: "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" (Wolf Parade)
12 The Tallest Man on Earth: "A Field of Birds (YBP Theme Song)"

Andrew Bird - 2015 Tour Dates
May 16 Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Boston MA
Jun 25 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
Jun 28 Down the Rabbit Hole Festival Ewijk, Netherlands
Jun 29 Kaufleuten Zurich, Switzerland
Jun 30 Ferrara's Castle Ferrera, Italy
Jul 01 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Jul 02 Philharmonie de Paris Paris, France
Jul 04 Vida Festival Barcelona, Spain