by Andrew Frisicano

The Wooden Birds @ Mercury Lounge in April (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Wooden Birds

Like Lymbyc Systym, Andrew Kenny of The Wooden Birds and American Analog Set played on Her Space Holiday's XOXO album.

The Wooden Birds recently toured Europe and the US. That included three NYC shows in April, including one with Lymbyc System on April 10th at the Mercury Lounge, and a stop at WOXY to record a live session. The Wooden Birds' debut, Magnolia, is out now on Barsuk Records (An MP3 from that, above, with the WOXY session).

The Wooden Birds now have a new May/June US tour scheduled (with more dates to come). This tour includes a June 24th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Other Lives. Tickets are on sale.

Stillwater, Oklahoma band Other Lives, formerly Kunek, just released its debut as well. The self-titled release came out on tbd Records in April.

"When a band's instrumentation includes things like harmonium, vibraphone, electric harpsichord, mellotron, violin, cello, and lap steel, it's easy to feel intimidated; the combination of modern and analog instruments could make for a weird and cluttered orchestra, or a pretentious one at the very least. But Other Lives wield their cumbersome pile of apparatus gracefully, choosing instrumentations carefully, and using them to create a larger variety of feelings--on "End of the Year", the change from charming guitar-peppered opening movement to the darkened string-based middle section makes the song a story in and of itself." [Crawdaddy]

Check out some videos including one of Other Lives playing an acoustic version of "E Minor," a song off their debut, and all dates, below...

Other Lives - E Minor (acoustic version)

The Wooden Birds - 2009 Tour Dates
May 27 Phoenix, AZ - Modified
May 28 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
May 29 San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
May 30 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
May 31 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
June 2 Vancouver, BC - Media Club *
June 3 Portland, OR - The Doug Fir *
June 4 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
June 6 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
June 7 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
June 18 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon *
June 19 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
June 20 Chicago, IL - Schubas *
June 21 Cleveland, OH - Beachland *
June 23 Cambridge, MA - TT The Bears *
June 24 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
June 25 Philadelphia, PA - North Star *
June 29 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
July 2 Houston, TX - Walters on Washington *
July 4 Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
* with Other Lives

Other Lives - other 2009 Tour Dates
May 20 Fox Theater w/ The Decemberists SOLD OUT Oakland, California
May 21 McDonald Theatre w/ The Decemberists SOLD OUT Eugene
May 23 The Red Room Kennewick, Washington
May 25 Sasquatch! Quincy, Washington
Aug 7 Lollapalooza! Chicago, Illinois

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