Category Archives: andrew bird

NEWS! Lots of it.

Check out ‘Mukraker’ by Conveyor–mark my words, you’ll be hearing a lot from them in 2012.

If I covered all the music news that I’ve found interesting over the past week, I’d be writing this post for three days straight. It’s been nutty. So here are some snippets.

King Charles releases Mississippi Isabel EP
At long last, I can listen to a version of ‘Ivory Road’ that wasn’t recorded in the back of a London taxicab (although I adore that one too). The king’s EP is available on iTunes and Amazon, and features:

1. Bam Bam
2. Love Lust
3. Ivory Road
4. Mississippi Isabel

Andrew Bird reveals Break It Yourself tracklist:
I’m stoked to see Andrew Bird and Laura Marling in April–and if that tour prospect isn’t juicy enough already, those tickets come with a digital download of the new album and two live EPs. Check those tour dates out here, and the tracklist for Break It Yourself is below.

01. Desperation Breeds…
02. Polynation
03. Danse Caribe
04. Give it Away
05. Eyeoneye
06. Lazy Projector
07. Near Death Experience Experience
08. Behind the Barn
09. Lusitania
10. Orpheo Looks Back
11. Sifters
12. Fatal Shore
13. Hole in the Ocean Floor
14. Belles

Three Blind Wolves release video for ‘Echo On the Night Train’
These guys need to be better known–they’re phenomenal. I’m happy just closing my eyes and listening to ‘Echo On the Night Train’, but a video (almost) always makes things better.

Slow Club announce US tour
I’m particularly excited about this one, because it means I finally get to catch this duo live when they hit SF’s Brick and Mortar in March.

14 – Washington, DC – DC9
15 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
16 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
17 – Boston, MA – TT The Bears
18 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
19 – Toronto, ON – Rivoli
21 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
22 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

06 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
07 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
08 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
12 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

SXSW 2012 dates TBA

Laura Marling discusses her poem and website for The Beast here
Laura has posted a poem on; it’s inspired by the album and narrated by Gil from Old Crow Medicine Show. Read about her multimedia process and inspiration in the interview above.

Eugene McGuinness releases free download and trailer for ‘Thunderbolt’
Though we’re still waiting on a release date for Eugene McGuinness’s upcoming album, at least he’s given us another taste of the new material. You can grab the track here and watch the trailer below.

Summer Camp hits LA, NY, and DC on upcoming tour
I’m bummed that they’re not stopping in San Francisco, but you can catch Summer Camp at the following dates:

02/06 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
02/09 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
02/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

And finally…. if you’ve been on Mars and haven’t caught the Coachella lineup yet, click here. Or, for heat-averse San Franciscans like me, check out the Bay Area’s Fauxchella dates.

Andrew Bird Announces New Album, US Tour Dates, Exclusive Deal


UPDATE: At least for the Oakland date on 4/13, LAURA MARLING is the support for Andrew Bird’s Break It Yourself tour. APE pre-sale tickets go on sale next Thursday at 10am PST , and regular tickets go on sale the 18th at 10am PST.

Prepare yourself for an earful if you ever get me started on Andrew Bird. Long story short, I think he’s brilliant–actually brilliant, not just the way those Brits use the term. But I’ll wax poetic another time; the fine folks at One Thirty BPM have plenty to say on the topic as well.

Mr. Bird has announced that his upcoming album Break It Yourself will be released in the US on March 6, 2012 (March 5 everywhere else). He’ll be touring the US in support of the album, and has prepared a pretty sweet music and ticket bundle. Buy a ticket to one of the tour dates and you’ll get:

The five-song live EP Fake Conversations from his October tour, delivered to your inbox within a few days of ticket purchase
A digital download of Break It Yourself delivered at midnight on March 6th
A second five-song souvenir live EP from the Break It Yourself tour, delivered in the spring

Check tour dates below:

March 15 Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX
March 16 The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA
March 17 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
March 19 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
March 20 Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH
March 22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
March 23 The Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO
March 24 Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
April 9 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
April 10 The Vogue, Vancouver, BC
April 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
April 13 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
April 18 Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
April 19 Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM
April 20 Rialto Theater, Tucson, AZ
May 3 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
May 4 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
May 5 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
May 6 House of Blues, Boston, MA
May 8 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
May 9 Ramshead Live, Baltimore, MD
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI
May 12 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

Andrew Bird Documentary To Be Released at Vancouver Film Festival

I love Andrew Bird. He’s a musical genius, a fascinating performer, and somewhat of an enigma (at least to me). I think he’d be the perfect topic for a documentary–and apparently filmmaker Xan Aranda agrees. Fever Year has this description on its website:

“Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?” FEVER YEAR is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St. Vincent.”

The film will premiere at the Vancouver Film Festival, September 29th through October 14th. Thanks to Exclaim and Pitchfork for the heads up. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the trailer!

Free Downloads from Passion Pit, Andrew Bird, and the Antlers

FILTER Magazine has informed me that three of my faves have released new music through American Express’s ZYNC Campaign: Andrew Bird, the Antlers, and Passion Pit. Besides being featured in new AmEx commercials, the songs have been released for free on the card company’s Facebook page. I don’t know if I like the thought of these guys being buddy-buddy with credit card companies, but I do like free music. And if Andrew Bird’s on board, then I’ll download away.

Via JP’s Blog:
Andrew Bird – Manny’s Montage by jp917

Andrew Bird – Manny’s Montage by jp917

Passion Pit – All These Trees by jp917

Jeepers Creepers

Any holiday that encourages the wearing of crazy costumes is all right by me. That’s probably why Halloween has always been my favorite holiday: the addition of pumpkins, cool decorations, and free candy puts it over the top on the awesomeness scale. And while I’m not currently loving the music from the Halloween party across the street (I don’t want to learn how to “dougie”, thanks), here are some creeptastic alternatives.

Andrew Bird, “Not a Robot, But a Ghost” (Youtube, live in St. Malo, France)
Animal Collective, “Banshee Beat” (Youtube)
Beirut, “In the Mausoleum” (Youtube, from La Blogotheque)
Bombay Bicycle Club, “Ghost” (Youtube)
Bon Iver, “Creature Fear” (Youtube)
Bowerbirds, “Ghost Life” (Youtube)
Department of Eagles, “Phantom Other” (My friend made this video!)
Eugene McGuinness, “Monsters Under the Bed” (Youtube, official video)
Fanfarlo, “Ghosts” (Youtube, live at SXSW)
First Aid Kit, “Ghost Town” (Youtube, official video)
Florence and the Machine, “My Boy Builds Coffins” (I saw this video when it first came out!)
Girls, “Ghost Mouth” (Youtube, live in Dublin)
Laura Marling, “Night Terror” (official videos one one and two)
Matthew and the Atlas, “Deadwood” (Youtube, live in Belfast)
The Middle East, “Blood” (Youtube, beautiful fan video)
Noah and the Whale covering Daniel Johnston, “Devil Town” (Youtube, live in LA)
St. Vincent, “Laughing with a Mouth of Blood” (Youtube, official video)
Summer Camp, “Ghost Train” (Youtube, official video)
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” (Youtube)
Timber Timbre, “Demon Host” (Youtube, official video, and worth the repeat from my last playlist)

Also check out Peggy Sue’s very appropriate “Horror Move Marathon”–especially if that’s what you did this weekend.

Horror Movie Marathon by brilliantlydifferent