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Jan 07

Andrew Bird – Noble Beast

When I went to see multi-instrumentalist (and damn fine whistler) Andrew Bird at the Warfield last year I walked out seriously depressed.  Usually when I go see a band I have some thought that with just a little more work on my part I can get to their level.  But Andrew Bird’s music is so complex and so creative and so indescribably unique that I have no idea how I could ever approach it.  Depressing and uplifting at the same time I guess.  To see what I’m talking about, watch this video of him playing violin through a looping pedal:

Andrew Bird @ From The Basement from Daniel Caballero on Vimeo.

See what I mean?  I have recommended Bird’s last two solo albums to many friends, and they have been universally liked.  Most folks find Armchair Apocrypha more accessible, but trust me – after several listens you will love The Mysterious Production of Eggs.  This is another one of those albums that I listened to every day for months.  That’s why I’m so excited about Noble Beast, which will be released this month.  NPR has the whole album online and the New York Times has an in depth feature on Bird and this release (with a really interesting account of what it took to get started).  Bird is one of the writers on the New York Times’ Measure for Measure songwriting blog, where he writes a little bit about the making of this album.

A few songs for your enjoyment:

image The Mysterious Production of Eggs
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
MX Missiles

image Armchair Apocrypha
Fiery Crash

Andrew is playing at the Fillmore next month.  I’ll be the depressed, awed guy in the back.

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