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devnull
07-24-2010, 08:55 PM
Because I'm obsessed and I'm tired of embarrassing myself on facebook. Every other status update I make is some Andrew Bird thing.

So I've been a fan since Armchair Apocrypha, and I loved Noble Beast when it came out, but I've only just discovered his live performances on youtube. Holy fuck. He's mythological.

How about some Tenuousness to start us off...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySoOkE92KlY&feature=related

devnull
07-24-2010, 09:38 PM
These two have been on repeat in my car for weeks:

Anonanimal. "That'll be the end of me...anonanimal, a non animal."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FpA77S7r7c

And Effigy. "Like the words of a man who's spent a little too much time alone."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH8zrvmSaM


On another note entirely, Why. "You'll get your punishment when you show me your crimes"
YES PLEASE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZBoZ0sUT3k

annaybunny
07-24-2010, 09:47 PM
Andy Bizzle! I love him. He's so amazing live.

adore
07-24-2010, 09:59 PM
i'm pleased to see an andrew bird thread! i recently bought weather systems and downloaded the daytrotters sessions (and i love them both!) :)

-adore

Bluebell
07-24-2010, 10:25 PM
He's great. I'm glad to see some love for "Effigy;" I think it's one of his best.

devnull
07-24-2010, 10:45 PM
i'm pleased to see an andrew bird thread! i recently bought weather systems and downloaded the daytrotters sessions (and i love them both!) :)

-adore

I haven't heard either! I know "Weather Systems" has "I" on it, the fetal version of "Imitosis." I should really get that one.

Moar live shit: somewhere between "I" and "Imitosis" there's this, which is just amazing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGS-J_5rY7c

Blackie
07-24-2010, 10:50 PM
Saw him at my local folk festival a few weeks ago. I'd never heard or seen anything of his before, and I was really impressed!

Where's the best album to start?

Frasier Crane
07-24-2010, 11:19 PM
Saw him at my local folk festival a few weeks ago. I'd never heard or seen anything of his before, and I was really impressed!

Where's the best album to start?

Armchair Apocrypha is my favorite! The half-title track is epic:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZK3GR9GEuM

The Mysterious Production of Eggs is perfect too, a bit lo-fi compared to the former.

devnull
07-24-2010, 11:19 PM
Oh yay! I don't know much of his earlier stuff so I'm not a good person to ask. I know that "Armchair Apocrypha" is what turned me into a fan and I love "Mysterious Production of Eggs" and "Noble Beast" (if you saw him live recently he probably played a bunch from that one). Maybe preview some tracks online and whichever one calls to you, go for the album it's on! You really can't go wrong with any of those three.

ETA: I didn't see Mancyspaz before posting. YES. Listen to him.

devnull
07-24-2010, 11:22 PM
I could cry just listening to that title track, Mancy. It's best for the middle of the night when you're totally alone and maybe on the road. LOVE.

(What's up with that video? None of those people are Andrew Bird. LOL)

Frasier Crane
07-24-2010, 11:43 PM
It's a fan video, I think! Also, how incredible are the lyrics?

I dreamed you were a cosmonaut
of the space between our chairs


Time is a crooked bow
Fifty-five and three-eighths years later
At the bottom of a gigantic crater
An armchair calls to you
It says, someday, we'll get back at them all
As ancient sea slugs begin to crawl
through the ragweed and barbed wire

<3

devnull
07-24-2010, 11:55 PM
Oh god, YES.

Grab hold of your bootstraps, and pull like hell
until gravity feels sorry for you, and lets you go
As if you lack the proper chemicals to know
the way it felt the last time you let yourself fall this low.

And then when he wails "You didn't write... you didn't call..." This one time that part made me sob like an embarrassing sobbing person.

devnull
07-25-2010, 01:45 AM
OK one more and then I will stop spamming vids for today. Live version of "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left."

"You're what happens when two substances collide
And by all accounts you really should have died."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRk2iHkOcNE

(He really looks like a rock star in this one. Love the glasses, A Bird.)

Scottish Mike
07-25-2010, 02:19 AM
I've only listened to The Mysterious Production of Eggs so far but I really enjoyed it.

just owls
07-25-2010, 04:02 AM
I absolutely love him. His Daytrotter Session (http://www.daytrotter.com/dt/andrew-bird-concert/20030175-110939.html) is actually what turned me into a full on fan, more specifically his cover of "The Giant of Illinois".

My friend just shared this performance of "Anonanimal" with me a couple weeks ago and ♥. Just gorgeous.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ATKgTGOQX4

Blackie
07-25-2010, 04:53 PM
He's pretty easy on the eyes, isn't he?

devnull
07-25-2010, 05:06 PM
I absolutely love him. His Daytrotter Session (http://www.daytrotter.com/dt/andrew-bird-concert/20030175-110939.html) is actually what turned me into a full on fan, more specifically his cover of "The Giant of Illinois".

My friend just shared this performance of "Anonanimal" with me a couple weeks ago and ♥. Just gorgeous.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ATKgTGOQX4

Oh god, that performance in the chuch is fanfuckingtastic. He blows my mind. I didn't know about the Daytrotter session either so I'm going to download now. Yay you, yay thread!


He's pretty easy on the eyes, isn't he?

YES.

devnull
07-26-2010, 02:42 AM
On another live Andrew Bird binge and found this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozmarZgx1YM
2:45 to the end = [wood] He's almost vamping at 3:00! <3 aaaaa I have such a crush.

devnull
07-31-2010, 07:04 PM
I absolutely love him. His Daytrotter Session is actually what turned me into a full on fan, more specifically his cover of "The Giant of Illinois".


I finally listened to it this morning. So beautiful I teared up. <3 I immediately looked up the original version and while it's pretty awesome, I think AB's version is even better.

Does anyone have the Fingerlings CDs? I notice the first two aren't available anywhere but it looks like they have fun little miscellany on them. I'm trying to resist spending my whole day off looking around for live torrents.

BettahDevil
08-03-2010, 03:35 AM
I first heard about Andrew Bird today via a Margaret Cho Facebook update! Ha!

I'm going to sample some stuff tonight and maybe get an album. I'm assuming it's best to start with Armchair?

devnull
08-06-2010, 05:30 AM
OMG, I just searched out the Margaret Cho thing... you're talking about this, right?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H54Hg2tAoWQ

;l

ETA: Armchair Apocrypha was how I got hooked. Yes, start there!

BettahDevil
08-06-2010, 05:50 AM
Yes devnull!! :)

devnull
08-20-2010, 06:52 AM
http://www.kcrw.com/media-player/mediaPlayer2.html?type=video&id=mb050406andrew_bird

<3

devnull
08-29-2010, 03:09 AM
Does anyone know if the "sonic arboretum" show he did at the Guggenheim earlier this month was recorded?

devnull
09-03-2010, 05:39 PM
I'm totally talking to myself in here.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/09/andrew-bird-cultivates-a-sonic-arboretum.html

In light of this article, devnull, no I don't think it would be recorded. It would beat the point of all the horn speakers, wouldn't it?

devnull
11-10-2010, 06:09 AM
http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_bird_s_one_man_orchestra_of_the_imagination.html

“When I close my eyes sometimes and try to sleep, I can’t stop thinking about my own eyes. And it’s like your eyes start straining to see themselves. That’s what it feels like to me. It’s not pleasant. I’m sorry if I put that idea in your head.”

New song tucked in there! He plays it after he talks and before he starts "Weather Systems."

devnull
12-29-2010, 04:24 AM
I'm totally talking to myself in here.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/09/andrew-bird-cultivates-a-sonic-arboretum.html

In light of this article, devnull, no I don't think it would be recorded. It would beat the point of all the horn speakers, wouldn't it?

Of course it was recorded, you silly bitch.


http://player.vimeo.com/video/14194717

devnull
12-29-2010, 04:49 AM
Anyone seen/seeing him play one of the little shows (http://www.andrewbird.net/shows/index.php) in IL, MN, CA or Mexico? Tickets sold out before I heard about them.

For that matter, anyone listened to the new Fingerlings cd? http://www.twentyfourbit.com/post/2337758556/andrew-bird-releases-fingerlings-4-gezelligheid

PoorMatty
12-29-2010, 05:34 AM
Of course it was recorded, you silly bitch.


http://player.vimeo.com/video/14194717

Beautiful. I bought a violin last summer thinking I would pick it up as easily as I do other instruments, but no. Terrible, terrible sounds. I put it away mostly out of anger at the instrument. But this makes me want to get it out and try again. Those last few notes gave me a shiver.

devnull
12-31-2010, 03:57 AM
Oh I KNOW. I bought a $20 violin off of ebay ten years ago and thought I'd teach myself. HA HA HA.

Has anyone else noticed the State Farm insurance commercials on US tv? I'm almost positive that's Andrew Bird playing in the backing soundtrack. He did some hotel commercials a couple years back so who knows, it could totally be him.

devnull
02-01-2011, 08:35 PM
I saw him play last friday in Santa Cruz. He added a second show and I got in under the wire.

!!!

I think this might be the best live show I've attended. I'm still high, truth be told.

He was funny, smart, humble, dressed up in a suit jacket despite looking like he just came off a 3 month wilderness trip (one could say he's a "noble beast" har har). He played for almost two hours and I'd say a good quarter of the material was stuff he's recording on a new album. The rest were songs from the instrumental "Useless Creatures" and some old ones reworked.

Here are some audience recordings on youtube, varying quality:

New song, fiddling a minute or so in is awesome. There was very much a return to real fiddling throughout the show, a sound he hadn't been into much on the last couple albums. And I love the chorus if I'm hearing it right: "here we go mistaking clouds for mountains, oh ptolemy"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbigctrulcU

Plasticities. He mentioned later in the show how he "sculpts" the sound with the looping machine. He'll need more E, put it on top, carve away a little B flat, etc. It's not the first time I've noticed him using visual metaphors to describe what he's doing... I'm guessing he might have synaesthesia.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgJTeYg6mc0

He also sang a new one he's been working on for a while, Lusitania. I love this one. I couldn't find a video from last weekend, but here it is as of a year or so ago (bonus, that's St. Vincent singing with him). The song is slightly different now and he didn't have a band last weekend, but the basic skeleton of the song is the same:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn9oBJ8NnTk


There was another new one about bees and genetically modified food (I know, dramatic stuff) but he made it poetic, sad and funny at the same time. Apparently Zach Galfanakis is a friend and he's going to play a big hairy bee in the video, running through fields and fields of those speaker horns Bird uses. Or not. I think he was probably joking, but it was a funny enough image to repeat as if it were true.

It was a beautiful, perfect night and I feel so lucky that I got to be there.

Rum 509
02-01-2011, 09:00 PM
He added a second show?!? Gah!

Oh well, I'm not the fan you are, just curious. The Rio is a pretty good place to see shows, I'm glad you went.

devnull
02-01-2011, 09:14 PM
I had no idea you were a fan or I would have told you! Sorry sorry.

Rum 509
02-01-2011, 09:52 PM
That's ok, he's new to me, but I like what I've heard. I saw he was playing a show at the Rio, but it was sold out - the ONLY show that was sold out.

I need to get on their email list, if they have one.

devnull
02-01-2011, 10:05 PM
There's a fb page and a twitter page you can follow, that's how I found out about the second show. Good time to start following, too -- it sounds like he's gonna have an album out this year so I bet there will be a bigger tour announced soon.

Mr. Fox
02-09-2011, 11:02 PM
So this might have been discussed before, but my little sister was watching television when I recognized Andrew's voice:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HmkLu24w2o

It made my day. :)

just owls
07-19-2011, 05:28 AM
From Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AndrewBirdMusic/posts/10150248224809699)


Chicagoans - tune into 93.1 WXRT tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 11:00AM for a special announcement. First person to guess what it is in the comments section gets a prize...

I'm hoping it's a new album announcement, though many are speculating it's going to be a concert thing. Maybe Gezelligheid? Though he announced that last year sometime in September, so this would be quite early.

For those not in Chicago, you can stream XRT here (http://wxrt.radio.com/), or of course just wait for the info to spread.

just owls
08-12-2011, 07:57 PM
New interview + Andrew confirming a new album will be out in early 2012 (http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2011/08/interview_andrew_bird.php)


​Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Bird (performing tonight at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities and tomorrow evening at Chautauqua Auditorium) says that since he's been writing music there's always a healthy conflict between brevity and indulgence.

On one hand, Bird knows all about crafting short, near perfect pop songs, but with his most recent effort, the instrumental album Useless Creatures, Bird took a more sprawling, ambient approach where songs run a bit longer. We spoke with Bird recently about making the album, his approach to songwriting and improvising with loops.

Westword: Can you tell me about making Useless Creatures?

Andrew Bird: It seemed like the last couple of records that were songwriting-oriented with lyrics and everything were just getting more and more focused on that, which is a noble pursuit, but sometimes there's so much jamming that goes into generating these ideas that ends up on the cutting room floor. I wanted to devote a whole record to those ideas, because before I started writing songs, I was a fiddle player and into my instrument. Sometimes it's good to just check in with that side of my musicality.

Yeah, it was a lot of fun to make. It was a fairly easy and effortless to make compared to the songwriting records. That doesn't mean it's... You start to equate hard you work or how difficult something is with how good it is. But sometimes you get some really good stuff off the cuff like that.

With the songwriter material, has that been hard or a challenge at times?

The challenges are different. I kind of enjoyed that for a while, having to be concise and having to become ruthless with your editing in service of the song. Everything kind of ends up being, "Okay, is what I'm doing here like making a song better?" And it's a very different approach than the instrumental stuff. Your attention span is completely different as a human being using their mouth.

Like when someone is trying to engage you in conversation and your attention span changes, and you're trying to process the narrative of that person. But when it's instrumental music, you can just relax and just let it wash over you and not be so intent judging it, necessarily. You can just let it be.

I've done this before with Weather Systems. It kind of served that purpose as Useless Creatures. It kind of diffused the pressure of trying to write those three-minute songs. My process doesn't always conform to the industry cycle of putting out a record with twelve songs every two or three years.

As you can see across several records, you might hear a similar theme pop up over three records, like for instance, what started off as "I" became "Imitosis." So there are, like, these themes that are very fertile for improvisation and they generate more ideas than any record can contain.

And it's just like some little riff that gives you ultimate freedom with what goes on top of it. Those are the songs that I tend to do every night just because they give me that freedom. I don't really play jazz music anymore but I'm coming from that mentality. I just happen to be writing pop songs.

Didn't you grow up listening to jazz and classical?

I kind of grew up playing classical music, and then I discovered jazz when I was like eighteen or nineteen, especially the early stuff from the '30s and '40s. I was into so much stuff, it's hard to say where I'm coming from. Sometimes it feels like I'm a folk musician that's into oral traditions, where everything gets passed around by ear, and that feels natural to me.

Other times it's that restlessness of the kind of sophisticated jazz where you're never quite satisfied to just play the melody the same way twice. I sort of synopsize it like this: I grew up playing classical music, so those are my roots and sometimes the themes that come out of me, but I have nothing to do with the classical culture.

When you play live, there's usually room for improvisation. Do you see approaching your live shows as a jazz player might?

Sure. If I've written a song that has too many things that are tying me down before I can take it live, I have to deconstruct it to make it playable. It just doesn't feel right to play the same thing every night. Also with the looping that I do live, it's a very malleable thing, especially at these shows where I'm playing solo. I don't really have to answer to anybody. I can do whatever I like. The looping can go off on all sorts of tangents and that just feels right to me.

On this current tour, you're just playing solo?

Yeah. I'm kind of not really not touring to promote a record. Performing live is just part of my whole process, so I can't just go cold turkey when I don't have a record out. Then playing reminds me of who I am and who I sound like and just kind of reconnects me to what I do. It helps me finish writing songs. I like to play songs in front of audience that are half finished. It kind of tells me which way to go with it. I guess I get kind of rush from that blush of embarrassment when you're almost falling on your face.

There's also that instant feedback too, which must be nice in some regards.

Yeah, and I like to believe that audience can tell when you're on a limb -- at least I tell myself that. I like to believe that they can sense it. You can tell when an idea is fresh. I'm just trying to almost cultivate perilous situations to make sure happens.

I'm sure with the loop pedals you can have all sorts of things happen with those.

Yeah. People ask -- it looks like when I'm up there by myself doing it that it's a lot of work -- "How do you keep track of it all?" It's just like failure is part of the show. It's a pretty good racket. It's kind of like haphazard cooking, like you forgot to put some ingredient in and like, "Aw shit!" And then you toss it in there at the last second. You're just sort of stumbling around using your intuition and you hope it all comes out alright, but it's kind of just as interesting to watch that process as it is and having the satisfaction of hearing that hook or whatever.

Have you ever tried anything that's straight improv on stage by yourself?

Well, like where I don't know what's going to happen when I start, like total blank slate?

Yeah.

I have parts of the set that are dedicated to that kind of thing. I know that's it's probably going to be in G and that this other loop is going to be in this key. But that's about it. There definitely are. And on Useless Creatures there's a thing called "Barn Tapes," which I attempt to simulate live. It's nearly impossible to do because it's like twelve different loops segueing and overlapping with each other.

Was that the song where you're using basically every note in the twelve-tone scale?

Yeah. More or less. There's a tonal center to each one. So, the idea was that I was trying to create is like an analog keyboard where there's a tape loop for every note on the keyboard, but every note would be this static loop where every note has the scale in it as well. We didn't go ahead and make a keyboard out it; we just used the mixing board as a keyboard.

It was all coming off fifteen-year-old tape stock that was degrading and then we were also manipulating the tape machine and getting it to feel like it was shutting down. I do the best I can to get a sense of that live. It's also kind of cool to do that at these outdoor shows because it's very horizonless. That kind of music makes sense in an open-air type of situation because it has this sense of time slowing down.

But for someone who also writes three-minute pop songs, you have to be in the right state of mind to be patient enough to assume that your audience is patient enough to hang with that. There's always that healthy conflict of you know, that brevity, that conciseness and that indulgence. Ever since I started writing music there's been that tension.

With more of your pop stuff, is there ever that challenge to make it concise, to get it down to three or four minutes? And do you edit your lyrics as well?

You know, it's funny that I've said that writing lyrics is difficult. But once I start writing them, it's hard to shut up. And also within that three-and-half minute song, getting in all the lyrics and to also be able to indulge the playing part of it, then it's tough. I've either -- as with Noble Beast and Useless Creatures -- segregated the two, or lately, I've been trying to bring them back together.

A lot of the new material has some really wild soloing in it, but right up next to it will be really straight ahead-type song. So I thought it was time to see if I could bring them back together again. They tend to come together live because I feel like I can make a song six or seven minutes long live. But on a record, it's tough. I've got some songs like "Armchairs" -- that's like six-and-a-half minutes long -- that I sometimes wonder if it would been more successful as a song if I had cut more lyrics from that.

When I listen to songwriters, I listen for moments. When I watch films, in my favorite films, I'm thinking of a scene. I rarely think of the whole narrative arc of the piece. The thing that really affects me is that one line that just distills everything and really touches you. I think in songwriting, even more than film making or writing, you can really get away with that. Find a line that really distills everything and just repeat it. That's what a lot of pop writers do. I think it's cool that I'm nine records into this and I haven't figured it out yet.

Have you started recording your new material?

Oh yeah. It's almost in the can and ready to go. It'll be out early next year.

devnull
08-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Great interview. He has a beautiful mind.

Buelis
08-13-2011, 05:37 PM
There's this lovely music with whistling and such that my sister's been playing around the house lately. Just found out it was this guy!

just owls
08-17-2011, 09:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbm7IoevADk

just owls
12-06-2011, 06:32 PM
New album and tour announcement! (http://www.andrewbird.net/)

The pre-sale sold out so fast. I'm hoping to get some decent seats for Chicago during the general sale.

.chris
12-06-2011, 06:44 PM
God I hate buying tickets these days. I just found out about this and the presale is sold out. Unbelievable.

just owls
12-06-2011, 06:49 PM
Right? And some people (ME) use debit cards and don't have credit cards, and actually need the money to be in the bank. I also am so sick of tickets going on sale 6 months in advance. This seems to be the new norm.

Zach
01-23-2012, 05:16 PM
New song!

http://soundcloud.com/andrewbird/eyeoneye

just owls
01-23-2012, 05:53 PM
I love it! I can't wait until the album comes out. I keep keeping he adds another Chicago date, somewhere other than the Auditorium Theater.

Also, information on a limited edition album package:

Everyone who buys a ticket for Bird's upcoming tour gets download codes for the album, as well as two live EPs from 2011 and 2012. A deluxe box set version of the album will also be available (starting tomorrow) via Bird's website, in a limited edition of 1,000. Each linen-wrapped box will be hand-numbered and will contain the album on 2xLP and CD, as well as a DVD called Here's What Happened, lyric booklet, a poster, a "photographic reproduction of the 1915 album cover image," and a "stationary and stamp set."

Gale
01-23-2012, 07:39 PM
I heard Andrew's album Armchair Apocrypha last week - wow, where have I been?

Whappo
01-23-2012, 08:56 PM
Everyone who buys a ticket for Bird's upcoming tour gets download codes for the album
I already bought tickets, I BETTER GET A CODE AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, BIRD. (that's a cool gesture)

devnull
01-24-2012, 03:22 AM
I am so excited! My inner fangirl has been dormant for months but that song just reawakened it. (LIKE GODZILLA! FANRHOOOOARRR!)

(Did anyone else notice it's the finished version of the new song he was noodling with at the TED talk!)

ETA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrwaDlrXB6w

Slightly awkward nerdy talking starts at 5:48
Embryonic version of Eyeoneye starts at 9:26


There's a limited edition cd+dvd thingy you can pre-order starting tomorrow. I imagine it'll sell out fast as they're only making 1000 of them.

Andrew, when is he playing? He's SKIPPING LA this time around and I'm heartbroken. I have half a mind to hop on a plane somewhere. /crazy fanzilla

devnull
01-24-2012, 03:23 AM
Oh goodness I see I've duplicated info that's already in the thread. Excuse me. Very sorry. I'm just... excited.

devnull
01-24-2012, 03:31 AM
edit!

Akira
01-24-2012, 06:41 AM
He's SKIPPING LA this time around and I'm heartbroken. I have half a mind to hop on a plane somewhere. /crazy fanzilla

I really don't get this. Hopefully he will do a Largo Concert?
Ughhh I'm so tempted to buy the box set but it's 65 bucks and I just spent all my money on boots.

Whappo
01-24-2012, 08:39 AM
Don't artists usually have to skip LA if they're playing Coachella? I heard there was some sort of contract thing that meant they had to make Coachella the only CA or "LA" date on their tour.

Heather, he's playing at the beginning of March. At the Barbican! Mmm, Barbican. One day I am going to live in the Barbican.

Volta
01-24-2012, 01:40 PM
Would someone be so kind to copy and paste the new tour dates? I am on a computer that can't load his website, can barely load this site, until Monday. Please and thanks :)

insanitykun
01-24-2012, 03:14 PM
I've got a ticket to NY and I have the first live EP, it's lovely.

toriMODE
01-24-2012, 06:11 PM
Upcoming | Local DatesShare:
Date Venue Location Tickets
Mar 05 Barbican Centre London, United Kingdom Sold Out RSVP
Mar 06 La Cigale Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Mar 08 Cirque Royal Brussels, Belgium Tickets RSVP
Mar 09 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets RSVP
Mar 15 Majestic Theatre Dallas Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP
Mar 16 Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP
Mar 17 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
Mar 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN Tickets RSVP
Mar 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH Tickets RSVP
Mar 22 The Pageant St Louis, MO Tickets RSVP
Mar 23 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO Tickets RSVP
Mar 24 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI Tickets RSVP
Apr 09 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA Tickets RSVP
Apr 10 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada Tickets RSVP
Apr 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR Tickets RSVP
Apr 13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA Tickets RSVP
Apr 14 Coachella Indio, CA Tickets RSVP
Apr 18 Ikeda Theatre Mesa, AZ Tickets RSVP
Apr 19 The Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, NM Tickets RSVP
Apr 20 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ Tickets RSVP
Apr 21 Coachella Indio, CA Tickets RSVP
May 03 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP
May 04 Beacon Theatre New York, NY Tickets RSVP
May 05 Beacon Theatre New York, NY Tickets RSVP
May 06 House of Blues Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
May 08 9:30 Club Washington, DC Tickets RSVP
May 09 Ramshead Live Baltimore, MD Tickets RSVP
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit, MI Tickets RSVP
May 12 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL Tickets RSVP
Jun 02 Field Day 2012 London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Jun 09 No Direction Home Festival Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Tickets

Volta
01-25-2012, 11:22 AM
^ thank you thank you

looks like Chicago or Columbus for me.

devnull
02-24-2012, 03:00 PM
He's playing a "secret" show in NYC, according to his (manager's) newsletter:


Useless Creatures @ The Bell House (Brooklyn) - Feb 25

Firstly – New Yorkers - I wanted to let you know about a tiny little show happening tomorrow night in Brooklyn at the Bell House that may be of interest to those on his mailing list...it's a band called the The USELESS CREATURES (wink wink) and they'll be rocking the house for an early evening show...8:00pm. Tickets go on sale this morning at 11:00AM EST HERE http://clicks.fanbridge.com/l.php?cid=823305&sid=183116147&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thebellhouseny.com%2Fcalendar.php

I wish I were there!

insanitykun
02-24-2012, 10:44 PM
That's... right near my house, but I've already got tickets for Beacon Theater and I've seen him SO many times already.

Bee
02-25-2012, 01:58 AM
Muthafuckers can't play Florida?!

eresos
02-25-2012, 01:59 AM
that's cool. have never seen him but am going to bjork. will consider the beacon shows but i'm so poor and unemployed right now :(

Whappo
03-05-2012, 11:18 PM
Saw him at the Barbican tonight, he played the whole of the new album, start to finish. Fucking amazing, really spectacular performer and it made me realise what an astounding songwriter he is and how much I want him to sleep with me.

insanitykun
03-05-2012, 11:20 PM
He's biking on over without shoes!

Actually, I'm pretty bored by the new album, but I didn't love most of the last one either.

That being said, I've seen him live five times over the past three years.

devnull
03-08-2012, 04:45 AM
it made me realise what an astounding songwriter he is and how much I want him to sleep with me.

Yeah, same here.

On my third listen now and I am LOVING this album.

eresos
05-01-2012, 04:04 AM
okay - just grabbed a single ticket for SATURDAY's show at the BEACON
anyone else going???

none of my friends seemed that eager.
maybe someone will join in at the last minute.

FYI - he's on JIMMY KIMMEL tonight.

Cunter Fartlett
05-01-2012, 04:40 AM
I saw him in Santa Fe last week! Laura Marling opened for him. She was actually a bit of a bore, but he was amazing.

insanitykun
05-01-2012, 04:59 AM
I'm seeing him on Friday!

eresos
05-01-2012, 05:10 AM
oh have fun. insanitykun!!!

insanitykun
05-01-2012, 05:11 AM
I've seen him a zillion times, I know he will be great. He always puts on a fantastic show, even if I think the album is boooooring.

eresos
05-01-2012, 11:58 AM
good to know.

hope i did the right thing grabbing the single ticket. it was loge row A so I didn't think i'd get a better seat if I let anymore time pass.

my friends are been difficult to commit to going. they aren't as into him but they love live shows and i bet at the last minute someone might join in.

eresos
05-06-2012, 12:09 PM
WOW!!!!!

GREAT GREAT show last night!!!
Even deeper appreciation for Andrew's talent and music now.
His music is so dynamic and the show's set list had such a wonderful range. his voice, his musianship, the brilliance of the looping and the live performance, his funny banter...i wish i could've gone to more shows!!

he is even better live than in the studio.

the thing that struck me most though was how beautiful his voice was live. so much technical skill mixed with beautiful emoting that just goes straight to your soul.
the opener was amazing too. her voice was like an angel, she reminded me of cowboy junkies but with a bit more ass on some of the more uptempo songs
she joined Andrew and the band on a few songs and it was so wonderful

i had a great seat up in the front row loge with neighbors who were also all about the music and have to say one of the best live musical experiences ever :)

LOVE.

just owls
09-24-2012, 05:09 PM
Andrew has a new releasing coming out on October 30th called Hands of Glory.


The album was inspired by Bird's recent "old-time" live sets; it was recorded with Bird's full band, all playing acoustic instruments, gathered around a single microphone in a church and a barn.

It features two new tracks, a reworking of "Orpheo Looks Back" from Break It Yourself, and covers of the Carter Family, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer, and others. It was recorded with Bird's full band, all playing acoustic instruments, gathered around a single microphone in a church and a barn.


Hands of Glory:

01 Three White Horses
02 When That Helicopter Comes
03 Spirograph
04 Railroad Bill
05 Something Biblical
06 If I Needed You
07 Orpheo
08 Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses

Here is one of the new songs, "Three White Horses". I think it's lovely, and I already love it more than I do most of Break It Yourself.

http://soundcloud.com/andrewbird/three-white-horses

eresos
12-10-2012, 01:58 AM
wondering if anyone has an extra ticket for a friend of mine for tomorrow nights concert (mon dec 10) at riverside church.

thx