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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tunesday 7: Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird, Noble Beast

I first heard Andrew Bird when I bought the Squirrel Nut Zippers' Hot back in the mid-90s. Then one of my students later shared a couple of songs from his solo work-- "Sovay" and "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left." Since then I have followed his career with a lot of interest, and interest is the word. Bird is a multi-instrumentalist, utilizing violin, guitar, and whistling-- yes, whistling-- as his primary sounds in addition to his singing work.

Bird's latest offering is Noble Beast. Favorites on this album include "Effigy,""Nomenclature," "Anonanimal," and "Fitz and the Dizzyspells." As you can see, musical inventiveness that is not precious and lyrical depth are characteristics I admire. It's when you listen to artists like Andrew Bird that you realize how absolutely boring conventional radio has become, and you feel forced to turn toward burning loads of your own CDs and spending way too much on iTunes-- and curse you/I love you, iTunes Genius selections!!!


Now, to see if you've been paying attention... what have the last three artists profiled had in common?

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At 2/25/09, 12:41 PM, Blogger Harriet Moulton said...


At 2/27/09, 12:41 AM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Oooh. Great guess!

Close, and accurate to a point. But look at the instruments.....

At 3/7/09, 3:14 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Rather than spending a lot on iTunes, you should try eMusic. It's much cheaper and does an increasingly good job of helping people find good music. I've found some great stuff there myself. It's all indy labels. And, they'll give you 50 free tracks (DRM-free mp3's) to try them out.


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