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He's beyond incredible! 0.73684210526316 73.7% [ 28 ]
He's okay. 0.10526315789474 10.5% [ 4 ]
I'm not impressed. 0.052631578947368 5.3% [ 2 ]
I didn't listen. 0.10526315789474 10.5% [ 4 ]
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Love him? Hate him? Favorite song? Favorite Album? Anything to say about him at all?

Here's your place to discuss the music and all things of Andrew Bird.

Music of Hair - 1997
Fingerlings - 2002
The Ballad of the Red Shoes (with Beth Bird) - 2002
Weather Systems - 2003
Fingerlings 2 - 2004
Sovay [EP] - 2004
The Mysterious Production of Eggs - 2005

Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire:
Thrills - 1998
Oh! The Grandeur - 1999
The Swimming Hour - 2001
(Taken from andrewbird.net)

Forget the violin. Forget the classical background. As troubadour Andrew Bird puts it, “At this point the violin just happens to be the instrument I have on hand to make the sounds that I hear. I like to abuse it and pull as many sounds out of it as I can.” Bird is a masterful and intuitive singer / songwriter, and what he does while performing—alternately plucking and bowing his violin, then immediately sampling the results, layering the sounds with guitar, whistling, glockenspiel and vocals—bears little resemblance to what most people might expect. It’s only one of several devices in his arsenal of instruments, melodies, and imaginative wordplay.

Andrew was born in Chicago. His first band, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, recorded three albums for Rykodisc from 1997 to 2001: Thrills revisits early 20th century jazz and folk forms and makes them fierce again; Oh! The Grandeur pulses with dark undertones and gypsy balladry; and The Swimming Hour pools rock and soul predilections into a mixture that drew comparisons to such diverse predecessors as the Beatles, Talking Heads, obscure European folk, and country blues (The Onion).

2003 was the year the critics stopped groping for labels and returned to good old-fashioned listening, in this case to Weather Systems, released first on Grimsey Records, then picked up by Righteous Babe in the U.S. and Fargo in Europe. What reviewers—and an ever-growing number of fans—heard was “haunting…pastoral…magical” (Magnet), thanks to the album’s sonic depth, nuanced layers of texture, and the existential themes its lyrics explore. As bookends to Weather Systems, Bird has also recently released two limited-edition live records, Fingerlings and Fingerlings 2, documenting his last 7 years on the road through various renditions of works in progress, unreleased covers, collaborations, and concert versions of songs from his studio albums. Proof of his originality has further spread through appearances on Radio France, the BBC, KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” and NPR’s “World Café.”

Naming Fingerlings 2 their December 2004 Album of the Month, Mojo raved that “Bird is simply incredible live.” Armed with a violin, an electric guitar, a glockenspiel, and a sampler, Bird’s shows achieve a rare mixture of both spontaneity and precision, “Every night,” he notes, “I am rewriting all my songs for the audience.” Recently, he has been busy touring both on his own and at the invitation of such admirers as My Morning Jacket, Magnetic Fields, Lambchop, and Ani DiFranco.

On to 2005 and The Mysterious Production of Eggs, an album title as intriguing as the music inside. Parts of the new disc, like Weather Systems before it, were recorded in Bird’s barn-turned-home-studio a few hours outside Chicago, while the rest came together in studios in L.A. and Chicago. Bird plays almost everything you hear on the record. Contributions come from longtime collaborators Kevin O’Donnell on drums and beats and Nora O’Connor singing harmonies here and there. More punch than the punch-drunk past and reminiscent of nothing else, really, The Mysterious Production of Eggs distills Bird’s estimable repertoire into songs that aspire to rhyme “formaldehyde” six different ways. And that, folks, is energy.

official site - http://www.andrewbird.net
myspace - http://www.myspace.com/andrewbird
label - http://www.righteousbabe.com

art done for the mysterious production of eggs and more -

September 16//Denver, CO//Bluebird Theater
September 17//Salt Lake City, UT//Club Sound
September 19//Tucson, AZ//Rialto Theater
September 20//San Diego, CA//Belly Up Tavern
September 21//Los Angeles, CA//Henry Fonda Theater
September 22//San Francisco, CA//Great American Music Hall
September 26//Eugene, OR//Wow Hall Community Center
September 27// Portland, OR//Aladdin Theater
September 28//Seattle, WA//Chop Suey
September 29//Vancouver, BC//Media Club
September 30//Bellingham, WA//The Nightlight
October 6//Dubuque, IA//Voices Warehouse Gallery
October 7//Cedar Rapids, IA//C.S.P.S.

October 13//Minneapolis, MN//Bryant Lake Bowl
October 14//Madison, WI//Orpheum Theater
October 19//Minneapolis, MN//The Whole Music Club
October 21//Chicago, IL//High Concept Laboratories
November 15//New York, NY//Good Faith Church, Lincoln Center
November 24&25//Chicago, IL//Logan Square Auditorium
By all means let me know if there's something you think I should add! I'm certainly prone to making mistakes, so it won't come as a surprise if you PM me about something missing or misplaced on this thread.
I really really love that 'nervous tic motion of the head to the left' song.
That song has been stuck in my head all day. My Algebra/Trig notebook has its lyrics graffiti'd all over it.
i love the song Fake palindromes.
That song has been stuck in my head all day. My Algebra/Trig notebook has its lyrics graffiti'd all over it.

I made all my friends listen to it but I don't think they liked it half as much as I did.
I suppose its an acquired taste.
so this one time i went to see him and he was wandering around the streets prior to the show. we followed him. my friend who introduced me to him and is way into him refused to allow me to yell to and/or talk to him.

the show was neat though. i didn't think i'd like him that much but come on, he plays a glockenspiel.

My fave song is Masterfade.

His voice is beautiful on that song.
In the shows part, you left out the date that he played at Lollapalooza. He was amazing.

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