i'm very excited for the next three weeks because i've got a bit of a singer-songwriter concert trifecta: andrew bird tomorrow 9/21, m. ward 9/28, and sufjan stevens 10/9. the only way i think that could possibly be any better is if somehow jeff tweedy was involved. and if all the shows were at the john anson ford amphitheatre. but i'll take what i can get, and this promises to be a LOT.
first up is andrew bird, who i became aware of only last year when his album, the mysterious production of eggs, was one of the highest rated cds on metacritic. from there, it was on to kcrw to check out a studio performance and interview and i was set. bird is a multi-instrumentalist, though classically trained on the violin. well, i'll just let his website do the talking (i know, lazy, but it's my third day in a row and i'm fried):
"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.
"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."
my two favorite songs off his latest album
andrew bird : "masterfade"
andrew bird : "tables and chairs"
from the album the mysterious production of eggs (righteous babe records, 2005)