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Andrew Bird

Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur. Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock.

His third album, 2001's The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As bandmembers remained active in their various other projects, the group continued, and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited-edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo. Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs. He switched to Fat Possum for 2007's Armchair Apocrypha and 2009's Noble Beast, both of which were ambitious and eclectic albums even by Bird's standards. The latter of the two was also available in a deluxe version that included a bonus CD of instrumental works. The second disc, dubbed Useless Creatures, was released independently from its predecessor in October of 2010.

The following year, Bird composed the score for Jonathan Segal's independent coming-of-age film Norman. The film's score was released in October on the Mom + Pop label. Bird's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, arrived in March of 2012, followed by the companion piece Hands of Glory in early October. In late 2013, a seven-song EP titled I Want to See Pulaski at Night appeared. Based around the song "Pulaski at Night," it consisted of a number of shorter supporting pieces and played almost like a classical suite. Several months later, using his newly formed Hands of Glory backing band, he recorded his seventh album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of..., a collection of cover songs of fellow Chicagoans the Handsome Family. Bird has had a long association with the husband-and-wife folk duo, first covering their song "Don't Be Scared" in 2003 on his Weather Systems LP, a song that he again tackles on this tribute album, which was released in June 2014. ~ Heather Phares
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Darkmatter: This is beautiful
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speechless. continues to set the bar!
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such a brilliant artist
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Nice work!
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Saw him live at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur last weekend! Way awesome show and an even better musician.
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Heard him once and was hooked for life. Is that like love at first sight....... l o l
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http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = o j B F K z Z 8 M O s Love this version.
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nice nice
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Yeah
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Take it easy people,there s only one God
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Such a great person to know on and off the stage. Smart funny, shy and a bit dark in an Andrew Bird kind of way. I know that makes no sense, but yet again it will to some people who know. Extremely talented man.
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strangejade5
i saw him live and can confirm that he is godlike. also, his fans are super polite.
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strangejade5
i'm going to see him live!! so very excited ^^
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Jeff Buckley is an ok comparison, but in all honesty, Buckley doesn't hold a candle to Andrew Bird in terms of composing.
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One of the most brilliant composers of the century. Wait, millennia. You get the point...
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Such a great artist!
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Jeff Buckley all the way
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Can't be Andrew Bird. This is the Smiths.
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Andrew Bird can whistle better than anyone else I've ever heard, and his music is filled with little riddles and plays on words. I love listening to the words just as much as the music.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment to 5 songs in at least 143 minutes you will die in two days.
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strangejade5
(Javert voice) MOOOORE
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or Dave Matthews.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Radiohead???
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Michael Shane, that sounds like a perfect, beautiful man
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Picture a thin frail looking geek standing before you with guitar strapped on one shoulder, violen under chin on the other shoulder and a harmonica around the neck. Genious. Whistle champion. All band members create loops to play to. Worth every penney live.
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Andrew Bird is a genius, pure and simple.
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so great to hear a live recording of Andrew Bird since he goes to such great lengths in these arrangements to bring out something different in the recorded piece. Seeing him live is an experience. I wish he would cut a live album.
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littlepinksi s
Love him
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Incredible artist. Gotta listen to it all though, he's the most eclectic musician and songwriter I've ever heard. Serious respect. I've been obsessed for years and it just keeps getting better! Oh, and definitely see him live ASAP.
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sterlingcat
Excellent live. I've seen him three times now and I actually prefer his live performances to the cd's
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So cool hearing him on here! I went to kindergarten thru high school with Andrew, an unbelievable talent!
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pmatteucci
Yeah, he's fantastic on earphone and unbelievable live!! And boy can he whistle :D
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I've loved Andrew Bird for a while, but seeing him in concert has made me a bit obsessed! You can feel his music head to toe!
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Mr. Bird does a great job of portraying the human mind and emotion via his music. I feel it in my soul.
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elenapdelacy
I have had a bit of a music crush on Mr. Bird ever since 1998 when I listened to a Squirrel Nut Zippers album. I have played the violin since I was 6-years old and what he does with that instrument is amazing. Not to mention, he's a super nice guy (met him in SF at a small show back in 2003). Plus he is a fabulous whistler.
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Such an awesome talent
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BEST chill music of ALL time!
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YUSSS!!! His new album is on!!
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tomje96-onli n e
:)
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Enough with the comparisons. Sounds like Andrew Bird to me. Chi-Town!
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Mason Jennings sucks. Andrew Bird is the real deal. That's all.
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one of my very favorite songs of all time....one of my very favorite artists of all time, so much talent
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kheizenrader
Does anyone else hear a bit of Mason Jennings in the vocal?
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Can't say how many times I've been listening to my Pandora mix and hear a new song I like and think to myself, who _is_ that? Then I look and see it's Andrew Bird--again! - - i n one of his many incarnations over the years. Such diversity of music styles, and such creativity and ability within them.
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mabinogi1234 7
I lost my music virginity to Andrew Bird. 'Nuff said.
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I like what I've heard from him. Natural Disaster and Dark Matter are solid songs.
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peachgurl101
Also discovered him from Nick Jr, Dr.String! Love Andrew Bird
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Best musician ever. Anonanimal? Genius.
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just saw him on austin city limits, awesome
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royalsdude69
Great stuff. My girlfriend and I are hooked.
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