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I hear a little Bossa Nova myself.There is a little of everything and yet not trying too hard.He even sounds like Caetano Veloso.I like it.
Nice.Made me think of the late puccalist Ron McCroby
He's so great. His last album, Armchair Acrophylia (sp?) is fantastic.
And note that the first track on his new album is called, "Oh no!", one of my favorite expressions that Althouse uses.
I love Andrew Bird. Weather Systems is the most perfect thing he's ever recorded, but he hasn't made one naff song yet.Squirrel Nut Zippers aside of course.
This has nothing to do with Andrew, but can music columnists finally ditch this "Classically Trained" phrase when referring to classical instruments? I can understand using it for piano or voice, but seriously, what does that add to "Violinist"?Of course maybe my generation is the "Disney music trained" type given the repertoire we played in high school...
what does that add to "Violinist"?Why, to distinguish them from this guy. Or maybe, this guy.
This should be on the front page!Oh No.
I can understand using it for piano or voice, but seriously, what does that add to "Violinist"?Sincerely, I do not understand,taken in its entirety, this sentence.
"jazz, folk and art-rock" are always the genres critics sling around haphazardly when they don't know what the fuck it sounds like. Bird kicks an insane amount of ass. His live performances are incredible.
I suppose "classically trained" violinist distinguishes the training from home-lernt bluegrass, calypso, zydeco, barn-yard square-dance fiddler. That's what it adds for me.Much more tolerable and useful and inventive adjective than "this illegal" war, or that,"shredded" constitution, or "worst," "most ignorant," "most damaging presidency ever in the history of the United States" descriptors that begin so many posts and that will be taken to the graves of untold posters.
The NYT waxes Mr. Bird's car here.Zachary, the album is Armchair Apocrypha.
I saw this thru another twitter, last night. Thanks for the reminder.My daughter introduced me to him a couple years ago. Nice, yeah, think I'll get it.
See him live.
He was a guest performer on one of my 3-year-old's favorite programs, Jack's Big Music Show. He played a character named Dr. Stringz. I was in the other room when he started playing, and I came running to see who it was I was hearing. It was delightful--and I never use that word. I saved that show on our dvr and it's still my kids' favorite episode.Here it is if anyone's interested.
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