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Saturday, August 09, 2008

All Points West - Friday - Andrew Bird

Chicago's Andrew Bird was the most amazing surprise for me at the festival. I had heard his song "Heretics" off Armchair Apocrypha and loved it but just never got around to giving his music a thorough spin. His live set was amazing! His band consisted of Martin Dosh (check out his band Dosh) on Drums, bassist Mike Lewis and guitarist Jeremy all from Minnesota. Bird would construct songs plucking his violin recording it with a loop station then playing violin over sometimes adding guitar or Xylophone to it while he made tons of bird chirp and sung. Then his band would come in and flesh out the songs. His vocals at times were not unlike Thom Yorke, Tom Brosseau or Joey Burns of Calexico. He played a few new tunes "Non-Element" and "Skin Is Mine" off a forthcoming album. Sometimes his whistling would sound like a theremin or a melody from Ennio Morricone.

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