Tuesday, April 17

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bird

As I briefly noted yesterday, I flew home from Chicago Monday afternoon and within a couple hours was in the car headed for Nashville. The purpose of that trip was to see Andrew Bird at Mercy Lounge. It was a show I'd been looking forward to for a while, so I wasn't about to give it up despite my busy travel schedule. I went up there with Tessa (from Drive a Faster Car) and The Falconer (from Do the Thrashers Have Large Talons?). Good company to be sure.

My take is rather close to that shared by Tessa. It was my third time seeing Andrew Bird, and each performance has proven to be charming, dynamic, and entertaining. Mercy Lounge was a nice setting for Bird's music, with its rustic wooden interior and clubhouse feel. He plowed through most of the material from Armchair Apocrypha and a selection of older tracks (including a spirited "Skin Is, My" that rocked the joint after an aborted first attempt had the players on stage giggling).

Bird and his band are a joy to watch, and their frontman commands the room whether playing his trademark violin, whistling, or strumming his newly prominent guitar. They've also added some props to the live show since I last saw them, including a spinning dual-sided gramophone (pictured above) and some badass sock monkeys. My only disappointment was the absence of both "Dark Matter" and "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" from the setlist, but I suppose that leaves me wanting more. Andrew Bird remains on tour.

I did tape, so audio will be forthcoming when I can find the time to deal with it. It's the stretch run of the semester now, so time for that may be hard to come by. There was also a video crew in the house doing something for Nashville's local documentary channel (or something), so hopefully that will emerge as well. I also finally met Janet from Out the Other last night, which was a pleasure. I'm sure she'll write a much better review than my own in the near future.

Andrew Bird - Heretics
Andrew Bird - A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left

Culture Bully has audio and video of Andrew Bird's April 10 appearance on David Letterman's show.

UPDATE: Nashville Cream has published a nice review of the Andrew Bird show.


Anonymous Tessa said...

That was much fun.

We should hit up more shows together before you head up to Athens.

Can't wait to hear how the audio came out!

5:12 PM

Blogger Paul said...

Nice review. A couple of us were thinking about going to that show as well, but decided to just wait it out in hopes of an Atlanta date some time far down the line. Looking forward to hearing the audio.

8:39 PM

Anonymous janet said...

It was so nice to meet all three of you! Next time you'll have to skip class and come early so we can actually hang out. :)

9:46 AM

Blogger Rich said...

That would be cancel class. I imagine my students wouldn't mind, but I'm not so sure that'd be a good idea. ;)

9:50 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

Andrew Bird sends shivers down my spine. Great show write up!
I am going to try and catch his Amoeba In-Store on April 30th...Wish me luck. ;-)

6:51 PM

Blogger The Falconer said...

I really hope he makes a stop here in the fall. A great show, but I did hope to hear MX Missle Proof, Neverous Tick, Dark Matter. I guess his catalogue is getting large enough he can't play everything.

7:03 PM

Blogger aa said...

i wanted to go to this show sooo bad! glad to hear it was good. how was the opener?

6:44 AM

Blogger Rich said...

Jeez Rachel, get there early. Heh.

Ally, I actually wasn't too into the Cortney Tidwell set. It was fine, but I need something a little more energetic at the time. I had been on my arse driving for four hours until 10 minutes before her set.

12:16 PM


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