In what is looking like comprehensive ‘who’s who’ of indie-rock-pop artists of this decade, Dark Was The Night was finally released last week. Does it live up to the massive hype it has garnered on NPR and oh so many blogs the past couple months? A very confident YES! What’s even better is that it’s for a very good cause. The compilation includes tracks from the likes of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ben Gibbard, The National, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Beach House, and the ridiculous thing, there is more. I put one of the standout tracks below; a brand new song from Sufjan is always welcome.
Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
I already bought my 3 LP copy, get out there and do it.
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Tagged AIDS Awareness, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver, Dark Was The Night, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, The National
Witnessing one of the more affected performances I have ever seen, Andrew Bird awed me with his live rendition of “Why?” at the Plaza Theater here in Orlando a couple weeks ago. A blues song on the violin? Craziness. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing him live, his footwork with the use of pedals create the backbone of the songs, creating loops of multiple layers and riffing over top of them. Ridiculous musicianry. If he is coming to your city, you NEED to see this man live.
Andrew Bird is working on two new albums.
Andrew Bird has confirmed he is busy writing new records; yes, you read correct, plural.
“I listened to my record recently and I’m concerned about how much I like it. This has never happened to me at this stage of making a record. Right about now is usually when I want to scrap the whole thing and start over. In fact, scrapping whole records has become par for the course for me when recording.
…I’ve been meaning to mention that I’ve been working on another record at the same time as this one. It’s supposed to be an instrumental record and I’ve been switching between sessions of the “song” record and this more indulgent ambient experimental record.”
Fantastic news for fans. Check out his full blog post for a clip of a new song titled “Oh No.” Also, this will probably be the only blog post you will ever read with the excerpts “West-African musical forms from ornamental kora music” and “…which has one of the more undeniable beats I’ve heard in a while — one that I’m sure Missy Elliot would lift in a heartbeat.”
[Andrew Bird regularly writes his blog for the New York Times.]