Posts tagged andrew bird
Since I’ve noticed another influx of subscribers all of a sudden, I figure that it’s time to once again promote the thing that caused me to make this particular blog in the first place. By nature I am a video creator over on Youtube at the channel ThisDogAteMyVlogs(the link to which you can find down below), and I made this blog as a way to help get my videos out there. I’ve been on the site for over three years now(though I wasn’t as serious about it until more recently), and at one time I was more of a dorky vlogger until I took my channel in a new music-related direction. Hence the unusual channel name.
But anyway since I’ve done this I’ve covered and reviewed artists like The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Grizzly Bear, Justin Townes Earle, St Vincent & David Byrne, Aaron Embry, Regina Spektor, Andrew Bird, and a few more recent ones such as Local Natives and Yo La Tengo(with quite a few still to come). I also like to review and talk about a lot of vinyl records with my Vinyl Corner segment(which spawned the name of this blog), as well as whatever ideas just to happen to emerge from the ether. I’m very versatile and always looking to branch out in directions that include both music from the year that is, and whatever happens to be interesting in all these years that were.
Not that I’m attempting to make a cheap ploy for views to my channel, but I’m always look for more people to subscribe, to comment and most importantly to offer suggestions on what can be done better or what might be fun to cover in the next video. There’s always more to tinker with or improve as I keep working to get better, but it’s something I have a lot of fun with, hence why I want to promote my Youtube stuff and have more people join me in that entertainment. I’ll always attempt to try little projects or ideas here on my blog, but if you wanna see the center of what my creativity is and what I love about music, you’ll find it all there on Youtube.
And so we finish up my Andrew Bird section by concluding with 2005’s “The Mysterious Production of Eggs”. As with everything I’ve talked about already with these other Andrew albums, they all contain the signature pieces that make his creative work so easily identifiable. Folk-based with a twist, analytical lyrics(if that’s even the right word for it), and that same thing that just makes him so easily perfect and palatable to listen to. Especially when “Eggs” is bolstered by “A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left”, “Masterfade”, “Fake Palindromes” and the like. Probably my 3rd favorite Andrew album, but as with anything like this the ranking is always arguable and interchangeable.
And finally into double digits with #10!
With this we again have more of my Andrew Bird category as we move it closer to finishing and moving forward here, this time with the companion piece to “Break It Yourself” called “Hands of Glory”. Pictured here in this special edition bombastic orange splash color vinyl, “Hands of Glory” makes a fine complement with it’s mixture of covers, differing versions of songs from the album, and that same very folk-y sensibility that was of course a major part of “Break It Yourself”. In my mind the standouts are the alternative version of “Orpheo”, the Townes Van Zandt cover “If I Needed You”, and the traditional song “Railroad Bill”. 2012 was a hell of a year for Andrew Bird, and “Hands of Glory” really was the cherry on the sundae of what was some of the best work of the past year.
And we’re back again with #9!
Continuing the trend of albums from 2012(as well as more of my Andrew Bird section), here we have his album “Break It Yourself”. Considered to be one of my top albums of the past year at the #2 spot(along with companion piece “Hands of Glory”), this album has a little bit of everything. The acoustic folk textures Bird is so well known for, the electric inclusions(as seen on “Armchair Apocrypha” only more squared down here), and more of that ever-brilliant violin playing of course. Throw in a guest spot from St Vincent on “Lusitania” and brilliant songs like “Lazy Projector”, “Eyeoneye”, “Give It Away”, “Hole In The Ocean Floor” and “Desperation Breeds”, and there’s still no reason to state any other thought but brilliance. And still one of the best that last year had to offer.
Next up we begin the Andrew Bird section things, and lead off with his 2007 studio album “Armchair Apocrypha”. This was my introduction to Andrew’s music, and an album that I always come back to in one way or another given my love for it. Considered to be a more electric guitar laden album(especially when compared to it’s very acoustic predecessor “The Mysterious Production of Eggs), “Armchair Apocrypha” just has an absolute boatload of great songs. While it may not be his best work, it’s hard to argue against tracks like “Armchairs”, “Plasticities”, “Imitosis”, “Scythian Empires”, “Darkmatter”, “Heretics” and “Fiery Crash”. There’s just something so ear-catching and eternally toe-tapping about it that makes “Armchair Apocrypha” easy to visit time and time again.
My top 11 albums of 2012, from 5-1!
My newest video, in which I discuss the Japandroids album “Celebration Rock” as well as the Andrew Bird album “Hands of Glory” in an attempt to keep cleaning up the year that was 2012 in music. It’s done a bit different than my usual format, but…. I think it worked out.