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Andrew Bird

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Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur. Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock. His third album, 2001's The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As bandmembers remained active in their various other projects, the group continued, and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited-edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo. Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs. He switched to Fat Possum for 2007's Armchair Apocrypha and 2009's Noble Beast, both of which were ambitious and eclectic albums even by Bird's standards. The latter of the two was also available in a deluxe version that included a bonus CD of instrumental works. The second disc, dubbed Useless Creatures, was released independently from its predecessor in October of 2010. The following year, Bird composed the score for Jonathan Segal's independent coming-of-age film Norman. The film's score was released in October on the Mom + Pop label. Bird's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, arrived in March of 2012, followed by the companion piece Hands of Glory in early October. In late 2013, a seven-song EP titled I Want to See Pulaski at Night appeared. Based around the song "Pulaski at Night," it consisted of a number of shorter supporting pieces and played almost like a classical suite. Several months later, using his newly formed Hands of Glory backing band, he recorded his seventh album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of..., a collection of cover songs of fellow Chicagoans the Handsome Family. Bird has had a long association with the husband-and-wife folk duo, first covering their song "Don't Be Scared" in 2003 on his Weather Systems LP, a song that he again tackles on this tribute album, which was released in June 2014. Echolocations, an instrumental LP recorded deep inside Utah's Coyote Gulch canyons, arrived in 2015, followed shortly thereafter by 2016's Are You Serious, Bird's tenth solo album, which featured collaborations with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Andrew Bird

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    10 songs

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    Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...

    11 songs

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    Fingerlings 4

    14 songs

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    Break It Yourself

    14 songs

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    Noble Beast

    14 songs

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    Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs

    10 songs

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    Weather Systems

    12 songs

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    Music of Hair

    7 songs

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    Echolocations: Canyon

    7 songs

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    I Want to See Pulaski at Night

    8 songs

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    Hands of Glory

    8 songs

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    Soldier On

    7 songs

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    Ballad of the Red Shoes

    11 songs

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    Are You Serious

    13 songs

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    Are You Serious [Deluxe Edition]

    15 songs

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    Noble Beast

    1 song

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    Valleys of the Young

    1 song

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    Roma Fade

    1 song

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    Left Handed Kisses

    1 song

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    Capsized

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    Three White Horses

    22 songs

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    Break It Yourself/Hands of Glory

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    Fingerlings 3

    10 songs

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    Fingerlings 2

    9 songs

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    Fingerlings

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Top Songs by
Andrew Bird

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  2.   Heretics
  3.   Imitosis
  4.   Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left
  5.   Fitz and the Dizzyspells
  6.   Masterfade
  7.   Plasticities
  8.   Tenuousness
  9.   Eyeoneye
  10.   Capsized
  11.   Oh No
  12.   Auld Lang Syne
  13.   Scythian Empires
  14.   Lull
  15.   Fake Palindromes
  16.   Three White Horses
  17.   Railroad Bill
  18.   Skin Is My
  19.   Souverian
  20.   Natural Disaster
  21.   The Giant of Illinois
  22.   Fiery Crash
  23.   Sovay
  24.   Tables And Chairs
  25.   Give It Away
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Andrew Bird

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    A Great Big World: I Am The DJ

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    Hipster Holiday

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    Adult Chill

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    Alternative Chill

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    Eclectic Rock


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