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Monday, February 6

Andrew Bird Concert Pictures/Video/Review


The Andrew Bird show on Friday night was fantastic. We all (Ty, Celeste, Me) drove up to Champaign a couple hours early, and it paid off since we had hands-down the best seats in the building. Front Row -- Just In Between the Martin Dosh (the drummer) and Andrew Bird.

Haley Bonar was very good, as expected. She performed a quiet, soothing set full of folky goodness. Martin Dosh was up next and he performed a couple of loop-heavy songs that he literally created piece by piece. It was a little like watching a weird musical science experiment. It sounded great though.

Then in the middle of Dosh's set Andrew Bird made his first appearance looking like he had just stepped out of a Charles Dickens novel. He started tuning his violin while Dosh finished out his last song. Then he jumped right into absolutely stunning performances of "I" and "Why". Our jaws were all dropped at this point. He started off laying down multiple violin-picking loops before switching between guitar, xylophone, and violin before the songs.

He played riveting and upbeat versions of "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" and "MX missiles" before playing a couple of new songs that proved that his next album will be just as satisfying as his last. Fake Palindromes, Skin Is, My and Tables and Chairs, and some freakin' incredible whistling were other highlights of the incredible (but far too short) set. We all left in awe of what had taken place in front of us. If you have the chance to see Andrew Bird live, do it!

I took some video on my camera of the a few songs, although I accidentally deleted some of the violin-heavy parts during the first part of the set.
I did catch some of my favorite parts from The Mysterious Production of Eggs on video including the beginning of Fake Palindromes, the bridge of Skin, Is My, and nearly all of Tables and Chairs. There's also a lot more pictures for you to view right here (thanks to Apples handy dandy new app, iWeb).

Fake Palindromes
Tables and Chairs (Part 1)
Tables and Chairs (Part 2)

Out of all the videos, Tables and Chairs (Part 1) is the best, so make sure and grab that one first. Right-Click / Save Target As... to put them on your desktop. Sorry that the file sizes are so large...

MP3 Andrew Bird - Tables and Chairs

posted by Taylor, 2/06/2006 02:13:00 AM | link 3 comments

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Great pics and videos man. Bird's coming to Madison soon and I'm thinking of heading down there to meet up with Ryan of Muzzle of Bees again.

Looks like it was a great show.
commented by Blogger Goose, 2/07/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Nice videos -- do you use a Sony Cybershot? Are you generally happy with the quality? I'm guessing, based on the filename format. I've been trying to get better quality in dark settings with mine, but no luck.

I'll be at the Madison show, too, right in the middle of about five shows in one week; should have video posted in a few weeks.
commented by Blogger Aaron, 2/08/2006 09:54:00 AM  
I almost went but the darn thing sold out and I don't like the Canopy with even close to capacity crowds. Thanks for making me feel like I was there, even vicariously!

-Urbanian
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 2/14/2006 05:00:00 PM  

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