New releases from Matt and Kim, Andrew Bird, Elliott Smith, et al.
Loft Life Magazine takes a tour of Wilco’s recording studio. Just last year, musician Andrew Bird spent four days recording at the Loft. He spent the entire first day arranging the studio space just to get the right violin sound. Using microphones placed around the room, he was able to pick up the acoustics of … Continue reading Photo Tour of the Wilco Loft
MP3: Andrew Bird – “Oh No” from Noble Beast, out now on Fat Possum. This song features all the things you love about Andrew Bird: whistling, nerdy smart lyrics, violin, plus hand claps. What more could you want? The album is a bit of a sleeper, but repeated listenings will reveal more and more. Andrew … Continue reading Andrew Bird – Oh No
With the aid of multiple digital delay pedals and the sheer force of his talent, Bird displaced as many as an entire chamber orchestra by dint of sonic cloning.
The big news out of this week’s album sales is not in the Top Ten (nine of which were already there last week), but just beyond that into the 11-20 range. Specifically: 12. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast (Fat Possum) – 26,000 13. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) – 25,000 16. Bon Iver … Continue reading Andrew Bird Outsells Animal Collective
Andrew Bird is recording his new album at the Wilco Loft in Chicago. He writes about it for the New York Times: Often times the choice becomes: Do you give the song what it wants? Or do you go against its demands? “Oh No” seemed to be asking for a 1970s Jackson Brown or Fleetwood … Continue reading Andrew Bird recording new album
Another round of mp3s featured on Forkast recently… • Happy Mondays – “Jelly Bean” [fr0k] • Arthur & Yu – “Come to View (A Song for Neil Young)” from In Camera; due June 19 on Hardly Art [fr0k] • The New Pornographers – “My Rights Versus Yours” from Challengers, due August 21 on Matador [fr0k] … Continue reading Fun with Forkast, Round VI
Pitchfork first created an MP3 page back in the autumn of 2001. But until a couple weeks ago when they rebranded it as Forkast, the mp3 page was strictly an ad revenue channel, just like the free CD that comes with Magnet magazine. Bands and labels paid Pitchfork to post their mp3s. The small print … Continue reading Pitchfork’s MP3 Blog: Forkcast
In the third of a three-part series covering Lollapalooza 2006, we check out the Hold Steady, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, The Shins, Of Montreal, and Wilco.