Pin It
Favorite

CD Reviews 

By Joel Smith and Leah Sottile


Andrew Bird


...And the Mysterious Production of Eggs FOUR STARS





Schizophrenic indie pop? Postmodern singer-songwriter? I'm struggling to find a label that encompasses Andrew Bird's fifth's album (his second solo release since dropping the Bowl of Fire). How about this, then? Rufus Wainwright, Django Reinhardt, the Beatles, the rhythm section from Pink Martini and six whirling dervishes all meet up for a jam session in a kewpie doll parade in post-apocalyptic North Platte. No, that's not it, either.


A classically trained violinist (formerly the fiddler for the Squirrel Nut Zippers), a lithe and jazzy guitarist and a mellifluous whistler, Bird seems aimed to confound -- and never more so than with this release, which swerves across genres and styles with defiant ease. In the course of one song, "Opposite Day," Bird jams in elements of uber-melodic indie pop, chamber music, Star Trek scores and even a jazz epilogue.


Crooning cryptically about MX missiles, the Brothers Grimm and trading "butterfly knives for Adderall," Bird plays hard to get, musically and lyrically. But once you get him, he just keeps on giving. -- Joel Smith





Heiruspecs


A Tiger Dancing FOUR STARS


Hip-hop, like most things, is best in its purest form. It's a genre at its best when left untouched, just the way it was recorded. Think about it: the Roots' Do You Want More?!!!??!, Jurassic 5's Power in Numbers, Aesop Rock's Float -- all raw, uncooked, authentic hip-hop. When you package the genre, shine it, polish it and adjust it -- that's when a hip-hop record becomes average. For artists, ignoring all the bells and whistles of the recording studio is hard to do, so when you do come across a record still in raw form, you'd better cough up the change to add it to your collection.


Enter my surprise at the young-but-experienced Minnesota-bred Heiruspecs. Their latest, A Tiger Dancing, is diverse, proficient, masterful and bell-and-whistle-free. These hip-hop prodigies produced an expert encyclopedia of the genre in Tiger, with plunky basslines, new wave keyboards, Uzi-fast flows. They mix it up, make you laugh and shake you to the core. Heiruspecs are hip-hop purists. -- Leah Sottile





Publication date: 03/31/05
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Incendiary Words
  • Incendiary Words

    Trail Mix: Trump's gifts to civics teachers everywhere
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • This Isn't Normal
  • This Isn't Normal

    America has gone down this road before, and it's a dead end
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
RALLY

RALLY @ Washington Cracker Co. Building

Tue., Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • This Isn't Normal

    America has gone down this road before, and it's a dead end
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


election 2016


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • A Persistent Life
  • A Persistent Life

    Scott Reed won more cases than he lost in life, and the beauty of the Coeur d'Alene area has been the beneficiary
    • May 27, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation