Monday, May 18, 2009

Wooden Birds Release Debut LP, Coming To Rickshaw

While it tends to definitely be on the super-chilled out side of our listening stratosphere, we will readily admit that we've definitely found some pleasure in digging into the records of American Analog Set. That being the case, we were interested to see and hear as blog hype has gradually formed around AAS frontman Andrew Kenny's new project The Wooden Birds.

The last time we saw Kenny, he was keyboarding it up for Broken Social Scene, so it's nice to hear that he's back in the swing of things with his own work as well. We've been listening to The Wooden Birds debut record Magnolia, and digging it quite a bit. That being said, it'd be tough to say it has much distance from the sounds of American Analog Set. Everything down to the percussion and guitar tones pretty much syncs up with AAS's sound - and that's not a bad thing. It's just curious that Kenny has decided to retitle the project given the similarities. Nonetheless, the record is a solid songwriting effort and definitely lives up to the notoriety of Kenny's previous work.

If you give a listen and you find yourself hankering for a live taste, you're in luck. The band has plotted out a tour in support of the record, and will be hitting the US for most of June. In San Francisco, the show will be at the always-intimate Rickshaw Stop, and presented by our buddies over at ipickmynose. Seeing the band in such a small room should definitely be rewarding, and by all accounts their live show is solid as a rock. See you there!

mp3: The Wooden Birds - The Other One

Wooden Birds Spring 2009 Dates
May 27, 2009 : Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
May 28, 2009 : Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
May 29, 2009 : San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
May 30, 2009 : Visala, CA @ Cellar Door
May 31, 2009 : San Fransisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
June 2, 2009 : Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
June 3, 2009 : Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
June 4, 2009 : Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
June 6, 2009 : Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
June 7, 2009 : Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
June 18, 2009 : Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
June 19, 2009 : Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
June 20, 2009 : Chicago, IL @ Schubas
June 21, 2009 : Clevland, OH @ Beachland
June 23, 2009 : Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears
June 24, 2009 : Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
June 25, 2009 : Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
June 29, 2009 : Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 2, 2009 : Houston, TX @ Walters on Washington