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Andrew Bird — Desperation Breeds
Album: Break It Yourself
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 1212









Released: 2012
Length: 5:27
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Beekeeper sing of your frustration
In this litigious breeze
Of accidental pollination
In this era without bees
Without bees, without bees

We keep breeding desperation
In this era of thieves
Who keep stealing respiration
From the tenderest of trees, trees

This peculiar incantation
Sure you heard it before
Instead of breeding desperation
Make me a pallet on your floor
On your floor, on your floor...
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Another nugget from RP.
Thanks again!
 rdo wrote:

I just hear self indulgent noodling mostly.  I would prefer he got back to writing beautiful melodies.  Quit trying to please the sophistos.
 
I guess I like some self indulgent noodling. Go figure.
Sounds like a song somebody with some talent and a good music education would write. And I'm bored.
 kmacj316 wrote: The  Emporos new clothes?  A forgettable 3.
 

 dragon1952 wrote:
I don't know....this song just kind of drags along and never really does anything. 

    a forgettable 4    

Sublime...
Just Perfect!
Love the vibe. Spring is close.
The album is solid from start to finish.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Fantastic set!! Porcupine Tree, Bruce Cockburn and Andrew Bird.  You nailed it this time - this is exactly why I come back every! single! day! to Radio Paradise.  Every. Single. Day.!!!

 
Same here.  Count me addicted.
one of my favorite AB tracks. brilliant player
Fantastic set!! Porcupine Tree, Bruce Cockburn and Andrew Bird.  You nailed it this time - this is exactly why I come back every! single! day! to Radio Paradise.  Every. Single. Day.!!!
Absolutely LOVE this
Love everything about this one
Nice song for the GMO/Monsanto era. Buzzes like a swarm of bees. 7.
Had Radio Paradise on all day today (5am to 10pm) and I must say what a FUCKING great station....... I love the choices of music and Bill every now and then ;) AMAZING work Bill and team x
I don't know....this song just kind of drags along and never really does anything.
just went from 8->10
sometimes I get to invest some real attention to a piece after having heard it quite a lot, and so find this Bird song is very sophisticated and amazingly well constructed, cool too
 meinthecorner wrote:

I would humbly suggest you quit being such a sophisto, yourself!

 
Let's talk about the songs instead of each other.

I was surprised I liked it so much. It was background and then suddenly got my attention. I've heard Bird's name a lot, and this makes me want more.
 rdo wrote:

I just hear self indulgent noodling mostly.  I would prefer he got back to writing beautiful melodies.  Quit trying to please the sophistos.
 
I would humbly suggest you quit being such a sophisto, yourself!
 (Banned) wrote:
This is another song that after hearing it I bought it and listened to it repeatedly for about a week!  
I still enjoy hearing it when RP plays it.

 
I just hear self indulgent noodling mostly.  I would prefer he got back to writing beautiful melodies.  Quit trying to please the sophistos.
This is another song that after hearing it I bought it and listened to it repeatedly for about a week!  
I still enjoy hearing it when RP plays it.
Been hearing a lot of Bird these days. Good stuff. This is why I love RP, hearing stuff I've never heard before.
 
Wondered from time to time why no AB on RO
I guess just bad timing on my part. Great to catch this song.
It wasn't until I saw Andrew Bird live that I understood his music. By golly, he's a solo artist, in that he plays as a sort of one-man band.

I believe he opened with this tune (although I might be wrong). So, when you see this played live, by a solo artist, the effect is... Well, it certainly left a beautiful impression on us. We were weeping with joy.
Not when you listen to it on an audio system versus lat's just say a home theatre system.
 

Stingray wrote:
Andrew Bird is anything but good for my ears - leave alone the rest of me.

 

BORING



 


Haunting and too beautiful to be sad, 10.
Andrew Bird is anything but good for my ears - leave alone the rest of me.

 

BORING


The music reminds me of Jean-Luc Ponty
 
 oldfart48 wrote:
Without BEES ,  {#Eek}  we die.....

 
Do not spread rumor. We will not die, when the last bee has delivered her honey!
 Baby_M wrote:

This time, it replaced Andrew Bird with "Blackbird" by the Beatles.

I think the AI is toying with me.

  why complain both times you got killer tunes....esp. the Lehrer...{#Dance}



Without BEES ,  {#Eek}  we die.....
 Baby_M wrote:
I just hit the PSD button, and Andrew Bird was replaced with "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" by Tom Lehrer.

Well played, RP, well played.

 
This time, it replaced Andrew Bird with "Blackbird" by the Beatles.

I think the AI is toying with me.
This is just the greatest radio station in the world!!!
This is really working for me in all the right ways this afternoon. {#Music}
this is the worst thing ever. it makes me want to stab someone.
I can imagine why some might be bored with this, but I really dig his subtle melodies and interesting arrangements.  Very creative guy and of course I don't mind whistling which is definitely a prerequisite for liking Bird!{#Lol}
makes me wanna drop some acid
Love that hi-fi feed Bill !
 
 Chichis wrote:
I imagine this is what it will be like when I'm waiting to die in a nursery home{#Eek}

 
Well, perhaps not a nursery, but maybe a nursing home.
I imagine this is what it will be like when I'm waiting to die in a nursery home{#Eek}
I wish his set at Bottlerock was as enjoyable as this... I left a little disappointed......
Agreed. Sublime, smooth and simple. 
 
Nice! I like the atmosphere he's creating in a minimalistic way. Solid 9 for me
Damn good stuff !
This song is just a little bit of magic.
I just hit the PSD button, and Andrew Bird was replaced with "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" by Tom Lehrer.

Well played, RP, well played.
Like it, like it alot
If you like this, go get some of his other albums.  He has many many other songs that are better than this.
This is quite wonderful....
 tonypf wrote:
First few notes and I know that Andrew has arrived!
 
Yes! .....8 ==> 9

Without bees? Is that what he's singing?
Occidental pollination
 S-curvy wrote:
Anyone besides me hearing Beck in this?
 
i hear a lot of making me want to rip my ears off.

but no, i like beck. don't hear that in any of this guy's crap.
 ick wrote:

Hahaha... Now that is the pot calling the kettle black I reckon!
 
FTW!!  :)
Anyone besides me hearing Beck in this?
Angry Birds are a musical group too!?
Just heard him on Daytrotter, which is worth your listening, too.
First few notes and I know that Andrew has arrived!
 Stingray wrote:

Looking at the cover-art in combination with the album title,

I assume

Mister Bird has severe psychological issues, aka childhood trauma!!

Dr. Phil. Stingray

 
Hahaha... Now that is the pot calling the kettle black I reckon!
Another one of those tunes that I practically despised at the beginning....but then it began to win me over. Not too bad at all.
The man's a genius. His sound is totally unique. Mesmerising live.
 
Really interesting stuff. I love all the sounds he gets out of his violin. I can certainly see why some folks wouldn't enjoy it, but I'm a (minor) fan.

Looking at the cover-art in combination with the album title,

I assume

Mister Bird has severe psychological issues, aka childhood trauma!!

Dr. Phil. Stingray


 lily34 wrote:

same. i can't figure out why so many people like this drivel. ugh.
 
Because we are musically literate.
Ephemeral, yet a bit screechy
It feels, well, a bit too stretchy. It is depressing though so perhaps it works. I do not know. Just weird. 
Interesting music. He stretches himself. But this track is annoying. Grates on the ears. 
I was never much of an Andrew Bird fan, but then I saw him live this summer at the Forecastle Festival. I was kind of blown away by how good he was.
this is so the best song
Annoying!  {#Beat}
 bachbeet wrote:
Definitely not a fan of his.
 
same. i can't figure out why so many people like this drivel. ugh.
Definitely not a fan of his.
 thewaxtadpole wrote:
It starts off dull and ignorable to me, but after it gets going I find it shrill and distracting.  Either way, not a fan.
 
I'll second the dull and ignorable bit, though that screeching sliding violin is pretty irritating. Sorry, Andrew, you get the bird from the Nottingham jury. Aural Mogadon {#Sleep}
It starts off dull and ignorable to me, but after it gets going I find it shrill and distracting.  Either way, not a fan.
Ping, ping!? No, not my taste!
Excellent album.
{#Yes}

 gatorade wrote:
Only a 6.8 average rating...what is wrong with you people? I may have to bump this to a 9. Turn it UP!
 


Totally agree
The violinist reminds me of Noel Pointer, a jazz violinist from the Philly area, someone I saw several times in the late 70s and much admired. Sadly, Pointer died at a young age. It's nice to hear those tones again.
 hippiechick wrote:

I have mixed feelings about AB. I love his classical pieces. He's a great whistler, but whistling sometimes annoys me. I haven't listened to his new one yet.
 

I'm not a fan of whistling either, but I do really like this. 8
I like this !
So much so that I bought it - given my financial status that means a lot !!
this is the worst!!! ugh.
Only a 6.8 average rating...what is wrong with you people? I may have to bump this to a 9. Turn it UP!
The intro is worth a 9. Simply lovely.  The whole piece: a 7...  could increase as his work grows on me.. {#Good-vibes}
Fantastic instrumentation and tension.  How fitting to love this song in the spring as our gardens and flowers long for bees.  
 hippiechick wrote:

I have mixed feelings about AB. I love his classical pieces. He's a great whistler, but whistling sometimes annoys me. I haven't listened to his new one yet.
 
Give it a try, I enjoyed it much more than his last one (though I liked that one, too). Best of all is to see him live — he's about 10 times better in person.
Yea this album has turned me into an Andrew Bird fan, no doubt. Well played, Sir.{#Cheers}
I agree with Mr. Bond below me, there.
Wow! One of his best yet. {#Music}
check out this video Andrew did solo... rather amazing
https://vimeo.com/channels/aroomforlondon/35924180 
Note:  scroll down the page to find Andrew's video.
 pianocomposer wrote:
I would say this musician is a genius. Reminds me of the experimentation of Radiohead, but more organic & beautiful... melodic. Will give it a 7 for now, but may upgrade to a 9 or 10 depending on how i grows on me.

Andrew is playing at the Pageant Theater in St. Louis sometime this spring. It's on a week night & I live more than an hour from the venue (so I will miss it). Nevertheless, 

https://www.thepageant.com/shows/event/216/#.T2ZuNcXe2OM 
 
I have mixed feelings about AB. I love his classical pieces. He's a great whistler, but whistling sometimes annoys me. I haven't listened to his new one yet.
The barnyard comes to life in this oddly lush and yet frenetic tune. Love it. 
I'm a Rabbit, and I can certainly hop to this one.
Relaxing with RP before going to work. Beautiful song. So nice.....
I would say this musician is a genius. Reminds me of the experimentation of Radiohead, but more organic & beautiful... melodic. Will give it a 7 for now, but may upgrade to a 9 or 10 depending on how i grows on me.

Andrew is playing at the Pageant Theater in St. Louis sometime this spring. It's on a week night & I live more than an hour from the venue (so I will miss it). Nevertheless, 

https://www.thepageant.com/shows/event/216/#.T2ZuNcXe2OM 
Wasn't a fan of AB - this is changing my mind.
This one I get, its working for me. . . 
Wow, this is great. New album seems to be his best yet, this song surely gets me intrigued!
Nice.