April 2, 2010

Win tickets to see Mimicking Birds


I recently got all giddy about how much I love the debut album from Portland trio Mimicking Birds, just released on Isaac Brock’s label (Modest Mouse frontman). Fortuitously, they are on tour and swing through Denver next week and I have five pairs of tickets to give away to spread the good word.

To be entered, tell me a bird story or a bird fact in the comments. I’m prepping for Jeopardy. (Please only enter if you can actually go for reals: It’s next Tuesday at the Hi-Dive)

Rivers, Veins, and Roots – Mimicking Birds

After you enter the contest, or if you are sitting dejected and despondent because you live not in Colorado, click on over to this site and gorge yourself on a bunch of heartily enjoyable, vulnerably lovely Mimicking Birds demos, like the one above.

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  • I really don’t have any bird stories. I’m not much of a bird fan, except that their singing does bring to mind spring and flowers and all that is good in the world. So maybe I do like them afterall?
    Regardless, I would really like to go to this show!

    Jen — April 2, 2010 @ 8:57 am

  • 90% of bird species are monogamous.

    Megan — April 2, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  • One of my favorite songs is Bowerbirds “In Our Talons”, oh man that’s two bird references in one comment.

    Jevan — April 2, 2010 @ 9:58 am

  • if I were to ever start a music blog, which i won’t, it would be called, if that mocking bird don’t sing.

    casey — April 2, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  • Sometimes I wish I could see a flock of 100 bald eagles soaring through the air. Some might have a snake in their talons, some might not. Unfortunately this will never happen, for bald eagles do not soar in flocks. :(

    Adam — April 2, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  • you guys are awesome. jen, megan, jevan, casey, and adam – you each won a pair of tickets. check your email!

    browneheather — April 2, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  • Wha?! Psssht… I had the greatest bird story in the world history of bird stories, but now I’m not going to share. So, you’ll just have to go the rest of your life knowing that regardless of whatever bird stories you hear they pale in comparison to that one bird story from long ago, often told, though still unknown to you.

    Harold — April 2, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

  • I have a bird story, but can’t use the tickets:

    I was involuntarily committed once, and participated in group sessions. Another patient was Elena who said that once a hummingbird was trapped on her wraparound screen porch. She said that her father yelled at her for scaring that poor bird to death as Elena, hands afluttering, tried to catch it. When the bird fell exhausted to the floor, Elena picked it up and cradled it in her hand. She told me that it was no bigger than this (holding her thumb and forefinger about this far apart). She held it tenderly and then put her full hand through the hole in the screen and let that bird just buzz away. She told me, you know Tom, those hummingbirds are part bird and part insect. I said, Elena, they are just like that.

    TM Terry — April 2, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  • I’m from Europe, so I do not need any ticket, anyway I commented here just to say that I like them.

    Tungsteno — April 3, 2010 @ 3:46 am

  • I tried out for Jeopardy once – the second question was “What is the capital of Latvia?” and it was then that I realized I would not be appearing on Jeopardy.

    TIRS — April 3, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  • Sandhill Cranes are migrating from their winter habitat in New Mexico through the San Luis Valley of Colorado on their way to their summer nesting grounds in Montana and Idaho. I spent last weekend chasing these big beautiful birds around last weekend. How’s that for bird trivia? I saw Mimicking Birds with Blind Pilot in the fall. Would love to see them again!

    Caroline Kulesza — April 3, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

  • i’ve been a loyal fan of your blog for some time now. it’s such a great music solution to my day-to-day life. your recommended songs are up on the mixpod ritual used on my blog. thanks for keeping me and everyone up for good inspirations.

    ANDWHATELSEISTHERE — April 4, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  • Hi Heather – do you know Turin Brakes? I was really struck by how much this track reminds me of them – try “Emergency 72″ or “Long Distance”.

    Thanks for a great blog

    Jason McFall — April 9, 2010 @ 8:25 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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