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.

March 15, 2010

All we are is burning stars

mimicking birds glow

In the past week, I have listened to this record on loop at least three or four times through daily, and I am falling more and more for it each time. Mimicking Birds is a trio from Portland, recently signed to Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label.

Speaking of Brock, there’s more than a hint of early Modest Mouse in these songs, with what I’d describe as an aquatic unsettling feeling that ripples through the album. It feels subversive, but subtle. It reminds me a bit of my other current obsession, the eclectic Electric President, with some of the warmth of Blind Pilot and the mercurial warble of Devendra Banhart.

Click the play arrow below to stream the entire new self-titled debut album (just out last week). Track #3 “Burning Stars” is the top-notch track for free download here with email address, and other standout tracks for me include #7 “Remnants and Pictures” and #11 “Under and In Rocks.” I cannot stop listening.

(I fidgeted with the code some to turn off the auto-play function, so you can also access the same player on the Glacial Pace site, if’n I hopelessly messed something up)


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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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