Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Bird And The Bee

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin and doe-eyed vocalist Inara George draw upon a mutual fondness for jazz standards and '60s tropicalia to deliver the stylish indie pop tones of the Bird and the Bee. The two musicians were introduced in 2005 by mutual friend Mike Andrews, whom George had enlisted to produce her solo debut, All Rise. Needing someone to contribute piano to several tracks, Andrews called upon Kurstin, who had studied under renowned jazz pianist Jaki Byard during his college years. George and Kurstin soon found themselves spending hours together in the studio, where a shared interest in jazz-based music -- something that George hadn't explored much on All Rise -- helped lay the foundation for the Bird and the Bee.

Apart from Kurstin's work with Byard, neither musician had done much with jazz or tropicalia before. Kurstin had previously contributed keyboards to selections by Beck, and his production credits included work with the Flaming Lips, Peaches, and Lily Allen (with whom the Bird and the Bee would later tour). On the other hand, George -- the daughter of Little Feat's Lowell George -- had pursued work as a Shakespearean actress before forming the post-grunge band Lode and subsequently embarking on a solo career. Both George and Kurstin began to explore new sounds and textures in Kurstin's studio in Echo Park, CA, eventually composing enough sun-kissed material for their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, which arrived in late October 2006. The Bird and the Bee's self-titled LP was released the following year by Blue Note Records, spawning a number one hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart with a remix of the sassy "Fucking Boyfriend." After enjoying positive press from such outlets as NPR (which even aired one of the duo's performances from Washington, D.C.), the pair returned to the studio. Please Clap Your Hands, a five-song EP featuring a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," arrived in September 2007, and the duo heralded its release by joining indie pop act Rilo Kiley on a fall tour.

At February 12th, The Bird And The Bee digitally released Too Many Hearts EP. A four-song Valentine's Day EP featuring three new songs - "Birthday", "Last Day Of Our Love" & "Come As You Are" - with music by Greg Kurstin & Inara George's trademark lyrics, sung sweetly but laced with her wry observation on love found and lost. Inara also sings a duet with Gus Seyffert on "Tonight You Belong to Me," a 1920s song performed by Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin in the 1979 film The Jerk. Recommended!

The Bird And The Bee - Birthday
The Bird And The Bee @ MySpace

The Bird And The Bee - Again & Again

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Pedro The Lion - Ahiles Heel + Control !!!
Adem - Love & Other Planets + Homesongs !!!
David Bazan - Fewer Moving Parts !!!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - In This Home On Ice [CDM] !!!
Idiot Pilot - Strange We Should Meet Here !!!
Of Montreal - Icons, Abstract Thee [EP] !!!
+ Elbow, Dead Poetic, Blindside, Tarantula A.D., Finch,
A Whisper In The Noise, Mute Math, Headphones, GYBE, Low,
Explosions In The Sky, Guster, Lagwagon, Matthew Good,
Spoon, Album Leaf, Sigur Ros, Thursday, Priesterbird, etc.

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea !!!
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy !!!
Margot & The Nuclear So and So'S - Dust Of Retreat !!!
Architecture In Helsinki - Fingers Crossed !!!
The National - Cherry Tree + Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers !!!
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire !!!
M83 - Befor The Dawn Heals Us !!!

The Decemberists - Albums

VA - Across The Universe OST

Funkdoobiest - Brother Doobie
VA - Death Proof OST

Bad Larry - No Deal

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That first link had the most extensive collection of David Bazan/Pedro the Lion music I have ever seen.

Thanks for all your hard work...

P.S. If you ever come across The Alternate Routes - The Good and Reckless and True, I would be extremely grateful...

10:43 PM  
Anonymous JR said...

thanks for all you efforts!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks ziggy the first DEX is awesome! thanks a lot :)

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing to find the whole entire David Bazan collection.You're the best man.

Thank you for your amazing blog.It's truly one of the best.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweet mary and joseph, i don't know if you've heard of the band lydia, but they have a new cd coming out called illuminate. i know some people have it already if you could point me in the right direction if you have that knowledge?

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Guillermo said...

Yes! always glad to see some love for margot and the nuclear so and so's. probably my fave group right now. You can download some acoustic demos from the upcoming new album here http://www.musicalfamilytree.com/bands.php?BandID=38

any chance of finding some Gringo Starr?

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guillermo, thanks for the link for the Margot. That is one of my favorite albums. If you get a chance to see them live, they put on a great show.

3:56 AM  
Blogger LMS said...


A few live tracks live here.
Thanks! I can't believe I didn't know they had a new ep out. I'm so behind.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog!

Has anyone been able to find the new Gnarls or Portishead that come out in April?

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ziggy can you post el perro del mar url again
thanks a lot

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pete and the pirates anyone?? i fucking love their tunes : )

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Blogger shilzzzzzzz said...

gnarls barkley + other new stuff is at goldenhymn.blogspot.com

great blog, mang.

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