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Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

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Forget the violin. Forget the classical background. As troubadour Andrew Bird puts it, “At this point the violin just happens to be the instrument I have on hand to make the sounds that I hear. I like to abuse it and pull as many sounds out of it as I can.” Bird is a masterful and intuitive singer / songwriter, and what he does while performing—alternately plucking and bowing his violin, then immediately sampling the results, layering the sounds with guitar, whistling, glockenspiel and vocals—bears little resemblance to what most people might expect. It’s only one of several devices in his arsenal of instruments, melodies, and imaginative wordplay.

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  • krankymusic

    i agree atom

    27 Aug 1:00pm Reply
  • seyma__

    This is amazing! I Listen to a record and it's like having an entire cabaretshow going on in my head :D [3]

    25 Jan 2:53pm Reply
  • atom217

    LastFM never plays anything from thrills or Oh the Grandeur! It makes me sad.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • celexicdream

    We played lame jazz music in orchestra in high school. I wish we played something like Bowl of Fire.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • phterrell

    someone please write a better bio

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • c0rdell

    Bowl of Fire reunion please.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    This is amazing! I Listen to a record and it's like having an entire cabaretshow going on in my head :D [2]

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Kexet1

    This is amazing! I Listen to a record and it's like having an entire cabaretshow going on in my head :D

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • FolxPunxForLife

    The Swimming Hour is pretty cool in its own way, but the skill level of the instruments on the other two albums are incompatible. They are on an entire other level.

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Degarmo

    andrew bird's best work in my opinion

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • FolxPunxForLife

    This music makes perfect sense to me, perfect is the word

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • EdiSantosMusic

    Oh The Grandeur is amazing.

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • baltimorecounty

    oh the grandeur is probably the greatest thing that andrew bird will ever create

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Imnotahipster

    blipster approved.

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Buggy08

    The Swimming Hour = perfect

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • princegarth

    AMAZING band!

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • haroldscoffee

    hnnggg all of these songs are my jam rn

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • Younghappy

    I remember when I first heard the Bowl of Fire. I was so excited by the sounds that I was trawling the internet to find something similar to listen to & was pretty disappointed when I couldn't find anything. Looking back on it now, it really highlights the genius of Andrew Bird to pull all that crazy stuff off. A musical feat that is hard to match.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • comattallezvous

    The things i'd do to have been able to have seen the bowl of fire....

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Donia141078

    really amazing :D

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
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