Sunday, April 15, 2012


What is it that I choose to do with all of this independent personal freedom?  So far this weekend, it's been spent in total fan-boy mode.

The good folks over at YouTube have been webcasting this weekend's performances at the Coachella music festival and I was able to catch at least some of it, including a terrific performance yesterday by tUnE-YaRdS (from whom I was turned away last Rocktober when they sold out while I was two patrons from the door), St. Vincent premiering a  new song (Crocodile) which Annie Clark sang while surfing the crowd, The Shins performing a cover of Pink Floyd's Breathe, and Explosions In The Sky's quiet-quiet-quiet-loud-loud-loud formula, not to mention an epic, possibly career-defining set by Bon Iver and a late-night, two-hour marathon by Radiohead.

Tonight, we have North Carolina's Bowerbirds performing at The Earl.  Pictures will follow soon enough.

Bowerbirds are significant because among other things they have produced as perfect a music video for their song Tuck the Darkness In as possible, in many ways the ideal Water Dissolves Water film clip (this should have been a Friday Night Video).  Part of the video looks like it was shot in rural North Carolina and one scene looks like the Georgia Aquarium (but don't hold that against it), while the closing has a decidedly West Coast look to it.  I strongly encourage each and every one of you to watch this little gem all the way through with an open mind and an open heart. 

Meanwhile, the birds are all deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet-deet! (see vid below for context of that remark)

It's easy to get carried away by Bowerbirds, especially with such eco-sentient  lyrics as:
No, you're not alone, no, my cousins, you're not alone.
You're in our talons now, and we're never letting go.
You're in our headlights, frozen, and no, we're not stopping.
You may not believe, but even we were scared at first.
It takes a lot of nerve to destroy this wondrous earth.
We're only human; this at least we've learned.
Finally, Bowerbirds played the Bowery Ballroom in New York back on March 23, a concert that was captured (and available for free download) over at NYC Taper.  Check them out for yourself tonight if you can.

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