I was skeptical about whether gun control by itself could really solve the problem. It's a really complicated issue, because guns are very symbolic to Americans for some reason. It's just a machine that throws this object through the air really fast that kills people. But somehow the Second Amendment is established in our country as this assurance of liberty and protecting oneself against tyranny. So we made that video with “Pulaski at Night” to show how it's affecting our youth and our whole mind-set and what kind of damage that's doing, whether any shots are fired or not. AB: It makes them think I'm in a better mood than I might be.
Every day there are more humans rubbing up against each other, and the majority of them are armed. But there are so many situations that shouldn't be lethal but are. SD: You did an album of songs by the Handsome Family [Things Are Really Great Here … Rennie Sparks has said that hearing your versions of his songs has given him a new understanding of his own work, which is pretty cool praise. It has annoyed siblings and girlfriends over the years at times.
Ochre was the most important painting material used traditionally by Aboriginal people.
It is mined from particular sites and is a crumbly to hard rock heavily coloured by iron oxide.
NPR is hosting this album stream, and also sat down with Bird to talk about his latest release.
"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled," the singer-songwriter explained.
Enlisting other artists for a selection of songs was also a solid move, but we all know that an Andrew Bird album is a must-listen no matter who is on it.
If you're a fan of Bird's music, this is a pretty exciting description of his new songs.
Stream the new album from Andrew Bird, , which hits shelves next week on April 1: 01.
Why did you choose to work with them, and why do that now? You can develop your ear by whistling all the time, matching pitch or whistling along with something. If I'm not eating or talking or sleeping, I'm pretty much whistling.
ANDREW BIRD: I don't remember exactly what it was, but there was a particularly rough patch of shootings. I kind of threw up my hands a little bit, like, It's gonna be a tough one, the solution to this problem. They're careful not not to say, “We're gonna take your guns away from you.” Because they know that won't get them anywhere. SD: Has that created problems for the people around you?