Watch for the Birdie: 5 Favorite Bird Bands
    • FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

    • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

    There is a band for every critter in the animal kingdom. You've got The Wombats, The Mountain Goats, Band of Horses, Deerhunter, Street Dogs, Phish...the list goes on. We've taken a particular liking to the avian variety of band. Here's five bands with bird names you should be listening to.


    1. Niki and the Dove

    Niki and the Dove is the greatest thing out of Sweden since IKEA. Expect instead of weird modern furnature, they supply us with wonderous electropop. The Drummer landed the trio a nomination for the BBC's "Sound of 2012" poll. They also put on a damn good show. So take a listen to Instinct, out this month.

    In case you need convincing:




    2. Andrew Bird

    Multi-intrumentalist Andrew Bird has worked on more albums than can be counted. With his own take on indie folk (or as some like to call it "baroque pop") Bird has been releasing albums for the past decade and a half. Between his solo work, his project Bowl of Fire and his contribution work with bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers describing him as accomplished doesn't even begin to cover it. With 2012's You Break It Yourself he proved yet again that the violin is still cool.

    Check out his trailer for Blogotheque:




    3. Phoenix

    Phoenix's forth album Wolfgang Amadeux Phoenix was a smashing success. You couldn't leave the house without hearing "Lisztomania" or "1901". It was great. Since then Phoenix fans have been impatiently waiting for the next record, scheduled to release in 2012. The band says it will be a more experimental album compared to their previous work, naming the Somewhere soundtrack as their inspiration.

    "Lisztomania":




    4. Department of Eagles

    Originally known as Whitney on the Moon UK, Department of Eagles is the brainchild of Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen (also in Grizzy Bear). Their debut album The Cold Nose, which was initially released under the name The Whitney on the Moon UK EP, earned them a small, but enthusiactic following. They released In Ear Park in 2008 with the help of their Grizzy Bear bandmates. Two years later they recorded Archieve 2003-2006, which included samples and songs that the band planned to use on their next album, some of which was picked up by Grizzy Bear.

    "No One Does It Like You":




    5. Yellow Ostrich

    Yellow Ostich's released Strangeland this year and it was an instant favorite. With the addition of two new members since their debut, the band has not only grown in size, but also in sound. "Marathon Runner", "Elephant King" and "Up in the Mountains" show how much the band's sound has matured since The Mistress. As much as we like the new record, we still have old favorites like "WHALE" and "Mary" on repeat.

    Watch their video for "WHALE":


    Check out their Baeble Session:



    Honorable Mentions:
    Doves
    The Eagles
    Dodos
    Robyn
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