The Bird And The Bee (Greg Kurstin and Inara George) = DEFT

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their recently released eponymous LP may be the best album i've heard this year (i haven't heard that many but still). good production (would like more electropoppish stuff ala 'Fucking Boyfriend' but also the neat self-harmony overdubs here and there) mostly handled by Kurstin, sweet vocals by Day, simple but smart lyrics generally - but i have a hard time describing it all properly in any meaningful way. early 90s Vega sprang to mind as a comparison but tell me what/who it reminds you of.

blueski, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 11:00 (twelve years ago) link

that's Inara GEORGE, not Day. i knew i would confuse her with Inaya Day...

blueski, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 11:06 (twelve years ago) link

It reminds me of Matthew Herbert and Dani Siciliano circa Bodily Functions, only prettier.

Matthew H, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

Hmmm. Forgot that was my handle. I'm not Matthew Herbert.

Matthew H, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

i should've made the Siciliano similarity connection - that's who i was trying to think of. nothing as boppin' as 'The Audience' or 'Suddenly' here but yeh just as pretty for sure.

blueski, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 15:02 (twelve years ago) link

I love this too. Kurstin also did some work on the Lily Allen record.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 19:50 (twelve years ago) link

I'm still waiting for her to front Little Feat

zaxxon25, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

i saw this band live open for Lily Allen and thought "wow, there is nothing about this band i don't like." and then i bought the unbelievably bloodless no-fun record and thought "wow, there is nothing about this band i like."

smash your phonograph in half, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

what other stuff do you like in this (bloodless) vein?

blueski, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:16 (twelve years ago) link

somebody put this on an mp3 cd for me but i haven't listened yet.

get bent, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

now THAT is a diss

blueski, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:29 (twelve years ago) link

I saw them open for Lily Allen and the lead singer was wearing a dress with a huge, wide plunging neckline and I swear she had no breasts. Completely flat, no nipples, no nothing. I keep thinking it was some sort of optical illusion.

musically, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

I love this album (although I have to program one of the tracks out so my five year old can't pick up the language - the toilet mouths).

Kim Tortoise, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 10:58 (twelve years ago) link

one of the better tracks tho (it stands out at least)

blueski, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 11:10 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

don't like the recent EP :(
but the one before that (Now Please Clap Your Hands) was great

blueski, Monday, 12 May 2008 11:11 (eleven years ago) link

Maybe Kurstin used up all his good songs for the TashBed and Kylie albums.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 12 May 2008 11:21 (eleven years ago) link

"Birthday" is really moving, I think. That may be cos I first heard it in the week of my birthday though.

Jeff W, Monday, 12 May 2008 12:10 (eleven years ago) link

I saw them open for Lily Allen and the lead singer was wearing a dress with a huge, wide plunging neckline and I swear she had no breasts. Completely flat, no nipples, no nothing. I keep thinking it was some sort of optical illusion.

-- musically, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 23:05 (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

Well, SHE HAITIN

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 12 May 2008 12:11 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

Listening to a leak of the new album and I have to admit there's a couple great songs on it.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 9 January 2009 22:06 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Gosh, after resisting, I've realized that I'm a Broken Heart is a great great song. What a chorus.

Joe Bob 1 Tooth (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 27 January 2009 03:43 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

the bird and the bee, the duo of singer Inara George and multi-instrumental/Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin, are set to release "Guiltless Pleasures Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates," on EMI’s Blue Note Records on March 23. Following up 2009’s Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, the acclaimed band’s third full-length album is a love letter to famed “rock and soul” duo Hall & Oates that features eight classic covers along with one new original song.

Tracklist:
1. Heard It On The Radio

2. I Can't Go For That

3. Rich Girl

4. Sarah Smile

5. Kiss On My List

6. Maneater

7. She's Gone

8. Private Eyes

9. One on One

scott seward, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:46 (nine years ago) link

looks maybe pretty good, although after the ode to David Lee Roth on the last album I think I'd be more interested in them doing a Van Halen tribute

Dr. Algernod Goon (some dude), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:34 (nine years ago) link

I'm still waiting for her to front Little Feat

― zaxxon25, Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:09 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

her singing "Trouble" on the Feat's 2008 album was what got me into her band, btw.

Dr. Algernod Goon (some dude), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:35 (nine years ago) link

I'd be more interested in them doing a Van Halen tribute

could do a brilliant cover of Why Can't This Be Love

mdskltr (blueski), Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:10 (nine years ago) link

"Diamond Dave" is kind of about how Hagar ain't shit so

Dr. Algernod Goon (some dude), Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:13 (nine years ago) link

I saw them live on a college campus and they did 'I Can't Go For That'...was pleasantly surprised

iatee, Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:13 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

This is called "Interpreting the Masters" and it's fucking awesome. I've been listening basically to it, H&O originals, repeat.

More more more ass we are all addicted to ass (Whitey on the Moon), Monday, 24 May 2010 04:34 (nine years ago) link

And it's on BLUE NOTE, per Wikipedia, wtf?

More more more ass we are all addicted to ass (Whitey on the Moon), Monday, 24 May 2010 04:35 (nine years ago) link

all their albums are on Blue Note. no idea why. funny to think people got up in arms about Norah Jones a few years ago.

every night i tell myself i am the custos, i am the wind. (some dude), Monday, 24 May 2010 04:37 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

can't work out whether i like or loath the hall and oates record. it's not as if they're making rock songs into pop or vice versa, or that there's some sort of real point to the re-interpretation. or improving them with better vocals (if anything the vocals are really lazy in comparison). and its very very greys anatomy. overall it just seems a bit...pointless. but i'm listening to it again for some reason.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 12:16 (nine years ago) link

yeah it's definitely kind of an odd exercise (especially given that they're just doing the hits, not salvaging any deep cuts), but it's still a really enjoyable record.

Prince SBanBan (some dude), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 12:44 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

I keep revisiting this band and being pleasantly surprised. I think it's one of the few things I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I like.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:47 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

new album leaked. on first spin, very solid. don't love her voice, but some great tracks

mingalaba, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:56 (four years ago) link

ooh, I'll have to pick it up. I like this group though when I first heard them I thought they were going to be some kind of neat take on that Freezepop/Peaches electroclash sound, classed up a bit and with a singer who can actually sing, I'm kind of disappointed that they turned out doing more of a 60's noir revival thing. I relistened to the first album, "I am Camera" still sounds awesome to me, though the album takes a massive dive right after. Would've been an amazing 7-song EP!

frogbs, Friday, 7 August 2015 20:48 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

Listening to "Will You Dance?" To me this is boring adult contempo, but I do feel I'd enjoy hearing this band play some Hall and Oates.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 23 February 2016 21:29 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

They just released an album of Van Halen covers and it's great!

DT, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:16 (four months ago) link

But what does some dude think? Was the 9 years worth the wait?

(I like it, especially “Unchained”)

Jeff W, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:46 (four months ago) link

Love the 'Panama' cover

nashwan, Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:36 (four months ago) link

looks maybe pretty good, although after the ode to David Lee Roth on the last album I think I'd be more interested in them doing a Van Halen tribute

― Dr. Algernod Goon (some dude), jueves 28 de enero de 2010

Some dude asked, they listened.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 8 August 2019 15:02 (four months ago) link

can someone please rate this on a scale of "doesn't sound anything like Pomplamoose" to "sounds like a lot like Pomplamoose"

frogbs, Thursday, 8 August 2019 16:46 (four months ago) link

This is infinitely better than Pomplamoose.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 8 August 2019 23:10 (four months ago) link

ok I'm listening now and I'm impressed by how not-gimmicky it sounds

except for the songs that sound gimmicky no matter who does them like "Hot For Teacher"

Inara George's voice is really something

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:17 (three months ago) link

like I don't think using her in place of DLR (who always sung "like a girl" anyway) is too big a deal, but doing these songs without guitar is pretty interesting

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 17:25 (three months ago) link


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