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i love her music so much. her interpretations of folk songs and singer-songwriter stuff is often extraordinary. she completely abandons the melody to jim webb's do what you gotta do, which in most cases would be a ridiculous affront (b/c it's such a beautiful melody) but she manages to do something almost equally gorgeous with it. i am still warming up to her new album, it seems a bit less distinguished than the debut, but give me a few years and see what i think then.

how old is meg? weird question, but it's hard to tell from photographs. mid-30s?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 29 July 2012 05:34 (ten years ago) link

I think younger than that. When I first saw her play in Philly she was a teenager (I think), that would've been just before the Espers started.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 29 July 2012 05:58 (ten years ago) link

I really like the 2nd record, I guess the first was more consistent

buzza, Sunday, 29 July 2012 09:08 (ten years ago) link

buzza, Monday, 30 July 2012 01:07 (ten years ago) link

I'd be plenty thankful for introducing me to Fraser & Debolt alone but rly it's her version of 'Waltze of the Tennis Players' that sticks with me. Haven't given the second album as much time as I should've yet, maybe I resent her having such effortless power over me, not many people around whose voice hits me like hers.

Merdeyeux, Monday, 30 July 2012 01:19 (ten years ago) link

there's a new baird sisters LP on grapefruit records out now (or soon). little bit annoying that it's vinyl only though, i'm not set up for that right now, and would like to pay for mp3s or something. second meg album wasn't quite as good as the first one, but the first one definitely set a pretty high standard. one of my favorites from the 00s.

tylerw, Monday, 30 July 2012 02:11 (ten years ago) link

i've never really listened to her records, but i do like the espers. saw her play live uh, earlier this year? i think? and it was just okay. i don't know but i found it hard to get sucked in.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 30 July 2012 02:59 (ten years ago) link

Anybody have any of the stuff from when she was still in Clock Strikes Thirteen? Is she audible on the Clientele / Clock Strikes Thirteen split?

felldownawell, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 04:53 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

love this from laura baird

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:40 (nine years ago) link

yeah that's great

ogmor, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:07 (nine years ago) link

i guess she has a solo album coming out sometime this year -- not a lot of info about it I can find though.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:13 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Annd new song

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2015 16:44 (eight years ago) link

sounds great
relistening to this now:

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2015 17:17 (eight years ago) link

this is really lush, looking forward to the album

ogmor, Monday, 6 April 2015 13:54 (eight years ago) link

welp, this album does not disappoint. amazing.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:22 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I am psyched for this. She is great.

grandavis, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:27 (eight years ago) link

very exciting!

btw does anyone know if Espers still exists?

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:36 (eight years ago) link

i think they're basically done, though i don't know if they're completely broken up. baird is on the west coast now and i believe i read that greg weeks is a high school teacher now. and bassist chris smith is co-running the awesome paradise of bachelors label.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:40 (eight years ago) link


after being initially so-so on it I came to love Espers III

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:02 (eight years ago) link

yeah i feel like i didn't appreciate that band enough! anyway, the new baird has the espers vibe aplenty.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:03 (eight years ago) link

Espers II is a towering work of art to me

tyler did you ever dig on Metal Mountains?

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:04 (eight years ago) link

i haven't dug too deep into them -- tower recordings related, right?

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:10 (eight years ago) link

yep former members....

but yeah their 2011 album Golden Trees is otherworldly, higher recommended and if you dig Espers I think you will love it

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:13 (eight years ago) link

classically titled ILM thread
Metal Mountains is melting me

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:13 (eight years ago) link

vinyl long gone but few for sale for not too bad on discogs

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:15 (eight years ago) link

oh cool, so pg six is in there too? his records are kind of underrated i think.

tylerw, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:19 (eight years ago) link

loved that Metal Mountains album back then but in my memories that track wasn't 11+ minutes long

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:03 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

saw her play a lovely show in london the other day, playing with i presume the same electric guitar guy on the album, whose playing is great imo

addition of that guy also allowed for a very nice rendition of espers' 'mansfield and cyclops'

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:28 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

j., Monday, 11 April 2016 04:17 (seven years ago) link

Really like this record

Mule, Monday, 11 April 2016 06:25 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

live heron oblivion show from last weekend -- massive jams.
interestingly, it seems that meg guests on the forthcoming chris robinson brotherhood album?

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 14:46 (six years ago) link

saw em last night; sounded gorgeous.

dc, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 14:58 (six years ago) link

The Heron Oblivion album is amazing.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:01 (six years ago) link

it definitely delivers! hoping it's not a one-off -- there's a tune on that NYC Taper recording that isn't on the album...

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:02 (six years ago) link

i was at that show and it was really fuckin something. (chris forsyth + smb opened.) all the psych cliches about face melting and brain shredding were in full effect.

adam, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:07 (six years ago) link

Fantastic, thanks a lot. Been surprised that i Haven't come across any live sets from them on torrent sites so far.
Was really hoping I'd find something while I waited for the lp release, & then had to hang around while I got a copy delivered since one disappeared on me.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 15:26 (six years ago) link

I should of gone to the show DC saw last night. Liking the album enough

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 19:04 (six years ago) link

pretty folk voice over psychedelic guitar freakout seems predictable at this point in time, but they do it well

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 19:14 (six years ago) link

live set is fire, really makes up for the slight daintiness i sometimes rue on the album

j., Friday, 3 June 2016 18:59 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

another live set -

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:27 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

crosspost to the Mary Lattimore thread but MB makes this beautiful rendition:

seandalai, Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:16 (four years ago) link

the lattimore / baird LP is great.
think there is supposed to be a new Heron Oblivion record next year ...

tylerw, Sunday, 25 November 2018 22:35 (four years ago) link

new record is awesome. they're playing union transfer together early february (opening for steve gunn) and i am stoked

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 26 November 2018 00:11 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I picked up a second hand CD of Don't Weigh Down the Light. (I was already turned on to Heron Oblivion.) I'm really enjoying this. I suppose all of Baird's stuff is basically worth tracking down, right? I suspect it will be an availability thing here in Germany. Will check Discogs.

BTW, the CD is signed, which is nice.

Duke, Monday, 30 August 2021 21:58 (one year ago) link

It's all great — worth tracking own the Baird Sisters LP as well.

tylerw, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:13 (one year ago) link

espers II is one that sticks with me

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:05 (one year ago) link

Weed Tree is my fave Espers but it's all good

sleeve, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:09 (one year ago) link

Thanks. I've got two albums on the way - Dear Companion and the Lattimore collaboration. That may be enough for now. But I can keep an eye out..

Duke, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:59 (one year ago) link

A Meg Baird/Mega Bog collab could totally work and the names should render it inevitable. Hop on it Paradise of Bachelors.

Citole Country (bendy), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 16:10 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Furling is really lovely.

think there is supposed to be a new Heron Oblivion record next year ...

still holding out hope here!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 6 February 2023 22:24 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Great show tonight with her and Chris Forsyth on their short tour out here -- both good sets with Forsyth joining her at the end of hers for a couple of songs.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2023 07:21 (two months ago) link

was great in minneapolis. doug mccombs adds adds a lot to the forstyth band.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 2 March 2023 14:41 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

It's taken me a while to get around to it, but the new album is, unsurprisingly, gorgeous.

Stars of the Lidl (Chinaski), Friday, 19 May 2023 15:09 (one week ago) link

it really is, feels like a classic to me.

tylerw, Friday, 19 May 2023 15:10 (one week ago) link

She's always had that timeless quality but this absolutely could have been released any time in the last 50 years.

Stars of the Lidl (Chinaski), Friday, 19 May 2023 15:15 (one week ago) link

Yeah, the new one is absolutely fantastic.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 19 May 2023 15:25 (one week ago) link

Quite right

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 May 2023 15:28 (one week ago) link

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