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Birds on the brain, part deux




The other day, Sean Daly, Soundcheck's older brother who occasionally loans us his hand-me-down records, decided to compile a list of the best bird-themed bands.

Gotta say, the list feels a little AM Gold to these tone-deaf ears. (Okay, maybe we're just peeved that the Eagles, Soundcheck's mortal musical enemeies, made the list.)

So we decided to compile our own bird-themed list, for all you indie-minded, um, spring chickens out there. BUCKAW!

10. Birdmonster: Jangly, Modest Mouse-y alt-rock. The Iditarod is a winner. And can you imagine if a bird and a monster actually got it on? I know! Awesome!

9. Ladyhawke: Booty-shakin' electro-punk from New Zealand. 

8. The Wrens: New Jersey indie rockers once described by a U.K. newspaper as "surely one of the best live bands in the world."

7. Nervous Turkey: No sense howlin' for Tom Waits or waitin' for Howlin' Wolf when one of Tampa Bay's best live bands, the rowdy 'n' randy bluesmen of Nervous Turkey, take the stage.

6. Andrew Bird: A multi-instrumentalist master of whistling and catchy folk-pop. Just did a crazy set at Bonnaroo.

5. Old Crow Medicine Show: Moonshine-soaked throwback country and rootsgrass the way it ought to be sung.

4. The Jayhawks: Some of the founding fathers of modern alt-country.

3. Doves: As unabashed lovers of mid- to late-'90s Britrock, we here at Soundcheck have Doves high on our list of bands to see before we die.

2. Phoenix: From Merriam Webster Online: "Phoenix (n.): a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period." Also, Lisztomania rules.

1. Eagles of Death Metal: "I can be your daddy, be your rock 'n' rolla / you could be my sugar, be my Cherry Cola!" Josh "Baby Duck" Homme will explode your face off in a maelstrom of riffage.

Honorable mention: Pelican, The Lovely Feathers, the Bird and the Bee, eagle*seagull, Owl City and Eagle-Eye Cherry.)

Who are we missing?

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:23pm]


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