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Fri. May 17th 2013 The Cobalt (No Minors)
8:30 - 11:30 doors at 8
$10
Tickets at: Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, Highlife Records
Bill Baird bio:
Do you know Bill Baird, former “madman-in-chief”(NME) of Capitol Records casualties Sound Team, and kaleidoscopic pop-doctors Sunset? Are you familiar with the breadth, depth, humor, and history that courses through his “magnetically awkward” (Village Voice) catalog of songs? Perhaps you own Movie Monster, or maybe you grabbed a handmade copy of Sunset’s Bright Blue Dream, or any of the dozens of charming, self-released albums Baird has been lovingly committing to tape for well over a decade. Perhaps you saw Bill in the critically-acclaimed documentary ECHOTONE, or bumped into him on campus at Mills College in Oakland, where he currently studies under experimental music legends like Pauline Oliveros and James Fei.

Known and revered for his twisted humor, eccentric pop melodies, and ramshackle analog flair, Baird typically chooses to produce his records as fast and loose as possible to optimize creative results. March 5th, 2013, however sees the arrival of a new chapter in Baird’s deep discography, an album two full years in the making called SPRING BREAK OF THE SOUL, to be released on a new label – Austin’s buzzed-about Pau Wau Records.

Q: So, what happens when one of America’s most prolific DIY songmen spends an entire two years on one album?
A: EVERYTHING.

SPRING BREAK OF THE SOUL is nothing short of a full-on, multimedia art project. First, musically, Baird’s ever-teeming brain spills forth 17 new songs captured on analog tape and spread across two records. As usual, each is a genuine avant-pop nugget that evokes the untouchable sounds of Syd Barrett, Van Dyke Parks, Harry Nilsson, Ray Davies, Captain Beefheart, and Robyn Hitchcock. Secondly, Baird immerses you in the world of his new album, a 32-page book with all manner of visual aides (photos, extra artwork), as well as full-color sheet music. There’s even a copy of an unrealized movie script penned by Baird included. It’s a lot of stuff even from an artist known for giving listeners a lot. Oh, and Bill does a wonderful Christopher Cross cover.
“Unrepentantly strange and darkly funny.” – Pitchfork

“…one of the more astounding songwriters tangling up tape in America right now.” – RCRDLBL

“One of the last surviving Rock and Roll geniuses.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

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V.Vecker Ensemble bio:
V.Vecker is an American Canadian composer, musician and writer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Playing solo or with the larger Ensemble, the works weave many different styles together to produce unique aural experiences. While the hazy and delicate structure of “In the Tower” showcases a musical piece that remains beautifully contained yet unbound, V.Vecker is quickly able to adapt to free-form manipulations quite seamlessly as heard in the mulitphonic track, “Stuck in a Rut.”

Has played with such acts as – Sun Araw Band (New Forms Fest, 2011), Hauschka (2011), Anthony Braxton (Sonic Genome Project, Cultural Olympiad, 2010), as a Part of C/R/I/T/I/C/S (art installation/ sound performance project of Justin Gradin and Andrea Lukic, Kandahar Bar, Cultural Olympiad, 2010) Glenn Branca (Symphony no 13: Hallucination City, Seattle Art Museum 75th Anniversary, 2008), Barn Owl (2008), Zs (2007) and Vancouver locals such as – Magneticring, Glass Armonica, Basketball, Babe Rainbow, Certain Breeds, Aerosol Constellations, Shearing Pinx, and many others.

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Do you know Bill Baird, former “madman-in-chief”(NME) of Capitol Records casualties Sound Team, and kaleidoscopic pop-doctors Sunset? Are you familiar with the breadth, depth, humor, and history that courses through his “magnetically awkward” (Village Voice) catalog of songs? Perhaps you own Movie Monster, or maybe you grabbed a handmade co... more info
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