The new Hillshire Farm commercial promotes a mouth-watering flavor of smoked hickory to accompany such dishes as gumbo, pizza and tacos. What’s the song in this appetizing ad?
As virtuostic as he is proflific, the Chicago-born Andrew Bird has been giving us slices of baroque gorgeousness every year for a decade. At 39, he's established a unique, signature sound, a pastiche of a fragile violin, earnest lyricism and clever arrangements, somewhere in the environs of fellow indie darlings Sufjan Stevens and the Arcade Fire. And so on 'Hands of Glory,' when that violin becomes more of a fiddle, the listener naturally sits with rapt attention. This is a side of Bird we haven't heard.
"If you want to bring on a special musical guest, you can't do better than this," David Letterman said on Tuesday's 'Late Show,' introducing Andrew Bird's performance with Tift Merritt. Those words were met with very sparse applause -- not because the audience wasn't into Bird and Merritt, but because there was no audience, thanks to superstorm Sandy. But despite the virtually empty Ed Sullivan Theater -- or “a big ol’ empty barn,” as Letterman called it -- it was decided that the show must go on.
Andrew Bird stopped by the set of 'The Colbert Report' last night (March 13) for a quick chat with host Stephen Colbert and to perform a set of new songs off of 'Break It Yourself.' As usual, Colbert fired a hilarious round of questions at the reserved singer-songwriter before Bird took the stage to perform 'Eyeoneye' and 'Danse Caribe.'