Thursday, February 19, 2009

At Long Last: Birdlips!

The third time was the charm for me to finally see Charlottesville indie duo Birdlips (thank you, Les Enfants Terrible!).

I already had plans the night they played The Triple and the night they played Rumors was the night I was diagnosed with pneumonia.

All signs were go last night for a really terrific set at The Camel.

And they didn't disappoint.

Birdlips has a densely layered sound and Cliff and Lindsay's voices are the perfect accompaniment to each other.

Clearly, they have a real fondness for the 60s and their lyrics come across as both insightful and intimate.

The small crowd was definitely into the performance; it was a shame more people didn't make it out to hear these extraordinary musicians.

Once word gets around about how amazing Birdlips' sound is, I expect to be shoulder to shoulder with a full house at future shows.

Opening was a newcomer to RVA, singer-songwriter Ward Combs from San Diego.

His set was engaging, the kind of direct and sincere music that would appeal to Iron and Wine fans.

Being a big fan of the 60s, he, too, was as impressed with the band as I was.

And while I don't have any music credibility, Ward is a musician, so trust him and check out Birdlips for yourself.

You'll undoubtedly see me there.

59 comments:

  1. Wow! I thought I'd go back to the beginning. You've been doing this almost a decade. Really something in a way. Consistent also --- Well maybe it might come to an end but....if so let me just say that for the most part it's been a pleasure to keep up with you, to read you. Actually the best part I've taken from all of this is...not the bars, music, food, events, etc. --- though you have been informative & yes turned me on to a few places, trends, etc. What I've taken away is what I think is the important stuff. The human side of you, your thoughts, observations, the person...you're a giver, just like my wife. Most people I think are takers. Find another giver & you'll be happy. But remember they are rare, like you. wish you the best.

    CW

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  2. Thanks, cw. The blog may not be ending, but I definitely needed some time to think and consider. It's been great having a regular reader I don't officially "know" who's been honest and forthright with me over the years. Your interest and comments were, for the most part, very appreciated as I kept posting away.

    I hope you don't mind, I also posted this comment on my most recent blog post. It seemed especially relevant there given our long history of correspondence. Some day we'll meet and chat.

    Don't give up on me yet, I'm just working through a difficult stage.

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  3. I'll usually do not give up on people until they expire. After that it's hard to speak to a tombstone. Until we meet again...

    cw

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  4. Hey K you're back ..maybe sporadic....thought maybe you'd be having a bit more down time? (maybe you are). I like them berries too however mine usually come from Kroger...but I understand the satisfaction of the personal touch...pick'in. With you also on the bridges & windows down...who can explain it? Never miss a yearly beach trip. You do & you'll regret it. See all the things you're doing right. Also don't give up on the observation deck atop of City Hall either. On a clear windy day it's a blast!

    cw

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  5. You're right about the observation deck, cw, and I haven't been in ages. Thanks for the reminder! Trying to avoid regrets ion general...

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  6. note:

    for some reason there's something I really dig about this postings' title --- "birdlips". Freaky sounding isn't it? OK ...since you 've posted several times that your b-day is coming up...might as well take notice & do the right thing and wish you a good one. Sure you'll be surrounded by all the usual hanger on types but hey what are friends for? (maybe that sounds negative but it's not met to be). Tomorrows' supposed to be rainy...so what. Hope you enjoy it, Happy Birthday Karen.

    whitney

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  7. They were a good band, too, if you ever get the chance to see Birdlips play. Not expecting much int eh way of hangers-on this year. Already done my celebrating Saturday night, whitney.

    And many thanks for the birthday wishes! Not sure how I'll spend it, but we'll see...

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  8. Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday dear Karen...
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

    P.S. yes... silly I know -- but at least I spared you my personal audio version. Your journal notes were fascinating, charming. As many of your friends know & as I have learned, you are quite a character, a most interesting person. hope you have many more b-days & may your wishes come true...

    Carroll Whitney

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  9. You're very sweet, Carroll! Thanks for following along on the journey with me. Hope to run into you eventually.

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  10. Extrovert?? You... Who would've guessed! (BTW) I'm just the opposite...introvert. Yet since retirement I'm alone all day to & I value the thought of company later in the evening. Sometimes it's difficult being by oneself. Besides-- others bring out the best in me...sometimes. Maybe that's why I'm on your back pages now--under the radar. Not feeling very social. Thank you for indulging me. Sounds like you're doing a lot of thinking these days...soul searching, etc. Obviously something might no longer work for you...you're not satisfied? With age comes wisdom? Maybe to those lucky ones. however isn't it grand to know oneself..& that can be hard because people do change somewhat...as they age, circumstances change, situations, etc. It does sound a bit unnatural to plan ones' every evening. (not trying to be critical here). Was your youth like that? However it's your life & yours' alone so do whatever you please....however there is something as you have mentioned about spontaneity & it's value. Let's be Greek & throw in moderation to. It's not a dirty word. One day when I'm in Nick's I'll say feta or cucumber sauce. You'll say both! Sometimes too much is just enough. Maybe Gemini sometimes over-analyzes. I truly believe that most of us, (if of sound body & mind) know what is best for us, what is true --even if it's not something we like or want to believe...wishful thinking can get one into trouble & many times lead to disappointment. Soon you'll be awake. A beautiful day ahead & holiday weekend for some. Enjoy.

    carroll

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  11. I appreciate your support while I work on getting my thoughts and hopes together. Maybe a small part of me feels guilty for not being as busy and blogging about it. I am quite content to make this the summer (and perhaps Fall, Winter...) my time to work through whatever I need to and come out on the other side somehow happier...and hopefully a more thoughtful person

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  12. ...if you are truly doing what is right never ever let feelings of guilt sway you... now I'm going to be quiet for a while. bye...

    carroll

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  13. Hey K!

    I'm not the Sergeant here...& even though we don't know each other I truly desire for you to have a better June for whatever ails you..

    CW

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  14. I appreciate that, Carroll.

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  15. Sorry I missed your travels thru my neighborhood yesterday, (Highland Hills), the Frank L. W. inspired homes etc. Hope you enjoyed the Art tour...it was a beautiful day to get out....

    cw

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  16. Enjoyed it a lot, both the clay tour and seeing the houses. Nice neighborhood, cw.

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  17. Well thank you Karen -- the neighborhood a bit hodgepodge. Eclectic in a nice way. Just enough character, color and rolling topography to carry interest. Every neighborhood needs these...look at all Jackson Ward has going for it. One has to be careful where one hangs their hat or lucky.

    Carroll

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  18. ....my little secret is that I actually want to call you "Birdlips" & of course not mean it as a putdown. (but then I think maybe we shouldn't call others by names). that is the proper way , the nice way to live. Besides individuals like to be addressed by their Christian name --- ok...maybe politically incorrect. Their real name. well...anyway.. It's morning in the Capital, low humidity & cool. Is this the South in summer? Am I dreaming?

    Carroll

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  19. CLICK all IMaGeS with cars, signs, cranes, herons, great blues & of course birdlips!!

    CW

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  20. I'm about to head out and walk in this cool June day air and I don't think I'm dreaming, so it must be real, Carroll! Hope you enjoy your day as well...

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  21. ...and you as well Karen.

    Carroll

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  22. Morning, cw. Off to walk before it gets too hot! Hope you're well.

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  23. Well in deed Karen! Yep a bit warm today..hope the same to you. Tried to leave a message on your current post but could not...erased message before I could reply. However that's OK...not sure if I had anything worthwhile to say...concerning your Kroger encounter witrh the 57 year old. Besides now I'm cuttin' grass. My job as a homeowner. We all have our roles don't we... Wouls say more but gotto get back outside & finish...


    carroll

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  24. K...have you heard the new Fleet Foxes' LP yet?

    carroll

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  25. Carroll, only one song but I immediately liked it. You?

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  26. no Karen not yet but will purchase on release date...I know they have released a cut or it's available on net, (probably the one you've heard)... i'm pre-occupied lately but I am lookin' forward to it...

    carroll

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  27. It was a warm summer day much like today -- I remember my mom & I sitting together side by side on the back-porch stoop of our little apartment. Off in the distance some neighbors were having a cook-out. Just a little barbeque but nevertheless a family affair. For us, and (there were just two of us), we were on the outside. My Mom was single. Dad & her had split up a few months before. This time it would be for good. Divorced five years previous, they had tried for years to reconnect. To my sorrow all in vain. However that afternoon my mom decided that she was not going to miss out on that fundamental aspect of happiness - to be apart of something, someone. Within four months she was married. It would last for thirty seven years until his death. they both had been married before but found happiness the second time around. It was not always easy, nor perfect but it was good enough. To her there was no going back, or quitting. They were both decent people who cared for one another, who would never quit. They helped each other.... I believe they both had reached a point in life where the many other non-important things in life sort of drifted away. They were ready to be together. They both had something of value to offer the other & it worked. However as a part of that family I must add that it surely was not all fun and games. They worked hard at it. Today they're buried side by side...where they belong. Good luck Sport!

    Carroll

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  28. What a great story, Carroll! Thanks for sharing that with me.

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  29. ...sometimes I share..my thoughts, likes, dislikes, observations..my time...like you of course in your words, your writing...such as your "...eccentricities are your estate." They are of course your glory -- the romanticism, curiosity, idealism, intelligence, boundless energy but there lies the rub, the relentless, the seeking, wandering, anxieties, the loneliness of the self, surrounded on sides by joy, the masses, the indifferent, the omnipresent. Emersed engulfed, rising each day to seek .. to walk, to suck the cityscape ...to continue as you do... to go on and on. the continuance of daily affairs...the beauty of life for some, the torture of existence for others. Rise Birdlips and do your thing!

    carroll

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  30. I'm trying my best, Carroll, but as you know, I continue to question why I can't find the relationship I seek. SO much alone time does wear on a woman's soul.

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  31. As a follower , (well maybe a reader), I have gathered all of that over the years. You're persistent...that's in your favor. for some reason I always "found" people when I wasn't even looking & never when I was...

    ...as a side note I'm planning on riding over to Nick's tomorrow morning to pick up my olive oil & feta. know you arise not too early but I might be there around 10-10:30 in case you'd like to bump in to a member of your readership...though unlike you , I'm retired and as the cliché goes I have little free time. Enjoy your day -- I'm sure you know how.

    carroll

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  32. ...and I've now heard all of the Fleet Foxes new LP...still like their 1st the best!

    C

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  33. If I'm up in time, I'll saunter over to Nick's. I'm going to a show in Charlottesville tonight and the opener doesn't start until 8:30, so it may be a late night and late morning. If I can, I definitely will...

    Agreed, no FF album will touch the first, but the two songs I've heard off the new one sound lovely. Robin Pecknold has a gorgeous voice and I'm a sucker for beautiful harmonies.

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  34. understand & agree.

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  35. K....but don't kill yourself. If you're seeing the Franz Ferdinand show you might be pretty bushed in the morning...anyway I'll take my time in the morning...get your rest & if I see you great & if not it's like we've said a small town. Have fun.

    C.

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  36. Karen,

    Nick's at the top of the hour, ate, shopped, Seiko read 10:34 upon departure. Sorry I missed you. Next time Birdlips....

    CW

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  37. I was just getting up around 10:34, cw. Next time indeed!

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  38. indeed truly..........

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  39. Ah... if only the late Archduke could have foreseen his legacy. Sounds like you enjoyed the F. Ferdinand performance. something about young white men with attitudes.
    Concerning the other FF band...I've listened to their latest effort several times thru now. As usual pretty dense in spots, the quiet moments resonate best with me. Not really rock but at times a seamless symphonic style. Mass-like at times. A Pink Floyd fan might say, "head music". A proper pair of head phones in order? Almost trippy in a relaxed way...but still intense. A contradiction? Life's full of them...

    carroll

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  40. Head music, eh? There's a phrase from the past, Carroll!

    I'm off to the beach for a week, so ciao baby for now!

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  41. Off to the water myself... good luck with your searching...the beach isn't a bad past to look...don't want to end up like Mrs. Treadwell's character ala "Ship of Fools". Taking a break till Labor day. enjoy your summer!

    chow...

    CW

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  42. I really should proof read my stuff more, (past??). Back in town for business. See you've wrapped up your beach week...good weather to. Now back to the grid Sport!

    CW

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  43. Just arrived back, CW, so I'm doing laundry and errands to settle back in. Miss the sound of the ocean already!

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  44. now admit it K...if you have to come back home to River City...this weather is pretty killer!

    C.

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  45. Oh my gosh, yes, C, I couldn't ask for better weather to come back to!

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  46. K..it seems you're gettin' an extra kick in your step these days... carry on!

    C

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  47. Of course you would notice! Yep, I intend to carry on!

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  48. Keep Writing....C

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  49. Yes by all means continue, keep writing -- if it means something to you. I to have had a moleskin & others' for dates, bills, weather, thoughts, feelings, relationships, even a previous marriage & yes... bands -- Love Tractor in the Slip at the former Goin' Bananas, (somewhere in a basement), Patti' Smith at the former Much More, Yo La Tengo & Washington Squares at the whatever Strange Matter used to be..& on & on. Reflections or whatever...they're apart of your life, what you've made it...and I have respect for anyone who can live life on their terms, (or sort of) by the written word. You should be proud...BTW concerning what you have to "bring to the table"...in a pinch I've sometimes brought - (if all else fails), a knife & fork. It has always served me well.... good day to you Ms. K.

    C

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  50. OK...time for me to get of town again...back to the water. Besides too much praise for the blogger might be bad for your head... wouldn't want it to swell.

    C

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  51. on second thought I might agree with Pru's last comment. it's no sin to stay in town on a holiday & have nothing planned, nothing to do... true the holiday blues might sat in but it doesn't have to...

    carroll

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  52. I'll take your kind words with a grain of salt, Carroll, so my head won't swell! I'll be fine at home I'm sure. Always plenty of fun to find in the RVA!

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  53. my apologies to you...in no way am I entitled to remarks on your cranium. I should not be so forward or casual. sorry...

    c.whitney

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  54. actually sometimes my cranium gets so tired...

    carroll

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  55. dearest K,

    Just saw your Facebook shot. Great photo Karen! You look so happy....& if so I am happy for you. How could I ever think of callin' you "Birdlips" ?

    CW/C/C. Whitney or just plain Carroll

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  56. Thanks, Carroll! You're sweet to say that. You've been a great supporter of my happiness every step of the way!

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