Well, did you? Did you steal my puppy (linocut) and prints and some paper? You didn't touch my toolbox so I know it was on purpose. Those prints were made with puppy love and I wish you well in life because bandits only get one thing at the end of the day: a one-way ticket to HELL.
So isn't funny to delve into the psyche of hipsters to figure out why they name their bands after zany things? Bowerbirds isn't such a strange name but it ain't no Beach Boys let. me. tell. you. that! Actually, I am so fascinated by bowerbirds. The real ones, not the funky fresh band. Let me tell you for a moment about bowerbirds (I took ornithology in high school so technically I can tell you anything about birds). They are NUTS. They are incredibly meticulous (euphemism for avian obsessive compulsive disorder) and they are always cleaning their area of the forest and organizing their belongings. They do this for a few reasons: one is because they are anal retentive beyond belief and the other is to attract a mate! That is so romantic. They find the most beautiful blue objects they can carry with their hollow boned frames. They make crazy nests (bowers) and use them as architectural wing-men to help display their treasures. Before you are wooed, ladies, let me just tell you something. This one male bowerbird has been known to mate with up to 53 lady bowerbirds. He gets around. An important lesson to be learned: just because he has a beautiful bower and copious blue treasures does NOT mean he made them specifically for you! In other words, correlation does not imply causation. Let me just tell you that. Below is Sir David Attenborough in one of my favorite clips. What a genius, what a voice.
Bowerbirds produced a very cohesive album, Upper Air, which I believe has not yet been released but has leaked all over the place and now here you find it. It follows their freshman release Hymns for a Dark Horse, and they gained troops after touring with Phosphorescent, naturally. If Grizzly Bear, Devendra Banhart, and The Wood Brothers all got together maybe it would sounds like this but probably more like Phosphorescent and Bon Iver who are on the same label as Bowerbirds, Dead Oceans. This label has a monopoly on hip and now sound: Akron/Family, These Are Powers, White Hinterland, Dirty Projectors and the aforementioned. I'll go ahead and say that Canada needs to stop pumping out kickin groovy bands before they take over the entire indie scene which is not capitalistic. At all.
P.S. This blog is becoming more and more of a burden for people who do not want to learn about animals and selfishly only want to reap the benefits of my music taste. Well, the two can no longer be mutually exclusive. Not when people keep naming their bands after dinosaurs and birds. (BOTH REPTILES INCIDENTALLY!)