Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Big sky break down in Arizona

Our van broke down on top of a mountain in beautiful Jerome, AZ. We were able to coast it into the town of Cottonwood where we had someone look at it to tell us the transmission is shot. We're having someone tow the van back to Phoenix to get it fixed and hopefully we'll be back on the road in a few days.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to miss a string of dates on this tour. Sorry to anyone that was hoping to make a show in Boulder, CO, Lincoln, NE or Madison, WI. There's a chance we could still make it to the Madison show but it looks unlikely.

We're making the best of it by kicking it AZ style. We were extremely lucky to meet some of the nicest people ever here near Jerome. A publisher we just met in Phoenix introduced us to a prolific songwriter out here named Steve Easterling of Easterling and Gildersleeve. His neighbor and sometimes co-writer is this dude Olen who owns a fudge shop on top of the mountain and has been letting us crash with him. He and his buds even took us off-roading way out into the Arizona desert. It was like being on the surface of another planet. Totally breathtaking. The sky is incredible out here, like nothing I've seen anywhere else. I think partly because you can see so far into the distance.

Despite the major setback in terms of time, lost shows and money for car repairs, we are getting to experience a side of the country we might never have found otherwise, and it's really been a joy being welcomed into someone else's town, home, and life. I feel like we've really tapped in to part of the soul of America here. It's kinda what this DRIFT project is all about. We're only a few weeks in and it's already been a really wild ride but we are learning a lot, going with the flow and soaking up some good stories and experience to use for inspiration.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Show tonight in L.A. at Echo Curio

Birdlips is currently wandering the USA for our project, DRIFT, where we travel around the country writing, recording, shooting videos and playing shows. We are recording a new EP right now in Los Angeles and we'll be playing just this one show while we're here.

an LA RECORDS 100 show

Tues, July 13th
At Echo Curio
1519 W Sunset Blvd

Show starts at 9PM. I think there is a $5 cover and Birdlips plays last around 11:30PM!

New videos from San Francisco

Birdlips - High On Yourself shot by Elena Coyle.

Birdlips - Closer (Marin Headlands) shot by Elena Coyle

Birdlips - Powerlines (Marin Headlands) shot by Elena Coyle

Our friend Elena was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule studying for the bar exam and shoot these three videos in the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco last month. We wanted to find the highest, windiest place around for our song High On Yourself. We happened upon this great spot on a cliff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge amidst dilapidated World War II bunkers and we ended up shooting two "take-away" style videos as well. Closer and Powerlines are live, semi-acoustic performances. We used a battery-powered practice amp for the beats and a battery powered Casiotone keyboard. Even though it was warm in the city below, it was really, really windy on the top of that cliff and we ended up getting chilled to the bone. At one point I dropped my guitar pick because my fingers had gone numb.


The song High On Yourself was recorded and mixed by Thomas Orgren in the summer of 2009 in Vienna, VA.

Clifford John - vocals, guitar, drums, percussion
Lindsay Pitts - vocals, keys
Thomas Orgren - electric guitar, bass, drums

Birdlips - Powerlines (Clarion Alley in the Mission, San Francisco) shot by Karate TV

This last one was shot by our friend Crockett Bodelson aka Karate TV in Clarion Alley (in between Mission and Valencia) in the Mission district of San Francisco, June 2010.

Crockett used a tiny Sony HD Handycam mounted to an elaborate boom constructed from found objects (an easel, a tripod, and a golf bag carrier with wheels). It was kind of hard to control but managed to capture the moment in a pretty cool way. The sound is just from the built in camera microphone, and was not edited so it caught a few rattles and creaks from the boom being wheeled and manipulated.

The Mission District is bursting with beautiful murals everywhere, but Clarion Alley is especially cool. Completely covered with art and constantly changing.

Our friend Crockett Bodelson is an awesome and inspiring visual and recording artist of the collaborative painting duo SCUBA. Definitely check out his art, you will be glad you did: