Two Dark Birds

From the vaults…

"Shoot the Freak" was recorded for Two Dark Birds’ debut but didn’t make the cut due to vibe not aligning with the rest of the album. The vibe, however, does align with summertime, boardwalks, Budweiser, etc etc, so we’re letting this one fly today…

Featuring Steve Koester, Don Piper, Jason Mills, Craig Schoen, Matt Trowbridge, Len Small. Full blast horns provided by Joe Bennett. 

SHOOT THE FREAK
Fried and above the fray
Coney Island sun-bleached day
Summer stasis, all the faces
I’m floating away

Shoot the freak
I can hardly speak to anyone but you
Shoot the freak
I can hardly speak to anyone

Bouncing boardwalk baby boys
Yellow plastic killer toys
Cyclone screams, ice-cream dreams
I’m floating away

Shoot the freak
I can hardly speak to anyone but you
Shoot the freak
I can hardly speak to anyone

Copyright Herr K Songs 2008. 

A great preview for our July 3 show at Colony Cafe in this week’s Woodstock Times from writer John Burdick — read the full article.
"Acoustic and Minimalist at their core but expansive in their rainbow of detail, the arrangements approach the Baroque/folk elegance of “Ophelia” and the best of the Band. Steve Koester’s songs are attuned to (sometimes dark) American myth and supported by dusty and lush, ornate and noirish textures that remind me of nothing so much as Feast of Wire-era Calexico, with more New York and less Southwest. (This is intended, and we hope received, as very high praise indeed.)
In Koester’s songs and in his delivery, you will hear the imprint of the broken-but-not-beaten American Bard, from Parsons and Van Zandt to Tweedy. Koester takes on the populist challenge of the form: how to be at once folk-accessible and lit-deep, how to wed image to experience and emotion without ever getting too fine or too poetic for the idiom. Koester hits the mark again and again, especially when exploring darker themes and archetypal narratives in songs like ‘Lake Algonquin,’ ‘Ryder Hollow’ and the inspired hill-folk haiku of the title track. It’s also an album of subtle and spiritually inflected love-and-loss songs, such as the tandout track ‘Song for Clementine.’” 

A great preview for our July 3 show at Colony Cafe in this week’s Woodstock Times from writer John Burdick — read the full article.

"Acoustic and Minimalist at their core but expansive in their rainbow of detail, the arrangements approach the Baroque/folk elegance of “Ophelia” and the best of the Band. Steve Koester’s songs are attuned to (sometimes dark) American myth and supported by dusty and lush, ornate and noirish textures that remind me of nothing so much as Feast of Wire-era Calexico, with more New York and less Southwest. (This is intended, and we hope received, as very high praise indeed.)

In Koester’s songs and in his delivery, you will hear the imprint of the broken-but-not-beaten American Bard, from Parsons and Van Zandt to Tweedy. Koester takes on the populist challenge of the form: how to be at once folk-accessible and lit-deep, how to wed image to experience and emotion without ever getting too fine or too poetic for the idiom. Koester hits the mark again and again, especially when exploring darker themes and archetypal narratives in songs like ‘Lake Algonquin,’ ‘Ryder Hollow’ and the inspired hill-folk haiku of the title track. It’s also an album of subtle and spiritually inflected love-and-loss songs, such as the tandout track ‘Song for Clementine.’” 

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Two Dark Birds (duo) at BSP in Kingston, NY with The Warp / The Weft. 
Saturday June 14, 8 pm. 
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Photo by Vic Tannenberg.

Two Dark Birds (duo) at BSP in Kingston, NY with The Warp / The Weft. 

Saturday June 14, 8 pm. 

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Photo by Vic Tannenberg.

#mckittrickhotel #sleepnomore #chelsea #manderlaybar Sunday June 8 @ 9 pm

#mckittrickhotel #sleepnomore #chelsea #manderlaybar Sunday June 8 @ 9 pm

The John Burroughs Mountain Orchestra #preview #slabsides

Tracking #twodarkbirds  #littlehouse

Tracking #twodarkbirds #littlehouse

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Wednesday evening in the BK — April 30 at 7:30 pm
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#margaritasYmusica

Wednesday evening in the BK — April 30 at 7:30 pm

#twodarkbirds #laesquina