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The Mynabirds

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Before forming the Mynabirds in 2009, Laura Burhenn made her living as a solo artist in Washington, D.C., where she also founded Laboratory Records in 1999. Eight years later, she teamed up with John Davis -- another veteran of the local music scene -- to form an experimental duo named Georgie James. Although Davis' previous group, Q and Not U, had been known for its aggressive post-hardcore music, Georgie James looked to pop groups for inspiration, particularly harmony-heavy outfits like the Zombies and the Kinks. The group didn't last long, though, with Burhenn and Davis going their separate ways after releasing one album. For her next project, Burhenn decided to stay with Saddle Creek, the same Nebraska-based label that had released Georgie James' debut in 2007. She wrote a new batch of songs inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Motown, and Carole King, and eventually relocated to Oregon to record the material with producer Richard Swift. Another Saddle Creek artist, Orenda Fink, helped Burhenn assemble a solid backing band, and the resulting record -- What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, which Burhenn released under the Mynabirds moniker -- appeared in 2010. A limited-edition 7", "All I Want Is Truth (For Xmas)," arrived in 2011, followed by the group's sophomore outing, Generals, in 2012. Burhenn toured as a member of the reunited Postal Service in 2013 until their official disbandment that summer, then toured solo in locales including South Africa amidst taking time off for writing and continuing to travel internationally. Produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of NO, a third Mynabirds album, Lovers Know, appeared in the summer of 2015 with lyrics informed by her journeys and lusher synth pop sounds reflecting more '80s influences than '60s. In 2017 the band released the politically charged Be Here Now, which was recorded in the two weeks following the inauguration of Donald Trump and the Women's March. ~ Andrew Leahey
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The Mynabirds

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Generals
  3.   Body of Work
  4.   Numbers Don't Lie
  5.   All I Want is Truth (For Christmas)
  6.   Ways of Looking
  7.   All My Heart
  8.   Give It Time
  9.   Ashes in the Rain
  10.   Witch Wolf
  11.   Say Something
  12.   Buffalo Flower
  13.   Wolf Mother
  14.   Right Place
  15.   Wildfire
  16.   Last Time
  17.   Disarm
  18.   Velveteen
  19.   Karma Debt
  20.   Wild Hearts
  21.   Hold On
  22.   Shouting at the Dark
  23.   Be Here Now
  24.   Leonora
  25.   One Foot
  26.   Fallen Doves
  27.   In the Mouths of Wolves
  28.   Disaster
  29.   Radiator Sister
  30.   Good Heart
  31.   Let the Record Go
  32.   Wash It Out
  33.   Cocoon
  34.   Hanged Man
  35.   Orion
  36.   Omaha
  37.   Shake Your Head Yes
  38.   This Will Be Our Year
  39.   Believer
  40.   Bad Moon Rising
  41.   Golden Age
  42.   Semantics
  43.   Mightier Than the Sword
  44.   New Moon
  45.   Greatest Revenge
  46.   We Made a Mountain
  47.   What We Gained in the Fire
  48.   La Rain

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