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The Mynabirds

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

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