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The Bird and the Bee

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin and doe-eyed vocalist Inara George draw upon a fondness for jazz standards and '60s Tropicalia to deliver the stylish tones of the Bird and the Bee. The two musicians were introduced in 2004 by mutual friend Mike Andrews, whom George had enlisted to produce her solo debut, All Rise. Needing someone to contribute piano to several tracks, Andrews called upon Kurstin, who had studied under renowned jazz pianist Jaki Byard during his college years. George and Kurstin soon found themselves spending hours together in the studio, where a shared interest in jazz-based music -- something that George hadn't explored much on All Rise -- helped lay the foundation for the Bird and the Bee. Apart from Kurstin's work with Byard, neither musician had done much with jazz or tropicalia before. Kurstin had previously contributed keyboards to selections by Beck, and his production credits included work with the Flaming Lips, Peaches, and Lily Allen (with whom the Bird and the Bee would later tour). On the other hand, George -- the daughter of Little Feat's Lowell George -- had pursued work as a Shakespearean actress before forming the post-grunge band Lode and subsequently embarking on a solo career. Both George and Kurstin began to explore new sounds and textures in Kurstin's studio in Echo Park, CA, eventually composing enough sun-kissed material for their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, which arrived in late October 2006. The Bird and the Bee's self-titled LP was released the following year by Blue Note Records, spawning a number one hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart with a remix of the sassy "Fucking Boyfriend." After enjoying positive press from such outlets as NPR, the pair returned to the studio. Please Clap Your Hands, a five-song EP featuring a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," arrived in September 2007, and the duo heralded its release by joining Rilo Kiley on a fall tour. Two digital EPs, One Too Many Hearts and Live from Las Vegas at the Palms, helped placate the group's audience in early 2008, while Kurstin and George readied a second album, which eventually arrived in the form of 2009's Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future. Meanwhile, Inara George also found time to issue two albums: An Invitation, an orchestral project recorded with Van Dyke Parks, and Accidental Experimental, a digital album released several months later. Kurstin kept himself similarly busy. After wrapping up the recording sessions for Lily Allen's second album, he spent 2009 producing music for the likes of Kris Allen and Ke$ha. By the end of the year, however, he'd teamed up with George once again, this time to pay tribute to the music of Hall & Oates. Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates was released in early 2010, comprising eight cover songs and one original number. In late 2011, the Bird and the Bee announced that they were no longer signed with Blue Note, but would be releasing another album. Although they did end up recording new material for two different films (2014's Endless Love and Sex Tape), the bandmates largely devoted the next few years to their own careers, with Kurstin emerging as a high-profile pop producer and George recording several albums as part of the folk group the Living Sisters. Reemerging in early 2015, the band announced their fourth album, Recreational Love. Released on their own imprint Rostrum, the album appeared in July of that year. ~ Andrew Leahey & Timothy Monger
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The Bird and the Bee

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Albums by
The Bird and the Bee

Top Songs by
The Bird and the Bee

  1.   Song
  2.   I Can't Go for That
  3.   Carol of the Bells
  4.   Again & Again
  5.   Private Eyes
  6.   Love Letter To Japan
  7.   Polite Dance Song
  8.   F*cking Boyfriend
  9.   Los Angeles
  10.   Diamond Dave
  11.   Witch
  12.   Will You Dance?
  13.   I'm A Broken Heart
  14.   Spark
  15.   Lovey Dovey
  16.   Meteor
  17.   My Love
  18.   Tonight You Belong to Me
  19.   The Races
  20.   Fanfare
  21.   How Deep Is Your Love
  22.   One on One
  23.   She's Gone
  24.   Maneater
  25.   Heard It on the Radio
  26.   Polite Dance Song
  27.   So You Say
  28.   Doctor
  29.   Runaway
  30.   Man
  31.   We're Coming to You
  32.   Young and Dumb
  33.   Recreational Love
  34.   Cover Your Mouth
  35.   Sara Smile
  36.   Ray Gun
  37.   What's In The Middle
  38.   Last Day of Our Love
  39.   Birthday
  40.   You're A Cad
  41.   I'm Into Something Good
  42.   Undone
  43.   Baby
  44.   Please Take Me Home
  45.   Jenny
  46.   My Fair Lady
  47.   Kiss on My List
  48.   Rich Girl
  49.   What Happened to It
  50.   Lifespan Of A Fly
  51.   Because
  52.   We're Coming to You
  53.   Preparedness
  54.   I Hate Camera
  55.   Phil
  56.   Come as You Were
  57.   Birds and the Bees
  58.   La La La
  59.   F*****g Boyfriend
  60.   Fucking Boyfriendario & Jody DB Vox Mix]
  61.   Fucking Boyfriendario & Jody DB Thick Dub]
  62.   4th of July
  63.   Leggs

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