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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.   Love Letter To Japan
  6.   Private Eyes
  7.   Polite Dance Song
  8.   Diamond Dave
  9.   Los Angeles
  10.   F*cking Boyfriend
  11.   I'm A Broken Heart
  12.   Will You Dance?
  13.   Witch
  14.   Birds and the Bees
  15.   Lovey Dovey
  16.   Doctor
  17.   Young and Dumb
  18.   One on One
  19.   She's Gone
  20.   Maneater
  21.   Sara Smile
  22.   Polite Dance Song
  23.   Baby
  24.   Meteor
  25.   My Love
  26.   La La La
  27.   Man
  28.   I Hate Camera
  29.   We're Coming to You
  30.   Jenny
  31.   Recreational Love
  32.   Cover Your Mouth
  33.   Kiss on My List
  34.   Lifespan Of A Fly
  35.   You're A Cad
  36.   Phil
  37.   What's In The Middle
  38.   Tonight You Belong to Me
  39.   Birthday
  40.   So You Say
  41.   My Fair Lady
  42.   Because
  43.   Heard It on the Radio
  44.   How Deep Is Your Love
  45.   Undone
  46.   Please Take Me Home
  47.   Come as You Were
  48.   Ray Gun
  49.   Fanfare
  50.   I'm Into Something Good
  51.   Spark
  52.   Last Day of Our Love
  53.   Rich Girl
  54.   What Happened to It
  55.   Preparedness
  56.   Runaway
  57.   The Races
  58.   We're Coming to You

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