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Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny takes solo flight
Music Story  March 20, 2009, by Darcie Stevens
"...The inevitable followed: The band split. Ten years after the release of the AmAnSet's apogee, The Golden Band, which the band reunited to play in its entirety at Friday's day party, Kenny introduces the Wooden Birds to a new generation...."

Free as a Bird
Andrew Kenny, leader of the American Analog Set, watches his phoenix rising in the Wooden Birds
Music Story  August 12, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...Kenny took four circuitous years to find his way back to writing songs, finally emerging two years ago with Magnolia, the Wooden Birds' debut for Seattle indie label Barsuk. The sound was intensely familiar, Kenny's mellow, aching vocals exerted into a heavy and steadfast rhythm (see "Texas Platters," May 15, 2009)..."

Wednesday Rewind
Whut It Dew? Just ask Andrew Kenny.
DAILY Music  June 29, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...The Wooden Birds' Tour Diary Over the Fourth of July weekend, Andrew Kenny's hosting a backyard BBQ that will serve as the backdrop to Wooden Birds' "Criminals Win," the second video for the new album, Two Matchsticks. Until then, here's his NPR-friendly recent tour diary, documenting a trip to New York, and a free EP, which boasts exclusive covers of Hall & Oates' "Maneater" and Kenny Rogers' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town." Wooden Birds grace Mohawk on July 20...."

Moving Panoramas flicker to life in the aftermath of a home invasion
Music Story  September 24, 2015, by Leslie Sisson
"...While still living in Brooklyn, I began playing in an Austin-based band, the Wooden Birds, with my longtime friend Andrew Kenny of the American Analog Set and Matt Pond of Matt Pond PA. I toured in the latter's band as well..."

The Other One
Music Story  August 12, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"..."We're probably at our best when Leslie and I are singing together," notes Andrew Kenny of his female counterpart in Wooden Birds, Leslie Sisson. "We've found that ground where we can do more together than we can do on our own."..."

The Wooden Birds
SXSW showcase reviews
Music Review  March 27, 2009, by Doug Freeman
"...The Wooden BirdsThe Parish, March 21..."

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Well-considered, beautifully made, and often gripping in its narrative, this film examines a man's complex relationship with a flock of wild parrots.
Film Review  May 13, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...Yet he proves himself a hero in this mellow but entertaining and engaging documentary, which examines his relationship with a flock of wild parrots (one of two in the city, it turns out) that populate the trees around Bittner’s rent-free crash pad. Bittner spent a year getting the birds to come to him, and the film likewise takes its time..."

The Wooden Birds
Music Review  June 17, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...The Wooden BirdsTwo Matchsticks (Barsuk)..."

MP3: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Live on Woxy: Gritty, Groovy, and Gettin' It
DAILY Music  April 29, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...“It's music that's rooted in Memphis soul and that resonates. It's not overly hip or trendy.” Woxy set up at Ear Studios during SXSW and recorded a number of local bands, including Black Joe Lewis and the Wooden Birds..."

Off the Record
Announcing the 2008-09 Austin Music Awards lineup and sneaking past the velvet rope at Pangaea, while Andrew Kenny trades American Analog Set for the Wooden Birds
Music Column  January 30, 2009, by Austin Powell
"..."I imagined an old, wooden, mechanical instrument like a clock, something rhythmic but still a bit awkward," says American Analog Set mastermind Andrew Kenny, who moved back to Austin last summer, of his new project, the Wooden Birds. "Once I discovered that I liked the sound, the songs fell into place like dominoes." Though the band has yet to perform live, the Birds recently signed to indie launching pad Barsuk Records, thanks in part to Kenny's association with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard via their 2003 Post-Parlo split, Home Volume V..."

Great World of Sound
David Wingo's success scoring film fuels his band Ola Podrida
Music Story  May 24, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...Once its bandleader moved back to New York after the recording, Ola Podrida became a loose outfit adding former American Analog Set and current Wooden Birds Austinite Andrew Kenny on bass (see "Free as a Bird," Aug. 12, 2011)..."

The Wooden Birds
Music Review  May 15, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...The Wooden BirdsMagnolia (Barsuk)..."

Moving Panoramas Record Review
One (Modern Outsider)
Music Story  September 24, 2015, by Doug Freeman
"...From the outset of the opening title track – where one becomes a number of singular independence and strength – the Austin trio lures the listener into an anesthetic dream of enveloping chords melting against hypnotic rhythms. Leslie Sisson's voice and guitar winds with patient urgency, the calculated shoegaze tension calling on her experience with Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set) in their short-lived group the Wooden Birds..."

Playback: Austin Music's Cooperative Future
Could music collectives make Austin the next Music Row?
Music Column  August 20, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...27, at the Violet Crown Cinema. The locally-shot flick features a menacing electric guitar score by Austin's Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set/Wooden Birds)..."

Thursday Showcases
International hip-hop, or domestic, Modern Outsider sounds?
Music Story  March 19, 2015
"...quartet Northern American chills the room behind last year's Happiness Hungover EP, hazy vocals and mellow guitar lines lingering between Real Estate and the War on Drugs. Fronted by the Wooden Birds' Leslie Sisson, the female trio of Moving Panoramas lays thick, hypnotic shoegaze guitars in preview of upcoming debut One..."

SXSW 2012 Tuesday Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 9, 2012
"...9pm, Treasure Island Leslie Sisson's elegant harmonies lent a delicate twang to a number of projects during the past decade, notably Matt Pond PA and the Wooden Birds. With last year's contrarily titled Harmony, the Brooklyn/Austin songstress stepped to the fore, her vocals showcasing shades of both Neko Case and Aimee Mann against a backdrop of mellow guitar tones that salve Sisson's songs of tangential emotion and affective restraint..."

Best of the Rest II: Live Shows
Six last 2011 lists – from the live arena
DAILY Music  January 10, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...14) 2) Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Austin City Limits taping (June 20) 3) Okkervil River, Cactus Café (Apr. 27) 4) Wooden Birds, Mohawk (June 20) 5) Flesh Lights, Beerland (Dec..."

Austin Top 10
Making local lists and checking 'em twice
Music Story  January 6, 2012
"...5) The Wooden Birds, Two Matchsticks (Barsuk)..."

Leslie Sisson
Music Review  October 7, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...For more than a decade, Leslie Sisson has graced myriad projects with her subdued vocals and guitar work, from defunct locals Black Lipstick to her most recent work with Matt Pond PA and Andrew Kenny's Wooden Birds. Harmony finally brings Sisson to the fore with a debut that calls upon many of those past collaborators even as it shows off the Austinite's talents..."

Thursday Showcases
All the SXSW showcases that fit
Music Story  March 19, 2010
"...While Pearly Gate Music's eponymous debut doesn't drop until May, Zach (brother of J.) Tillman has already stirred buzz with his delicately trembled pop poignancy. Andrew Kenny revived his American Analog Set strum-and-hum upon returning to Austin with the Wooden Birds and last year's meditatively disillusioned Magnolia, and Rocky Votolato's sixth effort, True Devotion, raises his tender tenor from the desperate gloaming of 2007's The Brag and Cuss..."

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