Class of `77 by Actual Birds

There’s something going on that’s not quite right between the bands Actual Birds, High Spirits, Showdown at the Equater, Kelly Jean Caldwell and the ever elusive Emily Jane Powers. If I ever find out what it is I’ll be sure to fill you in.

The Actual Birds are putting the finishing touches on their new record called Viva La Fantastique! Avec The Actual Birds, High Spirits and Friends. One of the friends is Emily Jane Powers who produced this little lofi wonder and who I wrote about here first. I originally called that post “obscure lo-fidelity” but now I would change it to “queen of midwest lo-fidelity”.

Anyway I find all of this lofi strumming and crooning highly entertaining so here’s a sneak preview of “Class Of 1977″ by the Actual Birds from their forthcoming record Viva….

Class Of 1977 [Download]

An older song featuring Kelly Jean Caldwell and Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good To Me from the album The Sky Is Full Of Ghosts.

Crooked Smile [Download]

Bonus songs by Emily Jane Powers from her 2005 releases on Aritao Records. Buy them over there and help these kids stay in peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese for another week.

Lincoln SquareOur Youthfull Past [Download]

3 Responses to “Class of `77 by Actual Birds”

  1. Amy says:

    Ha-Lincoln Square’s my neighborhood (sort of). Not quite my version. Well, maybe the drunk part…

  2. Actual Birds says:

    Thanks for your kind interest in my music. All I have to say is that what is going on between all of the mentioned Ann Arbor area bands is nothing but pure, right, and beautiful.

    Incidentally, the full title of the song actually is Class of 1977 (2005), the last part’s not just the recording date or whatever. The title’s a joke about how there’s been a seemingly undying subculture of generic, regressive punk rockers worldwide since the rise in popularity of studded leather and dyed mohawks in the late ’70s, and they never really change except in that they become more derivative and ridiculous by the year. Or something like that.
    Anyway, thanks again!
    Love,
    Actual Birds

  3. Aritao Records says:

    We love Emily Jane Powers. Thanks for the good words and the offerings of food.

    -Conrad and Justine
    http://www.aritaorecords.com