#6 Curious Quail

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Curious Quail are a bay area indie rock band blending orchestral and chiptune music. Started as the solo project of Mike Shirley-Donnelly, it eventually grew to include a full band including Erin Keeley on bass and vocals, and Joey Guthrie on drums. Not able to join us for this episode, but also still part of Curious Quail, are violinist Alan Chen, and guitarist Joyce Kuo.

For this episode, we asked the age old question “is this chiptune?,” and discussed IRC in the 90’s, video game music, deep dream, Pro Tools, and Duck Tales (whoo-hooh!). We also got to hear some inside info from Joey on what it was like to make their epic music video for Instant Gratification using cut-out pieces of paper and his iPhone.

Top 5 List: Bird Songs

This month’s topic is Top 5 Bird Songs, with the tiebreaker game being your best bird call. Share your own top 5 by tweeting @CartoonViolins with the hashtags #cv5 and #birdsongs

Read the show notes at http://bit.ly/CVHAP6 for the top 5 list spoilers, or listen to our Spotify playlist of our favorite Bird Songs at http://bit.ly/cv5topbirdsongs

Joey Guthrie’s Top 5 Bird Songs

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  1. Feather Pluckin’ – POTUSA
  2. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  3. Comfort Eagle – Cake
  4. Bones of Birds – Soundgarden
  5. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen

Alternates: Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Polly – Nirvana, A Crow Left of the Murder – Incubus, Talking Bird – Death Cab For Cutie, Rooster – Alice in Chains, Fly Like an Eagle – Steve Miller Band, When Doves Cry – Prince, Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

Erin Keeley Whitworth Machado’s Top 5 Bird Songs

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  1. The Last Bird – Zoe Keating
  2. Little Bird – Lisa Hannigan
  3. Magpies – Man/Miracle
  4. Little Bird Courage – Old Canes
  5. Vultures – Folly and the Hunter

Alternate: Dodo – Dave Matthews Band

Mike Shirley-Donnelly’s Top 5 Bird Songs

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  1. Electric de Chocobo – FF VII
  2. Meladori Magpie – The Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
  4. 99% of Us Is Failure – Matthew Good
  5. The Crane Wife – The Decemberists


Doctor Octave’s Top 5 Bird Songs

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  2. I Know My Chicken – Cibo Matto
  3. Egg – Mr. Bungle
  4. I Like Birds – The Eels
  5. Birdhouse In Your Soul – TMBG

Alternates: Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden, Where Eagles Dare – Iron Maiden, Where Eagles Dare – The Misfits, The Bird That You Can’t See – The Apples in Stereo

Professor Robot’s Top 5 Bird Songs

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  1. Sink Like Stones – The Deadly Snakes
  2. I Want A New Duck – “Weird Al” Yankovic
  3. Lesbian Seagull – Tom Wilson Weinberg
  4. Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
  5. Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day

Alternate: Fly Like An Eagle – Seal