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Andrew Bird Boldy Proclaims This Is His Best Yet + Tracks Top 30

Much can be said about Andrew Bird:  a classically trained violinist, known for his whistling (as befits his actual name), he was in the indie-jazz band Squirrel Nut Zippers in the '90s, and has been releasing his own style of indie music since his band Bowl Of Fire and a solo career that began in 2003.  

Bird has titled his twelfth solo album "My Finest Work Yet," tongue-in-cheek of course.  The album cover further indicates Bird's playful approach.  It's a photographic recreation of the 1793 painting "The Death Of Marat."  The very first track on the record is titled "Sisyphus," after the Greek myth.  Bird has said that this is a political album, and that these songs are about the divisive times we live in.    

Here are the Top 30 new album releases played on Studio One Tracks for the week ending April 14, 2019:

1    Karen O and Danger Mouse- "Lux Prima"

2    Jenny Lewis- "On The Line"

3    Weyes Blood- "Titanic Rising"

4    Andrew Bird- "My Finest Work Yet"

5    Stephen Malkmus- "Groove Denied"

6    Son Volt- "Union"

7    Cass McCombs- "Tip Of The Sphere"

8    Julia Jacklin- "Crushing"

9    Better Oblivion Community Center- "Better Oblivion Community Center"

10   Strand Of Oaks- "Eraserland"

11   Shovels & Rope- "By Blood"

12   Mavis Staples- "Live In London"

13   Tedeschi Trucks Band- "Signs"

14   Various Artists- "Joni 75:  A Birthday Celebration"

15   Lee Fields & The Expressions- "It Rains Love"

16   Sharon Van Etten- "Remind Me Tomorrow"

17   Broken Social Scene- "Let's Try The After Vol 1 & 2"

18   John June Year- "Modern Motives"

19   Deerhunter- "Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?"

20   American Football- "American Football" (LP 3)

21   Stella Donnelly- "Beware Of The Dogs"

22   Yola- "Walk Through Fire"

23   Avey Tare- "Cows On Hourglass Pond"

24   Chai- "Punk"

25   Nilufer Yanya- "Miss Universe"

26   Adia Victoria- "Silences"

27   Susto- "Ever Since I Lost My Mind"

28   Girlpool- "What Chaos Is Imaginary"

29   Ibibio Sound Machine- "Doko Mien"

30   The Cactus Blossoms- "Easy Way" 

Mark Simmet is a Senior Producer and Studio One Host