Although they call me Kmmy, I ain’t no chick. That being said, I would like to shamelessly announce that I am madly in love with Bill Baird. The activist, you ask? No. The football player? Noooo. The puppeteer? Ummm… no. My favorite Bill Baird is the least significant of all Bill Bairds according to Wikipedia, but is significant as fuck when it comes to my iTunes. Why am I so infatuated with this man? Maybe it’s because he is a total babe. Or maybe it’s because he can play any style of music better than most can play one, and always manages to make it seem completely effortless.
Baird, who is the brain behind the band Sunset, is set to release yet another record this March, and again, it has a whole new sound. In August, Bill went on a hopelessly romantic acoustic venture and made the heartwarming and gentle Goodbye Vibrations, which was essentially a bunch of variations on the same song with different lyrics. Not long after that, he released a lovely instrumental single called “Analog,” a driving psychedelic trip, completely different than anything on Vibrations. Back in 2010, Baird released a hushed, nearly ambient record called Silence! along with one of the best rock records of the year — with Sunset — titled Loveshines but the Moon is Shining Too.
This new one, called Career, is scuzzed out to the max and finds Baird in a darker, rougher place than ever. On his Bandcamp, two tracks from the upcoming album are waiting for you to indulge in. One of them is one of the lesser-scuzzed tracks “Your Dark Sunglasses Won’t Make You Lou Reed,” explaining that no one is as cool as Reed or any of the original Velvet Underground fellas for that matter. Though, I would say Mr. Baird is pretty damn close himself.
Oh yeah, and there is gonna be a totally rad film to accompany the record!
• Bill Baird: http://www.billbillbillbillbill.com