A myna bird is also known as a starling—a gregarious bird with the ability to reproduce sounds, or a song bird. And it’s true, a bird is the one animal I wish I could be sometimes. The ruckus I’d cause is much too exciting to think about—so instead, let’s talk about the Mynabirds, the band.
As you should well know, the The Mynabirds flew into existence in 2009, fronted by a captivating Laura Burhenn, following the end of her previous DC band, Georgie James. It should also be known that Laura served as a touring member with Bright Eyes in 2011, before the release of her latest album, Generals in 2012 via Saddle Creek. That’s one busy bird, but only the best never stop flying.
The Mynabirds will be migrating to the East Coast to appear at the Black Cat, this Friday, 10/26 supporting AC Newman, so get there early! (This Black Cat likes this Mynabird.) In honor of Laura’s return to DC, we’re giving away a limited edition, colored 7” single!
This sweet 7” features the fun track “Body of Work” from their 2012 critically acclaimed album Generals, paired with the previously unreleased “In the Mouths of Wolves.” Only 1,000 copies of the randomly colored vinyl will be available and as luck should have it, you have a chance to win it before the November 20th release date!
If that isn’t exciting enough, the record is sweetly held in a 4-panel jacket that can be folded into an origami wild horse, a design by Noboru Miyajima. Talk about why we should buy vinyl people!
Let’s transform ourselves into wild horses for this vinyl giveaway. All you have to do is tell us, if you were a wild horse, what would be your horse name and what would you do as a wild horse in the city?
I’ll go first. My wild horse name would be Sidetracked and I’d travel all around DC delivering hand written letters to lovers from secret admirers, except I would totally tell that person exactly who sent me so it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. I’d also appear at shows all up and down H and U Street, offering humans rides back and forth so that they don’t have to drive and find parking. Some people call that a super hero, I call her, Sidetracked.
We’ll choose one winner with a North American mailing address one week from today, 10/31. Good luck vinyl freaks!
MYNABIRDS TOUR DATES
10/24: Hoboken, NJ at Maxwell’s*
10/25: Philadelphia, PA at First Unitarian Church*
10/26: Washington, DC at Black Cat*
10/27: Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall*
10/28: Atlanta, GA at The Earl*
10/29: St. Louis, MO at Duck Room at Blueberry Hill*
10/30: Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle*
11/1: St. Paul, MN at Turf Club*
11/2: Winnipeg, MB (Canada) at West End Cultural Centre*
11/3: Saskatoon, AK at Amigo’s*
11/5: Edmonton, AV (Canada) at Starlite Room*
11/6: Calgary, AB (Canada) at Republik*
11/9: Hood River, OR at Cebu Lounge
11/10: Seattle, WA at Sunset Tavern
11/11: Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge
11/13: San Francisco, CA at Rickshaw Stop
11/14: Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg Theatre
11/17: Omaha, NE at Slowdown
* = with AC Newman