Gig poster maker extraordinaire Jay Ryan is set to release “Animals and Objects in and Out of Water,”Â a book showing off some of his favorite work from 2005-2008. Â The book collects over 100 images of posters and includes information on each print. Â The book also features an introduction by, you guessed it, Andrew Bird, for whom Jay Ryan has produced someÂ spectacularÂ artwork over the years. Â Orders made directly through The Bird Machine (Ryan’s poster workshop) feature an exclusive four-color screenprinted sleeve and will be signed. Â Books can be purchased using the Paypal address provided on The Bird Machine’s website.
Ryan will be embarking on a book tour in November with graphic artist Paul Hornschemeir, who also has a new book out. Â Tour Â dates include Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Los Angeles, and Portland, among many others. Â Ryan hits Chicago on November 11th at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave.), and Milwaukee the next night at The Sugar Maple (441 E Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI). Â I’ll probably be heading to Quimby’s to check it out.
The complete tour schedule is available on Ryan’s website.
In other news for which I’ve been waiting for several months, a special series of Andrew Bird concerts was announced today. Â He’ll be performing a series of five shows — two in Minneapolis and three in Chicago — in mid-December, solo and mostly instrumental. Â These shows have been rumored to be happening since he mentioned the idea in passing during an interview at Lollapalooza, but this is the first they’ve been announced. Â The shows are being called the “Gezelligheid Concerts”, with gezelligheid apparently being a Dutch word which roughly translates to “intensely cosy”.
The Minneapolis shows will take place on December 10 and 11 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Â Seating is general admission and tickets are $34 for front of room and $29 for back of room. Â The Chicago shows take place on December 15, 16, and 17 at the historic and gorgeous Fourth Presbyterian Church. Â Again, seating is general admission and tickets are $40 for front of room and side balcony, and $35 for back of room and rear balcony.
Tickets are available now via internet presale at Music Today. Â General sale starts on October 23 for the Minneapolis shows and and November 7 for Chicago.
After wrapping up a tour of Asia in early 2010, Andrew is scheduled to take a break from touring, so for the most part, this may be the last opportunity to see him in the area for a while. Â I will, of course, be there all three nights (and if Minneapolis weren’t so far away, I’d probably be trying to figure out how to get to those, too).
Edited to add: Less than 24 hours later and the presale tickets are all gone. Â Cross your fingers and click quickly during the regular sale, my friends.