Hi, very proud of this video we made for the 2nd single on Zion. The band and our partners are the stars, and the impeccable film work and editing was done by Chris Weiss from Northern Spy. Please, please stream and enjoy. Share it with a friend like a cold bottle of sancerre in the park.
Very excited to announce that we’ve signed with Northern Spy records for our new full length, titled Zion.
It’s been a long haul getting this music to you on the best platform possible. I hope it comes to mean as much to some of you as it has to me.
Gabe // WM
Hello beautiful people, we are coming your way. As part of a string of fun things happening over the next month we will be back out there in our trusty van Whitey Ford playing the music for you, playing a couple of festivals as well as some good ol rock shows. Dates are below.
I was just in LA with Debo Band (my other band) and I stayed for a few extra days at the end of the trip in order to avoid the pit of human misery that is NYC in February. I drove the Pacific Coast highway in 70 degree weather blasting Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness with the windows down and the sun pouring in and the person I love in the passengers seat and the blue water glowing in an unreal kind of way. It was an incredibly beautiful experience, and it reminded me what music can do. I'd always liked that record but had never really heard it in the way I did then. It sounded exactly like what I was seeing, the LA Light and the coastal landscape.
It was just the kind of euphoric moment I started chasing when I started making music in the first place. Hope to bring some of those to me and you both in March.
Hi. We have a show tomorrow at Caveat on Clinton St in the LES. It is presented via AIRBNB and you can buy tickets here and only here.
We also have a TON of news that we will be sharing with you soon, including details on a new LP, a new label, and some festivals and touring. Can't quiiiiite get into it yet but I can't wait to.
in the meantime, have you bought our New Streets 7" yet? Why not do it now? Either that or get on Spotify and stream that shit 1500 times (equivalent to one album sale according to the RIAA)
So excited to share our fun and goofy video for "Only Child" on SPIN Magazine today, directed by Matt Strickland - click the image above to read Winston Cook Wilson's write up, or watch the video embed below!
we are very excited about this! v cool to finally beat the hell out of Harry Styles at SOMETHING.
We stopped by the Blue Room in Bushwick to play our new single for you.
V excited to have the A side of our new Saddle Creek 7" premiering on Stereogum today! Click the link above to preview your new summer mushroom trip prospect park jam
we'll be hitting the road w our friends Sam Evian and Uni Ika Ai in May, including a v special show at Rough Trade the day after our new single is out.
(Note: we're not on the D.C. show, just philly and Brooklyn)
Very excited to announce this. You'll be able to order ours and see the art soon. We're very excited to be working with Saddle Creek, home of some of our favorite and most talented friends like Big Thief and Sam Evian.
In 2017, I'm going to be launching a concert series where musicians/composers/visual artists have a chance to workshop/soft debut new ideas w an audience. Inspiration came from several shows in 2016 where I watched a natural intimacy spring up between performers and audiences in situations where the performers were making themselves vulnerable by performing work just in the very first stages of completion. It was exciting and raw and the audiences responded to it.
The series is called Fresh Flux, and a trial night is happening at Threes Brewing in February, featuring Jonah Furman (Krill) and Jeanann Dara among others. Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) is taking on some co-curating duties with me, others may be involved soon.
The idea is to provide a low-pressure, high-attention space for artists to try new ideas (songs, collaborations, departures from the norm, experiments) without the pressure to play a "normal" set (for bands), and without the pressure of a full on premiere of new compositions. Priority is on expanding your art into new and risky spaces.
Ideally this will become a space where, no matter who is performing, you know you can come and hear/see/participate in a night of fun, surprising, intimate art. I hope everyone leaves inspired every time.
Now, the begging: To make this series a reality, I need your help. If this appeals to you, as a performer, as a listener, as a community member, I really need you to come out and make your support known on February 9th by attending. We need to have a mutually beneficial relationship with Threes in order to make this feasible, and that means bodies in the seats. So I'm asking you, please come out. If you do, I'll make this happen once a month as long as I can.
I'll be doing other things on my own time but I've made all the WM downloads available on bandcamp for free/pay what you want. Any proceeds will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
Trying to fight the feeling that music is trivial at a time like this - but it was the first thing I turned to this morning to try and calm myself down. Anyway, if it helps you, please take it
Very excited to announce that we'll be taking up residence at Threes Brewing on the first four thursdays in the month of September. We've got some amazing musicians, comedians, and dancers lined up so let's get to it:
EACH WEEK: at 7:30 PM, "In Limbo," a 30 min piece by GB for 4 cassettes
see u there, darlings
Trying some new things this year, including a duo tour with a musician I've come to know and respect a ton in the last year or so: J.R. Bohannon, also of Ancient Ocean: https://www.facebook.com/Ancient-Ocean-127236815717/
We'll be sitting in on each others songs, playing some solo material. A grab bag of guitar/saxophone goodness.
May 27 - Philadelphia, PA: Random Concerts: J.R. BOHANNON, GABRIEL BIRNBAUM, and DAN MALLOY
May 28 - Pittsburgh, PA: J.R. Bohannon & Gabe Birnbaum Duo w/ Dan Petrich and Sheri Streeter
May 29 - Chicago, IL: J.R. Bohannon // Gabriel Birnbaum // Dusted (Ryley Walker/Michael Vallera)
May 31 - Lexington, KY: J.R. Bohannon, Weed Hut & Gabriel Birnbaum
June 1 - Louisville, KY: Modern Cult Records: https://www.facebook.com/events/1186758558023180/
June 2 - Nashville, TN: The Groove Records
June 3 - Asheville, NC w/Wes Tirey & Sarah Louise (house show, email me for address)
June 4 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
June 5 - Washington, DC @ Union Arts DC
Thank you all for coming out and making that solo tour a really amazing and welcoming experience, eating some of the best brussels sprouts I've ever had at Company Brewing in MKE or getting told that I don't play the saxophone like an asshole, even though I COULD (s/o to Columbus, OH).
We're going to be laying a little low as we finish up this next record, but I'll be making sure you hear it as soon as humanly possible!
Lemons --------------------------> Lemonade
Come see me play solo WM and other songs at the following spots:
- 4.17 - Harrisburg, PA @ Make-Space
- 4.18 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
- 4.19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
- 4.20 - Chicago, IL @ Quenchers
- 4.22 - Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
- 4.23 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
and then the full band finale:
The bills are great, the bands are great, and the times will be heady. Would love to see you out there.