Tiebreaker / Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk
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Tiebreaker is the project of John Lamonica, an off-and-on member of the Polyphonic Spree who is equally ambitious with his own tunes. Alternating sparse folk songs with beaming rock numbers, Lamonica is a skilled tunesmith capable of wearing many hats. Citing Pedro the Lion, Owen, Red House Painters and Joan of Arc as inspirations, Lamonica recently released an EP called "Leaving is Easy." After shuffling through multiple lineups and stylistic explorations, Lawrence's Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk recently slimmed down to a trio. The formula still varies tremendously from show to show, with one constant being a predilection for droney jams along the lines of Animal Collective or Mogwai. And as the group's homemade CDR suggests, it's all "Jam Packed Full of Awesome."