The Bird and the Bee pays homage to Hall and Oates with new album

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    Hall and Oates are about to be cool again. Los Angeles indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee will soon be releasing a tribute album entitled Guiltless Pleasures Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, and no, the band will not be doing so ironically.

    Multi-instrumentalist and producer Greg Kurstin, who lost out to Brendan O’Brien for the Producer of the Year Grammy Sunday night, has made that clear. Said Kurstin in a press conference last week: “There’s definitely no irony. They’re great songwriters and these are great songs.” Vocalist/songwriter Inara George isn’t laughing either; she has found herself impressed at “what an amazing singer Daryl Hall is.”

    The tribute is the duo’s third full-length studio album, coming a year after Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future. It will feature eight covers and one original song, the album-opener “Heard it on the Radio”. The release is set for March 23rd via EMI’s Blue Note Records.

    The Bird and the Bee will be doing one show in support of the album, at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre March 5th.  It will be the band’s last performance for a while, as announced on the group’s MySpace, due to George’s pregnancy. In fact, she will be “very pregnant” with a baby due in April, so expect a show rivaling the suspense of M.I.A.’s 2009 Grammy performance. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

    Guiltless Pleasures Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates Tracklist:
    01. Heard it on the Radio
    02. I Can’t Go for That
    03. Rich Girl
    04. Sarah Smile
    05. Kiss on My List
    06. Maneater
    07. She’s Gone
    08. Private Eyes
    09. One on One