None of the Birds: Songs 2009​-​11

by Marcus Rubio

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All songs written and arranged by Marcus Rubio. Recorded by Marcus at a lot of different places except for "Scrolls" recorded by Joe Reyes at his house and "Alcibades" recorded by Peter Hensel and JD Swerzenski at KRTU.


"Marcus Rubio's None of the Birds
Despite delightfully worthy efforts from Pop Pistol, Chris Maddin, and Last Nighters, this is my far and away favorite local album of the year. Loose, idiosyncratic in all the most endearing ways, part folk and part unicorn, profound yet simple, lo-fi gigantic, cheeky chamber, doom twee — this album rewards, challenges, and amuses listen after listen. "Boss Vegas (The Song)" and "Song of Yourself," in particular, sit among my favorite tracks of the year."- James Courtney's pick for local album of the year in the SA Current

"Before embarking on a journey to seek a CalArts graduate degree in music composition, local experimental artist Marcus Rubio leaves us with a summer pop album packed with a handful of pleasant potions to create smiles and euphoric sighs. At thirty-six and a half minutes short, None of the Birds: songs 2009-11, is constructed of tracks recorded over the past two years that are easily listenable and almost impossible to not clap along to.

“ I listened to the album after posting it online and I’m pretty happy with it for the most part, I’m typically a lot harsher on myself for the pop songs I write” says Rubio. As a music theorist at heart, Rubio is a genius at creating bubbles of tension in songs like Song for Yourself and The Thing You Once Adored before pleasantly guiding you home through smooth chord progression and proper voice leading. By placing close attention to structure and arrangement he’s captured the ability to grab and release the listener at anytime. Theory, craft, and mathematics aside, tracks like Scrolls and Boss Vegas paint a picture of a bashful, carefree charm that is evident when seeing Rubio perform live. The title track, somewhat Beatle-esque at times, fools you into a soft tune until the thrashing guitar enters with a spine tingling joy that is sure to buy Rubio a ticket into the California art/rock/pop scene. Overall the album is tonally appreciative, aurally enjoyable and has enough curiosity to keep music heads tuned in to see what comes next.

Although Rubio’s departure is right around the corner, he has many shows in the next few weeks and has a clear picture of how he wants to be sent off. “The big one will probably be Aug. 17th at 502 bar, that’ll be the big going away thing and I think for that night it’ll probably just be my band (Gospel Choir of Pillows) and the Cartographers, I played with the Cartographers for the last few years. We will probably play two massive sets, like an hour and a half each set, just blow through a ton of our catalogue. I plan on making that show a pretty big spectacle too, in terms of a show, kind of the like the flaming lips… with a $30 budget”."- Armando Estrada, ART Magazine

"Even as local music gadfly Marcus Rubio's latest album satisfies my longing for pre-2000s Bright Eyes, it ranges across a breathtakingly broad spectrum of musical flavors. Neurotic songs about being disappointed by peers, seeing the living menace in everyday objects (maybe love), and tongue-in-cheek self-appraisal are wrapped neatly in sugary yet exploratory indie-pop packages. None of the Birds is disillusionment that you can sway, dance, and hum to; it's personal and universal at once. Just try to choose favorites between the seething title track, California-dreamer "Boss Vegas," laptop hoedown "Alcibades," and contrapuntally driven daydream "Song of Yourself." Then give up and play the whole thing. Four out of five stars"-James Courtney, San Antonio Current

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released July 1, 2012

Marcus Rubio-Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Violin, Viola, Piano, Keys/Synths, Electronics, Saw, Electronic Drums, Percussion.
Jackson Albracht-Keys, Bass
Hanna Campbell-Vocals
Chris Cavin, Phil Repsher- Handclaps
Jordan Clark-Vocals, Bells
Alison Fletcher-Violin
Jaxon Floyd- Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Chuck Kerr-Drums, Glockenspiel
Michael Leach-Upright Bass
Meg Lobasso-Keyboards, Cello
Lindsay Millard-Viola
Christina Tannert-Bassoon
Ryan Teter-Trombone
Matt Thomas-Emotional Support, Shoulder to Cry On, Enabling.
Art from a text book about birds I found online



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Marcus Rubio San Antonio, Texas

Marcus Rubio is a young composer that works in a variety of mediums and genres. He has had his works programmed at Seamus, Spark Festival, and EMM and collaborated with a wide array of composers/artists. In 2010, Rubio won the readers choice award for "Best Instrumentalist" in the San Antonio Current and in 2011, he won an ATAC Globe Award for best original score for his work on The Bacchae ... more

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