WQXR have a ‘Maverick Mixtapes’ series. They asked Owen Pallet to make a mix, and he chose to focus on Van Dyke Parks.
“I’m choosing Van Dyke Parks because to my ears he is the spiritual godson of number-one American Maverick Charles Ives. If I were to turn this into a thesis, I’d argue that as Ives was steeped in marching band, spirituals and concert hall music, Parks’ ears are captured by mid-to-late 20th century stuff — including but not limited to calypso, ragtime, 60’s rock and psychedelia.
“Adding to his ‘maverick’ status, this hilarious fecundity, extreme chromaticism, unreserved emotionalism and embrace of moods others would find cheesy; lyrically, an ironic but sympathetic commentary on Americanism.
“Though Parks works solely in the recorded medium and usually under the umbrella of ‘pop,’ his music is difficult enough to challenge and delight any listener.” -Owen Pallett
Donovan – “Donovan’s colours” (cover by Van Dyke Parks)
Van Dyke Parks – “Sweet Trinidad”
Van Dyke Parks – “The Eagle and Me”
Harry Nilsson – “He needs me” (arr. by Van Dyke Parks; from Popeye soundtrack)
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks – “Rough Design”
Van Dyke Parks – “Palm Desert”
Van Dyke Parks – “An Invitation to Sin”
Van Dyke Parks – “Datsun Commercial”
Van Dyke Parks – “Ode to Tobago”
Sam Phillips – “Wasting my time” (arr. by Van Dyke Parks)
Louis Singer, Hy Zaret – “One Meat Ball” (perf. by Ry Cooder, arr. by Van Dyke Parks)
Van Dyke Parks – “Out on the rolling sea when Jesus speak to me”
Van Dyke Parks – “The All Golden”
Van Dyke Parks – “Money is King”
Van Dyke Parks – “Dreaming of Paris”
Van Dyke Parks – “By the people”
Van Dyke Parks – “Opportunity for Two”
Van Dyke Parks – “The Four Mills Brothers”
Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird stopped by the Rolling Stone studio to perform a few numbers from his latest album, Break It Yourself, accompanied only by his violin. After the set, Bird chatted about building a studio in an old barn and recording the new album as casually as possible.
Head over to here to watch the wonderful footage of Andrew performing for Rolling Stone.
This year August 31st, Bella Union’s day takeover at End of the Road festival, couldn’t come soon enough. It’s practically Christmas for us! We are excited to announce a raft of additional bands performing on our day:
The Acorn, Concrete Knives, Lawrence Arabia, Leif Vollebekk, Marques Toliver, My Sad Captains, Peggy Sue, Still Corners, Van Dyke Parks and Zun Zun Egui
These artists join the following previously confirmed acts:
Alessi’s Ark, Beach House, Cashier No. 9, Dirty Three, Hannah Cohen, I Break Horses, John Grant, Jonathan Wilson, Lanterns on the Lake, The Low Anthem, Midlake, Mountain Man, Our Broken Garden, Poor Moon, Roy Harper and Veronica Falls
Bella Union is curating all stages and all artists across the whole festival on Friday August 31st. Our bookings come in addition to End of the Road’s, who have booked bands such as Grandaddy and Grizzly Bear to perform sets during the rest of the weekend.
Yesterday, we were lucky enough to get tickets to see Feist headline a show at Royal Albert Hall. Not only that, but M Ward was supporting and Mountain Man sang with Feist throughout the show as backing singers.
M Ward sounded magnificent opening, performing old favourites as well as tracks from his forthcoming album, A Wasteland Companion.
Feist was absolutely fantastic; an utter delight from start to finish. The musicianship of the band, and her showmanship and magnetism as a frontwoman, was spellbinding. The setlist was heavy with Metals tracks, but the band also performed older songs such as Mushaboom and a handful from The Reminder, including the infectious I Feel It All. Most of all it just seemed like she was having a great time performing – getting a crowd at Albert Hall to sing along, get up and dance and do Mexican waves is not an easy feat, but Feist handled it NO PROBLEMO! Highlights included the two encores – one of which she invited the audience to join her on stage to slowdance to her classic track Let It Die, which many audience members were only too happy to oblige in:
Utterly joyous, right?! Mountain Man were terrific singing back up and had a spotlight moment performing one of their own tracks, which obviously went down like a cake delivery to a fat kid’s birthday. Ie: brilliantly.
The encore also saw a duet with M Ward on a cover of Jesus and The Mary Chain’s Sometimes Always.