Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett

Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett

WQXR have a ‘Maverick Mixtapes’ series. They asked Owen Pallet to make a mix, and he chose to focus on Van Dyke Parks.

From WQXR:

“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

Playlist:
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”

Hear the mixtape weekdays at 2pm EST:

http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/maverickmixtapes/2012/mar/28/

Andrew Bird at the Rolling Stone Studio

From Rolling Stone:

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.