Creatives' Guide to Pickathon Performances

Photo by Brud Giles

Photo by Brud Giles

With a lineup that never fails to impress, our friends at Pickathon have, once again, successfully managed to pull together such a rad variety of performances that we've been faced with a few debates here at Marmoset HQ over what artists we plan to see... thankfully, many artists perform more than once [insert praised hands emoji, here].

Due to jaw-dropping nature of this year's lineup, we thought it'd be helpful to lean on Marmoset's tastemakers to recommend their top artists/bands from the lineup. Here's what they said. 


Jeff Tweedy

Rob Dennler, Director of Music Production

When was the first time you listened to his music?  I’ve never seen him play live, but the first time I discovered him was by way of his band, Wilco, in 2002. I was at my local record store in San Diego, Off The Record, and the store clerk put on the song "Pot Kettle Black" from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. My ears immediately perked up and I asked the clerk who it was -- I've basically been hooked on Jeff Tweedy and Wilco ever since.

Favorite song/album?  My favorite Jeff Tweedy album would have to be Wilco's A Ghost Is Born, and my favorite song (from that album, at least) would be "Company in my Back."

What do you feel his music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  Jeff’s catalog is so diverse, dynamic and well-rounded that it really works well in almost any application. His songs have been featured in numerous commercial campaigns, TV shows and films.

Eric Nordby, Director of Music Supervision

When was the first time you listened to his music?  When I first met my wife (before we were dating)she gave me a copy of Wilco's Ghost is Born to listen to -- and that was the first time I heard Jeff Tweedy. Since, I've been inspired by his music both as a listener and a musician.  

Favorite song/album?  I think my favorite song is still "Company in my Back."  

What do you feel his music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  Jeff's music isn't about writing hit songs. He's a man of lyrics and space. I'd say his music probably fits best in the world of film.  

Playing... Saturday from 8:50-10pm at the Mountain Stage + Sunday from 9:20-10:30pm at the Woods Stage

Yo La Tengo

Katy Davidson, Producer

When was the first time you listened to their music?  In 2003, at The Warsaw in Brooklyn with the Aislers Set and Sun Ra Arkestra.

Favorite song/album?  Probably "Shadows" from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

What do you feel their music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  "Shadows" would sound so awesome playing over the end credits for the show Transparent. Or a moody, arty, black and white fragrance commercial.

Playing... Friday from 11pm-12am at the Woods Stage + Saturday 7:10-8:10pm at the Mountain Stage

Black Mountain

Tim Shrout, Producer + Audio Engineer

When was the first time you listened to their music?  I first saw them live front row in the Galaxy Barn at Pickathon 2011 -- an incredibly loud, exceptional performance.

Favorite song?  "Don't Run Our Hearts Around."

What do you feel their music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  I'd say TV or film -- they were also on season 2 of True Detective.

Playing... Friday from 7:40-8:40pm at the Woods Stage + Saturday from 11:40pm-12:40am at the Galaxy Barn

Alvvays

David Katz, Music Licensing Coordinator

When was the first time you listened to their music?  I think I saw a writeup about their debut record on Pitchfork. It drew me in.

Favorite song?  "Archie, Marry Me"

What do you feel their music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  Film. It would be perfect for the moment in a romantic film where the protagonist drops everything they're doing to run and confess their feelings to the one they love. It's a lovely song.

Playing... Friday from 8:20-9:20pm at the Galaxy Barn + Saturday from 7:40-8:40pm at the Woods Stage

Kevin Morby

Bob Werner, Producer + Creative Project Manager

When was the first time you listened to his music?  A friend recommended his record, Harlem River, to me and I ended up listening to the entire thing start to finish in my car on a drive back to Portland from Seattle. To be honest, I probably listened to it two or three times in a row.

Favorite album?  Currently, his latest album Singing Saw -- the songs feel the most fully realized and widely varied.

What do you feel his music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  Kevin's songwriting has a classic quality to it that feels accessible and leads me to believe it would work well for a variety of uses. Personally, I'd love to hear it used in a feature film or a cinematic TV series. Especially his newer material -- it seems to unfold slowly and with a lot of nuance.  These tunes have a tinge of nostalgia that could pair really well with a moment of challenge in a story.

Playing... Thursday from 10:40-11:35pm at the Starlight Stage + Friday 3:10-4:10pm at the Treeline Stage

Joseph

Katie Seaton, Music Supervision Coordinator

When was the first time you listened to their music?  I first heard Joseph at Marmoset's Hott Summer Nights event -- they were fantastic. They did an awesome cover of "Toxic."

Favorite song?  My favorite song is one of their newer ones called "White Flag."

What do you feel his music would be best paired with… film, commercial or TV? Why?  I think "White Flag" would be great in a film preview or TV show preview (I'm thinking Girls...)

Playing... Friday from 3:50-4:50pm at the Mountain Stage + Sunday from 10:15-11pm at the Starlight Stage

 

Pickathon takes place this year August 5th through the 7th at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. For all those who cannot attend this year's event, we'll be broadcasting a live stream of Saturday's performances on the journal. For more information and the live stream schedule, visit journal.marmosetmusic.com/pickathon2016.

Posted on July 28, 2016 and filed under Music.