Pickathon Recommendations from Marmoset Creatives

It’s going to be another incredible year for Pickathon -- the festival has outdone itself in this summer’s lineup and we’re faced with the ever more difficult task of deciding which bands to see first. Great genre diversity makes the decision even harder when faced with options of neo-psychedelia and jazz fusion bands like Dungen, or dream-pop artists like Jay Som.

Every group performs more than once, so we turned to Marmoset’s creatives music experts for their guidance on who to look out for. Check out their top picks below, and we'll see you at Pickathon August 3rd - 6th.  


Andy Shauf

Rob Dennler, Director of Music Production

Why do you recommend this artist?

His songs have an endearing and pleasant disposition. It's just really enjoyable, easy listening music. I saw him play earlier this year on the main stage at Treefort, and it was easily one of favorite shows of the festival. 

What is your favorite song or album by him? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

My favorite song of his is “Quite Like You,” which is on the album entitled The Party. The song has a steady, yet laid-back, mid-tempo groove that I could see working well with a long, single-camera shot, or a retrospective lifestyle piece, like a dinner party or a road trip with friends.

Bob Werner, Producer + Creative Project Manager

Why do you recommend this artist?

His songwriting is unassuming and brilliant, and it's totally rewarding to just let it wash over you, but there's also a lot there if you care to dig in.  

What is your favorite song or album by him? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

I'd pair "The Magician" from 2016's The Party with a dreary driving montage that slowly reveals its setting is more than meets the eye and things are a little off, assuring the viewer that the film about to unfold will be entertaining but definitely not normal.  

See Andy Shauf: Saturday, 7:40pm-8:40pm at Lucky Barn or Sunday 4:20pm-5:20pm.


Ry X

Katie Seaton, Music Supervisor

Why do you recommend this artist?

His live show feels like it was built for the Pickathon surroundings.

What is your favorite song/album by him? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

"Berlin" is my fave song, and it would be a snug fit in a very moody movie scene.

See Ry X: Thursday, 1:05am-2am at the Starlight Stage or Friday 7:40pm-8:40pm at the Woods Stage. 


KING

Madeline Dowling, Music Supervisor

Why do you recommend this artist?

Silky neo soul by a powerhouse trio of badass black women.

Favorite song/album? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

"The Greatest." The protagonist driving down the coast during sunset in an ‘80s Camaro into the closing credits.

See KING: Friday, 3:10pm-4:10pm at the Treeline Stage or Saturday, 6:40pm-7:40pm at Galaxy Barn.  


Dungen 

Graham Barton, Composer

Why do you recommend this artist?

Nuance is their game and they play it well.

Favorite song/album? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

"Frank's Kaktus." I see this pairing well with any high-energy scene, like a mid-day car chase or a good cop/bad cop buddy cop film.

See Dungen: Saturday, 10:15pm-11:25pm at the Starlight Stage or Sunday 9:20pm-10:20pm at the Woods Stage.


Big Thief

Alex Fitch, Music Licensing Coordinator

Why do you recommend this artist?

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker is an incredible story teller -- recollecting her own struggles with incredible emotional intelligence, rawness, and truth. If you haven't heard their newest release, Capacity, do yourself a big favor.

Favorite song/album? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

Their song "Shark Smile" would pair well with a wide angle desert scene; imagine you are on a road trip driving through a flat dusty barren landscape, seeing occasional dusty locals, broken, dilapidated and retired auto mechanic buildings, ghost towns, shacks, tumble weeds and cactuses. This song is for self-discovery, motion, adventure, and that feeling you get when you are just staring down a highway chasing the sun as it goes down.

See Big Thief: Friday, 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Mt. Hood Stage or Saturday, 4:50pm-5:50pm at the Treeline Stage. 


Jonathan Richman

Katy Davidson, Producer

What artist do you recommend seeing?

I recommend Jonathan Richman because he's a legend and his vision is so pure and true.

Favorite song/album by this artist? What kind of scene do you see this song/album pairing well with?

My favorite album of his is ¡Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar! (1994). On this album, he sings some of his most awesome jammers IN SPANISH. This album would pair great with some kind of Steve Zissou-esque, high-aesthetic film, perhaps set in some small Andalusian town, where the characters lives are intertwined in odd ways. Everyone's cute and constantly having romantic trysts, and coping comedically with life's greatest challenges, and finding time to dance and drink wine and laugh and swim in secluded bays at magic hour.

See Jonathan Richman: Friday, 2:40pm-3:40pm at the Woods Stage or Saturday, 1pm-2pm at Lukcy Barn.  

Posted on August 2, 2017 and filed under Music, Marmoset.