Van Dyke Parks Issues Vinyl Singles


Each with very special artwork…


By Blurt Staff


Van Dyke Parks has
announced the launch of  a unique series of 7″ vinyl singles, the
first new studio music in over 15 years since he released his acclaimed album Orange Crate Art. Each vinyl single is illustrated by some of the most
important modern artists of the time. Out on his own label Bananastan and distributed by City Hall/ Runt worldwide, the singles
will be released starting in August, available wherever vinyl records are sold,
as well as online at the label’s website, eBay store, and during live


Parks intends to release six new singles over the course of 2011.  He
 has commissioned selected artists to
illustrate each single with what he describes as “a work of art that
relates to the music within.” The first two singles to be released will be
the Ed Ruscha-illustrated “Dreaming of Paris” / “Wedding in Madagascar” and
the Art Spiegelman-illustrated
“Wall Street” / “Money
Is King.” The other artists slated for the series include Frank Holmes,
Charles Ray, Sally Parks and Billy Edd Wheeler.


Parks said of the singles, “They are from highly
different genres, each of them. They don’t cohere. They belong somewhere. But
the emphasis on the visual art is a big, big deal. These are the pre-eminent
American artists of our time. We’re calling it “Nouveau Niche.”


In addition,
Parks just announced a September 20th release date for a compilation album of some
of his greatest arrangements. Arrangements by Van Dyke Parks will
contain 15 songs featuring artists including Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Sal Valentino, Mojo Men, Bonnie
Raitt, Dino Martin, Lowell George and Van Dyke Parks himself.      


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