While You Wait For The Others - Surprise Single Out Now Plus Legend Michael McDonald Appears on B-Side

Grizzly Bear 

While You Wait For The Others - Surprise Single Out Now Plus Legend Michael McDonald Appears on B-Side

01/09/2009
Grizzly Bear's second single 'While You Wait For The Others' from their new album Veckatimest is out this week.

The single, released on 7inch and download, is one of the few tracks to ever get a perfect 10 rating on Pitchfork.

Soul singer Michael McDonald, known for his work with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, lends his vocals to a special b-side cut of the single - a fact not announced until yesterday.

7inch and Digital at Bleep.com
Download at iTunes
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Pitchfork Track Review:

" 'While You Wait For the Others' proves what Grizzly Bear are capable of when they try and meet the pop-inclined listener halfway." 10 out of 10 Read Full Review

Michael McDonald speaks to Paste Magazine - Read full interview here

"McDonald first met the band at a Grizzly Bear show in New York City this spring, having been introduced by Chairlift manager Molly Hawkins, a mutual acquaintance of McDonald and Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor. “I was really impressed with the show," he says. "Their songs were alluring and interesting. So when they mentioned to me about doing this, I said absolutely."

The band soon sent McDonald the track, having asked him to provide some background vocals. Apparently pleased with the results, McDonald said Taylor then asked if he’d record again—this time singing lead. “I liked the tune, I said sure,” McDonald says. “Like I said, I’m a big fan of the band.”

For the McDonald, 57, Grizzly Bear’s tightly arranged piece seemed like a perfect fit, even a return to form. “When I was with the Doobies, the style of music was that we all went over the falls with chord progressions, trying to make things as complex and interconnected as possible,” he says. “The punk movement swung towards being as primitive as possible, but now it’s back to where these guys are good musicians. I never thought that would come back around, but it has.”

While the comparison is arguable (“Takin’ It to the Streets” ain’t no “Two Weeks”) the man’s got a point; the emphasis on musicianship and arrangement, from Grizzly Bear to Dirty Projectors to an artist like Andrew Bird, is certainly an indie-rock focus. In fact, McDonald says, were he coming up as a musician today, he’d have loved to be a part of the current Brooklyn crop of bands. “I think I could be doing the same thing—trying to make those ethereal records, where there’s the song and the arrangement, but there’s something in between. And you get sucked in,” he says."

Read full interview here


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26 Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater * Tickets
27 Chicago, IL @ The Metro * Tickets
28 Chicago, IL @ The Metro * Tickets
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