Van Dyke Parks

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Various Artists | Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968

More than three years in the making, the most recent installment of Rhino's legendary archival garage-rock series offers an amazingly comprehensive excavation of an absurdly fertile scene.
Rhino (2009)
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Ramblin' Jack Elliott | A Stranger Here

The country-blues songbook as written by Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Charley Patton seems like natural, if previously unexplored, territory for this folk legend.
Anti- (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 30, 2009

The erstwhile Beach Boy

Brian Wilson may have spent a few years in bed, but he’s been up and about for the last few years.
A download tribute to Brian Wilson
By BRIAN E. KING  |  September 18, 2007


This thing is quite a feast.
Young Modern | Eleven
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 23, 2007

Poetic justice

Hang your heads, folk pretenders, because this it what it means to write lyrics.
Joanna Newsom rises to the occasion on Ys
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 09, 2006

Richard Swift

This young singer-songwriter is a member of the school of West Coast pop eccentrics who count Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson, and Van Dyke Parks as professors emeritus. Richard Swift, "As I Go"   (mp3)
The Novelist/Walking Without Effort | Secretly Canadian
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 27, 2006


Deep cuts

On a list of artists whose legacy has been ill-served by the dozen or so hits by which they’re remembered, the Everly Brothers could lay fair claim to the top spot.
Rediscovering the edge in the Everly Brothers
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 2006