David Vandervelde at SXSW 2007
photo by Eric Uhlir
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is by David Vandervelde and is found on his 2007 release The Moonstation House Band on Secretly Canadian:
David Vandervelde – Nothin’ No (MP3)
Often compared to 70’s glam icons David Bowie and Marc Bolan, the young David Vandervelde makes no apologies for referencing a musical era that was over before he was born. At age 19, he began recording songs in former Wilco member Jay Bennett’s studio, playing nearly all of the instruments himself. Now, three years later, Vandervelde has unleashed his swaggering debut, and “Nothin’ No” is a fiery example of just how much this young’un can rock.
Here’s a video for “Jacket,” which Vandervelde wrote when he was 19: