Michael Zapruder has always had a voracious appetite for creation. In 1999, he recorded one new song a week and released it on a compilation, aptly titled 52 Songs. Then, from 2003 to 2011, Zapruder was in charge of curation at Pandora.com, and in between there, the San Francisco savant has released four full-length LPs. His latest, Pink Thunder, collects free-verse pop art-songs from 23 poets, three engineers, and a few dozen musicians including members of tUnE-yArDs, Silver Jews, and more.
The little cut “Civics”, penned by Silver Jews singer/songwriter David Berman, is morsel with about 30 flavors in one bite. Check out the twee honky-tonk story of what happens when you go for a walk with “Glen from White Moon Insurance” below, complete with lonely specifics commonly found in Berman’s tunes.
To accompany the album, Zapruder hand-made these incredible “physical portmanteaus” for each song. “A digital music player is enclosed in a platform and an object related to the song sits on top of the base, which has a start/stop button, and a headphone jack.” You can check out the one for “Civics” below, and see all of the objects here. If you happen to live in San Francisco, The Curiosity Shoppe will be hosting a month-long showing of the “portmanteaus” from October 18th to November 18th.
Pink Thunder is out October 16th via The Kora Records.