Michael McDonald Covers Grizzly Bear

By Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009 - 10:19 am

One day after closing out this year’s Pool Parties (with Jay-Z and Beyoncé in attendance), Grizzly Bear continue crossing over in every direction with today’s release of the “While You Wait” single … with a b-side where Rossen’s vocal is performed by Michael McDonald. Yes, that Michael McDonald. Basically you just gotta hear this, so pony up the $1 and head to iTunes ASAP or check it here:

You can purchase the vinyl directly from the band. And if you didn’t make it to the Williamsburg Waterfront yesterday, here’s 45 seconds of what it was like to stand behind Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Solange during “Ready, Able.”

Brooklyn, we crossover hard.

UPDATE: MM talks to PASTE about the collab. The Doobie bro met the band at their NYC show a few months ago, introduced by Chairlift’s manager.

“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.”