Black Prairie, a Portland-based folk band which features members of the Decemberists, has released a soundtrack for WILD ONES--an album of songs about scenes and characters in the book. Black Prairie's record is called: "WILD ONES: A Musical Score for the Things That You Might See in Your Head When You Reflect on Certain Characters and Incidents That You Read About in the Book." (You can order the album on limited edition vinyl or hand-packaged CD here.)
Black Prairie and I worked up a half-hour composition in which I tell stories from the book while the band live-orchestrates my narration on stage. (Please don't picture a beatnik snapping his fingers in front of an upright bass. That's not what it was--promise.) We had a blast debuting the show on a mini tour of the west coast in June, including at a special WILD ONES-themed, sold-out edition of Pop-Up Magazine in San Francisco. (The night also featured animal stories from Michael Pollan, Roman Mars, Chris Colin, The Kitchen Sisters, Laurel Braitman, David Liittschwager and more.) Then took the show to Chicago and around the East Coast in September.
Here's a recording of our performance at the U Street Music Hall, in Washington, DC, put out by Roman Mars' fabulous podcast, 99% Invisible:
(above photo: Natalie Mooallem)