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silence & sighs, a night with m. ward
6 March, 2009, 11:56 AM
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M. Ward with band and Zooey Deschanel at The Music Box, March 4, 2009

M. Ward with band and Zooey Deschanel at The Music Box, March 4, 2009

From the moment he seated himself at the piano, the audience at The Music Box fell silent, completely enraptured. I am so satisfied with M. Ward’s performance Wednesday night, and I have not felt that way in awhile. If I continue, I will be gushing, but if this man is within 100 miles of your home, you must go see him. Last year at SXSW, I caught him with the “she” in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel, performing songs from Volume One, and it was memorable during a blurred string of lots of shows… Tuesday he performed on “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” and hearing Ward’s voice over the airwaves was arresting. I had high expectations for his show, and he soaringly surpassed those expectations in a fury of fancy fingerpicking and  soulfulness. Behind him on the wall was a projection of a window cycling through the time of day with a bird, a butterfly, stars, and fireflies (depending on whether it was morning, night, etc.). It was like being invited to sit at the foot of his bed and watch him perform these songs from someplace deep within; it felt incredibly intimate and exhilarating. Early on he broke a string, but it hardly mattered; he was on and we all could tell. The emotion at the root of his songs were not lost, and he blew the roof of the joint with many songs off his current release Hold Time, including “To Save Me,” “Hold Time,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “Fisher of Men.” Deschanel joined him for “Rave On,” “Never Had Nobody Like You,” and She & Him songs “You Really Gotta Hold on Me” and “I Should Have Known Better.”

Just brilliant.

PS: no cameras allowed, so I only had my iPhone and that explains the lone decent picture.



Modest Mouse, Kinky, My Head is Spinning
26 February, 2009, 12:36 AM
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Oh, and I saw Modest Mouse last night; I was planning on going to see Kinky because their live shows are  i n c r e d i b l e  but I got invited to MM and decided to check out something I had yet to see. Pleasantly surprised.

 

Modest Mouse live at the Hollywood Palladium:

Mouse Mouse live at Hollywood Palladium

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse performing “3rd Planet”

 

 

Proclaiming Barracuda‘s release yesterday as just in time, URB believes Kinky‘s “resonance in the American mainstream culture’s consciousness is long overdue” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m getting through my first listen and this is the kind of album that should bring music-lovers of various walks of life together, albeit at a happenin’ party, but I support that 🙂 When I caught their show at The Mayan last March, I was fresh from SXSW, and found this show to be completely re-invigorating and the energy surpassed anything I had known before. And I didn’t even know one song. The music gets in your body and takes over; the band also tends to improvise and brings a punk philosophy at least to its electronica sound. 

 

Kinky at the Querétaro Plaza de Toros, Fall 2008

Since we are kinda in the range of Latin sounds, how excited do you think I was to see RH+ on XLR8R‘s  weekly newsletter sent out today? You can read the review I did of their new album Quintana Roo, you should scope out “Perry Frankie Miller Gajardo” and you shall nab their label’s 20 free iTunes playlist here

 

My head is spinning from a crazy day but I wanted to make a post tonight, so here it is. I promise lots of mp3s and fashion goodies coming once I get out of class tomorrow. But I leave you with this hilarious/disturbing food for thought:

What do you do to calm yourself down?

I imagine that Morgan Freeman is stroking my hair and telling me not to worry.

-David Best of Fujiya & Miyagi in an XLR8R interview

PS: the band is in LA this Tuesday night at the Echoplex