THE HAPPY, BEAUTIFUL WARD

November 9, 2012 – 4:32 am

Cheer up.

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M. WARD
Live On KEXP 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Bumbershoot Music Lounge, Sept 2, 2012 and broadcast Live On KEXP, Seattle, WA. Ex webstream stereo.

Fourteen years is a long time to have “made the rounds” for a career musician and yet not achieve fame and fortune. Since 2009, M Ward has more or less put his own career on hold while developing side projects. The most memorable so far is his partnership with actress-singer Zooey Deschanel, to form She And Him, with whom he has released three albums, including a Christmas one. The other project is a band, Monsters Of Folk, which includes brighter lights from other indie bands. Their self-titled debut arrived in 2009. Around that time, Ward released a studio album, Hold Time, and did not record another album till 2012. Since that time, he has been gigging as She And Him.

This concert is one of several live outings this year as M Ward makes it to the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle. Recent illness has forced Ward to cancel and postpone dates in October 2012 including at the Orpheum Theatre in LA, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Jay Leno show. All his concerts this year were to promote his new album, A Wasteland Companion.

M Ward’s voice is of the “sand and glue” variety, suitable for a confessional singer-songwriter. It grates. But there is a joyfulness here that is at odds with this voice. Despite a song like “Sad Sad Song”, Ward is much more the rocker, happy to sing “Rave On”. The guitar solos come courtesy of M Ward.

It is our good fortune that this broadcast was captured and shared by O’B at DIME.
- The Little Chicken

Picture by Dave Lichterman, posted at flickr.com - Thanks!

Source - KEXP’s 1411 kbps lossless uncompressed webstream > Total Recorder 8.3 Professional Transfer - wave > CD Wave 1.82 > TLH > FLAC [w/ sector alignment]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. (intro) (1.0MB)
Track 02. To Save Me + (5.0MB)
Track 03. Sad Sad Song (5.8MB)
Track 04. Primitive Girl * (5.7MB)
Track 05. Everybody Gonna Be Happy (4.5MB)
Track 06. Me + My Shadow * (5.8MB)
Track 07. Poison Cup (4.0MB)
Track 08. I Get Ideas * (4.6MB)
Track 09. (thanks to KEXP) (865k)
Track 10. Rave On  (Buddy Holly cover) + (6.1MB)
Track 11. (outro) (341k)
TT: 27:27m

* These songs are found on his 2012 album, A Wasteland Companion. This is NOT a compilation.
+ Found on his previous studio album, 2009’s Hold Time.

M Ward has been making music since 1999. Best way to explore this singer-songwriter is to buy his latest studio effort, A Wasteland Companion, released in 2012. (click here)

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  1. 2 Responses to “THE HAPPY, BEAUTIFUL WARD”

  2. gr8! thanx. could you please re-open the other M Ward gig, you had a few years back?

    By Thomas Wiegandt on Nov 9, 2012

  3. Hola!
    Seguramente es la unica ocasion que he entrado el sitio y debo decir que me
    resulta interesante y creo que me veras con frecuencia por
    estos lares.
    ;)

    By Alex on Nov 16, 2012

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