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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

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Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

In 2009, Ward joined forces with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes to create the Monsters of Folk project. Three years later, Ward's A Wasteland Companion LP won him his greatest chart success to date, peaking at 21 on the Billboard Top 200. His most recent release is spring 2016's More Rain, which finds Ward performing alongside Peter Buck, Neko Case, and k.d. lang. This summer, Ward is playing select dates in the US, the UK, and Europe.

In this episode, Ward and his band - Scott McCaughey, Adam Selzer, Alia Farah, and Mike Coykendall - picked a wide array of music, including albums by Dolly Parton, The Dead Kennedys, Lee Hazlewood, and David Bowie. A fan of the Broadway smash Hamilton, Farah grabbed a soundtrack copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda's previous musical, In The Heights. McCaughey raided our Sammi Smith section, the country musician who he calls "a great country singer... unheralded," while Coykendall found Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes Raw. "I don't know how much rawer the basement tapes can get, but I'm gonna find out," he jokes.

But which one of Elvis' guitar players is Ward particularly in to right now? And who is his current interest in the bass world? Watch the video to find out:

M. Ward - What's In My Bag?
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