M. Ward

Amoeba Hollywood - December 4th @ 6:00pm

M. Ward celebrates the new 180-gram vinyl reissue of his 2005 album, Transistor Radio on Merge Records with a live performance at Amoeba. The first 50 people to purchase their copy of Transistor Radio at Amoeba Hollywood starting 12/2 will be able to meet M. Ward and get their copy signed after his performance.


M. Ward is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose music seems to occupy a place that is uniquely “out of time,” a place that bridges the gaps between the roots of various American musical traditions of folk, country, blues, and rock. Ward spins timeless classics that seem to flow effortlessly - simple yet eloquent tales alive with metaphor and imagery told in a raspy, sepia-toned croon.


M. Ward has guested and collaborated on recordings by Cat Power, Neko Case, Beth Orton, The Court & Spark, Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, and My Morning Jacket. In addition to his solo work he is known as a member of She & Him and Monsters of Folk.


Music writer Jud Cost revisited Transistor Radio for this reissue, and this is what he wrote:


If you totally lost it when you first heard the masterful CD version of the opening track, a lump-in-the-throat instrumental reworking of Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds gem “You Still Believe in Me,” wait until you feel the sun scorch your face from the ultra-warm PVC treatment. Better keep some Coppertone handy.


On the other hand, “Fuel for Fire” has enough country heartbreak it should have been covered by George Jones. And then there’s “Four Hours in Washington,” the insomniac’s nightmare, opening with a groan of Twin Peaks-like guitar chords before the tale unravels thusly: “Well, it’s one in the morning and I can’t sleep at night / I hear wolves around the doorstep, they’re circling outside / I count ’em jumping over fences and landing on the sheets / Now it’s two in the morning and I can’t fall asleep.” If you’ve been itching to drop your tonearm onto one of Transistor Radio’s 16 jackpot tracks, here’s your chance, hi-fi worshipper.

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