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Summer Mix

Doesn’t everyone have one of these? Well, I wanted to do one too, so there. This one is more loosely put together than usual but still meant to be listened to in order; and hopefully the last song doesn’t insult anyone. The 90s were a time of … uh … looser speech? Or is it loserspeak? I forget which. At any rate, enjoy “The Warmer the Waves,” either in little pieces or a rar file containing all the songs.

01 dj john — rockin down the house with rum & coca cola (the andrews sisters vs. mi 7)
02 m ward — here comes the sun again
03 led zeppelin — down by the seaside
04 bishop allen — that summer
05 dan zanes & angelique kidjo — jamaica farewell
06 the innocence mission — once upon a summertime
07 the beatles — octopus’s garden
08 ben kweller — sundress
09 bright eyes — tourist trap
10 pm dawn — set adrift on memory bliss
11 the ronettes — paradise
12 dead milkmen — bitchin’ camaro

Summer Mix rar file

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M. Ward

Despite reading about 100 articles about M. Ward in the past couple weeks, I wanted to feature him myself. I’m nothing if not derivative. M. is for Matt, if you’re wondering, and he’s just released a new album called “Post-War.” He’ll be at the Henry Fonda theater on Sept. 28th, for those locals interested. I’ve heard from several places, though I can’t corroborate, that he does a very good live show.

Ward’s music isn’t particularly classifiable, and that’s a very nice quality. You don’t hear it and immediately pigeonhole it as, “oh, alt-country” or “oh, folk,” or “oh, emo indie rock.” For one thing, Ward’s voice has an amazingly intimate quality: for lack of a better, less creepy expression, he sounds like he’s singing right into your ear. It’s a focussed quality: when other bands are screaming at you for attention, Ward simply croons over the slightest of percussions on “Post-War” and you’re hooked on him.

He’s got a real flair for the simple, easy lyric as well, neither over-doing nor dressing up his lyrics. In “I’ll Be Yr Bird,” he is evocative and even sweet, even though I can’t figure out what exactly he’s talking about. It’s not particularly necessary to know, even though one does wonder. And in “Sweethearts On Parade,” he just sounds sort of sadly resigned to the fact that he’s single, and so he’ll never be able to join the two-by-two march. Something that all of us, one time or another, have felt.

M. Ward – Site | Label (Merge)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy. Or better yet, go buy the album! It’s one of the top ten of 2006.]

M. Ward – Post-War
M. Ward – Sweethearts On Parade
M. Ward – I’ll Be Yr Bird
Bonus: Jim James, M. Ward, & Conor Oberst – Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan)