Despite witnessing some stellar displays of iPhone photography during the show, we’d like to point you in the direction of Jason Williamson’s photos of last night’s M. Ward show over at The Line of Best Fit.
Performing ‘Fantasy’ for The Line of Best Fit:
M. Ward plays the Koko on Monday, tickets are available here.
Matt has shared a playlist via iTunes. Read what he says below, and here is a link to listen.
These songs have my favorite solos. The thing about good solos, for me, is that they don’t need to have a lot of notes; they just need to find the right ones. This list is in no particular order and is changing every day. Enjoy. – M. Ward
- 1. “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals: “Amazing drums. Amazing everything. All of Spector’s productions are referenced often when I’m in the studio.”
- 2. “Like a Hurricane (Live)” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse: “Needless to say, but I’ll list it anyway. It happens at the four- to five-minute mark. You’ll know it when you hear it. I think this is from a homemade amplifier, making this sound impossible to find at Guitar Center or anywhere else in music.”
- 3. “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake: “Perfect. Piano. Solo.”
- 4. “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth: “The two-note guitar solo in this song speaks for itself and, in my opinion, is the best moment of their best song on their best record. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ on Evol is a close second.”
- 5. “I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Billie Holiday: “I used to not like the trombone until I heard this song.”
- 6. “Something Inside of Me” by Elmore James: “Probably Elmore’s best guitar intro. I wish all songs could start like this. After all these years, he is still underrated and still underground.”
- 7. “Shake for Me (Single Version)” by Howlin’ Wolf: “This whole list could be filled with Hubert Sumlin solos. I guess if I’m just choosing one, then this is the break that takes the cake.”
- 8. “Way Out” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “One of my favorite living guitarists. Always inventive and putting his experiments in the front of the mix.”
- 9. “Mother Nature’s Son” by Harry Nilsson: “An alpine quasi-yodel vocal solo break.”
- 10. “My Moon My Man” by Feist: “That guitar break. As good on record as it is live.”
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