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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Father John Misty sets off across the UK this November, dates are below:
Thursday 22 November – London – XOYO (£12)
Friday 23 November – Manchester – Deaf Institute (£10)
Saturday 24 November – Dublin –Workman’s Club (€13.65)
Monday 26 November – Glasgow – King Tuts (£10)
Tuesday 27 November – Gateshead – The Sage Gateshead (£10)
Wednesday 28 November – Norwich – Arts Centre (£10)
Thursday 29 November – Bristol – Thekla (£10)
Friday 30 November – Brighton – The Haunt (£10)
Here is a particularly comedic interview with the man himself, Josh Tillman, recently:
M. Ward is playing a full band show next week at London’s Koko.
Watch Matt and his band playing ‘Primitive Girl’ on Conan O’Brien’s show below: