M. Ward’s playlist / Koko show on Monday

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.”