March 7, 2009

M. Ward rocks the Music Box in L.A.


Wednesday night while I was being wowed by Murder By Death (more on that in a minute), I had two friends separately attending the very sold-out M. Ward show at the Henry Fonda Music Box in Los Angeles. In between enthusiastic texts telling me about how awesome the show was, these two friends who hadn’t yet met tried to find each other to say hello, with me as an intermediary. “tell her i have close-cropped hair, a goatee, and a black jacket,” he helpfully supplied. “that is EVERY GUY HERE,” she replied. I found this amusing. They never found each other.

But Zooey Deschanel came out to both introduce the night and sing four songs with Ward, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings played near the end of the set, and opening band Delta Spirit also shared the stage. Talk about star-studded — it was a hootenanny.

UPDATE: “M. Ward’s management does not allow unauthorized fan recordings of his shows.” Files removed by request. That’s unfortunate.

MARCH 4th, 2009
Hold Time
One Hundred Million Years
Paul’s Song
Lullaby & Exile
Chinese Translation
Fisher of Men
Poison Cup
O, Lonesome Me
Rag Medley
Zooey’s intro / You Really Got a Hold on Me
Change Is Hard
(with Zooey)
Rave On (with Zooey)
Never Had Nobody Like You (with Zooey)
Vincent O’Brien
Roll Over Beethoven
Big Boat
Encore Break
Gillian Welch / David Rawlings Intro
To Save Me
Magic Trick


[thanks to Philip for emailing me his taping of the show (!!),
photo by Andrew Youssef for Stereogum


  • Bless You!!!!

    Bartholamew Twang — March 8, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  • Hey just wanted to know if the link to the ZIP could be reopened. It doesn’t seem to be working right now!

    Jane — March 8, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  • i’m surprised M. Ward’s management doesn’t allow audience recordings of live shows…seems kind of silly, especially for someone who’s such an amazing live performer.

    Mike — March 9, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  • Damn, the link is down… I was so excited for Monday Morning Musical Goodness!!

    Dusty — March 9, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  • Wow the management demanding you take down the links seems kind of fascist. I’ve got to say though, I like Delta Spirit so much more than M. Ward. I recently saw Delta Spirit with Dawes. Such an incredible show.

    J — March 9, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

  • It’s not fascist at all. Its copyrighted material, and the artist or label owns it. They work hard to promote their artist and put up the money to do so. Therefore, you should only be able to make a free copy if they want you to. Now maybe its shortsighted, but it’s really up to them. Respect what the artist wants.

    Tyroc — March 10, 2009 @ 12:04 am

  • Ok I agree that the fascist comment may have been a little harsh. I still stand by my comments about Delta Spirit though.

    J — March 10, 2009 @ 5:54 am

  • And now I’ll check out Delta Spirit. Thanks for the tip!

    Tyroc — March 10, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  • Ha, i’ve been so swamped i just read this.. just back from Zach Gill/Neil Halstead that your other friend was also at.. this time we knew what each other looked like.

    Ha ha — March 11, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  • i just read this too. ha.

    we do know each other now.

    and seeing zee on sunday!

    ha ha ha — March 11, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

  • Could someone reupload this somewhere? Would be greatly appreciated.

    While I understand the label’s wishes I spent over £1000 to see him on this tour in Paris and Amsterdam, abided by his no-photos rule, etc. Two fantastic nights that I’d like to relive, if at all possible.

    Nathan — March 31, 2009 @ 3:22 am

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