So far the squeakuel to She & Him’s first Volume has offered only “In The Sun.” The studio sounds are still safely tucked away in a Merge vault somewhere, but promotional consideration inspired folk-buddies Zooey & Matt to perform some of its bits for a BBC broadcast, which we went 1 hour and 40 minutes deep into, because we love you, to retrieve “Thieves,” which is here, live, strummed, not quite as dusty as Vol. 1 but with ample doses of Deschanel’s earnest and playful Patsy Cline twang.

Hear another live take on a Vol. 2 track, the Skeeter Davis-cover “Gonna Get Along Without You Now,” and some Q&A via the full BBC session. And in a very brave move for a musical artist as green and with as much performance anxiety as she professes, Zooey has agreed to contribute to a project in which L.A. artists perform songs written by grade schoolers. I say brave because, you know, make it sound too convincingly like a She & Him song and basically you’re saying She & Him songs: So simple even a grade-schooler could write ’em. And you know, the kids are great songwriters, because this little sample of She & Him’s version of “Earth” written by little children is pretty nice. It’s an 826LA joint, this project, and the album will be called Chickens In Love. Hear the She & Him bit here. Other L.A. artists involved for the noble endeavor include Fiona Apple, Cold War Kids, Tim and Eric, The Submarines, Summer Darling, The Happy Hollows, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dum Dum Girls, The Growlers, Crystal Antlers, and The Pity Party! More info here.

Volume 2 is out 3/23 via Merge. The tracklist:

01 “Thieves
02 “In The Sun” (Feat. Tilly and the Wall)
03 “Don’t Look Back”
04 “Ridin’ In My Car” (NRBQ cover)
05 “Lingering Still”
06 “Me And You”
07 “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” (Skeeter Davis cover)
08 “Home”
09 “I’m Gonna Make It Better”
10 “Sing”
11 “Over It Over Again”
12 “Brand New Shoes”
13 “If You Can’t Sleep”

The tour dates:
03/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo?03/25 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
03/27 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Music Festival
03/29 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/30 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom?04/15 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
04/16 Indio, CA (Coachella)

Comments (16)
  1. Blu  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

    That Skeeter Davis cover is as cute as puppies, kittens, bunnies and little baby chicks all singing “Uh-huh, mm-hmm.” But why, oh why is Zooey so awkward in her interviews??

  2. Note: She & Him are playing at least two shows at SXSW!

  3. Everything about that woman is perfect.

  4. Rachel  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    i’m feelin’ Theives

  5. nice song :)

  6. faan  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    better than In the Sun

  7. cancer  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    Damn you Zooey, and your irresistible quirky cute indie charm.

  8. Indeedy-Do  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    and your sweet titaaaaaaays

  9. Jack  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    This has been my favorite She & Him song for some time ever since I grabbed an MP3 of the early version (Thieves Among Us) at Zooey and Matt are a match made in heaven. Plus Tilly and the Wall?! Add Jenny Lewis to this record and I might die of happiness.

  10. mynameisnotjanet  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    fiona apple (i need you back in meeee life). oh, and the song’s pretty nice too..

  11. Bill  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    What is a squeakuel? Making up words is fun.

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