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New M. Ward (Feat. Zooey Deschanel) – “Never Had Nobody Like You”

If you’re curious about why Matt Ward would pick this particular song (from an album that sounds like it’s got a lot of great songs) as the first promo MP3, consider the fact that it features Zooey Deschanel. She’s got all the great She & Him buzz. And also all the great I’m marrying DeathMore »

By: Amrit Singh / January 15, 2009 - 6:13 pm

Stream M. Ward’s Hold Time, Enjoy Its Album Art

That post-Post-War LP we’re all waiting for? It’s officially yours for the listening over at, where the Mike Mogis-produced Hold Time’s linked up as a track-by-track stream. Therein you shall find Matt reprising his list-topping She & Him partnership on “Never Had Nobody Like You,” alongside collabs with DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman, Lucinda Williams (o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 13, 2009 - 12:41 pm

New M. Ward Video – “Hold Time”

Matt’s reclaiming his good name from the realm of the pronouns next month with Hold Time, a 14-track followup to 2006’s excellent Post War. We’re excited. The album’s got a nice little guest list — Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Lucinda Williams, DeVotchka’s Tom Hagerman, Ben Gibbard’s girl — although the title track sounds like Matt alone… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 6, 2009 - 10:38 am

The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009

There a few more days of pretending to look busy at work ahead, but as far as our iTunes are concerned 2009 can’t get here soon enough. We’re done with the lists. It’s time for the new. We pored over the album-release sheets, took myriad Progress Reports, and narrowed the field to a list of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2008 - 5:06 pm

New M. Ward Solo LP On The Way

Matt sat with Paste to give an update on his various projects: She & Him Volume 2 is in the works, that Jim James-collab LP is looking at a 2010 (or ’11) release date, and he’s ready to release a new solo album, titled Hold Time. Look for it February ’09. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 8, 2008 - 2:33 pm

Pictures From The Newport Folk Festival 2008

While we were sweating it out in Grant Park for Lollapalooza this past weekend, friend of the ‘Gum and occasional photo contributor Jon Bahr was toughing it out up in Newport, Rhode Island for this year’s installment of the annual folk festival. Well, maybe not toughing it out, exactly. Jon describes the scene:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 5, 2008 - 4:18 pm

She & Him Perform On MTV Canada

Last week Matt Ward and Zooey Deschanel made their way to Toronto to play a free show for an MTV Canada audience. There are no cartoon ghosts (or LL Cool Js) in their performance of some Volume One songs (“You Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Black Hole,” and “Change Is Hard”), but there are… More »

By: brandon / July 28, 2008 - 3:47 pm

MTV Lets Us Know Portland Has Bands, Basements, Rain, Trees

Echoing Slate’s out-of-date Portland exposé from this past fall, MTV’s followed the momentum of their Brooklyn 2008 piece with a feature on PDX. What we learn: There are a lot of bands who live there, it’s still relatively cheap, it rains, there are coffee shops (one of which used to employ the Thermals’ Hutch Harris). More »

By: brandon / July 16, 2008 - 3:43 pm

New She & Him Video – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”

You’d probably watch if it was two and a half minutes of Zooey sleeping, but with its animated beheadings, undead nuns, and Pac-Man ghosts, She & Him’s first music video is much more fun/morbid. Director Ace Norton’s blog hinted at the costume changes and green screen, but not that the singer ends up in a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 11, 2008 - 11:37 pm

Jim James To Release One Album With M. Ward & Conor Oberst, Another As “An Asian Country Star”

Bless that guy. This info comes via the new Rolling Stone, which is great for fans of huge Obama faceshots (see: the cover, complete with flag-pinned lapel), not so great for its headscratching Bonnaroo coverage. Kanye’s set “revitalized the crowd” and was a “powerhouse 90-minute set”? No, and no. But Austin Scaggs makes up for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2008 - 3:10 pm

She & Him Live – “Take It Back,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” & “Change Is Hard” (Lillywhite Session)

That’s not a comment on the whiteness of She & Him’s music. I’m kidding, M. Ward has soul. But seriously, it’s because Zooey and Matt recorded a session with Steve Lillywhite. Scarlett, Zooey beat you again: Sitek’s hep now, but Lillywhite’s legendary. (On top of that, Deschanel’s in Videogum’s favorite movie). To inaugurate their new… More »

By: brandon / June 13, 2008 - 11:13 am

Scenes From The Set Of The First She & Him Video

So gang, the bad news for you is Death Cab have returned to their day jobs — but thanks to the band for giving us the day off, and to everyone who wrote in with questions and comments. Walla, you may just have a future in this. Anyway, the worse news for you is that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 21, 2008 - 9:58 am

She & Him & Yo La Tengo & Conan

M. Ward recently told the New York Times:

As long as people are listening to the songs first and not getting too caught up with who is making the songs, I’m happy.

Agreed, and the surprisingly good Volume One would probably benefit from that. But when Him is Matt Ward, and She i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 23, 2008 - 9:44 am

SXSW: Saturday In Photos

This is it everybody, the last photo post of SXSW ’08. That means it’s time for our superlatives, so welcome to our list of the SXSW 2008 Top Five. These are the bands who delivered sets we could not stop talking about, to friends, to strangers on planes, to people in line for cabs. These… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 17, 2008 - 8:35 pm

SXSW: Friday In Photos

The original plan on Friday was to see Zooey and Matt Ward (the she and him of She & Him) at Merge’s 12AM showcase at the Parish, because she’s got a good voice and he’s cute. And vice versa. But then we happened to walk by the Current outdoor stage on Red River to see… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2008 - 12:48 pm

Premature Evaluation: She & Him – Volume One

There’s obviously going to be a lot of nitpicking around She & Him. Every album’s subjected to scrutiny, but when a full-time actor or actress decides to showcase her songwriting chops, folks’ suspicions are usually stronger than his or her songs (right now Bruce Willis is somewhere out there eating his harmonica). If you’ve bee… More »

By: brandon / February 22, 2008 - 4:55 pm

New She & Him (Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward) – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”

You’d think the collaboration of indie folkie M. Ward and indie hottie Zooey Deschanel would be a match made in Stereogum heaven … and you’d be right. The two have finished work on their project’s first volume, Volume One: two covers, nine Zooey originals. Merge is putting out the album, and is also psyched, throwing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 30, 2008 - 4:14 pm

M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel Cover Richard & Linda Thompson

Remember when Zooey told Patrick Fugit to “Listen to Tommy with a candle burning, and you’ll see your future”? Not the greatest advice, but you did it ’cause she has those huge, hypnotizing eyes? Well Zooey’s used those powers of persuasion on indie-folk troubadour M. Ward, getting him to collaborate on a soundtrack cut for… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2007 - 11:13 am

Stream M. Ward & Bright Eyes’ Contributions To The Hottest State

Earlier this week we got a listen of Feist’s take on the Jesse Harris-penned “Somewhere Down The Road,” part of the Harris-in-covers project hatched by Ethan Hawke for his upcoming big screen novel adaptation The Hottest State. Now you can head to for more listens, including M. Ward and Conor Oberst’s takes on Jesse… More »

By: Stereogum / June 28, 2007 - 9:22 am

M. Ward, Jim James, Nek0 Case D0 C0nan

Sly YouTube user neokyle thwarted our efforts at YouTube searching by spelling the program which M. Ward, Neko Case, and Jim James performed on last week as C0nan 0’Brien, but it’s for the best ’cause it means it’ll probably slip under GE’s nose long enough for you to enjoy Ward’s “Chinese Translation.” Matt strikes a… More »

By: Stereogum / May 21, 2007 - 10:04 am