The next time you hear someone (usually an older sort of someone) say that “good music” doesn’t get made any more, think back to the day you first heard M. Ward‘s Post-War and laugh. While his contemporary and good buddy Conner Oberst might be the one hailed as our generation’s Bob Dylan, you can rest confident knowing the true hero is someone much more humble, and much more talented.
MP3: M Ward – Right In The Head
MP3: M Ward – To Go Home (Daniel Johnston)
Bob Dylan. Hank Williams, Sr. Jeff Tweedy. M. Ward? Merge Record’s own M. Ward has proven himself to have the right to be mentioned in the same breath as the best folk songwriters. Tracks like “Right In The Head” establish him as one of the best lyricists of our generation. In the afformentioned song, he pensively reflects on the trials of life that await his younger brother with the memerable line, “I hope he’s right in the head, even if he had to wrong someone.” As if that weren’t cause enough for praise, he also does an impeccable job of covering Daniel Johnston’s “To Go Home” in a manner which takes mid-career-Wilco sound and turns it on its ear.
BONUS MP3: M Ward – Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend)
Anyone want to play the “what will I forget to bring to Bonnaroo” game? My money’s on suntan lotion and extra batteries.