M Ward Announces New Album


“A Wasteland
Companion” due in April; to be accompanied by extensive North American tour.


By Blurt STaff



M Ward released his last solo album Hold
three years ago, although he hasn’t been idle in the interim, releasing
a pair of albums with She & Him as well as one with Monsters of Folk
(extensive tours from both groups, too). Now comes word Merge Records will
release his sixth solo album, A Wasteland
, on April 10.


Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set
forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now
and when I made Hold Time there has
been a lot of traveling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave
behind and what to carry – material and otherwise – and thinking about what I
want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection
of that on the album. It was a process of stripping away my security blanket,
which is the same four walls I always record in.”


Let’s tally up the numbers: The album was made with 18
musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland,
Omaha, New York
City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). It features the
talents of Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion,
bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba),
Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey
Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR”
Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley
(percussion), Dr Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings),
Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff
(pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight
engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey).





1- Clean Slate (for Alex & El Goodo)           

2- Primitive Girl                                           

3- Me And My Shadow   

4- Sweetheart                                               

5- I Get Ideas                                               

6- The First Time I Ran Away                     

7- A Wasteland Companion

8- Watch The Show

9-There’s A Key

10- Crawl After You

11- Wild Goose

12- Pure Joy




Tour Dates:


 February 2      Los Angeles,
CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever


April 11            San Francisco, CA
@ The Fillmore


April 12            Santa Cruz, CA
@ The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom


April 13            Indio, CA
@ Coachella **SOLD OUT**


April 14           Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHO


April 16           San Diego, CA
@ Belly Up


April 17            Phoenix, AZ
@ Crescent Ballroom


April 18           Flagstaff, AZ
@ The Orpheum


April 20           Indio, CA
@ Coachella **SOLD OUT**


May 5              Portland, ME @ State


May 6              Burlington, VT @ Higher


May 7              New Haven, CT
@ Toads Place


May 8              Boston, MA @ House of


May 11             New York, NY
@ Webster Hall


May 12             Philadelphia, PA
@Union Transfer


May 13            
Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club


May 15             Durham, NC
@ Duke Performances at Page Auditorium


May 16             Athens, GA @ Georgia


May 17             Atlanta, GA
@ Buckhead Theatre


May 22            
Chicago, IL @ Vic


May 24             Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue




Jonathan Richman supports 4/11


fIREHOSE supports 4/12, 4/16-4/18


Lee Ranaldo Band supports 5/5-5/22





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