Posted in music | pictures on March 4, 2005

M Ward @ Knitting Factory

I caught M. Ward at Knitting Factory in NYC Wednesday night, March 2nd, 2005. Danzig on Tuesday. M. Ward on Wednesday. Two shows so different, yet perhaps tied together by the ghost of Roy Orbison.

It was my first time seeing M, and like Frank Chromewaves who caught the Toronto show just a few days earlier, I was surprised at Ward's youth. The sold out crowd was hardcore, and cheered much louder for the older songs than they did for the much newer Transistor Radio tunes.

The man knows how to play the guitar, and if you close your eyes and concentrate while he sings, you can feel the chills run through your veins. It's that feeling that was driving many of the female fans in the audience crazy. In particular, the sex noises coming from the woman to my left were making me especially uncomfortable. I thought she was faking it until Ward thanked the crowd for "coming" to the show. She screamed, "Thanks for making us come." "Shucks," he replied as he went right in to the next song.

I'd say he has a little practicing left to do on the piano, but the few mistakes didn't take away from the show. He may have just been tired, which was evidenced by the bags under his eyes. Add the harmonica to the list of three instruments he used in addition to his voice at this one man show that brought us two encores, and covers of Daniel Johnston, Joanna Newsom, and Louie Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.

Thanks to Frank's review, I was hoping and ready to catch the Joanna Newsom cover, which ended up being Sadie. And catch it is just what I did...on my handy digital (video) camera.

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Download the video at this sendit URL:

M. Ward covering Joanna Newsom's Sadie - Video (UPDATED LINK...AGAIN)

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And catch M. Ward at one of his upcoming tour dates including April 10th at Bowery Ballroom with CocoRosie and Devotchka and April 11th at Southpaw in Brooklyn with Norfolk and Western.

M Ward @ Knitting Factory

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Comments (42)

I dug the KT show. I thought his choice to drench his amazing voice in reverb brought the show down a bit, though. Unlike Jim James, his voice has richness and texture that is lost when broadcast in echoes like that.

Posted by zaptor | March 5, 2005 10:16 AM

Argh, vid's gone already. Guess I should check here everyday for Joanna news...

Posted by ed | March 7, 2005 12:54 PM

I'll repost it tonight.

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 7, 2005 1:01 PM

thanks bv. you're the best.

Posted by ed | March 7, 2005 10:10 PM

updated the download link. the download should work again (for a few days).

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 7, 2005 10:52 PM

Any new links for this video?! i'm bouncing up and down like a little kid right now....


b.

Posted by b. | March 15, 2005 1:50 PM

updated video link again.

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 15, 2005 2:31 PM

Thanks! Barely containing my excitment here!...

Posted by b. | March 15, 2005 6:09 PM

hey, is it possibly to put the video up again?
i'm a huge fan of both m ward and joanna newsom, so this sounds like heaven to me :)

Posted by magic | March 17, 2005 10:04 AM

could someone please put up the video again?

Posted by d | March 21, 2005 8:02 PM

"sadie" video again, please?

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is there anyway i could get that link of MWard covering Joanna Newsom? that'd freaken awesome. i couldnt access it since it expired.

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I'd say he has a little practicing left to do on the piano, but the few mistakes didn't take away from the show. He may have just been tired, which was evidenced by the bags under his eyes. Add the harmonica to the list of three instruments he used in addition to his voice at this one man show that brought us two encores, http://medlem.jubii.dk/teleemule/ and covers of Daniel Johnston, Joanna Newsom, and Louie Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.

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Posted by Peter | August 24, 2005 12:27 PM

i am a new fan of both joanna newsom and m ward...please post sadie cover again...thanks

Posted by marlenemarlene | September 1, 2005 10:25 PM

The man knows how to play the guitar, and if you close your eyes and concentrate while he sings, you can feel the chills run through your veins. It's that feeling that was driving many of the female fans in the audience crazy. In particular, the sex noises coming from the woman to my left were making me especially uncomfortable. I thought she was faking it until Ward thanked the crowd for "coming" to the show. She screamed, "Thanks for making us come." "Shucks," he replied as he went right in to the next song.

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Can someone please post the Sadie video again? I hate to be annoying so many months after it was originally posted, but I love M. Ward almost half as much as I love Joanna Newsom, which is actually infinity.

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