Sunday, February 8th, 2009
M Ward covers Pete Townshend
Amazon.comStarbucks may have decided last Summer that they make a better coffee shop than music retailer but they’re not done putting out music. In this case, a second Valentine’s Day compilation to go along with the one they released back in 2005, both of which featured current acts of a mostly indie-ish bent doing covers of love songs. Appearing on the first comp were the likes of Neko Case, Calexico and Dean Wareham while this volume features Death Cab For Cutie, DeVotchKa and A.C. Newman, amongst others.
M Ward is the only act to appear on both volumes, the first time in his solo guise covering what is probably Pete Townshend’s best-known, non-Who song – “Let My Love Open The Door” – and the second time teaming up with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him to re-interpret Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You”.
Ward’s new record Hold Time is out next Tuesday, February 17, and this Saturday is Valentine’s Day. Coffee is my Valentine.
Billboard has a feature piece on M Ward.
MP3: M Ward – “Let My Love Open The Door”
Video: She & Him – “I Put A Spell On You” (live)
Video: Pete Townshend – “Let My Love Open The Door” (live on Jools Holland)