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New She & Him single: 'I Could've Been Your Girl' is so very Zooey

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The latest single from multitalented actress/songstress Zooey Deschanel and indie guitarist M. Ward demonstrates a commitment to their unique sunshine pop sound.

But the thing about duo She & Him is that while their orchestration is always upbeat and reminiscent of a tropical vacation, the words are almost always about failed love and disappointment. However in true Zooey style, the lyrics are still adorkable — she croons that she could’ve been your girl and “you could’ve been my four-leaf clover.” Also she wants to send you her pillow.

So dance through your breakup tears, and have a listen here:













Deschanel and M. Ward will debut their new album, Volume 3 on May 7. It is available for preorder on CD, LP, and yes, even cassette tape. Naturally!

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She and Him drops new single ‘Never Wanted Your Love': Hear it here

She and Him drops new single 'Never Wanted Your Love': Hear it here

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Sorry, guys, Zooey Deschanel isn’t talking to you anymore. But she will sing to you!

She & Him, Deschanel’s musical project with M. Ward, has released the first single from their upcoming album Volume 3. The song’s called “Never Wanted Your Love,” but don’t let lyrics like “I’m not talking to you anymore/Making my bed so I can lie there forever” fool you — the music itself is full of sun and pep, like a(n even) more wistful Best Coast.

Give the song a listen below:

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My Morning Jacket's Jim James to release solo album in 2013

Jim James, the frontman of the folk-rock group My Morning Jacket, has announced his first full-length solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The record will be released on Feb. 5, 2013, by ATO Records.

“I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense—like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot,” James said in a press release. The record was inspired by Lynd Ward’s 1929 wood-engraving graphic novel God’s Man, which “chronicles an artist’s struggles with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love.” James adds: “Some of the things happening in the book were happening to me in real life, in a very strange and painful, then a very beautiful way.”

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Justin Bieber tops the albums chart, but 'My World 2.0' isn't a blockbuster yet

My-World-bieberJustin Bieber has proven himself a major new teen-pop phenomenon lately — at least as measured by the number of high-pitched screams and fervent Internet comments he’s able to inspire from his young fans. A moment of truth for the Canadian singer came this morning, when the first-week sales tally was announced for his debut full-length album, My World 2.0. That number was 283,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This was more than enough to secure Bieber the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s not, however, a knock-out, blockbuster number, even in today’s ever-diminishing commercial market. Bieber sold hundreds of thousands fewer copies than both Sade and Lady Antebellum did earlier this year, let alone what Susan Boyle did last fall. His 283,000 is nothing to be ashamed of for a first-timer, but it’s a reminder that right now, he still has a ways to go before he’s truly a big-time pop star.

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Chasing She & Him: Zooey Deschanel's band proves elusive at SXSW

One paradox of a hyper-cross-scheduled festival like SXSW is that even an artist with multiple gigs booked can be difficult to catch in the act of performing. By the time I got to Austin’s Cedar Street Courtyard last night to see Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward’s band She & Him, the badge-holders’ line was already snaking around the block. I loitered by the entrance a few minutes to see if I could see or hear their set from outside. Deschanel’s winsome vocals were soon wafting to the sidewalk where I stood, but not clearly enough to be worth sticking around. I resolved to see their day gig this afternoon.

When I arrived at the IFC Crossroads House shortly before their 1 P.M. show time, attendees were grumbling at the announcement that — unlike the other bands playing live streaming sets there for IFC.com — She & Him had banished all observers from their studio space. I settled into a seat near a large observation window, through which members of the press were told we’d be able watch the performance. Only, after waiting 40 minutes, we were apologetically informed that the band now insisted on keeping those studio windows curtained. The band finally started playing at 1:49 P.M. Those of us who hadn’t left in annoyance had no option but to direct our attention to several TV screens showing the action taking place mere inches behind us in the veiled studio.

I’m not sure why She & Him were so shy. Joined by five backing musicians, Deschanel and Ward gave perfectly lovely renditions of “Black Hole” (from 2008’s Volume One) and “Thieves” (from next week’s Volume Two; below). They are a very capable live act! And that was that. Two slices of reverb-soaked folk-pop in ten minutes, and She & Him exited the building. I suppose I’d have liked to see them play for longer — or, you know, actually observe their set with my own eyes — but perhaps that would have been asking too much.

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M. Ward, Lou Barlow, Laura Marling, and more help EW take SXSW

Sxswparty320At a festival full of over-capacity venues, it was nice to have at least one place where my fellow travelers and I knew for sure we could get in the doors with no trouble: the performance lounge that this publication put together at Smokin’ Music for EW subscribers and their guests on Thursday afternoon.

First up on EW’s bill were Annuals, with what one band member pronounced a "more acoustic than usual" set for them. Next, Laura Marling (pictured here, far left, with M. Ward in the sunglasses and Diane Birch far right, along with EW’s Rob Brunner, Leah  Greenblatt, Jason Adams, me, and Whitney Pastorek) brought us some very lovely finger-picked folk from the U.K. She can sure write a tune, even if she’s barely 19. Also: Maybe it was just the heat addling my brain, but Marling’s multialented accompanist on accordion/drums/finger-snaps/mandolin looked eerily like a young, British version of Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights. (Hey, that show does tape in Austin…)

M. Ward blew the crowd away with the short but intense set that followed. It’s not easy to straight-up shred on unaccompanied acoustic guitar, but he pulled it off. After a brief blast of slow-burning soul from Diane Birch, the afternoon closed with a powerful set from Lou Barlow with Imaad Wasif that mixed more recent material with at least one Sebadoh classic. Give Barlow his due: He’s been plying the melodic indie-folk road shared by most of our lounge’s performers for more than two decades, and he shows no signs of stopping.

All in all, we think we had a pretty awesome lineup, no? (Particularly astute observers might have noticed that all five of those acts are represented by Press Here Publicity, which co-sponsored the event.) If any of you reading this post were there in attendance, we hope you had a grand time, too!

More on these artists:
Album review: M. Ward, Hold Time
Album review: Annuals, Such Fun
The best new female singer-songwriters, including Laura Marling
I Love the ’90s, Lo-Fi Edition: Sebadoh

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