Posts Tagged ‘Zooey Deschanel’

Five Songs, Part 60 (Good riddance, 2011)

December 30, 2011

Hi. Let’s get 2011 the hell over with. The weirdest and most trying calendar year of my life, less than two days away from disappearing from my life. After which all good things are gonna come in a huge, onrushing ball: the great (and great-paying job), the move back East, the soulmate/love of my life, the bestselling book on my life. As The Remains once sang, all good things don’t have to end. As Chicago sang, it’s only the beginning of what I want to feel forever.

Anyway, I leave 2011 behind with a free-association of things related to this week. Zooey Desachanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt reunited to break out a YouTube of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” What I’m doing, unless I get called into work, is seeing my pal Blake Jones and Nate Butler and their Beatles band, The Beetles, at the Starline in Fresno. And Monday and Tuesday of this week, some of my friends at home were lucky-dog enough to see a two-night reunion of arguably the greatest blue-eyed soul group of all, Connecticut’s Wildweeds, fronted by Al Anderson, at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass.

So anyway, here’s to hoping you find better things, as Ray Davies so sweetly and wonderfully put it. And as I say at the stroke of midnight every Jan. 1 — and will scream unequivocally and not so eloquently, at the top of my fucking lungs, this time around — ONWARD!

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? — Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Any Time at All — The Beatles

No Good to Cry (Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass., 12/27/11) — The Wildweeds

A Celebration — U2

Auld Lang Syne — The Reducers

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ALBUM REVIEW: “Volume Two” — She & Him (Merge)

April 16, 2010

She is Zooey Deschanel; Him is M.Ward. And you might want to start thinking of She as a songwriter and singer above all.

Regardless of what Zooey Deschanel told Will Ferrell in “Elf,” she does sing. And in front of people. And very, very well, at that.

And “Volume Two,” the second and latest album by She & Him, the group fronted by Deschanel and M. Ward — a partnership formed when they collaborated on Richard & Linda Thompson’s “When I Get to the Border” for her 2007 film “The Go-Getter” — has been deservedly getting plenty of workout in my car stereo as of late. It’s an extremely well-crafted album; were it not for her other career, more people would be flat-out singing her praises as a songwriter and singer. Not one of her 11 originals here falls flat, and many of them hit some lofty peaks.

And it says volumes that this album gets a thumbs-up despite their version of one of my all-time favorite songs.

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