Ward, M / Transister Radio
Album: Transister Radio   Collection:General
Artist:Ward, M   Added:Feb 2005
Label:Merge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-03-13 Pull Date: 2005-05-15
Week Ending: May 1 Apr 24 Apr 17 Apr 10 Apr 3 Mar 27 Mar 20
Airplays: 1 3 3 4 4 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 18, 2009: Alma & Papa Mahler
4. Feb 24, 2009: DJ Adam Memorial Hour
I'll Be Yr Bird
2. May 01, 2009: KZSU All Stars Present: The Ornithology Hour
I'll Be Yr Bird
5. Jan 17, 2009: The B-Side
One Life Away
3. Apr 05, 2009: The B-Side Celebrates Spring
Here Comes the Sun Again
6. May 09, 2008: Music to Make Babies To
Four Hours in Washington

Album Review
The Bawd Of Euphony
Reviewed 2005-03-08
Portland boy Matt Ward brings us another beautiful and unique recording with his signature guitar stylings and vocal twang. He even dedicates the record to us (open format dj’s)! Now how can I give it a bad review! Seriously M.Ward has become one of my favorite songwriters. This album was recording in various settings including Jackpot! In Portland, wavelab is Tucson to name a few. Each song has a unique sound to it, making this record sound like more a compilation of ones record collection. Great moody vibes and twangy stomps fill these tracks with collaborations by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Vic Chesnut, John Parish (PJ Harvey), & the Old Joe Clarks. This album looks and sounds like an archive of sorts with a taste of nostalgia that runs throughout. I love it!
–the bAWd of eUPHONY

1** (2:23) Instrumental guitar track (Matt starts all of his records this way) great playing
2*** (1:57 ) Sounds like an old 45 record found in a dusty basement. Guitar, John Lennon-esque vocal and fem harmonies give it a dusty romantic feel. Very unique and beautiful!
3** (2:13) guitars swell into acoustic strumming and beat w/ J.Lennon verby vox. Quick and beautiful!
4*** (4:15) standout track. Great lead guitar line. Wet and smooth. Falsetto chorus send chills. Again a romantic feel…
5* (4:12) This makes me think of Sinatra’s “My Way”. Man, touring with Bright Eyes is real rough Matt.
6*** (3:01) Standout track. recorded at wavelab in Tucson. Dark, builds into train stomp. Very effected with nice build and great guitar playing! Howe Gelb adds piano as well
7** (1:18) Cool instrumental highlighting Matt’s guitar playing. Fast and furious.
8* (2:45) Drunken piano stomp with Vic chesnut.
9** (3:11) Hawaiin sounding intro builds into a country ballad packed with Lap Steel.
10 (2:46) Upbeat coaster.
11* (2:21) piano intro, old-timey feel. Kind of quoting George Harrison. Very warm.
12 (2:25) Organ root country/gospel swing.
13*** (2:07) Odd intro swell. Weird beat with gospel chant feel. Very cool and old-timey.
14* (2:55) 4track sounding ballad, guitar and vocals.
15** (2:44) Sittin’ round the porch feel. Nice guitar ballad.
16** (2:58) Fingered guitar, classical sounding instrumental. Very pretty

Track Listing
1. You Still Believe in Me   9. Paul's Song
2. One Life Away   10. Radio Campaign
3. Sweethearts on Parade   11. Here Comes the Sun Again
4. Hi-Fi   12. Deep Dark Well
5. Fuel for Fire   13. Oh Take Me Back
6. Four Hours in Washington   14. I'll Be Yr Bird
7. Regeneration NO1   15. Lullaby + Exile
8. Big Boat   16. Well - Tempered Clavier