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Friday, 23 April 2010

She & Him

Zooey Deschanel is probably one of the most beautiful and photogenic actresses working in Hollywood today, she makes bad movies good and good movies a little bit better and she sings like she looks...which is very nice! M.Ward is a somewhat elusive but sort after guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger who's released his own material and worked with the likes of Bright Eyes, Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Beth Orton and more.

Deschanel and Ward joined forces in 2008 to create She & Him and released an album called Volume 1 and now Volume 2 has just been recently released. Their combined sound is a lovely and fresh mix of pop, country and kind of show tunes and all this works without being gimmicky or pretentious the songs are simply really good in their own right.

Most movies that Zooey Deschanel is in she tends to have a singing scene. In some cases these are the best scenes in the film in others they simply add to an already successful narrative and style. Here's three great singing scenes from Deschanel...

From Elf

From Yes Man

What I wanted to include was her performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (she can sing in a really good film too was my point).

However, no such video appears to be available, but this pretty cool, a short film/alternate video to a She & Him song from the guy behind the movie (500) Days Of Summer Marc Webb, who has also directed most of the videos for GREEN DAY!!!!

This is dancing on a parr with a Spike Jonze video or a Tarantino movie....NICE!

M. Ward has recently been working with Conor Oberst on a new band Monsters of Folk...


This is an awesome song, but unfortunately there's no real video yet...but enjoy the tune anyway...

Ahead of the Curve

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