Love M. Ward, “Chinese Translation” live on Conan
posted by May 21 at 14:22 PMon
M. Ward’s sublime “Chinese Translation” was the Best Song Ever (This Week) a few weeks back; here’s the dusky-voiced songwriter playing live on Conan from a couple nights ago, backed by Neko Case and Jim James.
Yes, it’s more strummy acoustified croonery from 20-something white people—this time with zithers (!). And I’m not ashamed to love it. With an extended instrumental outro, this version is more developed and more beautiful than the album.