She & Him Aim for Cred

Last night on Conan O'Brien, She & Him showed up with Yo La Tengo as their backing band. Even though M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's new project tries to avoid the stigma of 'actor turned musician' according to their interview in New York Times, there will always be comparisons to other actor's bands. Who could forget Keanu Reeve's band Dogstar? Exactly. Although M. Ward was quoted as saying “As long as people are listening to the songs first and not getting too caught up with who is making the songs, I’m happy,” it can't hurt to get a little more boost in the cred department by having indie rock favorites Yo La Tengo as their back up band.

Now that their album Volume One is successful, (it sold more copies than the debut of labelmates Arcade Fire) they can sleep a little easier knowing that they no longer have to worry about what the hipsters think.
Scarlett Johansson should be so lucky with her album of Tom Waits covers produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

I find their songs a little flat and missing something that could be something great. M. Ward's folky, unique style mixed with the jazzy voice we heard from Zooey in Elf could be so much more interesting than what came out of their collaboration. The performance is a little awkward; Zooey seems terrified of the stage (ironic, huh?) But not to worry, M's sweets licks are sure to make up for it.

Don't forget to check them out on Craig Ferguson on CBS tonight.

She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

Buy Volume One from Amazon, out now on Merge.

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