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Jim James – Know Til Now

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will finally venture off into the solo world with his debut album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God. It’s his first true solo venture, even though he released a solo EP under the name Yim Yames a few year ago.

He played every instrument on the album and engineered it himself. The album was built around “God’s Man”, a 1929 graphic novel by Lynd Ward. “Know Til Now” is the first song to be released from the album, and it showcases a funkier, soulful side of Mr. James that is a lot different than My Morning Jacket, as it should be.

[mp3]: Jim James – Know Til Now

Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is out February 5 via ATO.

alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2012

Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s front-man, gave alt-J’s incredible song “Fitzpleasure” a pretty wild remix. The song is electic and unique as it is, but James found a way to bend its boundaries even more.

[mp3]: alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

alt-J have a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom next week (September 12). Their album is finally getting released stateside on September 18 via Canvasback.

[new] The Roots – Dear God 2.0 (Feat. Jim James, Monsters Of Folk)

By Will Oliver, May 23rd 2010 — with 2 comments

The Roots just recently announced that their new album How I Got Over, is dropping on June 22nd. The lead single from the album, Dear God 2.0, surfaced online Saturday night and it has exploded since then.

The Roots MC, Black Thought, raps over the background of “Dear God”, a song from Jim James and the rest of Monster of Folk. So The Roots take an indie rock song, re-work it, and rap over it. The result: A fantastic song that proves that The Roots are one of the best out there.

“Dear God 2.0″ is a socially aware song that isn’t shy to talk about our problems. The use of Monster Of Folks “Dear God” is a fitting way to get their message through. I’m sold on this.

[mp3]: The Roots – Dear God 2.0 (Feat. Jim James, Monsters Of Folk)

Check out the rest of the albums tracklisting below:

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Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo 2013

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup is here. Headlining are Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Björk, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. You also get, The National, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Pretty Lights.

Other acts of interest for me are Passion Pit, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Billy Idol, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James, Nas, Beach House, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Purity Ring, Cults, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Wild Nothing, Django Django, Haim, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DIIV, Reptar,

Jim James will head the Superjam this year, with Ed Helms (from The Office/The Hangover) headlining the Bluegrass Superjam.

Pretty solid lineup. I may have to make it out just to catch Sir Paul already. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.

My Morning Jacket @ The Capitol Theatre (December 28, 2012)

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2012 — with 1 comment

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What better band to play the last show I will see in 2012 than My Morning Jacket? They are in nearly every conversation of the best live acts going right now, and for good reason. They bring it night in, and night out. They had a 3-night run at the recently re-opened historic Capitol Theatre, and they promised to not repeat any songs during any of the sets. This is an exciting concept, and one that made me nervous. Would they play any of my favorites? Would they do a rarities heavy set? This enhanced my anticipation, as I truly had no idea what to expect.

I would say we lucked out. They delivered a 22-song set, with all the bells & whistles of a MMJ show, plus a few extra treats. They covered Elton John’s historic “Rocket Man” which got an incredible reception, as it deserved. They also treated us to “It Beats 4 U”, “Lowdown”, “I’m Amazed”, a 25-minute version of “Dondante”, and “Highly Suspicious.”

The band really are one of the best live bands at it, delivering a high intensity set full of rock, blues, funk, with a partial jam-band mentality. They played for nearly 2 1/2 hours, and at not one point was I ever bored. Jim James is a true frontman, a good spirit that is a joy to watch.

The encore featured “At Down”, “Highly Suspicious”, “Dancefloors”, “Holdin On To Black Metal”, and “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2.” I really couldn’t complain, even though I had room for “One Big Holiday” and/or “Gideon.”

I don’t think I could have found a better show to end my year with than this. The nearly 1800 capacity venue is really as intimate of a MMJ show that one can ask for, and it was even better than it sounds.

Antibalas opened and definitely took me by surprise. Sporting 11 members, they had a large sound that was largely instrumental based, with some funky world rhythems with influences from all over. I could totally see Tarantino using some of their stuff in a film.

Find some photos posted below.
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[new] Avi Buffalo – How Come?

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2011

At the end of June Avi Buffalo released their new single “How Come?”. It’s the first bit of new music that we’ve heard since their wonderful debut album. The bands sound has taking an even more mature turn. Avi’s lead vocal’s are sounding very Jim James/My Morning Jacket. I like this single quite a bit. A nice song to relax to before your 4th of July festivities.

[mp3]: Avi Buffalo – How Come?

The 7″ is now available to purchase from Sub Pop.

[new] Dr. Dog – Shadow People

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2010 — with 4 comments

Hot damn! We got brand new Dr. Dog and it’s hot and delicious! It’s called “Shadow People” and it will be on their new album : Shame, Shame. The album is set for a release on April 6th. It’s their debut album for Anti-Records. This is their fifth album!

“Shadow People” is an excellent song constructed around a pretty stellar melody. The vocals are full of emotion and honesty. The band sounds as tight as ever, playing one of their best songs yet. It is certainly one of my favorite songs from the boys yet!

Stereogum got to exclusively premiere the song, and report that the new album is heavily based about their hometown in Philadelphia. Jim James from My Morning Jacket apparently lended a hand for some guest vocals! Pretty sweet!

[mp3] : Dr. Dog – Shadow People Dr. Dog’s team asked me to take it down, you can stream it at stereogum though

Tour dates & Shame, Shame album art are posted below:

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