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Jim James at Terminal 5 (November 20, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 22nd 2016

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On Sunday night, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James brought his solo tour to New York City for a big time performance at Temrinal 5. He’s played some big time venues throughout the city (and globe) with MMJ, but this was one of his biggest solo performances in the city in quite some time. The tour came in support of his new album Eternally Even, which was released via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

James has this shy, down to earth presence to his personality, but even so, on stage he is able to summon all kinds of feelings and sounds and create a communal like effect with his audience. He shared a good majority of his offerings from Eternally Even, which had much more punch and sonic oomph live than they do on record, brought to life by his backing band which included the members of Twin Limb, who also opened the show. Along with those songs, he gave us memorable material from his debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, as well as a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free,” Monster Of Folk’s “Dear God (Sincerly M.O.F.) and the riveting New Basement Tapes track “Down On The Bottom.”
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Jim James at Cadillac House (June 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2016

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On June 1, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced on his social media channels that he’d be playing a free surprise show in the middle of New York City at 330 Hudson Street as a part of the grand opening for Cadillac’s Cadillac House. Along with a ceremony for the opening, James performed a mini set around 6pm that was packed to the brim, along with a wide set of confused passerby’s and cars (one bus driver was dancing along when he was stopped at a red light nearby).

His set included his solo offerings, as well as great covers of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.” Find his full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos.
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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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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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