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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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My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 6th 2015

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We take a band like My Morning Jacket for granted. They’re always releasing solid albums, with even their most disappointed efforts still better than most bands could hope to put out. They also one of the best live bands out there, probably fighting alongside Wilco for the strongest touring band in America at the moment. Earlier this year they released their great new album The Waterfall (out via ATO Records), easily their best since 2005’s Z.

As I saw at Boston Calling back in May, Jacket’s live show is still one of the best out there. New songs “Believe (Nobody Knows)” and “Compound Fracture” fit well alongside longstanding favorites from their expansive career such as “Lay Low” and “Gideon,” both of which were pleasant additions to their set, which we didn’t get at Governors Ball.

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The band had complete control of the evening, filling out their space at Randall’s Island with confidence and ease, making it all seem so easy. Jim James and company really have this rock and roll thing down pact. The finishing 1-2 punch of ” Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2 ” and “One Big Holiday” was almost unfair.

I wasn’t surprised that My Morning Jacket put on not only the best set of the day, but possibly of the entire Governors Ball weekend. And you’re telling me that people actually went to see Drake instead of them? Oops.

Find photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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My Morning Jacket at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2015 — with 1 comment

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My Morning Jacket closed out day 2 of Boston Calling in style. The group put on a powerful and unforgettable performance that certainly lived up to their reputation as one of the best live bands of our generation, possibly even exceeding it.

Their tour is in support of their new album The Waterfall, which is their best and most cohesive record since 2005’s Z. The new material fit nicely in between older cuts such as “Off The Record,” “Big Decisions,” and “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2.” Jim James and company are larger than life on stage, bringing their a-game with every single song. Their 15-song set came to a climatic finish with the always epic “One Big Holiday,” leaving me anxious to catch them again at Governors Ball.

Find their Boston Calling setlist posted below, along with photos from the performance.
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My Morning Jacket

On May 4 My Morning Jacket will return with new album The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

It’s their seventh album and their first on Capitol Records. The group began recorded the album in late 2013 at the Panoramic House studio in Stinson Beach, California, with producer Tucker Martine (who co-produced their last album, Circuital).

Frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone that they entered the recording studio with a more spontaneous approach to recording. They ended up with 24 tracks, which they ended up splitting into a pair of albums, with the later set to come out in 2016.

One of those tracks was released today as a part of the album’s announcement, a dreamy psych-folk wonder called “Big Decisions.” It’s a sprawling big cut that calls to mind My Morning Jacket’s earlier days, with some slick modern stylings added for good measure.

They have also announced a set of tour dates that include Governors Ball. After seeing them play an astonishing set at The Capitol Theatre in 2012, I’m impatiently awaiting that performance come June. Find the full list of tour dates posted below, along with the album’s tracklisting and the video stream for “Big Decisions.”
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Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

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

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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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