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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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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2017 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2017

After an exciting day 1 and day 2 of Newport Folk Festival, it was up to Day 3 to send us home and style, and it looked like it had the best lineup of the entire weekend and it sure didn’t disappoint.

I started the day in style with the festival’s tribute to Chuck Berry, featuring a various collection of artists playing the festival and surprise guests gathering to honor the late great musician. That was a hard set to follow for obvious reasons, but Pinegrove were certainly up to the challenge, and proved all the hype that I’ve heard about their live show to be more than true.
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