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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

My Morning Jacket look to return in a big way with new album The Waterfall, which will be released on May 4 via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

Earlier in the month they announced the album and released first single “Big Decisions.” Today they’ve released a special preview video called “Under The Waterfall” giving us some behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions, all set to mini previews of new songs from the album, which include: “Spring (Among the Living)”, “Compound Fracture”, “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, “Get the Point,” as well as “Big Decisions.”

Enjoy the video below.
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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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Lou Tribute

With the passing of Lou Reed, there have been many different tributes in forms of covers to the iconic rock star, and surely more to come.

Today Arctic Monkeys covered “Walk On The Wild Side”. Yesterday, during Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show in Mountain View, California, he got together along with My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, and others to do a 10-minute cover of Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’.”

With that amount of talent performing together for something like this, it would be selling it short to try and describe it. Just check it out below.
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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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Here’s a cover that My Morning Jacket did of “Our World” a song that came from The Muppets. It’s MMJ’s contribution to Muppets: The Green Album, a tribute album that is coming out on August 23 (a new Muppets film comes out in November).

My Morning Jacket make the song into one of their own. You wouldn’t be wrong if you mistook it for a My Morning Jacket original.

Take a listen:

My Morning Jacket have given us another song to preview from upcoming album, Circuital. Today the band uploaded “Holdin On To Black Metal” to their facebook page. It comes swinging with horns, and a female chorus singing backup. It has a late night jazzy feel to it that makes it an absolute blast to listen to. If you like a bombastic song with an enthusiastic chorus, this will be barking up the right tree.

It’s a fun song that My Morning Jacket seem perfectly comfortable making. This is awesome.

Stream “Holdin On To Black Metal” below:





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