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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:

[new] My Morning Jacket – Octoplasm

By Will Oliver, April 16th 2011

My Morning Jacket have created a fan club called “Roll Call” which entitles you to things like their Self-Hypnosis Series where you will get songs such as “Octoplasm”. It’s a 6 minute jazz inspired instrumental that sounds more like something jam band fans would be into. It’s a smooth relaxing listen though, and definitely worth your time if your a fan of MMJ.

Not sure if it’s on the bands new album, Circuital, though. The self titled track
certainly is, though.

Take a listen to “Octoplasm” below, via SKOA

My Morning Jacket – “Octoplasm” by Some Kind of Awesome

[new] My Morning Jacket – Circuital

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2011 — with 1 comment

My Morning Jacket have given the title track from new album Circuital, away as a free download. The band is releasing the album on May 31st via ATO Records. It’s their first album in nearly three years.

Fans who were disappointed by the band last album, Evil Urges, should be more content with the sound found on “Circuital”. It’s a seven minute jam that brings the southern psych rock sound of their earlier days back to the forefront. The band recorded the new album live, letting spontaneity take over. It creates a free-spirit groove that allows the song to breeze by. You won’t even realize it’s seven minutes long.

I’m excited about this album. After Z, I expected Evil Urges to be the worthy follow up. Looks like Circuital will take that role.

[mp3]: My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Pre-Order Circuital now. There are some great options available.

My Morning Jacket Announce New Album: Circuital

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2011

Yes!, finally. My Morning Jacket have announced that new album, Circuital, will be released this year. The album was recorded in Louisville, and is apparently the most “live record” that the band has done.

The band went back to their roots and turned the gymnasium of a local church into a makeshift studio. They set up in a circle and recorded the basic tracks live to 24-track tape.

Evil Urges wasn’t nearly as bad as people made it out to be. It wasn’t quite what I wanted from after the masterpiece that is Z, but it was still a mighty fine record. I have a feeling Circuital will be a return to form for the band, and everyone will be pleased.

Rolling Stone has a great piece on the album. Be sure to check that out. No release date yet, but hopefully the record will come out by summer. Can’t wait to hear some of these new songs live at Bonnaroo.

Here’s a little bit of “Gideon” to get you ready for the new album:

[mp3]: My Morning Jacket – Gideon




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