My Morning Jacket - “Leaving on a Jet Plan” (John Denver cover)

Exquisite cover, and one that makes me wonder if this is from their earlier days. The John Denver cover compilation The Music Is You is out 4/2 on ATO Records. (via)

Almost exactly a year ago, the My Morning Jacket show at this same venue in Charlotte was shortened pretty drastically due to rainstorms. Last night, they more than made up for it with a typically epic two-and-a-half hour set including encore. There aren’t too many words to describe just how much I enjoyed my seventh time seeing MMJ in concert (and the band as a whole), so I won’t try. Band of Horses were great openers, and Ben Bridwell joining the band for “Wonderful” was indeed wonderful (as Special K noted).

Full set of photos of the amazing show here

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TONIGHT! So pumped, especially seeing as how there appears to be some Yim Yames and Ben Bridwell crossover action going on between the Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket sets.

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I keep forgetting that My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses are here in less than 3 weeks. SO EFFING PUMPED.

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Band of Horses
The Funeral
Everything All The Time

Just announced yesterday, Band of Horses and MMJ in Charlotte on 8/25

(via coolwaves)

Favorite Concerts of 2011


1. 6/10/11 - My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN

Waiting it out for a spot in the pit was the best decision I made all festival. A small price to pay for the best live band of our generation.


2. 1/29/11 - The Dismemberment Plan - Webster Hall, NYC, NY

After waiting nearly 10 years, I finally got the nerve to jump on stage during “Ice of Boston” (second photo above) and did not regret it one bit.

3. 10/31/11 - M83 at Moogfest - Asheville, NC

Only a 1.5 hour set at Moog Fest, but “Intro” and “Midnight City” sounded amazing even though by that point I was thoroughly worn out from the amazing weekend.

4. 9/30/11 - Explosions in the Sky - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Texas and/or post rock forever. So so good, and at one of my favorite venues ever too.

5. 10/28/11 - The Field at Moogfest - Asheville, NC

So glad I left Moby early to catch The Field before TV on the Radio. Hypnotic and groovy as hell. The kind of show why I’m glad I went to Moog Fest.

Link to Concerts 2011 Flickr set

My 2011 concert list:

1/25/11 - Girl Talk - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
1/29/11 - The Dismemberment Plan - Webster Hall, NYC, NY
4/3/11 - Explosions in the Sky - Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
4/7/11 - Futurebirds - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
4/9/11 - The Avett Brothers - Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
4/14/11 - The Whigs - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
4/20/11 - Wavves - Dixie’s Tavern, Charlotte, NC 
5/17/11 - The Flaming Lips - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
6/9/11-6/12/11 - Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN (Futurebirds, Wavves, School of Seven Bells, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, The Walkmen, Deerhunter, Matt & Kim, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Bassnectar, Lil’ Wayne, Ratatat, Man Man, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Smith Westerns, Iron & Wine, The Strokes)
8/21/11 - My Morning Jacket, Neko Case - Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC
9/12/11 - TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
9/30/11 - Explosions in the Sky, Wye Oak - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
10/13/11 - Futurebirds - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC
10/28/11-10/31/11 - Moogfest - Asheville, NC (The Antlers, Moby, The Field, Flying Lotus, TV on the Radio, Dan Deacon, CANT, Crystal Castles, The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Battles, M83, Neon Indian, James Murphy, Passion Pit)
11/17/11 - Megafaun - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
11/23/11 - The Airborne Toxic Event - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

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My Morning Jacket perform the entirety of ‘Circuital’ in this live performance at Village Studios in Los Angeles with KCRW.

some music for your afternoon.

About last night: Pappy Van Winkle and My Morning JacketTime Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, 8/21/11, Charlotte, NC 
My buddy Karl got wind of some Pappy Van Winkle when he was down in Georgia for a wedding this weekend so of course I had to ask him to pick me up a bottle. Despite the initial sticker shock for the 15 year ($140 just doesn’t get you as much bourbon as it used to), we had a nice little tasting between the 15 and 20 year before the show. Short review: life-changingly good.
My Morning Jacket was as awesome as ever, and thankfully the band stayed in good spirits even after losing about 45 minutes to the rain. This unfortunately meant no encore, but we did get “Victory Dance” (great opener), “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream (Pt. 2),” “Wordless Chorus,” and of course “One Big Holiday.” Even though we got rained on a little bit, it was a great, great time with good company. Can’t complain too much about that.
More photos here.

About last night: Pappy Van Winkle and My Morning Jacket
Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, 8/21/11, Charlotte, NC 

My buddy Karl got wind of some Pappy Van Winkle when he was down in Georgia for a wedding this weekend so of course I had to ask him to pick me up a bottle. Despite the initial sticker shock for the 15 year ($140 just doesn’t get you as much bourbon as it used to), we had a nice little tasting between the 15 and 20 year before the show. Short review: life-changingly good.

My Morning Jacket was as awesome as ever, and thankfully the band stayed in good spirits even after losing about 45 minutes to the rain. This unfortunately meant no encore, but we did get “Victory Dance” (great opener), “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream (Pt. 2),” “Wordless Chorus,” and of course “One Big Holiday.” Even though we got rained on a little bit, it was a great, great time with good company. Can’t complain too much about that.

More photos here.


My Morning Jacket - “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

Some footage from Bonnaroo in the video. So pumped to see them in my own town in 19 days.

Bonnaroo 2011: Friday photos
Complete set of my photos here.
(L-R) Susong, Scotty, me
Avent
My Morning Jacket









Arcade Fire

Bonnaroo 2011: Friday photos

Complete set of my photos here.


(L-R) Susong, Scotty, me


Avent

My Morning Jacket

Arcade Fire

Bonnaroo 2011: Thursday/Friday Recap
Complete set of my photos here.
Thursday
And I mean really early Thursday. Susong and I met up with Scotty and Avent at a hotel in Murfreesboro Wednesday night and slept for a few hours before waking at 4:15am to get going on the way to Manchester. We get into line at about 6:00am, make it through line and security by 7:45am and park. A few hours later, our tent compound (“206 McHipster”) is up in the camping only area and we kill a few hours before the first show.
I’ve seen Futurebirds twice in small clubs in Charlotte over the past 8 months, but it was great to see them bring the exact same attitude to That Tent, which probably holds somewhere around 5000 people, that they did to Evening Muse or Snug Harbor. An energetic set and a nice way to kick off the festival. From there, it was off to This Tent to catch some of Wavves before returning to That Tent to enjoy the first night’s sunset and half of School of Seven Bells' set. Not being too familiar with them, I enjoyed their set quite a bit before heading over to The Other Tent for Best Coast. Yet another solid set, and Thursday was off to a great start.
We headed back to the campsite to hang out and drink before the highly anticipated sets of the night a few hours later. However, the ten o’clock block presented a huge dilemma, with Twin Shadow and The Walkmen both starting at 10, and Sleigh Bells at 10:15 (which I didn’t get to see any of but apparently was insanely crowded). Susong and I opted to check out the first half of Twin Shadow before meeting back up with Avent and Scotty at The Walkmen. Twin Shadow got the crowd dancing to their 80’s-inspired indie synthpop, but unfortunately we had to leave before hearing “Castles in the Snow” - which is my jam. Thankfully, we made it back to The Walkmen in time to hear “We’ve Been Had,” “Angela Surf City,” and my personal favorite “The Rat” in what turned out to be quite a scorching set (or at least half of one).
Roughly 15 minutes after The Walkmen's set ended, Bradford Cox and the rest of Deerhunter actually came out and tuned their own instruments - something I had never seen before. Once the band came on for real, they played about 7 or 8 songs in their hour and fifteen minute set. At this point I have to mention Superfan #99 who resembled Garth Algar and was standing in front of me. Every single song got this guy so psyched (though hilariously he didn’t know the first song of the set, and he had a tweet ready to go to announce it to his followers). Deerhunter played a superb set including with extended jams for “Nothing Ever Happens,” “Memory Boy,” and “Desire Lines.” I definitely hope I get to catch them again soon. From there it was back to the tent compound to hang out a bit before turning in somewhat early after being up for about 20 hours. However, this was probably the most music I had checked out on a Thursday at Bonnaroo, and the weekend was off to a great start.
Friday
My first set of the day was a spunky, mid-afternoon set from Matt & Kim, who thanked the crowd for taking their Bonnaroo virginity and urged the ladies in the crowd to get naked, such as they did in their video for “Daylight” (with Kim oddly enough being the most vocal). From there our master plan to get in the pit for My Morning Jacket was in effect. We headed over to What Stage to get in line during The Decemberists' set about 3 hours before My Morning Jacket was set to go on at 8pm. 
And our plan worked flawlessly. And My Morning Jacket's two hour set was a thing of magic. And though perhaps not as epic as their famed four hour set in 2008, they rocked our faces off nonstop for two straight hours. The songs from Circuital sounded awesome live - especially “Victory Dance” to kick off the set and “Holding On to Black Metal” with a live horn section. At various points in the set, Ben Solee, a Nashville horn group and Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the band, punching up the sound nicely. And I will admit that as much as I made fun of Superfan #99 at Deerhunter the night before, I was very much a Superfan #99 for this set. Also of note was the visual joke of a guy next to us with a VIP pass using his iPad as a camera during the set. Most of my photos were taken during this set, and it will likely be one of those that I look back fondly on for years to come. Update: I forgot to mention the awesome, 5-minute glowstick fight that erupted directly behind the pit during the “Take your money and your druuuuuuuuugs” breakdown of ”Steam Engine” - one of the coolest things I saw at the festival this year.
Unfortunately, they kick you out of the pit after each set, so we went up on the grass of the amphitheater for Arcade Fire. It would have been nice to be closer for that set, but what are you going to do. Arcade Fire played for only 90 minutes but it was fun to see just how much they appeared to be enjoying the huge crowd watching them and vice versa (even before Win Butler riled the crowd up shouting “Come on you fucking hippies, let’s do it!” as they launched into “Month of May”). The one song encore of “Wake Up” was everything I expected coming in, with the 90,000+ people singing along triumphantly. 
Late night brought us Big Boi (“Shutterbug” still bangs live), Bassnectar (crowd was going nuts), Lil’ Wayne (a little disappointing), and Ratatat (did not expect the late night rave feel to their set, which I would have guessed was a little too cerebral to dance to - boy was I wrong). So two days into the festival and I’ve seen 15 shows. I’m not sure I can keep this pace up.

Bonnaroo 2011: Thursday/Friday Recap

Complete set of my photos here.

Thursday

And I mean really early Thursday. Susong and I met up with Scotty and Avent at a hotel in Murfreesboro Wednesday night and slept for a few hours before waking at 4:15am to get going on the way to Manchester. We get into line at about 6:00am, make it through line and security by 7:45am and park. A few hours later, our tent compound (“206 McHipster”) is up in the camping only area and we kill a few hours before the first show.

I’ve seen Futurebirds twice in small clubs in Charlotte over the past 8 months, but it was great to see them bring the exact same attitude to That Tent, which probably holds somewhere around 5000 people, that they did to Evening Muse or Snug Harbor. An energetic set and a nice way to kick off the festival. From there, it was off to This Tent to catch some of Wavves before returning to That Tent to enjoy the first night’s sunset and half of School of Seven Bells' set. Not being too familiar with them, I enjoyed their set quite a bit before heading over to The Other Tent for Best Coast. Yet another solid set, and Thursday was off to a great start.

We headed back to the campsite to hang out and drink before the highly anticipated sets of the night a few hours later. However, the ten o’clock block presented a huge dilemma, with Twin Shadow and The Walkmen both starting at 10, and Sleigh Bells at 10:15 (which I didn’t get to see any of but apparently was insanely crowded). Susong and I opted to check out the first half of Twin Shadow before meeting back up with Avent and Scotty at The Walkmen. Twin Shadow got the crowd dancing to their 80’s-inspired indie synthpop, but unfortunately we had to leave before hearing “Castles in the Snow” - which is my jam. Thankfully, we made it back to The Walkmen in time to hear “We’ve Been Had,” “Angela Surf City,” and my personal favorite “The Rat” in what turned out to be quite a scorching set (or at least half of one).

Roughly 15 minutes after The Walkmen's set ended, Bradford Cox and the rest of Deerhunter actually came out and tuned their own instruments - something I had never seen before. Once the band came on for real, they played about 7 or 8 songs in their hour and fifteen minute set. At this point I have to mention Superfan #99 who resembled Garth Algar and was standing in front of me. Every single song got this guy so psyched (though hilariously he didn’t know the first song of the set, and he had a tweet ready to go to announce it to his followers). Deerhunter played a superb set including with extended jams for “Nothing Ever Happens,” “Memory Boy,” and “Desire Lines.” I definitely hope I get to catch them again soon. From there it was back to the tent compound to hang out a bit before turning in somewhat early after being up for about 20 hours. However, this was probably the most music I had checked out on a Thursday at Bonnaroo, and the weekend was off to a great start.

Friday

My first set of the day was a spunky, mid-afternoon set from Matt & Kim, who thanked the crowd for taking their Bonnaroo virginity and urged the ladies in the crowd to get naked, such as they did in their video for “Daylight” (with Kim oddly enough being the most vocal). From there our master plan to get in the pit for My Morning Jacket was in effect. We headed over to What Stage to get in line during The Decemberists' set about 3 hours before My Morning Jacket was set to go on at 8pm. 

And our plan worked flawlessly. And My Morning Jacket's two hour set was a thing of magic. And though perhaps not as epic as their famed four hour set in 2008, they rocked our faces off nonstop for two straight hours. The songs from Circuital sounded awesome live - especially “Victory Dance” to kick off the set and “Holding On to Black Metal” with a live horn section. At various points in the set, Ben Solee, a Nashville horn group and Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the band, punching up the sound nicely. And I will admit that as much as I made fun of Superfan #99 at Deerhunter the night before, I was very much a Superfan #99 for this set. Also of note was the visual joke of a guy next to us with a VIP pass using his iPad as a camera during the set. Most of my photos were taken during this set, and it will likely be one of those that I look back fondly on for years to come. Update: I forgot to mention the awesome, 5-minute glowstick fight that erupted directly behind the pit during the “Take your money and your druuuuuuuuugs” breakdown of ”Steam Engine” - one of the coolest things I saw at the festival this year.

Unfortunately, they kick you out of the pit after each set, so we went up on the grass of the amphitheater for Arcade Fire. It would have been nice to be closer for that set, but what are you going to do. Arcade Fire played for only 90 minutes but it was fun to see just how much they appeared to be enjoying the huge crowd watching them and vice versa (even before Win Butler riled the crowd up shouting “Come on you fucking hippies, let’s do it!” as they launched into “Month of May”). The one song encore of “Wake Up” was everything I expected coming in, with the 90,000+ people singing along triumphantly. 

Late night brought us Big Boi (“Shutterbug” still bangs live), Bassnectar (crowd was going nuts), Lil’ Wayne (a little disappointing), and Ratatat (did not expect the late night rave feel to their set, which I would have guessed was a little too cerebral to dance to - boy was I wrong). So two days into the festival and I’ve seen 15 shows. I’m not sure I can keep this pace up.

Post-Bonnaroo Linkdown

- A review of My Morning Jacket's ridiculously awesome What Stage set from Friday night; I will post my photos from this show hopefully tonight

Never straying from their foundation in mountain harmonies and soulfully lurching guitar, the Louisville, Kentucky-based band amped up a relentless blast of horns (“Live and Let Die” style) plus electronic sound effects plus light-show psychedelics (given a boost by scattered glow-stick eruptions from the crowd), in an effort to make their prime 8-10 PM sunset slot, in front of at least 50,000 fans, seem as vital and boundary-blurring as ever. James also wore furry white boots and fiddled with an Omnichord. Your move, lasertainment industry! Mountainvision — pshaw!

- Another MMJ set review from the local Nashville paper

- The Audio Perv has full video of the entire MMJ set

- Stereogum has over 100 polaroids from artists that they took of whatever they wanted over the weekend; it includes photos taken by Arcade Fire, Twin Shadow, Matt and Kim, Smith Westerns and more

- Spin’s 25 best photos from Bonnaroo 2011; here’s a link to all of their coverage from the festival

- Rolling Stone’s Best of Bonnaroo in Video Highlights

- Unfortunately, 2 people did die over the weekend, including a 24-year old from Raleigh

Bonnaroo 2011 Linkdown

Oh hey, a mini-linkdown…

- Rolling Stone’s Guide to Bonnaroo 2011 (h/t Susong)

- Backstage with My Morning Jacket, who will be playing Friday night and is probably my most anticipated set of the weekend

- Spin’s 25 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo 2011 (plus free mixtape)

- Beirut is playing the festival and today announced a new album out August 30 called The Rip Tide

- Beirut also recently released the mp3 of a new single out June 14, “East Harlem,” with the adorable cover art below:

- Listen to a Bonnaroo playlist from RCRD LBL

My Morning Jacket and Erykah Badu - “Wordless Chorus”

From last night’s Unstaged concert on YouTube. I didn’t catch this stream (although some videos are up here), but will be seeing MMJ next weekend at Bonnaroo and in August in Charlotte. Cannot wait.

…aka Yim Yames aka one of my personal heroes. So unbelievably psyched to see them at Bonnaroo in a few weeks and also in Charlotte in August (finally coming to Charlotte!), since My Morning Jacket is a current top 5 all-time band for me.

AVC: Do you feel like you owe it to your fans to challenge their perceptions of what My Morning Jacket is? By the same token, do you feel like you owe it to them to have some “classic” My Morning Jacket-style material on each record?

JJ: We just want to have fun playing music. We are very appreciative of our fans and realize we can’t do this without them, but at the same time we don’t feel like we “owe” anyone anything other than just knowing that we try as hard as we can with every record and put 100 percent of our blood, sweat, and tears into everything we do. Even then, even our biggest fans don’t like everything we do.