Oct 222014

Will Ford at Louisville.com has a review of the Foster The People.

This one’s a bit late: Doodlehound has a review of OM and Watter at the New Vintage back on October 8.

Over at Never Nervous, Phillip Olympia has an interview with Natalie Felker of the Fervor.

John King at 37 Flood reports that My Morning Jacket received the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s National Award in The Arts. It’s a big deal – read it here.

Oct 202014

NPR is streaming The Flaming Lips’ rework of Sgt. Pepper s Lonely Heart Club Band, called With A Little Help From My Fwends, which features help from My Morning Jacket, along with a boatload of other friends of the Lips. Listen here.

Aug 192014

The short version of the creation of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is this: Bob Dylan wrote over a hundred songs during the original Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. Lyrics from those sessions were recently discovered and a collaborative project ensued, featuring Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Carolina Chocolate Drop’s Rhiannon Giddens. T. Bone Burnett produced. The group recorded twenty songs over a two-week period and those will be released in standard and deluxe editions on November 11 via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. The album will be accompanied by a Showtime documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued that will air November 21. You can preorder here
Watch a video of “Nothing To It,” with Dylan’s handwritten lyrics in an animated version.

Aug 052014

And here is the album to unite the old hippies and the young ones: With A Little Help From My Friends, from The Flaming Lips plus My Morning Jacket, Miley Cyrus, J Mascis, Dr. Dog, Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Tool/Perfect Circle/Puscifer singer Maynard James Keenan, Tegan and Sara, Moby, Foxygen, MGMT, Black Pus (aka Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale), Morgan Delt, Wilco side project the Autumn Defense, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd’s side project Electric Würms, Grace Potter and more. It’s a track-by-track cover of The BeatlesSgt. Pepper album. Pitchfork has the whole story, plus tracklist. MMJ will cover “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” with help from J. Mascis and Fever The Ghost.

Aug 042014

Here’s an item courtesy of Jambase:
“...they brought a fraction of their gear to the intimate confines of McMenamins’ Kennedy School in Portland, OR. MMJ laid down a stirring seven-song set for the families of seriously ill children and teens on September 8, 2012, put together by MyMusicRx and video of the stripped-down performance has just surfaced on the MyMusicRx YouTube channel. The songs: Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You, I’m Amazed, Slow Slow Tune, Look At You, Wonderful (The Way I Feel), The Way That He Sings, Circuital ”


Jul 092014

Danville’s most famous gospel singer, songerwriter and producer Larnelle Harris and Louisville’s My Morning Jacket have been named as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in October during National Arts and Humanities Month, according to the Kentucky Arts Council.

From the press release:
“Danville native and Louisville resident Larnelle Harris has achieved broad acclaim and won multiple awards during his 30-year career in gospel music, both as a singer and composer. Throughout his career, Larnelle has written numerous songs and recorded 18 award-winning albums. He has been honored with five Grammy Awards and 11 Dove Awards. Larnelle is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and is in the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame this year.”

“My Morning Jacket is considered one of the top live rock acts in the world and can claim a discography with a depth of artistry that rivals many in the great American lexicon of popular music. Their music combines experimentalism, heartfelt emotion and unforgettable songs. Their collective interplay is rooted in a decade of friendship and music making forged in their hometown of Louisville. From their early days playing clubs, parties and community centers in Louisville, to recording their first three albums in Shelbyville, My Morning Jacket has brought much acclaim to their home state during the last decade. The members of My Morning Jacket are Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Bo Koster and Carl Broemel.”

Jun 192014

My Morning Jacket has already begun to reveal details of next year’s One Big Holiday event, which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, about an hour south of Cancún, between January 31 and February 4. Some of the performers scheduled include Band of Horses (who will perform both separate electric and acoustic shows), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, War on Drugs, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Sylvan Esso and Biz Markie. ickets for the event go on sale June 27. More details are at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/my-morning-jacket-detail-one-big-holiday-concert-in-mexico-20140619#ixzz356hzCF5d