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:

May 242014

My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and his new band, Spanish Gold, get the headlining spot for WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on May 28. The upside for Hallahan is that membership in MMJ (and the associated fan base) will transfer to his new band, at least for this show, but there’s a bit of downside as well: the band’s first album, South Of Nowhere, has only just dropped and the all tunes the band will be playing will be relatively new to the Louisville audience, though some will be a bit familiar via WFPK. Word is that it’s a straight-ahead summer rock album and with a couple of Texans for bandmates, the flavoring should be quite different from MMJ. Also on the bill are The Broken Spurs and Peter Searcy’s reunited Starbilly, which will make it absolutely a roots rock ‘n’ roll show, which is not your routine FPK lineup. Wear your dancing shoe, to be sure. It’s a free show, of course.

Here’s “Out On The Street,” from the new record:



May 062014

Spanish Gold, which features My Morning Jacket’s Patrick Hallahan, City and Colour’s Dante Schwebel and Brownout’s Adrian Quesada, has released a video for “Out On The Street” in advance of their new record, South of Nowhere, set for release on May 27 via Dine Alone.