My Morning Jacket: An American Band

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The music of Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket is American in the old weird sense of the word -- rugged, strange and beautiful. Their songs are timeless and genre-agnostic with serious attention given to writing and structure, though their live shows tend to be looser. "Victory Dance," from their recent album, Circuital, begins in a crouched stance of white noise and whispered vocals, leaps forward and catches the grooves of Tom Blankenship's rolling bass riff and rises to a majestic and psychedelic payoff. "Holdin' on to Black Metal" matches singer Jim James' weary falsetto with a hillbilly soul romp rhythm and a girls' chorus backdrop. As with much of the album, the song rocks, but there is something eerie and intimate about the singularity of its vision and scope.

"Holdin' On To Black Metal" My Morning Jacket

"The Day is Coming (Live)" My Morning Jacket

Magnifier recently caught up with James and Blankenship at the historic Seelbach hotel, where presidents and gangsters have stayed while traveling through Louisville and where a bourbon-loaded F. Scott Fitzgerald was restrained then kicked out. Watch the video interview, and make sure to add the band's free offerings to your Music Beta library. -- Sam Chennault

"Holdin' On To Black Metal" My Morning Jacket

"The Day is Coming (Live)" My Morning Jacket

20 comments:

Hassan Voyeau said...

I like the template for this site. Is it a publicly available template?

Nate Cavalieri said...

This interview gets pretty rad right around here: "At that moment in time my spirit is in the air, and their spirit is in the air and they aren't a person."

Bliss is This! said...

I'm not usually into rock but simply listening to this interview peeked my interest in this band.

scrapnearn said...

Has google music not yet available outside the US.

Vanya said...

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The Curator said...

This interview gets pretty

English said...

Any band that admits they think Tony Bennett is a hero deserves a listen.

Anonymous said...

*Victory Dance

Derek said...

Can't go wrong with MMJ, phenomenal interview + great tracks!

4D4M D3CK3R said...

I like this free music in my google music concept you have here. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

GOOGLE FOREVER

RunningOZ said...

Thanks for posting the interview, MMJ is a great band and completely American as you say because they have the ability to blend styles and eras in their work and live they do produce quite a "spiritual" vibe, it's quite amazing to see!

tarver said...

thanks for the info!! love mmj!

Andreas S said...

Please make it possible to add SINGLE SONGS, not just the entire collection. And a possibility for prelistening the songs before adding would be great too... Thank you Google... :-)

Anonymous said...

i <3 mmj

Anthony said...

I LOVE IT!!! YIM YAMES is my hero!!!! i have seen them live at the San Diego House Of Blues... and I totally agree with what he was saying about losing yourself and finding transcendence !!!!

Anonymous said...

In this Magnifier blog, can you add a small flash/HTML5 audio player to preview the songs you offer?, it would be really convenient.

Skai Falkorr said...

Hassan Voyeau
+1 interesting in it

Anonymous said...

wow, weird interview. He's kinda 'out there'. Should he not be talking about UFO's or something?

redkendrick said...

Another upvote for a "Listen Now" button, not just an "Add Now".

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