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Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Morning Jacket at Marymoor Park

Posted by on Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

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  • Hilary Harris
Last night, lights from My Morning Jacket’s stage pointed out and up toward the Marymoor sky at a 45 degree angle. For twenty-two songs, the band from Louisville, KY strapped themselves onto one of the beams and rode it into the nebulae. At this point in time, My Morning Jacket is one of the finer tuned American (Southern) rock bands you will see or hear. They are in complete control of their road tested songs and psychedelic blues-based jams. Dynamically, they range from distortion-raucus-hopping-loud, to elongated, improvised, particle calmness. Rarely was there a moment without sound, as the Z heavy set transitioned from song to song via beds of ambience or fretted loops. Within the calmer moments, is where the band (for me) is at their best. Where the song separates from itself on drawn out, slow motion lines. My Morning Jacket pauses these sections, and levitates them over the crowd within molecules of scenes. Notes are brought down, swayed, and muted, as the sound expands: someone somewhere in a city picks up their phone and hears waves crashing on a beach – someone somewhere on beach picks up a shell and hears sounds, streets, and engines of a city.

Jim James is commanding. A mountain man with a mountainous mane and a rich, resonant yodel-throated mineshaft of a singing voice. He dawned a coat as a cape/cloak, and headbanged with authority – a full upper torso headbang, a hurl from the waist.

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  • Hilary Harris

Between James, drummer Patrick Hallahan, and guitarist Carl Broemel, there are pastures and pastures of hair. A high point was the snare punctuated, thought-locomotive, “It Beats 4 U.” James refrained, “Words will come and words will go / Don’t you know my heart, it beats for you, sooooooo, in time.” The song concluded with a guitar loop panning from speaker to speaker, then dissolved into transition. The band quickdreamed, waking up in the meter of the next song “Anytime” as it began.

MMJ’s stamina impressed. They don’t just jump around for the first couple songs, they jump around the entire set. Broemel broke out a sax and blew tasteful distance and drone. I debated whether or not My Morning Jacket are a jam band, but I don’t think they are. My Morning Jacket is a rock band that can jam. And speaking of which, the Skynyrd-esque, Flying V, three-guitar finale (additional guitarist onstage) put out a foot stomped fire. The brawny, cyclical, Skynyrd-type guitar pounding that My Morning Jacket does so well. We all need Skynyrd-type guitar pounding from time to time.

The show was a benefit for YouthCare, who provide services to homeless youth. It was also part of the band’s Spontaneous Curation Series, that lets fans help put together the set list.

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  • Hilary Harris

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SET LIST:

ROLLIN BACK INTRO
WAY HE SINGS
THE DARK
CIRCUITAL
XMAS
LAYLOW
STEAM ENGINE
OLD SEPT BLUES
WAR BEGUN
OUTTA MY SYSTEM
MASTERPLAN
IT BEATS
ANYTIME
MAHGEETAH
VICTORY DANCE
WORDLESS
TOUCH ME PT.2
GIDEON

AT DAWN
WONDERFUL
OFF THE RECORD(NO ENDING)
PHONE
RUN THRU

 

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bunnypuncher 1
This band's recorded output has never done much for me, but I saw them years ago at El Corazon/probably Graceland back then opening up for Ben fucking Kweller (listen, I only went with a friend because he agreed to go see the Locust with me the same week), and they tore the place apart. Great live band.

Heard Shabazz confused some old people.
Posted by bunnypuncher http://twitter.com/princess_wolfie on September 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM · Report this
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This was a solid show. Too many yuppies though yuck ! MMJ were extremely good. You're right about the nebulae and the hair.
Posted by I couldn't take my eyes off all the hair on September 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 3
MMJ destroyed, wow. SP undoubtedly confused some ppl, but all the people came up front for them were fuckin wit it
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on September 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 4
Great photos. Had the chance to see MMJ a few years ago and passed so I could catch Letters from Iwo Jima instead. Fine film, but in light of Clint's recent hijinks, I should've gone to the show.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy http://kathleencfennessy.blogspot.com/ on September 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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I know I hate on your writing a lot of the time, but you nailed everything on this one. Great descriptions, great emotional tie-ins, and great all the way around. Perfectly written, Trent.
Posted by Casual_Observer on September 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM · Report this

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