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Jim James can do whatever the fuck he wants

What I’m listening to right now: Lake Shore Drive by Alliota, Haynes & Jeremiah

A lot of great My Morning Jacket tidbits coming out lately, mostly about lead singer Jim James, and all of which make me love this band even more than I already do.

Lets start with this little excerpt from The Smoking Section from this month’s Rolling Stone. Since I can’t seem to find the link, I’ll just type out this gem:

“Ament (bassist for Pearl Jam) also informed us about an upcoming battle of the bands, on a basketball court. ‘Jeff, you better bring your A-game, Gramps, ‘cuz the Jacket’s gonna be ballin’ on all y’all’ Ament read from an e-mail he received from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. ‘We’re gonna put the hurt on you dawg!’ The showdown was supposed to take place at last years Lollapalooza, but the Jacket backed out. ‘We couldn’t make it,’ says James. Why not? ‘Um, we had to rehearse with an orchestra.'”

I laughed hysterically when i read that line from the e-mail, “The Jacket’s gonna be ballin’ on all y’all!” Haha, ‘The Jacket’. I love it.

Yes, there is real news associated with Jim James. According to multiple sources (here’s the Stereogum article) James will be teaming up with Conor Oberst and M. Ward to do an album. Not many other details there, though we can only hope it will be indie rock’s version of The Traveling Wilburys.

Also hilarious is James’ apparently serious idea of recording under an alter-ego named Sec Walkin, who is an Asian country star. While Asian country music isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I can’t wait to see what comes out of this.

Right now you could be asking, “Hey Jim, how bout instead of doing all this weird crap, why don’t you work on another album?”

Which brings me to the title of this post. Musicians can do all this wierd side project stuff when they’re this good at their main job, which is rocking your socks off (Note: That video is from their 4-HOUR set at Bonnaroo this year, a set which Austin Skaggs of Rolling Stone called “career defining”).

Jesus, does anyone else get chills listening to the beginning of One Big Holiday live?


Why Kanye West Blows (Also: how many different variations of “Douchebag” I can invent)

What I’m listening to right now: Steam Engine by My Morning Jacket

Before I start ranting, here’s a summary of what happened at Bonnaroo:

Ok, here goes:

Kanye West is the biggest self-absorbed douchebag on the planet. Lets run down what he did here in the name of his own massive ego:

First, he asks for his set to be at 2:45 AM because he has a sick light show planned. I don’t consider this bad because light shows are sweet, especially on acid or shrooms, which in case you don’t know, tend to be pretty popular at Bonnaroo.

Then he asks to be on the main stage. It is important to note here that no one has ever played on the main stage that late at night. No one. Not even Phish. But since he’s a headliner the Bonnaroo people let him.

Here’s where it gets douchy. He’s supposed to go on at 2:45 right? Yea, doesn’t actually go on till 4:30 AM!!! 4:30!!! He makes all the fans wait almost 2 HOURS before gracing them with his presence. I know, I know, Pearl Jam went late, but by all reports, the stage was set up and ready to go, and he still fucking waited.

Now judging from what I’ve heard from people who went to the show, the reason he waited is that Phil Lesh and Friends were playing at that time on a different stage, and Kanye wanted to wait till they were done so he could have all the attention on himself, a typical douche move by someone notorious for his douchitude.

Then when he FINALLY comes out, he doesn’t even address the crowd! Let me explain: at Bonnaroo, its become a “thing” for the crowd to yell “BONNAROOOOOO!!!” and when the band comes out, they usually say, “Whats up Bonnarooooooo!!!!” and the crowd responds with yelling “BONNAROOOOO!!!!” All of them do it. Every. Single. One. Kanye decided he was too good for this tradition because, all together now, he’s a giant douche nozzle. But I can forgive that, its just a little faux paus. What I can’t forgive is not at least apologizing for being so late, maybe say something like, “Hey, sorry for being so late everyone. I promise to make this an awesome show.” There, that’s it, its just that easy!!! (Name that TV reference).

THEN, and I think this is the worst, he finishes his set EARLY!!! The prick not only goes on two hours late, he doesn’t even finish his fucking set!!!! To me, that’s the true sign of a shitty artist. People paid to see you play (or whatever rappers do) and you screw them. That’s like paying a lawn service to mow your lawn and watching them leave after only mowing the front. God dammit I hate douchebags.

Luckily, his various acts of douchery backfired in oh so many wonderful ways. When he came out, everyone booed him mercilously, throwing glow sticks at him and chanting “Kanye Sucks!” Awesome. Oh, and apparently not only is he a douche, he’s also a moron, because by the time he came out, the sun was coming up, and sweet ass light shows don’t exactly look very sweet ass when its FUCKING LIGHT OUTSIDE.

And the last and arguably best way in which his douchitude backfired, is that despite waiting to be the only artist performing so that everyone would be at his show, only roughly 500 people actually stayed till the end. Out of 60,000. Apparently the massive gravitational pull emitting from his ego couldn’t keep them there, maybe because stoners take their music very seriously, and don’t put up with douchebaggery.

Now I have never listened to Kanye, and wasn’t planning to anytime soon, but I will never listen to that douchebag’s music.


There. I’m done. I’m gonna go listen to some good music, made by good musicians. Like this:


You Like This Band, You Just Don’t Know It Yet: My Morning Jacket

My Morning JacketJim James arrived at the smoldering wreckage of his favorite neighborhood bar. He refused to believe it until he saw it himself, and there it was, a scene found only in nightmares. He lets out a sigh, then steps out of the car. Trying to conjure up good times and maybe a souvenir, he sifts through the dirt and debris, and suddenly something catches his eye. He bends down to pick up an old leather jacket, slightly charred and ashy, though that’s not what he’s looking at. He stares at the embroidering, MMJ, smiles to himself, then walks back to his car.

My Morning Jacket is one of the hottest new bands in the rock music scene, and with their new album Z, they seem to only be getting better. Their eclectic style, mixing psychedelic rhythms and hard rock riffs with jam band style live shows is attracting all kinds of fans, from frat boys to hipsters to stoners, which they like, “It’s always been what we’ve wanted to do – appeal to so many people all over the place. You don’t get far that way. We never wanted to make one sound.”

The band formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky around singer and guitarist Jim James. James, the leader of band, looks like Jeffrey Lebowski but is one of the brightest young songwriters this generation’s music scene has to offer. James has actually already been recognized for his skills, winning an “Esky” for best songwriter in Esquire’s 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.

The band also won an Esky for Best Live Band, an award the band has shown over and over again it deserves. The band was a very popular fixture at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, playing from 2003- 2006, being the only band to play four times in a row. In 2006 they played an unbelievable three-and-half-hour set, which Bonnaroo made available via webcast later that evening. Their live DVD, Okonokos, is a two hour music explosion, where the band goes from bearded bums to rock gods, thrashing their guitars and head-banging to the flawless chaos that is their forte. Their upcoming shows in Colorado, feature them opening for another music legend, Bob Dylan, which may be the best combo of musicians from the past and present playing together in decades, although depending on your preference, MMJ and Pearl Jam, who played together earlier this year, may be better.

The development of the emerging rock band almost skidded to a sudden halt in 2004, as two of the original members, Johhny Quaid (guitar) and Danny Cash (keyboard) quit due to the stress of constant touring. “We were talking about the touring that was coming,” says Hallahan, “and Johnny’s eyes started tearing up. He was like, ‘Guys, I gotta tell you something…’ And then Danny was like, ‘Fuck it. I quit too.’ ” With the original drummer having already left after their second album At Dawn in 2001, the band faced the intimidating prospect of integrating three new members into the group. Luckily for the fans, the transition went smoothly, with James asking his longtime friend Patrick Hallahan to play drums, and adding new members Carl Broemel (guitar/saxophone) and Bo Koster (keyboard).

After settling the upheaval that happened after their third album It Still Moves, the band came out with arguably their best album yet, simply entitled Z, in 2005. The album is being hailed as their Kid A, showing their evolution from their past work and their growth as a band. They seem to be getting better every year, and if the development that has been evident in every one of their albums continues, it would be safe to say that their best is yet to come.

Anyone who has not heard of this band yet needs to run out to their local record store and buy Z and It Still Moves, believe me, you will not regret it. This is a band on the verge of greatness, and Jim James is on the verge of rock legend status. These guys have all the right ingredients, a great songwriter in James, fantastic stage presence, and an ability to understand each other musically like only the greats can. Get into these guys before they hit super-stardom.

Kid Zeppelin


  • Jim James – vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
  • “Two Tone” Tommy – bass
  • Patrick Hallahan – drums
  • Bo Koster – keyboards & layout
  • Carl Broemel – guitar


  • The Tennessee Fire – May, 1999
  • At Dawn – March/April, 2001
  • It Still Moves – September 9, 2003
  • Z – October, 2005
  • Okonokos (Live) – September 26, 2006

Heres some samples in WMP format:

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