My Morning Jacket @ Greek Theatre, 9/21/08
Some bands are simply meant to be seen live.
While many artists boast consistent and impressive catalog recordings, often it's the eccentric and vibrant live performance experience that ultimately outshines the archive. Such is the case with My Morning Jacket, as evidenced by their ambitious and protracted Greek Theatre stop in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
On tour in support of their recent release, Evil Urges (ATO) -- an album considered by many MMJ purists to be a departure from the pure southern/folk/country rock blend -- this modern day jam band from Kentucky has incorporated elements of 70s pop-soul to their trademark guitar stomps and notable power riffs.
From the sing-a-longs of "Off The Record," to the electro tinged, "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt.2," to the guitar heavy show closer, "One Big Holiday," each of Sunday's song offerings introduced something exhilarating into the sonic landscape.
Led by the dynamic and versatile Jim James, these ambitious musical curators slid and pounded their way through nearly three hours of rock madness; covering all ground between piercing falsettos, twangy southern vocals and heavy rock anthems.
1. Evil Urges
2. Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.1
3. Off The Record
5. I'm Amazed
6. The Way That He Sings
7. Two Halves
8. Thank You Too!
9. Sec Walkin
10. I Will Sing You Songs
11. What A Wonderful Man
13. Lay Low
14. Phone Went West
18. Smokin From Shootin
19. Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt.2
21. Wordless Chorus
22. Highly Suspicious
23. Run Thru
24. One Big Holiday