Monday, September 29, 2008

My Morning Jacket

Last night I saw My Morning Jacket perform at McCaw Hall and before the concert was over I knew that it was going to one of the best I’d ever seen. It was certainly the best concert I have seen since the Beck and The Flaming Lips tour of 2002. I only have two albums by My Morning Jacket (“It Still Moves” and “Tennessee Fire”), and I didn’t consider myself a huge fan; but I had always heard that they needed to be seen live to be truly appreciated. I’m fully on board with that notion now. They came onstage at 8:30 and played for two hours straight before taking a very short break, returning for a 20 minute encore. The theater was filled with enthusiastic fans of all ages (“brothers and sisters” as lead singer Jim James stated.) Earlier in the evening — when the babysitter arrived — I jokingly stated that we were going to a “Rock Show!” and I wasn’t disappointed in that respect. The smoke machines were cranking full bore; the light show was impressive and would have enhanced any previously ingested hallucinogenic. Most fans stayed standing throughout the show. I think that I can now confidently say that I am also a huge fan of My Morning Jacket. I even came home with a $30 t-shirt and I usually disdain buying the overpriced merchandise at any show. For those of you unfamiliar with this band that I am heaping high praise upon they released a DVD in 2006 called Okonokos, which documents a live performance recorded at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Until you throw that disc in your Netflix queue here is a taste of My Morning Jacket.

This is one of those crappy cell phone videos, but I think it does a good job of capturing the excitement and enthusiasm I experienced at the show last night.

The original video done for the same song, "One Big Holiday."The silhouette puppets remind me of the classic German animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

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