SXSW | 03.15.08 | Austin, TX - Day 4

Words & Images by: Kayceman

SXSW :: 03.13.08 :: Austin, TX

MMJ :: SXSW :: 03.13
The dark, thick, droning heroin jams of Black Mountain at two in the morning proved to be the perfect end to a day packed full of music. Although the vocals can at times be grounding, when the instrumental sections get going it's like traveling into a wormhole deep in outer space.

Coming in at number two is Dr. Dog at the FADAR Fort Party celebrating the music of the Velvet Underground. With Lou Reed in the audience (he was the keynote speaker at SXSW this year) the Dog busted out beautiful, well rehearsed versions of "Who Loves The Sun" and "Ride Into The Sun" with gorgeous vocal harmonies.

Number one was a no contest: My Morning Jacket. No explanation is really needed as to why, but in case you are living under a rock here's the deal: MMJ are capable of moving from huge rock anthems like "One Big Holiday" to intimate, spine-tingling acoustic numbers like "Golden" and they just so happen to have a slew of new songs (Evil Urges comes out June 10) like "Highly Suspicious," which sounds like Prince on serious LSD. This band gets better everyday and they always deliver. Gawd bless the Jacket. They give us energy and hope when we need it most (like during a two week bender where we've barely slept and really need some solid food).

Honorable mention goes to young Ezra Furman for his passionate reading of the Velvet Underground's "Heroin" at the FADAR party.

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