Band of the Year: My Morning Jacket

By: Kayceman

My Morning Jacket by Autumn de Wilde
We are our parent's children, but we are not our parents. The generation gap we feel today has been exacerbated by the computer revolution, which birthed our text message, IM (instant message for those of you who haven't made the leap), e-communication lifestyle, which many of those born before the PC have failed to adopt. But beyond our ever-growing inability to interact as humans, we're one of the few generations in the history of America that will not enjoy a higher standard of living than our parents. While many cling to hope that Obama can save this country, the truth is as we step into 2009 we're staring down a barrel and there are bullets in the chamber. Our economy has collapsed, we're mired in a war costing us billions of dollars, and we're still dependant on the precious oil our enemies control. This is not the world we were promised, but it is the one we're inheriting.

We also happen to be the first generation to fully see through the veil of organized religion. When times are tough people turn to faith; they always have. Problem is, we watched the walls of the world's largest religion, Christianity, crumble from corruption and crimes inside the Catholic Church too heinous to consider while the second largest religion, Islam, became erroneously tied to fanatic, extreme violence. All around the world people are suffering in the name of religion, and those of us coming of age today have had enough. We aren't looking to scripture and we certainly have no time for hypocrisy handed down from atop a white horse. We're looking for something that connects us in real time, not learned through forced Sunday school traditions and stuffy synagogues we never wanted to attend in the first place. The old rules don't apply. We're searching for more; praying not for Christ's return but for a mass awakening. And like our most ancient ancestors did, many of us are looking to music. Just as cavemen slapped stones, Africans stretched animal hides to make drums and the Whirling Dervishes spun into ecstasy, music is in our bones and it very well may be the path to spirituality. As we close the book on 2008 we need something we can believe in, we need to go deeper and My Morning Jacket is taking us there. And that's why they're our Band of the Year.

SMOKIN FROM SHOOTIN
Who makes my decisions? Who reads all your thoughts?
What makes us how we are?
Faith can't prove what science won't resolve
Kumbaya my lord, c'mon row your boat ashore
The river's long. It is cold. It chills the body but not the soul.

My Morning Jacket by Dave Vann
"Music to me is really spiritual. In my brain, music is kind of everything. Music is the glue that holds life together," says bandleader Jim James. "I've always been the kind of person that really believes in God or some kind of force, some kind of spirit, but I've never been able to put a name on it. So, to me, the most transcendental, beautifully religious moments I've ever had have been either listening to music with some close friends or playing music."

Filling your soul with sound isn't a new idea, just one that seems to be lost in the digital fog of our shared sensory overload. My Morning Jacket is breaking through that fog and they're doing it in a number of ways, but most often it comes in the form of a concert. MMJ's live shows have reached mythic proportions. Their albums are an invitation - a chance for audio observation and personal reflection, deep solitary journeys full of sonic headphone bliss - but it's live, in the concert halls-come-sanctuaries that fans are transformed into disciples.

"Music is a great vehicle for people to lose their minds and to get out of their normal thought bubble and just kind of escape time and space and just get into that vacuum, that blurry area where time doesn't exist anymore," says James. "For us, the live thing, the audience plays a huge role, because if we're playing somewhere and we feel like the audience isn't feeling it or something then it doesn't get that spiritual because it just turns into some tedious task. But, if the audience is really into it and the mood is right and the spirits are right, that's when I feel it becomes really religious, really spiritual, because the fever and the energy of the audience is coming at us and that makes us want to hit back harder. It's just such a crazy, unpredictable kind of energy thing going on."

It seems every time James and I discuss what people are reacting to inside his music we end up back at the spiritual/religious crossroads. It's not that he thinks he's special - far from it, he's very humble – but perhaps Jim James is just a bit more aware of his surroundings.

Jim James by Dino Perrucci
"I'm a big believer in, I don't know, spirits or ghosts is a simplistic way of putting it, but I feel like there are spirits that are around the Earth and if you're writing music, I feel like the best music is kind of brought to you by these forces or spirits" explains James. "And it's the same way with playing a live show. If we're in a place, I try to be respectful of the forces that are already there and the people that have been there before. I try to pray and we huddle up as a band, just to try to let the forces know that we're there with them and we hope that we can kind of join the forces that are there and have it be a good spiritual experience."

But it begs the question why? Why are tens of thousands of fans packing into venues across the globe to be part of this? Is it really because we've lost faith in mainstream religion?

"In a lot of ways organized religion is even more powerful than ever and it just makes me sad, because I've never been able to finalize my thinking on any of those lines because you just can't prove anything. It requires this big, huge leap of faith on the part of the participant to be involved in any of these religions, and it just seems like they do so much more damage than they do good. And they go against the basic principles of what the religion's supposed to be about," says James. "So, I think a lot of people, especially younger people, find that freedom and that boundless, no-boundaries-at-all feeling when they get into music, and they get moved by those forces. I feel like the best thing about church, if you go to a good church, is the music, the fever."

Continue reading for more on the Jacket...

 
Music to me is really spiritual. In my brain, music is kind of everything. Music is the glue that holds life together.

-Jim James

 
Photo by: Autumn de Wilde

Like a fierce live version of "Steam Engine," "Gideon" or "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. II," once James gets talking about a topic he's passionate about there's no stopping him:

Jim James by Sam Erickson
"I also feel like churches have become exclusive, and it's almost like if you're a sinner you're not welcome at church. Whereas I feel the best kinds of churches are the kind that welcome you with open arms and say, 'Hey, life is tough, life is really hard and we all fuck up, and that's why you need to come to church, because you know you're a sinner and you need to come back to your community and sing some songs and be forgiven and try again. You know, get up and dust yourself off and try again to be a good person, because everybody makes mistakes.' I feel like a lot of people are made to feel like you've almost got to fake it. You've almost got to pretend like you're this totally perfect, pure person that goes to this big church where everybody pretends like they're not sinners. It seems like it's turned into this twisted thing where it's almost excluding people and making people feel bad, as opposed to welcoming people in and letting them be healed, letting them try to find a good way. I guess that's why people always gravitate to music, especially if they feel like an outsider or they don't understand the society they're in. Music is limitless and there are no rules there, no feeling of not being accepted."

Amen, Brother Jim, Amen!

But let's not forget, this didn't happen overnight. My Moring Jacket was not an instant success. There was no mass acceptance of their sound when they quietly arrived in 1999 with The Tennessee Fire. The My Morning Jacket of today was a decade in the making - five records, one live album/DVD, a bunch of singles and EPs and countless shows wrestled into ten years full of hard work, lineup changes, lost hopes, re-dedications, a little luck, a lot of talent and a fearless pursuit of their muse. Standing on the edge of superstardom, the Jacket worked damn hard to get here and there's no telling where they might go next.

The first three albums were recorded in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in a now-famous silo and these served as wonderful documentation of the band finding their reverb-soaked, psychedelic guitar rock sound. The Tennessee Fire was a lo-fi diamond in the rough, a stone just starting to show hints of sparkle. 2001's At Dawn found James' vivid, emotionally-pregnant songwriting taking form, and 2003's breakout It Still Moves put it all together into a fully-realized, gritty barn-burning rocker that stamped MMJ on the map in permanent ink. Having built a solid foundation, they could now tear it down and see what really lives inside. They left the farm and went to New York's Catskill Mountains, where they fully-embraced the production possibilities of a real studio and created Z. A sonic tour de force that shot the Southern rockers into the stratosphere, Z was a coming out party for the Jacket. We had it wrong. They're not Skynyrd jam rockers whose perfect slot is sunset (or a rain shower!) at Bonnaroo; My Morning Jacket is bigger than any of that. They are tethered to no genre, beholden to no scene. When they learned how to use the recording studio they transferred the miraculous creative-energy of their live shows to wax, elevating them into a different scope of artists. With Z My Morning Jacket became America's answer to Radiohead. Rooted in good ol' American roots rock but plugged into the cosmos, they have become "THE band" for a lot of people - no longer just entertainment but an answer.

My Morning Jacket
You hear it all the time, talk of how people don't care about music anymore. How radio, marketing schemes and the Internet have killed the art form, and even James fears the worst. "Music has become like this plastic novelty," he says. "I feel like it's lost some of its power."

Like dedicated Radiohead fans who believe the Brits are saving rock across the pond, My Morning Jacket's faithful are looking to their leaders with the same doe-eyed trust. This could be the band's sole mission statement: to save music. And James even cops to the idea, not exactly implying that his band can do it, but that they have to at least try.

"There are those of us that really love music and will always love music and it doesn't matter what format it's in or where we get it. We just want it and we want more of it. We want to search through it," smiles James. "But, I definitely think for people that aren't music nerds but who love music it is important. I feel like a lot of people don't want to go searching for hours of music; they'll just kind of listen to what's being broadcast, the most popular stuff, which is totally normal and an acceptable way of hearing music. It's just, I hope we can get the world back into balance where good-quote-unquote-good, healthy music is the big force."

EVIL URGES
The things they say are evil urges, baby, they be part of the human way
It ain't evil, baby, if it ain't hurting anybody
If it's all the same, we're tired of waiting, come on then
And dedicate your love to any woman or man
No racial boundary lines, no social subdivisions
If you want it – you can have it!

My Morning Jacket by Autumn de Wilde
All of this brings us to 2008's Evil Urges, another mammoth step forward full of weird futuristic soul-funk, touching ballads, fist-pumping bangers and R&B art rock that makes you want to jump up on the table and scream along. But, this is no mindless keg party. "Evil Urges" are inside all of us, and this album grapples with the most challenging aspects of our modern existence.

"The world is such a confused place. Things that people think are good values are obviously twisted, but there are other things considered evil that obviously aren't," reflects James. "There is real evil out there, but Evil Urges is about how all of these things that you've been told are evil really aren't, unless they're actually hurting something or somebody."

The fact that the music on Evil Urges is so freakily different than Z, which was a world away from It Still Moves, really shouldn't have been a surprise. If we've learned anything about MMJ over the past decade it's that they never stop moving, growing or searching for what's next. In fact, James would argue that's the whole idea.

"I always made a conscious effort, from a production standpoint and from a sound standpoint, to make each album as different as possible," explains James. "I think it's really fun just to put on an album and from the first note you're just like, 'Wow, this sounds completely different! I don't even know if this is the same band.'"

MMJ definitely got that reaction when fans got to song three, "Highly Suspicious," on the new album. A polarizing force that could just as easily illicit hip-jerking head-banging as it could a pissed-off laugh and slap of the "fast forward" button, but such is the risk when you're really pushing boundaries. There will always be naysayers who want the same record or song over-and-over, and there are plenty of bands that fall victim to this, often having their creative juices siphoned by record execs that are only searching for that next big hit. Lucky for us, MMJ never let loose an ounce of control and that's a big reason why they've been able to make such adventurous music.

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The world doesn't realize that the accountant or the construction worker needs to come home and listen to music and have art and architecture affect their lives in a beautiful way, even if they don't know [it], even if they don't realize that it's affecting 'em.

-Jim James

 
Photo by: Dave Vann

"I feel like we've bought ourselves artistic freedom by always being really clear with our record labels [about] having full creative control, full artistic control, full control of the album artwork, every single thing. I never wanted to worry for one second about anything I wanted being questioned or taken away," says a proud James.

My Morning Jacket by Dave Vann
This creative freedom has fostered an atmosphere where anything is possible. A place where My Morning Jacket can go in any direction, and whether it's conscious or not, that direction almost always touches on something bigger.

"That's why I think the spiritual side of it is so important," says James, "because sometimes I get tired of music and I think about how many people have made records with guitars and drum sets and basses and all that shit. And it's funny because when you listen to a record that has no spirit, you hear just some dudes playing guitars and basses, but if you listen to a record that you love it's almost like it turns into this thing where it doesn't matter what they're using. It all turns into this big, beautiful painting or whatever, and it's no longer guitars or basses or voices - it's just this thing."

There could perhaps be no better analogy for My Morning Jacket's sound than a painting. When the Jacket hit their stride brushes full of color fly across the mind's canvas. Like James said, it stops being guitars, drums and singing, and the pieces come together to form a single entity far greater than any words I could hope to muster. Take for example the vocals. Often when a jam is getting heated and someone starts to sing it grounds the listener, connecting them to a storyline or chorus phrase, but when James' reverb-juiced howls float into the sky they stop being a man singing and become another splash of paint on the mural. They don't bring you back - they ignite liftoff.

It's possible that James, bassist Two Tone Tommy, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel and keyboardist Bo Koster exist in this echelon of "artists" like Radiohead, Wilco, Bjork and The Flaming Lips (all bands name checked by James) because they understand the core value of art just for art's sake.

"To keep seeing arts funding get cut over and over again," James cuts himself off and restarts, "The world thinks it can exist without art. The world doesn't realize that the accountant or the construction worker needs to come home and listen to music and have art and architecture affect their lives in a beautiful way, even if they don't know [it], even if they don't realize that it's affecting 'em. So, it's like they think they're cutting arts funding to save money and make more money in other places but in the end it's only going to end up shooting everybody in the foot."

LIBRARIAN
What is it inside our heads that makes us do the opposite?
Makes us do the opposite of what's right for us?
Cause everything'd be grrreat and everything'd be good
If everybody gave like everybody could.

My Morning Jacket by Autumn de Wilde
By the time I meet James, Hallahan and some of the crew for dinner at a quaint Berkeley restaurant, the interview portion of our time is long over. James has had a taxing flight with multiple delays and we're no longer unraveling Big Ticket items. Religion and spirits, transcendent guitar solos and talk of how drugs are "overrated" has turned to salmon (what Jim got) and ribs (what I got). The guys are excited but tired. The next night is a big one. They are playing The Greek, hallowed grounds in the Bay Area and we'd soon find out perfect acoustics for the Jacket's massive sound to stomp around in (read the review here). Somewhere between a triumphant "Mahgeetah" and a dark, twisted "Dondante," the beautiful "Librarian" reached a peak when James sang out, "Cause everything'd be grrreat and everything'd be good/ if everybody gave like everybody could." Standing amongst the swaying congregation, I couldn't help but feel connected to something bigger than myself, this band or this single experience, and I was sucked back to my talk the previous day with James:

"Everybody is the same and everybody needs the same things. I think that's why music, good music, kind of speaks to that timeless essence or pure consciousness that's in every living being," says James. "I think music is a form of that, and I think that kind of ties into the whole religion/spiritual thing, because I think if you go out and make any effort in the world to travel or go to different parts of your town or try and meet different people and see what people of all different races and creeds and stuff are up to, everybody's looking for the same thing. We all want to be loved. We all want to be taken care of. We all want to be fed and take care of our families and have a roof over our head. I think that's one thing that hopefully - I'm hoping with fingers crossed - that we're coming out of a dark time and into a better time where there's a more level playing field between the rich and the poor. And it would just be really great to see things even out and to see people kind of recognize that in each other more, this kind of essence that everybody deserves to have a fair, nice life."

Looking at the front page of the newspaper or into our bank accounts might not make us feel like life is fair or nice, but if we study the success a band like MMJ has enjoyed, perhaps there is hope after all.

2008 was the year of the Jacket. It all started in March at the annual South by Southwest music conference/schmoozefest. The buzz in Austin was ridiculous. From the minute one stepped off the plane into the humid air all you heard was talk of Evil Urges (which wouldn't come out for another three months) and the availability of tickets to their Wednesday night show at the tiny Parish (which would prove a revelation for those of us fortunate enough to get through the door). The following months found the band garnering more praise than ever, selling out amphitheaters and sheds, playing major slots at festivals around the world, landing on the covers of mainstream magazines, getting serious airplay with their singles, their new album debuting at #9 on the Billboard charts, and even getting a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. And if you need more tangible, hard evidence consider this: The last time MMJ played a NYE show they did three epic nights at San Francisco's 1100-person Fillmore Auditorium to celebrate 2006 passing into 2007. This year, to end 2008, they are set to play America's biggest stage, Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve. It doesn't get any bigger and bands simply don't get any better, and that's why all of us at JamBase are proud to crown My Morning Jacket as our Band of the Year.

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schofizzl Tue 12/23/2008 06:14PM
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schofizzl

they're not my favorite band, but i do love them dearly and completely think they deserve this! they make beautiful music that relates to jammers and mainstreamers alike.

iwantstogetfunkedup Tue 12/23/2008 06:32PM
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I was at the mentioned show at the Greek in Berkeley and they completely rocked the joint! I agree this band will never be the same after '08. They've taken it to another level.

geebs Tue 12/23/2008 06:34PM
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Great choice and article JB. Congrats to MMJ. Can't wait to see them 12/27 and 12/28.

JonSoda starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/23/2008 06:36PM
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Andrew Bruss starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/23/2008 07:44PM
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Andrew Bruss

Right the fuck on! 2008 was the year of the Jacket and NYE at the MSG is going to take things to a whole new level. I'll look forward to the review.

Andrew Bruss Tue 12/23/2008 07:51PM
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Andrew Bruss

I'd also like to give props to Jim James for pulling off more far out hair styles in one year than most artists manage in a whole era

Natey Tue 12/23/2008 09:04PM
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Natey

Definitely one of the best. I cant believe how much of jump....seeing the shows @ the Fillmore at New Years was amazing....now MSG!!! Good for them.

wetchabs starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/23/2008 09:16PM
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The Best band in America......period!

NatiMatty starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/23/2008 11:40PM
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"people always told me. that bars are dark and lonely

and talk is often cheap and filled with air."

Cola21 Wed 12/24/2008 12:16AM
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Cola21

I hate to reiterate, but they deserve it. Such a killer, beautiful group of artists. And Jim's quotes in this article are completely rejuvenating to my soul. This is an artist who understands the calling of the artist: to be a visionary, to be a sage, and to be in the league of a prophet. That's the magic of art. Vonnegut, Jackson Browne, name it.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 12:17AM
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HoodooVoodoo

I hope Jim's balls have healed well.

haggardphunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 12:41AM
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great article, great band, great year. cant wait for the chicago shows. now if they'd only go ahead and make up that iowa city show i could die in peace

Jenkem_Garcia Wed 12/24/2008 05:12AM
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bold99 Wed 12/24/2008 05:38AM
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Long live MMJ...god I love these guys, NYE @ MSG is going to be earth shattering.

fordaj Wed 12/24/2008 06:36AM
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toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 06:50AM
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toestothenose

Kayce -

Wonderful article on the band, amoung bands!

There are some heavy and insightful thoughts in there - things to contemplate for 2009.

t_swann Wed 12/24/2008 07:06AM
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I've followed MMJ since the early days, and as much as I like the new stuff, the two shows I saw this year didn't do that much for me anymore. They are amazing, but seeing them at Roo in the rain and The Ryman in Nashvile in the early days, then seeing shows this past summer...it's just not the same. The songs of Tennessee Fire and At Dawn moved me...the new ones just don't do it for me.

Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 07:09AM
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Brooklynn starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 07:22AM
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Brooklynn

one song?? dude go out and listen to more than their last album before you make such comments. MMJ is amazing. They are an extrememly hard working band and make beautiful music. Go listen to At Dawn or Z, some of their best work imo :) great joice jambase!

matthau Wed 12/24/2008 07:51AM
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REALLY?? Band of the year?? I don't know about that. I think MMJ tried to hard with Evil Urges....but that's just me. MMJ ain't ever gonna be Radiohead. ;) I think band of the year is TV on the Radio....hands down, and their album to me is much better and more prgressive then "Evil Urges". Am i the only one that wises MMJ would go back to playing music like they did back int he days of "It Still Moves"?

guyute16 Wed 12/24/2008 08:18AM
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guyute16

Put me down for confused as well. Band of the year? These guys are like wheat bread. Wholesome, probably good for you. But not very exciting. Also, can anyone really argue that they jam? If anything this choice highlights what a slow year 2008 was for the jam scene.

musicalearth starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 08:33AM
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Well done Kayceman.

It doesn't matter what you all think - because everyone has an opinion - the jambase boards make it clear. But the editors are the ones with the power - and they will let their voice be heard.

And My Morning Jacket deserves for you to hear them. Their progression, their passion and their delivery are all worthy of highlight and sharing. The superlative 'band of the year' title seems trivial when there are literally hundreds of thousands of bands out there trying to make it - but The Jacket really 'bring it', more so than any band for me all year. From Bonnaroo's onslaught, to Red Rocks, I look forward to a week from tonight bringing in the New Year with these guys at MSG.

Quit hating, start listening Jambasers...

jalew Wed 12/24/2008 08:57AM
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jalew

AGREED! thanks Kayce, Jambase and all you bitching fools for another great year.

olemiss1 Wed 12/24/2008 09:14AM
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jerryil star Wed 12/24/2008 09:15AM
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matthau Wed 12/24/2008 09:30AM
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I think the big problem here is that people ARE actually comparing MMJ to Phish and the Dead. I guess i just don't see MMJ as a jam band...i think MMJ can be compared with bands like Radiohead or even Wilco.....but not the Dead or Phish. It's just a different thing. The Disco Biscuits or Pgroove are JAM bands. Yes, the JAM scene is very lousy these days....but still.

8aPeach Wed 12/24/2008 09:55AM
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Caution498 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 10:03AM
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Caution498

What a wonderful essay/interview. Its the way that Jim sings AND the words that he says AND the band! Jim I hope you're feeling 100%. Please drop Ticketbastard on their big fat asses. And for all you MMJ haters out there, why did you waste your time clicking on an mmj article? Why did you waste your time commenting on it? LOSERS!

bold99 Wed 12/24/2008 10:21AM
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guyute16, you clearly have not seen these guys live. Can they jam? seriously? They don't noodle but Jam is exactly what they do...and Rock. Hard.

bold99 Wed 12/24/2008 10:25AM
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matthau, you are exactly right. These guy bridge the gap between a good Rock band and a jam band but they are definitely not a jamband in the way Phish or the Dead are and they don't try to be. This is what in my opinion makes them as good as they are. They absolutely put on one of the best live shows going. They are so diverse which makes people compare them to Wilco/Radiohead and jam type bands.

chuckus starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 10:40AM
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Goddamn, Kayce. That was a really good article. I'm bout to walk out my door and I honestly have a little more purpose now. Thanks MMJ and thanks for the article.

terrapinstranger Wed 12/24/2008 11:09AM
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panicpanicpanic! starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 11:18AM
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panicpanicpanic!

hate hate hate! these guys are badass. they came to cville va and it was amazing! great article!!!

BRabbit Wed 12/24/2008 11:27AM
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BRabbit

ummm My Morning Jacket Brings it. Jim James is beautiful through and through. WOW WOW WOW what an article, toatly wish i could of done the article and hang with these boys. congrats MMJ peace. Merry Christmas Jambase. long live live music

hoodtweezer Wed 12/24/2008 11:42AM
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hoodtweezer

My Morning Jacket is a really great band...............for me to poop on!

Muffinman1 Wed 12/24/2008 11:44AM
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Jeff Kash Wed 12/24/2008 12:33PM
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Jeff Kash

Jambase - Lamest Opinions of the Year.

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 12:42PM
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r0llingst0ned

Great article Aaron, probably the best I've read on here.

You even attracted the message board critters, they're out in full force for this one.

Ointment Wed 12/24/2008 12:49PM
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Ointment

i enjoy mmj, but i don't know about being the band of the year. i agree with matthau, tv on the radio is my favorite.

Jenkem_Garcia Wed 12/24/2008 01:02PM
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Jenkem_Garcia

When he are playing to a half-empty MSG, at least James James can tell himself that one guy from Jambase thinks he is the band of the year.

crowesfan starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 01:08PM
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crowesfan

Called it months ago. I mean Evil Urges is great but the Bonnaroo show sealed the deal. What a spectacular band and I'm happy Jambase recognized this fact.

brooklynite84 Wed 12/24/2008 01:46PM
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I've seen these guys twice and once this year and they are the real deal. They are probably one of my favorite modern bands going today and their shows are top notch. I'm proud of them for doing MSG on NYE. They've come a long way throughout their career and getting the credit they deserve. I would have to say that along with this band, Radiohead and NIN were the shows of the year. If you were out and about and missed either one of these shows then it must've been a dissappointing year for you. Radiohead dominated every festival while playing to perfection and proved why they rule the world. NIN brought so much to the table and made me one of their biggest fans this year. Trent Reznor is the MAN when it comes to music and put on one of the finest live performances of a lifetime that would even make Roger Waters cream in his pants. Those of you who saw them this year know what I'm talking about and can definitely back me up. Overall it was a fantastic year of live music, even though their wasn't any real Jambased scenes going on, we still got Phish and the Dead next year which will flood this Jambase and bring back that spirit. I'm just glad that I got the chance to experience and listen to music that I would've never even attempted if it weren't for the hiatus of these bands. Til next year, Have a Grateful Christmas and Shine On!

nllphel1 Wed 12/24/2008 02:54PM
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MMJ is amazing. But just thought id set some facts straight. We get the majority of our oil from Canada and Mexico, and i don't consider them my enemies. Venezuela and the Saudi's do give us oil, but we are not as dependent on them as the LIBERAL media would like to portray. I guess ignorance, though, is bliss! gooday.

moonsafari starstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 04:46PM
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moonsafari

theyre not bad, but i guess no one listens to radiohead

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 05:33PM
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Chaloupka

Yup!

Jimmy P starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/24/2008 07:06PM
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Jimmy P

radiowho? love me sum MMJ...glad to see um get sum props from the site too

BooneRes Wed 12/24/2008 07:43PM
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BooneRes

i tried to watch these guys at langerado a couple years ago and just couldn't get into it at all what so ever. that being said they have obviously done some big things being that they are playing at MSG but i think i would have to go with radiohead as well. i had never seen them until may and i was sooo impressed and new barely any songs. i think having a band of the year is stupid and just one more thing for people to bitch about on here though.

jenkinsear star Wed 12/24/2008 07:58PM
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sppnola Thu 12/25/2008 09:17AM
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sppnola

MMJ is the bomb! congrats, i will be in chicago on the 28th..can't wait!

DaFunkyPrecedent starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/25/2008 11:47AM
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This is why I loathe "jam band kids". Why can't you be happy? Why can't you say "that's awesome, that 5 guys from Kentucky, who tour relentlessly, put out great albums and have wonderful attitudes on life made it and made it BIG!". Your right, they're not Phish. They're not the Dead. They're My Morning Jacket, and maybe if you get you head out of your pachouli scented ass you could see how amazing these guys are. See you in NYC! NYE is gonna be unreal.

spinyn starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/25/2008 12:47PM
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Great choice! It really was their year. I wasn't prepared for the rain at Bonnaroo and had to bail on that epic set but did see a monster three-hour show at Stubb's BBQ. (I knew The Jacket was right up Austin's alley but I had no idea HOW big they are there!). The live show and the places they go in it are incredible and "Evil Urges" is...highly addicting!

The other band of the year for me was The Hold Steady as I may have played "Stay Positive" as much as any CD this year. Funny thing is they share the same instrumentation as The Jacket...charismatic front man who also plays guitar, kind of a classic rock lead guitarist, keyboard guy for textures and a basic but rockin' rhythm section.

chidodger Thu 12/25/2008 01:25PM
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chidodger

I can't agree that they are the "band of the year", I think that's a bit much. They're not as good as Drag the River, in my opinion.

MarkBC starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/25/2008 03:07PM
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MarkBC

My band of the year is the Bill Kreutzmann Trio, the first time I saw them I was suffering from the effects of yet-undiagnosed-severe-central-nervous-system-lyme-disease and they got me movin and groovin and feelin better than I had in weeks. I saw them three more times over the summer, and notably their show at Vibes they brought to a new level. Just thought if one dude on JamBase got to write his opinion, I could too. Here's to a great 2009!

johnnygoff starstarstarstar Thu 12/25/2008 03:13PM
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johnnygoff

band of the year? sure. why not? who else would you put in that discussion?

I can name a few but Jambase's distinction really isn't that crazy.

Minus Jim James tumblin off a Cinci stage, not too much has delayed MMJ's llocomotion past stardom into NY NYE headliner.

again, don't mix up MMW and MMJ. you'll end up w/ My Morning Wood .......((Too good to pass up)

? starstarstar Thu 12/25/2008 05:24PM
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I've really enjoyed watching MMJ rise in popularity since I first saw their live show in early 2002. The live show has also been a great experience although I would rather not be one who hypes them up like this article does or like Harp did for a couple years. It really takes away from the music, if that is what its really about. Somehow it seems to imply a contrived sense of being or attainment that only sets the future in motion for an echo of the same contrived meanings behind a particular band or movement. If everything is so free and new all the time then this sort of bantering is getting old, that goes with all rock journalism. But thats a personal belief.

The first part of the article also kind of bugged me, although I have always liked Kayce's writings. The idea that the fanatics of Islam or the child molesters of a particular sect has caused organized religion to crumble is an overstatement. For those who don't have regular experiences with prayer or other experiences that solidify their faith through organized religion then this might make sense. But just as science has methods of proving things most with faith have such methods that have proven to their hearts and minds that there is a God who knows the real reason we are in this human experience and the benefits we will obtain by living it. I personally believe beyond the boundaries of "organized" faith is a God who knows each person and knows the heart and mind of that person. Its their heart that is judged not belonging to a particular sect or political movement.

No one can stereotype this generation into a generation who rejects organized religion. Thats a bit overboard. I might reject someone else's form of organized religion but I would never believe that all organized religion is wrong in every possible way and the world would be better off without it. Diversity is essential to the beauty of this world. I would never say an indigenous tribe is holding back the world by continuing in its traditions. I would rather educate myself about them and respect the beauty they posses. Same with religion, allow it to be without trying to cause a war between believers and non-believers. The first paragraph could almost sound in its own way like any fanatic would sound about their own religion. Claiming that no other has right to exist in a world of the future. Isn't that what we don't want is sexism, racism and how about anti-organized religion. It almost sounds that way these days. If someone is of a particular faith then exclude them from the "movement" in the music scene.

Although I can't relate with most of organized religions (and sometimes the very one I grew up in) I do however don't see need to try and destroy, rather to build people by encouraging them to live up to their tenants or the golden rule which all religions have in common. I know I'm always being stereotyped and misunderstood just by saying I am a "Blank", which is true for most everyone. It feels like I have no right or place in a music community when I read article like this and yet I always try to allow for others to be able to have freedom of expression which may include religion. Those who are anti-organized religion need to be careful in how they present their views. Like in politics and religion there are bigots and hypocrites on both sides. Its what you do without the motive of something (politics/religion) other than your own need to be loving towards all. Believing in everything gives everything the right to be. Loving your enemy is just as important as loving your self. Without love for your enemy there is no chance for world peace.

Anyways my first feeling upon reading things like this is to just put into perspective the writers or the "movements" beliefs and motives. I wouldn't try to destroy but to clarify the misconceptions of others towards me, even if they won't listen. I do believe a desire for good is sought by the writers perspective but also that they are not totally correct and skewed by either personal experience or trying to find political correctness.

MyDogIsBlaze starstar Fri 12/26/2008 09:28AM
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MyDogIsBlaze

WOW, how much cocaine you must be on, to say that much, MMJ is SICK!

barnylee starstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 10:43AM
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barnylee

Def a fantastic band with phenominal originals....saw them in DC this year...just wish they'd improv more at shows instead of the same thing each night, with their predictable "Freebird", "OBH" at the end of each show. Guess they gotta do it with the big time, synched light show. Oh well, I guess you know what you're gonna get when you see them. JJ's got a GREAT voice!

rainydayman starstar Fri 12/26/2008 10:44AM
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rainydayman

To me, they don't sound like a jam band. I like their music okay, but jam band? No.

CoreyBauer Fri 12/26/2008 11:06AM
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yeah definitely not a jamband . what does jambase cover these days? Jambands only? Guess not. Why not make lil wayne the "band" of the year. I hear he got like 8 grammys .. most ever for a rap artist (i saw that on some commerical on TV) ... that is where jambase is going

sawethan starstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 11:51AM
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Kayceman should check the facts- Whirling Dervishes were in fact turning to religion by "spinning into ecstasy." Why would they be used, then, as an example of people turning to music instead of religion? Perhaps we shouldn't lay so much blame on religion (hypocrisy, yes) for the problems of today. After all, one of the greatest musicians of our time, Bob Marley, relied on religion.

sschaffner starstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 12:07PM
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sschaffner

i'm not about to crown MMJ as band of the year, but they've got to be up there... and i agree, a band of the year conversation is kind of ridiculous anyways. however! i must comment because i love these guys and there's way too much stupidity flying around up there.

okay children, you should've figured out by now that jambase covers music, not jambands. they've changed, and the name is now misleading, but y'all are smarter than that, right? are you wearing blinders when you look for articles to read on here? anyways, my nomination for most ignorant comment of the year goes to jenkinsear. congratulations!

anybody who passionately seeks out and devours music, and is consumed by music understands why these guys are special. maybe it's not your thing, which is perfectly fine, but it's undeniably full of pure unfiltered heart and soul. if you can't feel it when you listen then maybe there's something wrong with your approach to music? maybe you should follow more than 11 artists, and start giving other types of music a chance.

and in conclusion, i have to call out rickymullet - "jim james basically imitates john bell's vocals and melodic songwriting styles..." seriously? c'mon people! is anyone listening anymore, or is it all becoming background noise? why even bother coming to this website? start paying attention, and start giving a shit! otherwise, go watch your fucking television.

CoreyBauer Fri 12/26/2008 12:21PM
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Jambase is not here to cover all music ... AND THEY DON'T. If they did then why do they send their journalists to primary jambands shows... and post primarliy jamband show reveiws? Why is that column of the left that states all the shows throughout the country... only really jambands themselves or music that people that listen to jambands would listen to?

Lets put some Madonna and prince, how bout some Britney on here? Tell us when there playing andhow ther shows are? OF COURSE THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN cus Jambase down't cover those peeps/type of music. So why this? Where does the line get drawn?

CoreyBauer Fri 12/26/2008 12:30PM
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ONe of the comments above seals the deal for me.

A liker of MMJ is upset cus they play the exact same ending to every show

"freebird, obh". ... no improv..... WTF?

Are you kidding me? I get made when a band plays the same song two nights in a row. That is the definition of Jam .. improv.. not knowing whats coming. And definition of Jam does not apply to the Band of the year from JAMbase? Something is wrong with this....

Anyone ever gone on tour with these guys? Or you go see a show every 6 months thats good and their the ebst band ever.... pretty pathetic

bigworld starstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 12:48PM
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horseandjockey: although a bit scatterbrained, I can appreciate your standpoint and some of the points you were trying to make you obviously felt pretty strongly about what you read and i can dig that. im going to have to disagree with you though. I very much liked the introduction and thought the article was very well written. It proclaimed MMJ as band of the year and then backed it up. Although statements such as "We also happen to be the first generation to fully see through the veil of organized religion" is a bit of an overstatement in the context, it is very much true. Not because we have seen the "corruption" of the church or war over Islam, more because of the computer/science age Kaynceman is reffering to. There is an undoubtable thirst for knowledge with having so much information at ones fingertips, and people are in turn less prone to except fictional information as true.

"most with faith have such methods that have proven to their hearts and minds that there is a God who knows the real reason we are in this human experience" what are these methods u speak of? blind faith? as ben franklin once said "to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason". No where did it say that "all organized religion is wrong" i think he was just trying to say that more and more people are debunking religion. They are starting to ask questions and separate fact from fiction, thats all. I dont think that is a bad thing in the least bit...

bigworld Fri 12/26/2008 12:57PM
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bigworld

and of coarse...congrats MMJ! you guys are some hardworking dudes and you deserve all the credit and admiration that comes your way!

sschaffner Fri 12/26/2008 02:44PM
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sschaffner

uh, yeah sure corey... check this link

http://www.jambase.com/Artists/5395/Prince/Articles

oh, and how about this one...

http://www.jambase.com/Articles/14221/Madonna-Hard-Candy

you can look at jambase every single day, and every single day they're going to be talking about something other than jamband music. there is no line, they cover whatever they feel like covering: jam, indie, rock, jazz, blues, country, alternative, hip hop, pop, etc. etc. etc. etc. i'm not saying it's always right, but i'm just sayin because y'all are taking your frustration out on MMJ for not being a jamband. get over it... this isn't a jam band website.

whodoyoudo Fri 12/26/2008 02:58PM
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whodoyoudo

ive tried to catch this wave......

but the water remains still

bluefox starstar Sat 12/27/2008 08:20AM
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bluefox

I like MMJ, seeing them on NYE and looking forward to it. I also thought most of this article was really good and enjoyed the long snippets of Jim James' opinions. That said I thought the first couple paragraphs of this article review were totally pretentious bullcrap. It sounds like my deep thoughts after an acid trip when I was 20 years old. Yes there is some truth to it but it so vastly oversimplifies a complex world that it just sounds ridiculous. For the record I am not a religious type so it did not offend me with the religion bashing particuarly. I generally like Kayceman's writing but there is a great thing called editing which works very well these days with this thing called the "Delete" key. Check it out.

EricTW83 Sat 12/27/2008 11:09AM
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....yawn....

Hollow starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/27/2008 12:45PM
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Hollow

Great article! I always enjoy James' insight into his music and music in general. He's got a way of cutting through the fog.

homerbrett Sat 12/27/2008 01:27PM
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MMJ rules! I saw them at Bonnaroo in 04....best show I have ever seen and I have seen a lot, it didnt hurt that I was on shrooms during the show either! Good call on my part for that! But for real these guys are onto the truth....

The world doesn't realize that the accountant or the construction worker needs to come home and listen to music and have art and architecture affect their lives in a beautiful way, even if they don't know [it], even if they don't realize that it's affecting 'em. So, it's like they think they're cutting arts funding to save money and make more money in other places but in the end it's only going to end up shooting everybody in the foot."

That's our world for sure...but it's not an accident, it's all part of the plan to keep us in a slave/robot state of mind. EVERYONE WITH AN OPEN MIND who wants to learn the truth about life should check out all the "crazy" conspiracy information about the NWO/illuminati etc. It's all true and if you aren't afraid to look and find out then go to Davidicke.com or watch his speeches on google video. The world and it's "chaos" are not so chaotic after all.

Luthur starstarstarstar Sat 12/27/2008 02:58PM
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I think the fact that this column generated 50 posts on a holiday weekend says enough.

Does it make sense if I say I like this band more than I like their music? I like several of their songs, Okononononsososos was awesome, but I haven't been able to fully connect with the music. I like the way they carry themselves and what they do live. I'm thinking this means they have a truly epic album in them that they haven't made yet. Expectations and such.

Cools dudes. Great music. I have other suggestions for Band of the Year, but I have no issue with MMJ being it.

CoreyBauer Sat 12/27/2008 04:06PM
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IS BURGER KING A BURGER JOINT?

BUT THEY HAVE CHICKEN SANDWICHES NOW TOO....

ONCE A BURGER JOINT ALWAYS A BURGER JOINT...

ONCE A JAMBAND SITE... ALWAYS ONE....

IF SOMEONE FROM JAMBASE WOULD LIKE TO POST ON HERE OTHERWISE ...

please do so....

but then i think the mass majority of us will go jambands.com instead... and get what we are really looking for.

mandophine Sat 12/27/2008 05:04PM
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mandophine

Lotus...bad move with this mmj shit jambase, i think you guys lost a lot of cred that you never really had

jenkinsear Sat 12/27/2008 05:27PM
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"I like the way they carry themselves"

And this is any reason to see a band/like a band/think they are good musicians? You people are deaf, these guys are writing the same old chord progression and same old music that's been done for the last 20 years, and I for one am sick of it. It isn't new. It isn't innovative. It isn't pushing any boundaries, and it disgusts me that something this boring makes it to "band of the year" on a website I once had respect for. Music is about putting passion into your work, writing something besides the common major/minor/mixolydian chord progressions with no interesting reharmonization and not even new, diversified voicings. No real interesting solos either, just a few guitarists who are mediocre at best, playing "intensely" the same way Sonic Youth or Nirvana "peaked" - by increasing volume and speed. The note choices should create the tension and the dissonance, but these guys can't do that. They just aren't talented enough yet. Maybe in a few years, but not yet.

mighty_quinn starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/28/2008 10:23AM
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mighty_quinn

MMJ tore up the Chicago Theatre las night, HOLY CRAP!

spiderdonkey starstarstarstar Sun 12/28/2008 11:47AM
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spiderdonkey

The article was okay, I could have done without the crap in the middle about religion and foreign oil. Overall, it was well written though.

As for the band, MMJ, they are my favorite new band and have been my favorite band since I saw them at the Roo in 03 when it started rained during Steam Engine. And yes I am going to the New Years show since I missed the one 2 years ago in San Fran. My favorite album by them has always been their first, Tennessee Fire. I love the new one Evil Urges its so much more soulful then anything prior. There is definitely some very funky Prince-like overtones on a few tracks which makes for an awesome dance party at live shows. However, I always end up going back to Tennessee Fire I guess cuz it reminds me so much of The Band and the Velvet Underground. It just sounds like music from a different era.

Finally, to all the naysayers who posted on this article about how MMJ isn't a 'jam' band I wish you would actually kick back and see them live at a festival next summer. Then at last you would realize how wrong you were or if that doesn't work maybe you just need to clean the shit out your ears. I mean come on, your talking about a band that has played the Roo since the beginning in 2000.

I hope to see them at some point next summer and maybe I'll see all you crazy dudes there too. And to all the people going to the NYE show I'll be dressed in a robot costume.

Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/28/2008 05:53PM
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Harmonium Sun 12/28/2008 08:05PM
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Harmonium

Jam music is over. MMJ offers dynamic, exciting shows that allude to aspects of progressive composition and improvisation, however recede from using every song as an experimental opportunity. They also make exciting records, which is something that I have not heard from a jam band since the Dead released Blues for Allah. Sorry, Till the Medicine Takes doesn't cut it. Neither does The Story of the Ghost. As for Radiohead, they are well established worldwide as a groundbreaking band. Great band, great record, great shows.

? Mon 12/29/2008 12:44AM
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My post above is a bit out there, scatterbrained in part thanks to a head cold. After reading the article again I must of assumed a few too many things. Makes sense in the context of today's generation dealing with the headlines each day. My comment should have been more concise and less rambling.

I should have stated something like the following which I believe just as much. MMJ deserves the hype and recognition due to the great live shows I've experienced over the years. Although too much hype can take away from the music I feel the band (along with many others) deserve band of the year even if I haven't heard a live sound from them this year nor bought the album yet.

bold99 Mon 12/29/2008 07:06AM
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MMJ are a great reason not to like Jambands and diversify. Not sure how people only listen to jam music. These guys are the real deal. Great songs, they jam and rock hard. And too whoever posted about playing to a half empty MSG they have sold over 11,000 seats so far. A absolute tribute to where this band have come from and where they are now.

bigfro Mon 12/29/2008 02:24PM
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bigfro

Yawn

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/29/2008 06:05PM
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nobodysjam

If you've made it this far without being hip to thes cats yet, just go get Z, then It Still Moves. Devour both, stop, let marinate on your insides, then go to a show. Trust me, you'll be hooked for good.

I could care less about "band of the year" nonsense, Kayce's been pimping them hard for years now, but nonetheless, MMJ bring a range that the only word I can apply is "dynamics". They may tread in rock dinosaurs shoes, but they stand on the shoulders of giants and move the rock idiom forward a step, what else more can an artist hope to do? Sell a million albums?-BAH, MMJ will sell a hundred million tickets first.

truthseeking Tue 12/30/2008 06:06AM
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I'm a huge MMJ fan, but the fact the writer talks of them as if they are ushering in a new era of enlightenment is ridiculous. I thought you were tired of religion? Yet you're trying to look to "something" for some sort of guidance in this messed up world. True Christianity, that which is in true relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way this world will find true joy, peace and contentment. Don't base your view of Christianity on certain groups. Look to Christ and His life alone as the only perfect example of true love. Only through Him can we find our purpose.

Jenkem_Garcia Tue 12/30/2008 09:54AM
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Jenkem_Garcia

"And too whoever posted about playing to a half empty MSG they have sold over 11,000 seats so far."

ok, well the capacity is 20,000, and lots of people are having trouble getting rid of tickets that they don't want anymore.

Funk Thompson starstarstarstar Tue 12/30/2008 10:04AM
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Funk Thompson

When did Morrissey get a Jam Band? :D

Dunno if I'd say Band of the Year, but I do dig 'em.

cuttyfives Tue 12/30/2008 01:19PM
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Kayce, the opening paragraphs made me barf in my mouth.

tigersishigher star Wed 12/31/2008 01:17AM
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so this band contributes to world and religious peace...??? Seriously...some are overhyping...and im not even commenting on whether or not i even like the band...but, really, i dont think that mmj does much for or against islamic extremists....dont over-think and get down to reality...

briank67 Wed 12/31/2008 08:25AM
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briank67

QUOTED. FOR. TRUTH.

"We also happen to be the first generation to fully see through the veil of organized religion. When times are tough people turn to faith; they always have. Problem is, we watched the walls of the world's largest religion, Christianity, crumble from corruption and crimes inside the Catholic Church too heinous to consider while the second largest religion, Islam, became erroneously tied to fanatic, extreme violence. All around the world people are suffering in the name of religion, and those of us coming of age today have had enough. We aren't looking to scripture and we certainly have no time for hypocrisy handed down from atop a white horse. We're looking for something that connects us in real time, not learned through forced Sunday school traditions and stuffy synagogues we never wanted to attend in the first place. The old rules don't apply. We're searching for more; praying not for Christ's return but for a mass awakening."

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} Wed 12/31/2008 09:44AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

so now we know who jambase's favorite band of 2008 is.

TK starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/31/2008 02:16PM
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TK

Kayceman says what I'm feeling once again. Nice article, Big Man. Music is our religion. Here's to 2009, lets hope Jim James and the Jacket will save us all! We'll ring it in at the Garden like so many years in the past. In the words of Jersey Dan, "BELIEVE IN THE JACKET!"

Jack Straw Berry starstarstarstar Wed 12/31/2008 07:06PM
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Jack Straw Berry

I love MMJ, but band of the year? Evil Urges was pushing "the expected", but was uneven (at best)...Not that I have any evil urges toward JJ and co., but I hope their 15 minutes are nearly over and we can go back to seeing them at the Fillmore again.

Harry Hood Thu 1/1/2009 08:03PM
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Harry Hood

Band of the Year: STS9!!

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/1/2009 09:15PM
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Flat5

bad "note choices" ? they "can't play their instruments properly" ? don't "improvise"? their is more to music than the stuff you learn in music class, my friends!

Flat5 Thu 1/1/2009 09:15PM
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Flat5

there

Stringz starstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 04:35PM
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Stringz

I wish that the first two paragraphs were different. They were too agenda filled. Despite this, My Morning Jacket is fucking sick.

gophish77 star Sun 1/4/2009 03:07PM
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gophish77

god the beginning of this article is so stupid. the writer should be ashamed to have written such stereotypical "end of the year" nonsense. my morning jacket is absolutely band of the year tho

Smittea Mon 1/5/2009 11:35AM
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Smittea

I don't really wear a morning jacket unless it is cold out.... and I don't call it a morning jacket. Its kind of an all day jacket or even a coat. I don't think there are morning coats either. House coats yes, oh and there are also smoking jackets. What the F is a morning jacket?...besides stupid?

sacsquash Mon 1/5/2009 05:26PM
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Crappy year. Mediocre band. Let's not scrape the barrel here. Gimme that J, through in a W. MMW. Much better

rayraythebaker starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 07:18PM
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Love to see MMJ getting the recognition...I was at the NYE show and it F'ing ROCKED...one of the best live bands out there today!!!

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 11:45PM
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they win this award by default, don't think any band in the jam world had a great year, biscuits were meh, umph was good but i think a new good album and good year of touring are the criteria and umph didn't have a new studio album, tribe did but the album wasn't very good, phil and bobby were good but nothing that was better or worse than previous years, i don't know who else deserves this award, i guess that's not a compliment but whatever, this band is too mainstream for my taste

callahandsome star Wed 1/7/2009 06:39AM
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Way too preachy.

I've been listening to MMJ all week, but I couldn't get through the self-richeous crap this guy spews.

Dead Heads had a movement. MMJ has fans.

Get over yourself.

alicedmillionaire starstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:28PM
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alicedmillionaire

"Don't tell 'em you're bigger than Jesus, don't give it away..."

RothburyWithCheese star Thu 1/8/2009 11:57PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Must...climb...back...to....top...of...article...column...

jerryil star Fri 1/9/2009 01:30AM
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pbody27 star Fri 1/9/2009 09:44AM
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GAG ME!!! It is a true indication of the talent void and pervasive crossing over into indie rock we are experiencing in this scene that this mediocre band is Headlining MSG for New Years (What a depressing party..) and heralded as Band of the Year!

I love the guitars but his whiny voice kills every song. They never groove or set it off in any way. Sound Tribe is obviously the band of this scene, year and era, they're the only live act worth going out of your way for, and that includes the return of Phish, who I love dearly.. STS9's drops at Rothbury and Red rocks last year were by far its most epic performances, and anyone who doesn't know this should be reading RollingStone.com, not JamBase. Well they should be reading and listening to everything they can, for God's sake, they have catching up to do!

Okay, we've recognized this sleepy barroom band for being nostalgic and mellodramatic and weepy, and then trying to have little exciting moments like watching really white people dance..

Can we move on now?

freejimp Fri 1/9/2009 08:19PM
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band of the year indeed. I didn;t read many of the previous comments but here's mine: the torch has been passed yet again, kerouac to cassady, cassady to kesey, kesey to Jerry, Jerry to Pigpen, GD to world, world to Pearl Jam, Ed to Jim, Jim to MMJ

jerryil star Sat 1/10/2009 11:05AM
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cavemandan Mon 1/12/2009 01:38PM
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ok they won some boty title... ok this means what?... do they get a trophy or something?.. does this wanna make me go see them again after a very average show in langerado?.... Jambase sucks up big time to any band that draws fans... they only promote bands that in turn can promote them... i think the whole religion and music part of the article was insulting to any of us who do hold a personal faith... this author is trying to hard to sway the sheeple with subjective opinions

I agree with the post that somebody said they only did the same thing over again that has been done past 20+ yrs... how true.... my unbiased opinion of Band of the year... crazy as it sounds GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY... why?... it's new, it's fresh, it's innovative, great vocals, catchy tunes and absolutely insane keys .... you suck up so far up the duo's ass i wonder how you even hear how aweful they are.... compare the duo to this 2 piece band.... not even in same league.... i agree we should all go to jambands.com.... jambase sold us out awhile ago for promoting the same bands and same festivals..... BOYCOTT HIPPY MAFIA!

Jeff Kash Mon 1/12/2009 03:09PM
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Jeff Kash

What a joke.

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 1/14/2009 05:32AM
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RothburyWithCheese

Come on MMJambase. Two more irrelevant articles til this is off the opening page.

numbcarnelian Wed 1/21/2009 11:02AM
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I still can't believe they just played MSG NYE! They got so big so fast...

vantage starstarstarstar Fri 1/23/2009 09:20AM
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vantage

Easily the best band on the planet! Check out the Archives.com recording of the NYE show this year... or get a copy of the Bonnaroo performance... or better yet go buy a ticket to one of their shows to find out for yourself. These guys reinvigorated my LOVE OF MUSIC !!! I hope that you give them a chance to do the same for you.