My Morning Jacket | 12.31.08 | NYC

Listen to MMJ's NYE show here...

Words by: Wesley Hodges | Images by: Dave Vann

My Morning Jacket :: 12.31.08 :: Madison Square Garden :: New York, NY

MMJ :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
When any concert or festival of note is announced six months in advance, the anticipation, speculation and expectations can sometimes overwhelm what is actually possible at said event. When it was announced last June that there would be "An Evening With My Morning Jacket" at Madison Square Garden, it just didn't seem quite right because we've seen the band in numerous smaller clubs and theaters over the past few years. But, if there is a band that has paid their dues and organically created a larger fan base without heavy TV or radio support, it is My Morning Jacket. To paraphrase the words of "Golden," boldly booking an arena after years of clubs and theaters could either fall apart or make them millionaires. This was the kind of "If you bill it, they will come" attitude that could pay dividends down the road. Many message boards, fans and naysayers alike speculated that My Morning Jacket could show up to a sparsely attended MSG and play to echoes. But after selling out Radio City Music Hall in a matter of minutes this past summer, people should've seen the writing on the wall. This band was ready to step up to the plate in the "World's Most Famous Arena" and knock it out of the park.

About ten minutes before the band would take the stage, NYC DJ and pop culture stalwart Matt Pinfield came out to announce that the band would be out in a few minutes and that they had a lot in store for us. At this point, the building was less than half full and it looked as if the naysayers could be right, but by the time the house lights went down, the place was slammed and the band was ready to play only their third show since Jim James' mysterious injury back in early October. To kick it off, the band, joined by Jeff Coffin, Steven Bernstein and the 615/502 Horn Section picked up where they last played together this year at Bonnaroo, with James showing off his inner soul side, delivering the funkadelic truth and symbolically covering Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up" to kick off the New Year's extravaganza in style.

MMJ :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
The horn section stayed on board for "Evil Urges," which was unsurprisingly the first of many tunes from the band's newest record. Z favorites "Off the Record" and "Gideon" followed. Playing a song like "Off the Record" early in the set is always a good move because it aptly showcases the two sides of the band that make them such a great and highly acclaimed live band. Starting with a poppy reggae riff and a great lyrical hook, the song takes a foray to a darker place, replete with intensely psychedelic vibrating guitar soloing and Two-Tone Tommy's swirling bass before it tapers seamlessly into an achingly slow burning outro suite. As they did at this year's already legendary late night Bonnaroo set, an ungodly amount of glow sticks rained down during the "Come On!" apex of "Gideon" and the crowd and band responded with heightened intensity. The next several songs were considerably slower, giving the borderline meltdown intensity of the audience a chance to level out and take in some slower jams.

These guys understand the old adage that "sometimes less is more" as good as anyone and songs like "Golden" and "Thank You Too!" exude this in such a pristine and beautiful way. These tunes, along with unplayed tracks like "Hopefully," "Knot Comes Loose" and "Nashville to Kentucky," are less about showcasing dexterous guitar solos and seeing how many notes and movements a song can have and more about affecting the listener in a way that a mind-bending rock epic can't. These songs allow James' angelic voice to reverberate endlessly and take the listener on a journey through a series of human emotions. Central Texas' own Will Johnson from the band Centro-matic joined the band on backing vocals for "Golden," adding even more harmonic textures towards the end of the song and giving it an even brighter sheen than ever before. It was great to hear James sing the phrase, "What does it mean to feel?/ millions of dreams come real?" having heard the story about MMJ in their early days jokingly making posters in their hometown that announced they were playing at Madison Square Garden and then seeing that dream manifest itself in reality. Seeing them in such a famed venue was undoubtedly a surreal feeling, and I assume the band felt a little out of body at times in such a large space on such an important night in New York City.

Jim James :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
Following the always mellow "Librarian," James invited singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins onstage for a fun take on Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell's "You're All I Need," where the chemistry between the two performers was undeniable. Another pair of tracks from Z followed with a razor-sharp "What a Wonderful Man" and a downright muscular, blistering, astonishing "slashterpiece" reading of "Lay Low," which was arguably the strongest tune of the night with Carl Broemel and Jim James playing with unbelievable power and syncing at all the right times as the song progressed towards its preposterously strong finish. A better-than-usual "Phone Went West" and a solo performance of "Look At You" segued perfectly into "Dondante," where an eerie stillness came over the crowd as James' lonesome, ethereal voice softly belted out the dreamy opening verses. Like many of MMJ's greatest songs, "Dondante" slowly builds to an extended explosion of syncopated psychedelic euphoria that is brought on by a moment of vocal exposition that only James could do justice to. This song has taken many forms over the years, and on this occasion it turned into a punishing, hardcore bruiser with guitarists James and Broemel trading speed metal riffs with drummer Patrick Hallahan's gut busting drum fills before finally returning to its original delicate state as multi-instrumentalist Broemel played an ominous, tonally lustrous saxophone outro, returning the song to its original cold, dark place. From this point forward in the show, things were in full-out My Morning Jacket overdrive, with no more room for anything but heavy hitters.

"Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part 2" was a dance party that hinted at the general vibe of the 2009 set that would follow. The band froze at the end of "Touch Me Part 2" and the P.A. played the "WTF?" screech at the end of Evil Urges known as "Good Intentions." The hefty, slow motion guitar journey of "Run Thru" came next, and this event had officially taken on the form of a larger-than-life monster show. The horn section was no more notable than during It Still Moves favorite "Dancefloors," giving it a feel close to its original album form. As the ball drop grew closer, the band ripped through the many phases of anticipatory classic rocker "Mahgeetah" and then exited stage right for a short break. One down, one to go, big things poppin'.

Happy New Year! :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
During the set break, a huge white curtain dropped in front of the stage showing a countdown clock and various clips before playing the uplifting final speech from Charlie Chaplin's satirical The Great Dictator. Many were miffed at the beginning of Chaplin's speech but understood the meaning of it as Chaplin said:

In all men, in you, you the people have the power. The power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

The curtain rose quickly and a much looser, dapper My Morning Jacket kicked off 2009 in white tuxedoes with tails and top hats - truly dressed to impress. The Jacket got things started in a big way blasting into the New Year with a pair of covers that felt too good to be considered cliché. Putting the dirt over a topsy-turvy 2008 was cause for Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" ("A celebration to last throughout the year") that coupled nicely with another Kool cover, "Get Down On It." After all, when you have a four-piece horn section you might as well play as much 60s/70s funk and soul as possible, right?

"Wordless Chorus" came next and, as always, featured a crowd full of people all doing their best to harmonize with James. "Wordless" was released in 2005 as the opening track on Z, and the lines, "But you know/ all of this can change/ Remember the promise as a kid you made/ We are the innovators/ They are the imitators," seem prophetic now that MMJ has reached the upper pedestal of live music. The divisive, psycho-funk rocker "Highly Suspicious" was followed by the even more bizarre synth-bass groover "Cobra," a deep track from the Chocolate and Ice EP that has become a fan favorite over the past few years. Next, James brought Atkins back for a brilliant take on Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream."

Nicole Atkins & Jim James :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
Following the duet, homage was paid to the great Sam Cooke with "Bring It On Home To Me," and they made it three covers in a row with James Brown's "Cold Sweat," where Mr. James struck up the band with his twirling white cane on a version of the tune that would've made the Godfather proud. The first time I saw MMJ do "Cold Sweat" was the first time I finally realized that James was not simply a great lead singer of a great band but the type of performer with the talent, charisma and gusto to make a great show outstanding and memorable. With only a little time left, the guys chose to finish the night on their own closing with the momentous rocker "Anytime," where keyboardist Bo Koster jumped and James asked, "Is this climbing up to the moon?" as the show pushed through the stratosphere towards the pantheon of historically relevant rock concerts. It was only fitting that on the most important night of their career they would close with their most popular song, namely "One Big Holiday," the song that helped them raise the bar from relative obscurity to a band that could maybe, one day, be sort of... big. It was definitely the right choice for the closer. No matter how many times I hear it played live or listen to the studio version, it always elevates the mood of the room and it certainly sent everyone home smiling and ready to celebrate further. After many rounds of cheers and applause, the band came together center stage for a final bow.

MMJ :: 12.31.08 :: MSG
Lastly, the band joined their special guests at the onstage bar for a round of libations and James leading the audience through a surly version of "Auld Lang Syne," which is really the only way the song should be performed. Once again, My Morning Jacket had knocked it out of park when they needed to most, a testament to the preparation the band pours into specialty nights and festival sets, always putting a personal touch on each event for concertgoers to remember and treasure forever.

It is always special to watch a band at the peak of their career and right now it seems MMJ has reached the rarefied territory where there are no boundaries to what they can achieve musically or professionally. Their ears are as big as the enormous venues they are beginning to regularly fill, proven by their obvious affection for so many differing styles of music. Their appeal is genre defying and almost universal, reaching metal-loving heads, jam band fans and even the oftentimes fickle indie rock blogosphere. Although probably few woke up on New Year's Day feeling good or limber, there was a feeling that we had just witnessed something special, or if nothing else, the most kick ass party in New York City on this New Years Eve.

MMJ :: 12.31.08 :: MSG

My Morning Jacket :: 12.31.08 :: Madison Square Garden :: New York City
Set I: Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)*, Evil Urges*, Off The Record, Gideon, The Way That He Sings, Thank You Too, I'm Amazed, Golden w/Will Johnson, Librarian, You're All I Need (Marvin Gaye) w/Nicole Atkins*, Express Yourself (Charles Wright)*, Wonderful Man, Lay Low, Phone Went West, Look At You, Dondante, Smoking from Shootin > Touch Me Part 2 > Run Thru, I'm A Wanderer (Dion)*, Dancefloors*, Mahgeetah
Set II: Countdown > Celebration (Kool & The Gang)* > Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang)*, Wordless Chorus, Highly Suspicious, Cobra, Islands In The Stream w/Nicole Atkins (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers), Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)*, Cold Sweat (James Brown)*, Anytime, One Big Holiday
*-w/NYE horns

You can see lots more pics from MMJ on NYE at MSG here.

And be sure to check out our Band Of The Year feature on MMJ here...

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Comments

SoundCitizen starstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 01:54PM
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Sounds like an awesome show. I saw them in Chicago recently. You can read a not-so-orthodox review here: http://soundcitizen.com/my-morning-jacket-concert-review/

CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 02:05PM
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RothburyWithCheese star Wed 1/7/2009 02:11PM
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andrewq starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:17PM
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I've seen them at the Fillmore four times, at High Sierra when they couldn't fill the Funk n' Jam House, and most lately the Greek. I feel like I've watched these guys hit their stride and they have provided me some serious rock show moments - maybe some of the most memorable I have ever seen. I will miss the intimate venues, the opportunity to walk up and talk to Jim James, but they deserve all they get. No one that I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of different shows, has taken art to the heights that My Morning Jacket does . . . regularly. I wish I could have been at MSG.

hnkscrpio starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:22PM
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hnkscrpio

^^^Are you kidding me? Why is covering a MMJ NYE show such a surprise? You just ripped on MMJ and Radiohead in the same sentence, I mean if this music is not for you, why are you reading a review of their NYE show. Dead Spring Tour Here I Come (formerly known as LiberalsforMichealSavage) does nothing but rip on MMJ every time someone writes a piece on them. Have fun listening to only Dead and Phish, because you heard what that's what cool hippies do. No matter how you look at it, MMJ is doing something right to impress a staff of writer's whose career is based all around the live music scene.

RichardHaley Wed 1/7/2009 02:27PM
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You said it hnkscrpio. It never ceases to amaze me how folks are like sitting there waiting for an article on a band they don't like so they can jump in and talk shit. Get a job! Who has time to read shit they don't care about? And like my man above said - is it really surprising JamBase is covering one of the best, biggest bands in the scene who just played MSG on NYE? And if you looked at the pics the other day, they even said the pics were to hold us over till the review... anyway, i love the Jacket but if i didn't i certainly wouldn't be wasting my time telling everyone how bad they are... and do you really want to see the geriatric Dead more than a young band on the rise who kills every night out? I'll take one show from Radiohead and/or MMJ over 20 from Phish and/or Dead (and yes, i've seen plenty of all four bands).

CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 02:30PM
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Andrew Bruss starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:43PM
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Andrew Bruss

This show was abosfuckinglootly amazing! The writer pinned the tail on the donkey in describing the show as well as the general atmosphere in the venue. And the glow sticks during the peak of Gideon was a personal favorite MMJ moment. RIGHT ON WESLEY!

RichardHaley Wed 1/7/2009 02:45PM
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Got it corey, you don't like the band and you don't like seeing them covered so heavily - that's fair enough, but bagging on JamBase for neglecting other NYE shows? Right now i see MMJ, WSP, Donna the Buffalo, Gov't Mule, Phil/RatDog, and Umprhey's McGee NYE show reviews. I can't seem to find this much NYE coverage anywhere else... anyway.

mcarroll starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:58PM
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mcarroll

MMJ's first album came out in 1999. They played the Garden on New Year's Eve 2009, yet you keep calling them "flash in the pans" Dead Spring Tour. I am going to have to assume that you have no idea what that phrase means. If you don't think there is enough variety in the New Year's Eve live coverage here, please tell me where you can find more.

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 1/7/2009 03:10PM
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oboyler Wed 1/7/2009 03:20PM
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oboyler

Best show ive ever been to hands down. the energy in MSG was unbelievable. Jim james is probably the most promising individual in the entire music scene. I hope they can carry the energy over to 2009. I can say for sure tho that there was no better way to spend the new years than with MMJ at MSG. when those horns ripped into "Move On Up" u knew it was gonna be a magical night. At the peak of lay low i thought the place was about to explode. the touch me pt 2>run thru was unreal. I think someone already said this but the intermission was the best ive ever seen. Celebration at midnight was so perfect. Giant party, everyone i saw was havin the time of their lives. Holiday took a little bit to grow on me but after hearing on the radio city recordings i knew it was the only way to close MSG. New years eve 2009 with my morning jacket at madison square garden... what a time to be alive...

funkvibes Wed 1/7/2009 03:23PM
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yo i heard these guys live once and didnt enjoy but i really dont know shit about them so if someone has got a worthy show for me to listen to that would be fantastic im currently listening to this show and got no beef yet but we'll see

jaws_victim Wed 1/7/2009 03:26PM
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Best. Show. Ever.

At least MMJ doesn't price their tickets from $181-350 like the Dead are doing this tour. I'd def pay 350 for Jim James in his prime but only have to pay $60 tops. Would I pay that much for Bob Weir & Phil Lesh butchering Garcia's magically mesmerizing songs?...not really.

funkvibes Wed 1/7/2009 03:33PM
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after listening to this show i cant say i dont like them but im not impressed and harsh comment on the dead jaws victim pickin these guys over the dead should be a sin but to each his own i guess man

CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 03:33PM
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CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 03:34PM
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gmoo Wed 1/7/2009 03:36PM
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gmoo

Those are some neat photos. I'm not a fan of MMJ but I'm glad they put on a show that got their peeps off. That's what its about.

tampafaz Wed 1/7/2009 03:40PM
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They didn't do two new years eve reviews...the "story" from a few days ago was just pictures and it even said "while the review is being typed up here are some photos"

funkvibes Wed 1/7/2009 03:42PM
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it is pretty sick that jeff coffin was there because that guy tears the sax up no matter who hes playin with

jaws_victim Wed 1/7/2009 03:43PM
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Not the Dead, though I've seen Bob Weir and was highly disappointed by him forgetting the words to such classics as "Casey Jones". That was enough for me to stop caring about ever seeing any member of the Dead again. Why don't you look up the ticket prices at the venues they're playing and tell me I'm wrong.

MMJ = nasty

RothburyWithCheese Wed 1/7/2009 03:51PM
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funkvibes Wed 1/7/2009 03:56PM
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who honestly cares about who gets what review and how big it is or whatever man i thought this website was about the music not what people write about the music/converse about the music not the review it gets

RothburyWithCheese Wed 1/7/2009 04:02PM
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phishinpanic Wed 1/7/2009 04:10PM
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phishinpanic

Damn you people....bunch-a-bitchin goin on. Corey, I don't get it with MMJ either, but what good are you doing slamming on them? This website is not yours and it's not a democracy. Stop acting like you and your favorite bands are owed something. And no, Dead tix are not going to be between $180 - $350; where the hell did you get that jaws-victim?

chuckus starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 04:12PM
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Tampafaz is right on correct. The previous MMJ NYE piece was a photo catalogue of the show, not a review. This is the first written review that seems to have integrated some of the same great pics. C'mon, quit hatin' folks.

P.S. This show looks fucking awesome!! I really would've liked to have seen the Curtis Mayfield and Islands in the Stream covers--just the idea of picking those songs makes me like MMJ even more!!

CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 04:31PM
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RichardHaley Wed 1/7/2009 04:56PM
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Corey, how is this anything like myspace? I'm curious? (and by the way, myspace has music, it's the only reason anyone goes there). Does myspace do music reviews and interviews and music news? If so, i guess i need to head back to myspace...

bigworld Wed 1/7/2009 04:59PM
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bigworld

Savage, i can dig ur perspective and agreed super dickhead comment by ryno. on that note, like the gentlemen said before, not my cup of tea but if its making their fans blow there stack i say..right on!

MartinHalo Wed 1/7/2009 05:04PM
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MartinHalo

how about atkins? did anybody catch her record? amazing shit.

jesposito Wed 1/7/2009 05:07PM
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jesposito

I got chills reading this review. This was one of the greatest shows i've ever been to and the write up really recaptured the vibe. Maybe you don't like MMJ but you can't deny it, they are a force to be reckoned with. By far the best band that's out there right now. Maybe you haters should try being a little more open minded and see them for yourself rather than wasting your time talking shit.

CoreyBauer Wed 1/7/2009 05:11PM
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ok.. that was a bad example with myspace as I really have no idea what myspace does/is/has/etc... as i have never really been there before.

but I mean that the new layout is similar. People have friends ... bands have fans... everyone information is asked for when you log in. its becoming social (music) networking tool.

Subsequently.. the site is becoming taboo; in terms of what it puts out and people that partake. sucks. in a sense...i just trying to help jambase find its roots.

bold99 Wed 1/7/2009 05:35PM
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This Band F$*&*$##ing Rules.

kaiserbun starstar Wed 1/7/2009 07:45PM
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i like them, but i don't feel like they really have that much material. i know there are a few albums, but all the shows seem extremely similar. they should also be called the jim james band rather than mmj. cool cover choices in the setlist though.

GeorgieP Wed 1/7/2009 09:06PM
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GeorgieP

Jaws, if you looked at Stubhub for that information, before tickets have gone on sale or before prices have even been announced, and then came on JamBase to tell us how expensive the Dead tickets were gonna be, that'd be a really amateur move. I don't see them being all that pricey.

Grateful4Nersh starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 02:17AM
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Grateful4Nersh

Well written review Mr. Hodges. You certainly know how to capture the true picture of the magical mythical creature that is Heem Hames and the jacket. Your review makes me wish I wouldnt have missed MMJ NYC MSG NYE 2K9 which sounded like a journey of Joy and Joyness that conquered the peak of candy mountain. At least I still got to see the boys of Wi Pan kickin it old school with Schools downing kittens all night and Jimmy throwin lazers all through the mile high city.

URTH2URTH starstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 04:54AM
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URTH2URTH

i don't understand why this band is so popular, the guy doesn't even sing in tune. i mean i like their overall sound and even their style, but it just seems to be rather mediocre, just sayin'....

OOOMMM Thu 1/8/2009 06:41AM
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Kenny G Thu 1/8/2009 07:12AM
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Kenny G

CoreyBauer - DO you come on this board just to call people stupid, dumb, and ignorant just for having a different opinion than you? That kind of goes against what the community and vibe is all about.

NICU971 Thu 1/8/2009 07:49AM
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This show could have been terrible and Jambase still would have called it the greatest show ever just because they are all on MMJ nuts!

CoreyBauer Thu 1/8/2009 08:05AM
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what community vibe are u speaking of?

the one that relegates the mmj scene as superior to that of phish/the dead. if so.. then yes.

i not try to be mean though. Just making constructive conversation. U gotta admit its more excited than " i went to the show.. i loved it.. i love MMJ .. they are my favorite.. peaches and cream".

no hard feeling though kenny. i still love ya. Would love for u come on tour this summer with me and the gang. :)

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 08:39AM
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Corey (who I'm convinced is formerly BluntBisco) - I've said it before, and I'll say it again...you're a turd!

A few things...

You said, "the site is becoming taboo; in terms of what it puts out and people that partake. sucks. in a sense...i just trying to help jambase find its roots."

Ok, first of all, you're not the keeper of the Jambase roots. Second of all, Phish and the Dead are NOT superior to ALL other music. They're freaking great - truly at the top of the list - but they're not naturally superior just b/c you say so. And thirdly, if you don't like this site, create your own damn site where you can bitch and whine all you want w/o forcing smart people like myself to come down to your turd level.

As MMJ says, "We are the innovators/ They are the imitators." As us old folks said back in the day - you're a poser w/ no game. You create nothing new and only bring down the good. Nuf said.

I thought this review was great, comprehensive and really captured exactly what I was thinking. We found this beautiful experience difficult to put into words, but I think this part of the article did it: "Although probably few woke up on New Year's Day feeling good or limber, there was a feeling that we had just witnessed something special, or if nothing else, the most kick ass party in New York City on this New Years Eve."

This was the best NYE I've ever had, possibly the best show I've ever seen, certainly one of the best, and that's equally thanks to a superior performance and a genuine, fun, diverse, music-loving crowd. One thing I know for sure...I feel privileged to have been a part of it. I can't wait to see where this band will go next!

Peace.

RothburyWithCheese star Thu 1/8/2009 09:26AM
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linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 09:43AM
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Hey Michael Savage - I agree that we all have a right to free speech, but nobody wants to hear your band bashing and bitching. This site is a positive site where people come to learn about music, not to hear juveniles whine about how a certain band is the worst band ever, w/o giving any valid reason for feeling that way. There's a difference in saying I don't really like they're bass line, or I prefer harder melodies, but to just say, "what's all the fuss about?" has no place on this site. The fuss is about a well-respected band being praised by a well-respected web site that attracts thousands of music lovers who read articles from well-respected writers who understand the fundamentals of music. Until you create such a site or write such an article, you have no game and your bitching isn't welcome here!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} Thu 1/8/2009 09:45AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

ya'll are funny.

the setlist looks pretty cool.

best band? Not mine!

mcarroll Thu 1/8/2009 10:02AM
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mcarroll

Dead Spring Tour, I completely agree that you should be able to say anything on here (to a reasonable extent), and I actually enjoy these comment threads a great deal, even if I completely disagree with you. Here is what I don't get. You say in a few days this thread will be pushed down "and we won't have to hear about this show ever again," as if you are drawn to this review like a moth to a flame and there is nothing you can do but click on it. Secondly, you say you are bashing my/our "favorite flavor of the month band," when they have, in fact, probably been my favorite band since about 2004 when I first saw them live (I am sure this is the same for a lot of MMJ fans). The fact that you keep acting as if the huge number of MMJ fans on this site are jumping on some bandwagon completely goes against the whole arc of this band's career, which has been rising steadily from hard work, great live shows, and great albums over the last 10 years. How can you not at least respect the way they've gotten to this point, whether you like their music or not?

CoreyBauer Thu 1/8/2009 10:35AM
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linsbee.. you're kinda paranoid. u think that i am like 5 different people. lol .. im not. I know its hard for you to understand that multiple people have the same opinion about this band that I do ... but obviously they do.

I am not saying that dead/phish are best (even though in my opinion they are).. but never said that. I just said that MMj can't compare. Which judging from the millions of fans that dead/phish bands have.. compared to the thousands that MMJ has... numbers speak for themselves. A previous post said it best... dead/phish had a movement... MMj has fans. not saying it can't get there.. but definitely not yet

linsbee.. I know we can have a personal squabble about between us. but i got love for you too... (so yes a turd has love for you... funny how shit is attracted to you isn't it; mmj and now me) and am glad you had the best new years ever (either for a deep love of MMJ.. or lack of good new years before this) and would also love for you to come on tour with me and the gang.

jwbp Thu 1/8/2009 10:37AM
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looks like a fun and stylin' NYE was celebrated with MMJ. surely more good times coming from these guys :)

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 11:02AM
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Corey, you're sarcastic, negative attitude is disgusting. Like who you want, hate who you want, I don't care. It's your loss. I just wish you wouldn't bother the rest of us w/ your band bashing. Just stay off the comments if you're only gonna complain. And touring w/ you? Dude, I'm way too old for babysitting!

musicalearth starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 11:43AM
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this show was awesome...gotta love the flamers who rip on MMJ who weren't even there - but just to show the hate. thanks guys - way to add to the community! Stop comparing what 'has been' with 'what currently is' - they're totally different...but all the haters shall continue I'm certain.

Anyone know where I could find a torrent of this show?

Nice pics Vann!!

musicalearth starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 11:45AM
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sweet Jesus! My 'prayers' were answered:

LISTEN TO MMJ NYE: http://www.archive.org/details/mmj2008-12-31

alexzbik starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 01:36PM
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alexzbik

man what a bunch of whiners in this thread. MMJ & MSG was THE nye show to be at. i hate to break the news to some of you but the jamband scene is on its deathcrawl. i for one love that jambase.com is taking new directions and branching out the all genres of music, it is pretty refreshing. i am a huge Phish fan but if Phish played a NYE show on 12/31/08 i still would have went to see MMJ. i don't know i much rather seeing a band that is hitting its full stride and is starting to peak then a band that is way past its peak (yes i am very excited for the upcoming Phish summer tour).

i love the grateful dead, love Jerry Garcia Band probably even more but I don't think you could pay me to go see one of the upcoming Dead shows.

MMJ is the deserving band of the year and I'm glad to see such a great review of the NYE show, it will be one that I will never forget.

funkvibes Thu 1/8/2009 01:45PM
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as a fellow human being i respect ur opinion but one question y couldnt i pay u to go see one of the upcoming dead shows?????

alexzbik Thu 1/8/2009 02:16PM
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alexzbik

ok maybe i was being a little extreme, i guess if somebody paid for my ticket i would go see them but i honestly have zero desire to see the Dead.

phishinpanic Thu 1/8/2009 03:25PM
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phishinpanic

bitches...someone needs to throw a cool pill down your throats.

oboyler Thu 1/8/2009 03:37PM
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oboyler

half of the articles in the reviews section are jsut pictures. I'm sure the umphs show and panic show are gonna get write ups to and go to the top of the review section. so how bout u guys just suck it the hell up. Secondly if u guys are allowed to come in here and bash on band we have all the right to defend them right back

D-Line Thu 1/8/2009 03:45PM
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i cant believe i went to go see the worst disco biscuits show of all time on NYE when i coulda gone to this awesome show or even the awesome MULE show..... imagine this, your watching a semi crappy show with no energy on new years When this reggae rapping orthodox jew with zero talent comes out and starts yellping and rapping and spinning while your puking in your mouth becasue of the horrible sound and image comming at you in all directions....and his name is matisyah. YEAH MUCH BETTER THEN A BOMB SHOW AT THE GARDEN, NO?

D-Line Thu 1/8/2009 03:50PM
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and p.s. just to stick up for the writers, i like that they cover a wide range of music not just one thing. write about rage about jay z about the dead about mmj about anyone, they all "jam" to me. but who ever said it was their obligation to only cover a few things?

funkvibes Thu 1/8/2009 04:23PM
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for sure man i just think its weird that u said u loved the dead but have no desire to see them but its all good man i guess at least u will get new material with MMJ and maybe thats what ur lookin for so hell yea

funkvibes Thu 1/8/2009 04:52PM
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the horns make this show and all the funk covers are the shit but the Auld Lang Syne was a joke they shouldnt have wasted 2 minutes of the show disgracing a song and im not bitching i just thought it was unnecessary to not even play a song and to not even sing a song especially a joyous song

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 06:33PM
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Grateful4Nersh starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/8/2009 06:57PM
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Grateful4Nersh

Dude....Bros I dropped some sick L and after a few hours of kaleidoscope vision and talking to Jerry I got to counting the words in this review and there are exactly 2009 words. THats a sign from the rock gods that MMJ NYC MSG NYE was an epic adventure supplied by the greatest rock band of our generation. Instead of having stupid arguements about what some n00b said about MMJ have some fun and cont reviews or watch salad fingers.

CoreyBauer Fri 1/9/2009 07:43AM
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calling me a noob ... ? lol . been at shows / on tour since i was 16. been to more shows at 25 then you will probably go to your whole life.

while you're countin words on the computer.. im jamming front right.

Tripgha Fri 1/9/2009 10:27AM
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I don't really understand the need to compare MMJ to anyone. Phish, Dead, MMJ, Jay Z... they're all good! In the words of my good friend Slyman, "2009 is about building people up!" I for one, had an amazing NYE thanks to Jim James and the rest of the crew. So thank you too! Happy New Year!

sschaffner starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 12:29PM
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sschaffner

i just plugged this into Word, there's only 2004 words. not that it matters, i was just curious... anyways, so much hate for such a wonderful, wonderful, spiritually illuminating band. clearly these guys are too much for some, they are not for the one-dimensional, they encompass so many musical stylings and paint wide strokes of emotions from the highest highs to the lowest lows. that's all, they're amazing :) i'm not even going to hate on deadspringtour for not knowing when to shut up. oh wait, oops

Cookie Fri 1/9/2009 12:33PM
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I love these guys, Jim James is such a passionate cat and is all about the music. We need more Jim's.

laluke starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/9/2009 06:45PM
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34 or so fantastic songs, 9 covers,4 piece horns, duets, balloons, confetti, and new years at the garden. You have to admit, whether you've heard MMJ or not, like'em or hate'em, you've got to respect a band for delivering to their fans like that. See a live show and get close, Jim James' flying V will melt your face right off.

PHISHPHAN69 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 07:15PM
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omg i wish i could have been at that show. i was stupid and missed them at bonnaroo and i miss them at the fox in atlanta...and i love this band haha when will i see the jacket!?

looked like an awesome time.

CoreyBauer Tue 1/13/2009 09:18AM
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here is some news for you MMj peeps:

My Morning Jacket Release Mysterious EP

My Morning Jacket will release the mysteriously titled digital EP Candles & Panties tomorrow. According to the band, “the purpose of this EP is to provide the listener with a sensual and deeply personal method for relaxational listening. it is to be enjoyed on a candle-lit bench, a secluded nook, or a sensuous dinner party. under the careful guidance and watchful eye of [My Morning Jacket sound engineer] Ryan Pickett, we have developed a highly pleasing method of subtle sensation! who knows how deep thine gentle touch? please to enjoy this ep!”

The EP is believed to be part of iTunes Live from Las Vegas - Exclusively at The Palms series, yet the set's exact recording date and track listing is currently unknown. Though My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Carl Broemel played Vegoose in 2006, My Morning Jacket has never played a proper show in Las Vegas.