We Are The Innovators – My Morning Jacket

by Woody on December 3, 2006

Jim James

I caught My Morning Jacket a week ago in Chicago and, as always, was blown away. Fired up with “One Big Holiday” and never looked back until the end which included an encore with The Chicago Youth Symphony complete with tuxedoes.

Walking out of The Riv, I felt like I had just seen the most important American band at the moment. Now what the hell do I mean by important? There are no clear definitions for it. In my mind, I guess I am thinking of a band on top of their game that is willing to constantly take chances in their music, and for the most part hit them out of the park. They also must put on a kick-ass live show which I am happy to report that MMJ still delivers.

I mentioned my drunken revelation to my buddy who countered that Wilco would be his choice. Coincidentally enough, Wilco were playing across town that night. Mix in The Black Keys at The Vic and it was quite a night in Chicago.

Anyway, I digress. So a couple of us continued this discussion. Other bands mentioned in addition to Wilco were The White Stripes, Beck and Pearl Jam. I stuck with MMJ as vote. I figured I would continue this discussion here to see what others had to stay.

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Drinking Buddy December 3, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Woody – I couldn’t agree more. I saw them in Louisville the night before Thanksgiving, and was completely blown away. They are peaking right now…I just hope Jim James doesn’t OD before we get another album out of them. The black and white skeleton moon boots he wore at the Louisville show worried me.

oz December 3, 2006 at 6:57 pm

I think what makes them great is that they continue to grow and deliver something fresh with each album. They aren’t afraid of experimentation, but they don’t stray far from their roots either. Great bands do that. They keep you on your toes as a fan and you can’t wait to see what happens next. Wilco is like that. Sting is like that (just kidding – you all know my stance on Sting and his f-ing lute).

Your boys brought up some good bands to argue, but each one of those listed bores the crap out of me.

I also wouldn’t put them above Wilco just yet. They need to put out one more album for me to make that call.

Sounded like a great night in Chicago, but how do you make that decision? I don’t know who I’d go see…

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