Z is the fourth studio album by rock band My Morning Jacket. This collection features a much spacier and polished sound than previous MMJ releases, making heavy use of synthesizers throughout and incorporating small bits of reggae and dub. The heavy reverb, a characteristic of the band's recordings prior to Z, is largely absent.
A double-live album, Okonokos, was recorded at the end of the Z Tour and was released on September 26, 2006; it features live versions of eight of Zs 10 songs.
Production was headed by John Leckie, famous for previous work with bands such as The Stone Roses and Radiohead. This is the first My Morning Jacket album to feature a producer, as vocalist Jim James had assumed the production duties on the band's previous efforts. The album marks another first, as the band recorded away from the Quaid family farm which had served as the inspiration for their first three albums. Instead, My Morning Jacket decided to record in New York's Allaire Studios, nestled deep in the Catskill Mountains. The change of scenery, influence of an experienced producer, and the addition of two new members contributed heavily to the transformation of the band's sound.
Although the fourth track, "What a Wonderful Man" has an upbeat, happy sound, singer Jim James stated in "Velocity Weekly" that the song was written as a tribute to friend (and former bandmate) Aaron Todovich, who had committed suicide. The closing track, "Dondante", also deals with the death of someone close to James.
Digital rights management
The CD was one of the more high-profile releases in 2005 featuring digital rights management technology to prohibit owners from playing the music on a computer or creating digital copies.United States pressings of this CD contain MediaMax CD-3 by SunnComm. The band's manager, Mike Martinovich, expressed their dissatisfaction with the technology and it was abandoned on subsequent releases. The band themselves provided information on their website about how to bypass the software, and also offered to burn individual copies of the album for fans, free of copy-protection software.
The album was the second highest rated album of 2005 according to Metacritic, behind Sufjan Stevens' Illinois; the album has a total score of 90 out of 100. Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Z at number 146 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.
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*Carl Broemel – guitar
*Patrick Hallahan – drums
*Jim James – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
*Bo Koster – keyboards
*"Two-Tone" Tommy – bass guitar
*Andrew Bird – strings, and whistles on "Gideon", "Into the Woods", and "It Beats 4 U"
*M. Ward – acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Into the Woods"
*Jim James – production
*John Leckie – production
†This edition includes the bonus track "Chills"
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My Morning Jacket is an American rock band.
The band consists of Jim James (singer-songwriter, guitarist - also known as Yim Yames), Tom "Two-Tone Tommy" Blankenship (bassist), Patrick Hallahan (drummer), Carl Broemel (guitarist, pedal steel guitarist, saxophonist, vocalist), and Bo Koster (keyboardist, percussionist, vocalist).
My Morning Jacket San Diego.JPGthumbleftJim James of My Morning Jacket performing in San Diego during their 2008 U.S. tour.
My Morning Jacket was formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim James (real name: James Olliges Jr). The original line-up also included three members of the Shelbyville emo-punk band Winter Death Club; namely John McQuade (later known as Johnny Quaid - guitar and vocals), Tom Blankenship (later known as Two-Tone Tommy - bass) and J. Roberts (later known as J.Glenn - drums). Winter Death Club were signed to Charleston indie label Street Records in 1997 by Tas Taiganides after he booked them and Jim James (performing as "Month of Sundays") for a "Punk Rock Matinees" show at the Horse & Cart Cafe. Winter Death Club released a 7" split single with Eurogresion on Street Records. Jim James was also offered a record deal, but he declined the offer, disbanded Month of Sundays and formed a new band with Quaid, Blankenship and Glenn. The band were named My Morning Jacket and subsequently signed to Darla Records.
The band's debut album, The Tennessee Fire, was released in May 1999. The following year, keyboard player Danny Cash was added to the line up. A second album, At Dawn, followed. It again featured drummer J. Glenn, but he had already left the band by the time it was released in 2001. Glenn was replaced by Chris 'KC' Guetig, although he was replaced by James' childhood friend Patrick Hallahan in May 2002.
My Morning Jacket signed with ATO Records in 2002. In 2003, they released It Still Moves, their major-label debut. This was followed by a live EP Acoustic Citsuoca, which was notable for the absence of reverb on Jim James' vocals and thus sounded very different from their earlier works.
In January 2004, Quaid and Cash left the band and were replaced by Carl Broemel and Bo Koster respectively. In November 2004, the band released two collections of early work, which included demos, live recordings, and cover versions. These discs are entitled Early Recordings Chapter 1 – The Sandworm Cometh and Early Recordings Chapter 2 – Learning.
October 2005 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album Z, released by Sony BMG. The band was featured (under the name Ruckus) in the 2005 film Elizabethtown. They contributed an original song "Where to Begin" and "Same In Any Language" written by Nancy Wilson of Heart.
In 2006, My Morning Jacket were musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing with members of the Boston Pops, with whom they played two shows at Boston Symphony Hall later in the month. In 2006 the band also released a live double album and DVD entitled Okonokos.
In 2007, the band recorded their album Evil Urges, which was released on June 10, 2008 and was followed by a June 20 show at Radio City Music Hall. They performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2008 and the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June.
My Morning Jacket Bonnaroo 08.JPGthumbright325pxMy Morning Jacket during their four-hour set at Bonnaroo 2008 on June 14
Their 2008 Bonnaroo set lasted almost four hours, starting at midnight on Friday; it featured guest appearances by Kirk Hammett of Metallica, comedian Zach Galifianakis and the Nashville-Louisville horns. The set featured thirty five songs, including all but two tracks from Evil Urges and several covers, such as Erykah Badu's "Tyrone", Kool and the Gang's "Get Down on It", Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime", James Brown's "Cold Sweat", Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street", Funkadelic's "Hit It and Quit It", Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" and Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home".
On May 10, 2008, they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and played "Evil Urges" and "I'm Amazed". In August 2008, an animated music video for the song "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Part 2" was released. The video was created by the graphics design team Hornet's Mixtape Club. The Autumn 2008 European Tour had to be cancelled after Jim James was injured in a fall from the stage. Since then James has made a few public appearances, including performing "Paradise" with John Prine at a recent concert in Louisville, where he has been recovering from his injuries. Evil Urges was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative rock Album
The band was featured on CNN's 2009 New Year's Eve show with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, performing from Madison Square Garden. The band supported Neil Young on his Australian tour and played the Big Day Out festival. Their most recent release, Celebración de la Ciudad Natal, was released on Record Store Day, April 18, 2009. It is an eight song EP taken from two live recordings, notably the band's Summer 2008 Waterfront Park concert in their hometown of Louisville, KY. In May 2009 Open Salon rock critic MJ Wycha called My Morning Jacket "the best thing to happen to rock music in years."Wycha, MJ Open Salon - May 14, 2009 The entire band appeared as themselves in the American Dad episode, "My Morning Straitjacket", which aired on November 22, 2009.
In 2010, My Morning Jacket took up residency at New York's Terminal 5 on October 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23, performing one of their 5 studio releases each night along with additional material from the relevant period.Greenblatt, Jeffrey Hidden Track (Glide Magazine) - June 9, 2010 According to the September 16, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone My Morning Jacket have started working on their next LP. "We've got five songs done," says front man Jim James. "It'll probably be out next spring." James is co-producing the record with Decemberists collaborator Tucker Martine in an old church in My Morning Jacket's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. "We're trying to do everything but the strings live," says James. "Theres something old and dirty-sounding about it." On October 12, 2010, My Morning Jacket performed on Live on Letterman. The performance was webcasted live on CBS.com. The band also played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon along with The Roots on October 13, 2010.
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* Jim James – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars (1998–present)
* Tom Blankenship – bass (1998–present)
* Patrick Hallahan – drums (2002–present)
* Bo Koster – keyboards (2004–present)
* Carl Broemel – guitar (2004–present)
* Johnny Quaid – guitar (1998–2004)
* Danny Cash – keyboards (2000–2004)
* J. Glenn – drums (1998–2000)
* Chris "KC" Guetig – drums (2000-2002)
Side projects and guest appearances
*James released the EP "Tribute to" as Yim Yames on August 4, 2009. It features versions of six George Harrsion songs recorded live in 2001.
*James, along with Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst and M.Ward, formed the group Monsters of Folk, who released a self-titled album on September 22, 2009.
*James performs on the track "At the Bottom of Everything" on Bright Eyes 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.
*James performs on two tracks on M. Ward's 2005 album Transistor Radio and on his 2006 album Post-War.
*James sings on one track on Kathleen Edwards' 2005 album Back to Me.
*James provides background vocals on "I'm Not Sorry" and handclaps on "Flower" on Follow The Train's 2006 album A Breath of Sigh.
*James performs on "Chinese Translation" and "Magic Trick" (the latter of which he produced) on M. Ward's 2006 album "Post-War".
*James and Hallahan perform on a cover version of their track "Golden" on America's 2007 comeback album, Here & Now.
*James, Koster and Broemel perform on fellow Louisville band VHS or Beta's 2007 album Bring On the Comets.
*James appears in the 2007 Bob Dylan film, I'm Not There, performing "Goin' To Acapulco" with the band Calexico.
*Hallahan joined San Antonio-based band Hacienda, who backed Dan Auerbach on the tour to for his 2009 solo album, Keep It Hid.
*James sings "St. James Infirmary" and "Louisiana Fairytale" on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 2010 album, "Preservation: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program."
*James performs backing vocals on Tift Merritt's song "Feel of the World" on her 2010 album See You On The Moon.
*Koster performs on several tracks on Everest's 2010 album On Approach. Allmusic
*Koster performs on several tracks on Young the Giant's debut album. God is in the TV - December 13, 2010
*James performs backing vocals on the title track of Dr. Dog's 2010 album, Shame, Shame.Amrit Stereogum - February 9, 2011
*Broemel performs on Wanda Jackson's 2011 album The Party Ain't Over.Hasty, Katie Hit Fix - December 13, 2010
*Broemel performs on Abigail Washburn's 2011 album City of RefugeJustin entertainment-focus.com - February 6, 2011
*James performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band for an Austin City Limits taping during SXSW 2011 that will be aired during the 2011-2012 season.
*The Tennessee Fire (May 1999)
*At Dawn (March 2001)
*It Still Moves (September 9, 2003; U.S. #121, UK #62)
*Z (October 4, 2005; U.S. #67, UK #74)
*Evil Urges (June 10, 2008; U.S. #9, SWE #55)
*Okonokos (September 26, 2006; US #131)
*Live from Las Vegas Exclusively at the Palms (January 13, 2009)
*Celebración de la Ciudad Natal (April 18, 2009, Record Store Day 2009 exclusive) Record Store Day
*Early Recordings: Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh (November 2004)
*Early Recordings: Chapter 2: Learning (November 2004)
*At Dawn/Tennessee Fire Demos Package (June 2007)
Singles and EPs
*Heartbreakin Man (May 2000)
*My Morning Jacket Does Bad Jazz (July 2000)
*We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! a.k.a. My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style! (October 2000, US version)
*We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! a.k.a. My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style! (December 2000, EU version)
*My Morning Jacket Does Gold Hole (January 2001)
*Split EP (with Songs: Ohia) (April 2002)
*Chocolate and Ice (April 2002)
*Sweatbees (November 2002; UK version)
*Sweatbees (May 2003; Australian version)
*Run Thru (November 2003)
*Acoustic Citsuoca (May 2004)
*Off the Record (EP) (October 2005)
*I'm Amazed (May 6, 2008)
*Okonokos (DVD) (October 2006)
Film, TV and compilation appearances
*The Lookout - "One Big Holiday" IMDb
*Elizabethtown - "Same in Any Language" and "Where To Begin" IMDb
*I'm Not There - "Goin' to Acapulco" (Performed by Jim James and Calexico) IMDb
*Stick It - "One Big Holiday" IMDb
*Before the Music Dies IMDb
*He's Just Not That into You - "I'm Amazed" IMDb
*Winter Passing - "Old September Blue" IMDb
*Beautiful Noise, season 3, performing "Off the Record" and "Highly Suspicious"
*Saturday Night Live, aired on 5/10/08, performing "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges"
*Austin City Limits, aired on 11/5/06 and 11/1/08
*Late Night with Conan O'Brien, aired on 9/13/03, performing "One Big Holiday" and on 6/19/08 performing "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Pt. 2"
*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, aired on 9/22/08, performing "I'm Amazed"
*The Late Show with David Letterman, aired on 6/8/06 performing "Gideon" with the Boston Pops, and on 10/12/10 performing "The Way That He Sings"
*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, aired on 11/9/05
*American Dad! episode My Morning Straitjacket, aired on 11/22/09
*Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, aired on 10/13/10, performing "Wordless Chorus" with The Roots
*How I Met Your Mother, episode "False Positive" (Season 6, Episode 12), performing "Xmas Time Is Here Again."
*VH1 Storytellers, filmed 2/24/11, airing Spring 2011 VH1 - February 16, 2011
*Little Darla Has a Treat for You Vol. 14 "Mother (Pink Floyd Cover)" (2000)
*Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 1: "Take My Breath Away" (February 2001)
*2 Meter Sessies Volume 10 "Old September Blues" (September 2001)
*Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 2: "Sweatheart" (February 2002)
*KVRX 91.7 FM presents local live v.6 unlimited bandwidth "Bermuda Highway" & "The Bear" (June 2002)
*ATO Records 53 "The Way That He Sings" (October 2002)
*A Gift from a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to Donovan "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" (November 2002)
*Oxford American 2003 Southern Music CD No. 6 "Evelyn Is Not Real" (2003)
*The Mother Lodge: A Tribute to the Rudyard Kipling, Volume 1 "Behind that Locked Door" (March 2003)
*Live from Bonnaroo 2003: "Dancefloors" (October 2003)
*X-Ray CD #10 "One Big Holiday" (October 2003)
*270 Miles from Graceland - Bonnaroo 2003(DVD): "Lowdown" (November 2003)
*ATO Records 54: "Steam Engine" (December 2003)
*Live @ The World Café Volume 18: I'll Take You There: "Golden" (September 2004)
*KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3 "One Big Holiday" (October 2004)
*SPUNK Days of Future Past: "The Way That He Sings" (October 2004)
*KEXP presents Music That Matters Vol. 1 (November 2004)
*KFOG Live from the Archives 11: "Golden" (November 2004)
*The WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.: "One Big Holiday" (November 2004)
*Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 5: "Blue Moon" (February 2005)
*Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons(DVD) (March 2005)
*Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004: "One Big Holiday" (April 2005)
*Live From Bonnaroo 2004 (DVD): "One Big Holiday" (May 2005)
*Live at KEXP Volume One: "The Way That He Sings" (June 2005)
*MOJO: Dylan Covered: "Girl from the North Country (Jim James/Monsters of Folk)" (August 2005)
*Elizabethtown - songs from the brown hotel (EP) "I Will Be There When You Die" (August 2005)
*Austin City Limits Music Festival - Live From Austin, Texas 2004: "The Way That He Sings" (August 2005)
*Austin City Limits Music Festival - Live From Austin, Texas 2004 (DVD): "The Way That He Sings" (August 2005)
*Elizabethtown (soundtrack): "Where to Begin " (September 2005)
*For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records: "Behind that Locked Door" (October 2005)
*MOJO: Born in the USA Volume 2: The New American Songbook: "Sooner (live)" (December 2005)
*Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 6: "Epichord" (February 2006)
*On XRT: Live from the Archives, Volume 9: "Off the Record (live)" (October 2006)
*Endless Highway: The Music of The Band: "It Makes No Difference" (January 2007)
*Paste Magazine - New Music Sampler - Issue 44: "I'm Amazed" (July 2008)
*Dark Was The Night: "El Caporal" (February 2009)
*Dear New Orleans: "Carnival Time" (August 2010)
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