The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]


Just Announced: Jim James releasing solo album, playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/18

Photo by John Bartol

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has a cool, eclectic solo album coming out next month called Regions of Light and Sound of God. With its haunting electronic tones and subdued arrangements, it most closely recalls the work he did with My Morning Jacket on 2006′s Z – and I’m thinking it will sound positively stunning in the cozy confines of Johnny Brenda‘s on February 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18, at noon. Below, listen to “A New Life” from Regions of Light and Sound of God, which is out on ATO Records on February 5th.


Photo Recap: My Morning Jacket at The Mann

My Morning Jacket played the Mann Center on Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses opening. All photos by John Bartol. Watch out the fan video of “Run Thru” below and go here for a photo recap of Band Of Horses’ set at the Mann.

Set list
X-Mas Curtain
First Light
Outta My System
Holdin On To Black Metal
Into The Woods
Evelyn Is Not Real
The Bear
Rocket Man (Elton John cover)
It Beats 4 U
Steam Engine
Victory Dance
Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2
Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 1
Wordless Chorus
Run Thru
Smokin From Shootin
Wonderful (The Way I Feel) w/ Ben Bridwell
I’m Amazed
It Makes No Difference (The Band cover)
Off The Record
One Big Holiday


Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses at the Mann, Ape School LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s, MilkBoy Anniversary w/ GANG and Chill Moody at Milkboy, and Algeron Cadwallader w/ Kite Party at First Unitarian

Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.

Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.

Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.

Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.


Download: My Morning Jacket cover George Harrison, Elton John and Wham! (XPN Welcomes MMJ Friday night to The Mann w/ Band Of Horses)

My Morning Jacket play The Mann this Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses. MMJ lead singer Jim James knows his stuff when it comes to doing cover songs and below we offer up a few songs that the band performed at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville this past July. Below, download MMY covering George Harrison with Dean Wareham, Elton John and Wham!. If you want to dig deeper in to more MMJ covers, go here to the music blog You Ain’t No Picasso. And don’t forget – tonight at midnight is the deadline to enter in to the contest to go record shopping with Jim James at Main Street Music, to see a sound check with the band and for a pair of tickets to the show. Go here for more information and to enter the contest.

Go here to purchase tickets to this Friday’s MMJ/Band Of Horses show at the Mann.


Download My Morning Jacket covering James Brown, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (XPN welcomes MMJ w/ Band Of Horses to the Mann this Friday night)

photo by Danny Clinch
My Morning Jacket play The Mann this Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses. During their concerts, My Morning Jacket have always had impeccable taste in covering songs; below, download their cover of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Neko Case and a cover of James Brown’s classic “Cold Sweat.” Go hereto purchase tickets to this Friday MMJ/Band Of Horses show at the Mann.


My Morning Jacket, playing the Mann on August 17th, get remixed by Washed Out

Photo of My Morning Jacket by Ryan Mastro

My Morning Jacket roll in to town on Friday, August 17th with openers Band of Horses at The Mann for a rock show you won’t want to miss. On August 7th, the Jacket release its “Outta My System” remix EP. The original version of “Outta My System” is on Circuital, however, below you can listen to Washed Out’s blissful, ambient remix of the song and compare it to the original.

Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show.


My Morning Download: “Old L.A.” by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames; playing Union Transfer in March

 Yim Yames (AKA Jim James of My Morning Jacket), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) have made a record together called New Multitudes, an “interpretation” of Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics. New Multitudes is being released on Rounder Records on February 28th. The band performs Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 13th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Click here to download the song “Old L.A.”

Set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth year, New Multitudes will be released February 28 on Rounder Records as a 12 track release and a 23 track deluxe, limited edition. The limited edition features original Guthrie lyric sheets, the 12 track release, and 11 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker. The album will also be available on vinyl. Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company

Tonight’s Concert Pick: XPN Welcomes Neko Case and My Morning Jacket at The Mann Center

Neko Case is the rare singer-songwriter who manages both to fulfill and confound expectations. Her music—a blend of big-voiced folk and poetic pop—isn’t typical by any indie-rock standard. And yet, the songs aren’t simply esoteric attempts to prove Case’s vocal chops or songwriting skills (which she certainly has), they’re genuinely powerful. When Case sings, you forget that you’re listening to a record. It’s more like tuning into someone’s diary—if their diary were a whirlwind of narratives, metaphor and anthemic, poignant choruses. All of which makes Neko Case a good match for headliners My Morning Jacket, and so far on this tour she’s joined frontman Jim James on several duet covers. Neko Case performs with My Morning Jacket at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$44.50.