Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Iron & Wine - Sam Beam acoustic - Live on KCRW 2007

There is something about this man and an acoustic guitar that is really special. Boy With a Coin and Trapeze Swinger are great on this. Enjoy!

02.Peace Beneath The City
03.Sodom South Georgia
04.Boy With A Coin
06.Resurrection Fern
07.Woman King
08.Trapeze Swinger
10.He Lays In The Reins (Calexico Cover)

Download - Iron & Wine - Sam Beam acoustic - Live on KCRW 2007

My Morning Jacket - Chicago - 2008-12-27/28

Man o man. The Jacket is back and they have not lost a step. Based on the past shows in Chicago you never would have guessed that Jim James and Co. were off the road for 2.5 months. Saturday was fantastic, I was on the floor, you can see my position from some of the pictures. Sunday, wow, Sunday. I am going to focus on Sunday just because it is more fresh in my mind and it was clearly the better of two nights (both were mind blowing). A friend bailed on a ticket last minute so my Dad took the ticket. He only listens to MMJ with me and has somewhat limited exposure but I think he wanted to see what I have been fussing about for the past few years. We had box seats on the upper balcony and they were soooo sweet. We had a great view of the stage and a waitress always near us so we did not have to miss a beat. A slightly varied version of At Dawn kicked things off for the night. It sounded like the bass was more pronounced or maybe even slightly different, maybe I am crazy though. I'm Amazed is a favorite of my Father's and they jammed through that with the ferocity of The Who circa 1971. The setlist was pretty tame (for the Jacket) for the first 11 songs, until Anytime. It was like Anytime kicked off a different concert. It was non stop blow your brains out rock after that. I was really hoping to hear Remnants and sure enought they played a blistering version. Carl really rages on this song and let me note that he was more animated these past 2 shows than I have noticed in shows past, awesome. During Lay Low I am pretty sure I saw dust falling from the Chicago Theater's 7 story ceiling. Off the Record was similar to the version found on SXSW 2008 and was absolutely ridiculous. I Think I'm Going To Hell was an unexpected treat. Smokin From Shootin into Touch Me Pt. II was magical as usual. I was surprised to hear Run Thru after Touch II since they had been closing sets with Touch II but my god. My Dad, the casual Jacket fan who has been going to concerts since 1975 (his first was Led Zep in 75') said that Run Thru was, and I quote "The best jam he has ever seen." He has reiterated that several times since too. The encore break was Jim James playing a gorgeour solo acoustic version to Look at You and then the rest of the band came out and played Nashville to Kentucky, another very unexpected treat. Steam Engine blew everyone away I think. The added guitar solo at the end was a nice touch. After this song my Dad looked at me and said "They did it again!" Cobra was nothing short of perfect and the second time I heard it this year, which is cool. One Big Holiday pretty much blew the roof off the place.

I honestly cannot think of a band I would rather see live. If it were not for the crowd I would say Chicago night II rivaled that of the Louisville show earlier this year. What is unfortunate about seeing shows at some venues in Chicago is that it is more of a social event for some people, they are there because they heard Golden or Off the Record on XRT and decide to check it out. What are you going to do? We waited outside the stage door both nights with some friends from Minneapolis. The first night we saw Jim James get rushed away in a van by himself and the second my group and I left while the guys and gals from Minneapolis stuck around and met Bo and Tommy.

All the pictures are from the first night.

Jim James is beardless.

As an added note, my Dad, the casual fan, said it was one of the best shows he has ever seen.

For those of you going to The Garden for NYE tomorrow night: be ready, if Chicago was any indicator it is going to be a show for the ages.

At Dawn
It Beats
Evil Urges
I'm Amazed
Wonderful Man
I Will Sing
Thank You Too
Lay Low
Highly Suspicious
Off the Record
Smokin From Shootin
Touch Me Pt 2
Run Thru

Look at You (Acc)
Nashville to Kentucky
Steam Engine

--evil urges
--touch me pt 1
--aluminum park
--i'm amazed
--thank you too
--sec walkin
--way he sings
--where to begin
--war begun (HOLY SHIT)
--lay low
--phone went west
--smokin from shootin
--touch me pt. 2

--wordless chorus
--highly suspicious
--one big holiday

Friday, December 26, 2008

Congrats My Morning Jacket

Jambase.com band of the year. Good work guys.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Posts

Sorry for the lack of them, busy season. I have some good stuff to post tomorrow. Getting excited for MMJ in Chicago. Anyone visiting Chicago that wants to see the Chicago Theater, do it soon. After MMJ's 2 night stint I am pretty sure it will be completely demolished from the extreme levels of rocking that will be occurring.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

MMJ to attend Perez Hilton's NYE Party?

This is odd.

Dime Invite

Thank you thank you thank you thank you Derek.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wilco - And Sum Aren't

This is a rare bonus disc to Summerteeth (amazing record, my first venture into Wilco almost a decade ago). I think everyone will enjoy this.

01 I Must Be High
02 Pick Up The Change
03 Passenger Side
04 Monday (demo version)
05 I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
06 Hotel Arizona
07 Outtasite (Outta Mind) (Live version 6/7/97)
08 Someone Else's Song
09 Red Eye And Blue (Live) *
10 Box Full Of Letters (Live) *
11 Why Would You Wanna Live (Live)
12 Forget The Flowers (Live) *
13 The Lonely 1
14 Sunken Treasure (Live) *
15 At My Window Sad And Lonely (with Billy Bragg)
16 Blasting Fonda (non album track)

* Recorded Live At C'est What in Toronto 1999

Download - Wilco - And Sum Aren't

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Evil Urges #4 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of the Year

From Rolling Stone:

Jim James and his bearded crew became the year's mightiest rock band by embracing indie, Southern and hippie rock, but also by transcending what those categories mean. Evil Urges, the Kentucky group's fifth studio album, took My Morning Jacket's pigeonhole-dodging style to wild and crazy new lengths: James indulged in a Prince-style soulman falsetto on the title track, and "Highly Suspicious" stepped to a brittle New Wave funk groove that was nearly unrecognizable as My Morning Jacket — at least until the Lynyrd Skynyrd-flavored multiguitar break kicked in. On Evil Urges, the band pledges loyalty to only one genre: itself.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oasis - 2008-12-12

Despite quiet a few lousy reviews of recent shows, Oasis were rocking last night. Just a really fantastic set (it is the same every night so they better be good). Gem Archer, the lead guitarist is really good, he is absolutely the guitar talent over Noel. Liam really does not do shit other then sing and shake his tambourine, it is kind of funny actually. I have not thought much of their work lately but last night was definitely reason to delve back into the Oasis catalog.

Cruise over to the Ryan Adams blog for some Ryan Adams comments and pictures.

Download Oasis Pictures

Friday, December 12, 2008

Monsters of Folk - Providence, RI - 2-28-2004

A live collaboration from Jim James, M. Ward and Conor Oberst. They are supposed to get together sometime in the next couple of years to make a studio album, it should be kick ass.

Download - Monsters of Folk - Providence, RI - 2-28-2004

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coughing Up Blood and Whiskey: a Ryan Adams Blog

The Steam Engine Inc. has started another blog dedicated to Ryan Adams. This site has had so much Ryan Adams (due in part to MMJ's much needed inactivity) myself and a couple others figured we should get some shit rolling. It is called Coughing Up Blood and Whiskey: a Ryan Adams Blog and will have more of what you guys like.

My Morning Jacket Live - Bunbury Theatre - 1999-12-14

Solid little set from almost 9 years ago to the date. Can you believe how far they have come? I would give credit to the photos in the artwork but did not see a name anywhere, regardless, nice shots!

Intro, At Dawn ->
Heartbreakin' Man
The Bear
Old September Blues
Honest Man

My Morning Jacket Live - Bunbury Theatre - 1999-12-14

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - at The Bijou Theatre - 2006-07-25

Thanks Chris for turning me on to this show, its sick.

This is definitely the best Rip Off I have ever heard. I like hearing the rougher, looser Cardinals every now and then. I've been listening to Jacksonville City Nights on repeat lately, maybe that has something to do with it.

Disc I
01 Trains
02 Please Do Not Let Me Go
03 The End
04 A Kiss Before I Go
05 Blue Hotel
06 Silver Bullets
07 Let It Ride
08 Shakedown on 9th Street >
09 Franklin's Tower
10 Don't Get Sentimental On Me
11 Rip Off

Disc II
01 Lost Satelite
02 Games
03 Peaceful Valley >
04 What Sin
05 A Song For You
06 He's Gone

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - at The Bijou Theatre - 2006-07-25

Friday, December 5, 2008

More Foggy Demo's

I accidentaly added a song by Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers) instead of DJ RA. It is fixed.

I hope everyone enjoys these and their weekends.

DJ RA - Don't Look Down (If You Wanna Make It To The Top)
Dear Impossible
Sunflowers and Rain

Download - More Foggy Demo's

Beatles Rooftop Concert

Here is ALL the audio recorded for these sessions thank ritchiem4812.

Part I - http://www.sendspace.com/file/hzlyi6
Part II - http://www.sendspace.com/file/qpgwh4

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Morning Jacket Grammy's

Anyone that reads this blog with some regularity know I love KofL and Radiohead. But should Radiohead really be in the running for an album that came out in 2007? And while I think the Kings latest offering Only By The Night is fantastic, I could think of more deserving work. I probably should not be worked up over this because the Grammy's don't mean a god damn thing, any group that rewards pop acts and people like Britney Spears are clearly well of their rockers. ANYWAYS, on with the news.

From Jambase.com (with my edits):

Kings of Leon got three nods for Best Rock Performance (have they ever seen MMJ perform?), Best Rock Album (have they ever listened to MMJ?) and Best Rock Song for "Sex on Fire" (Uhhh, Evil Urges in its entirety? OR just the "rockers" tracks 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13. Maybe they really have never "heard" MMJ) The Best Rock Song category also finds Bruce Springsteen ("Girls in Their Summer Clothes")(I think they are playing a goof on us!), Radiohead ("House of Cards") (ROCK song?), Death Cab for Cutie ("I Will Possess Your Heart") (One of the best of the year?) and Coldplay ("Violet Hill") (Do I even need to comment?) The Raconteurs were also nominated in Best Rock Album (Evil Urges, Cardinalogy, Attack & Release, Real Emotional Trash?).

Best Alternative Music Album boasts My Morning Jacket, Beck, Death Cab and Radiohead.

Does anyone else feel like our boys are getting shafted?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ryan Adams - Dear Impossible Foggy Demo's


Mr. David Ryan Adams has been a bloggin' fool again. The main topic the past few days has been his work for Dear Impossible. I have compiled the demos that he has posted thus far and ripped the audio. For download are the video and the audio. Check Foggy for some crazy ramblings.

Here is what is included in the download:

1. Kaleidoscope Eyes
2. OK, I Surender
3. Roll Credits
4. The Lights (I Was Loved)
5. Yes, I Know That Color

Here is what has been finished, this is a post from Foggy (demo wise at least)

finis- wow




1. FireFly………………………….FINIS-*(mix)

2. So Quiet, It’s Loud…….FINIS-*(mix)

3. Goodbye Sunshine……FINIS-*(mix)

4. Universe Size Arms…..Finis-*(mix)

5. Dear Impossible…………Finis-*(mix)

6. Please, Hold On -………(new vocal) FINISHED plus vionins

7. Souls Full of Holes…….Finis-*(mix)

8. Ok, I Surrender…………..Finis-*(mix)

9. Wild & Hopeless…………Finis-*(mix)

10. Kaleidoscope Eyes….Finis-*(mix)

11. Your Name Here……..Finis-*(mix)

12. Mirror-Gold……………..Finis-*(mix)

13. The Lights………………..Finis-*(mix)

14. Lost in Space …………Finis-*(mix)

13. The Lights………………..Finis-*(mix)

Download - Ryan Adams - Dear Impossible Foggy Demo's (video)
Download - Ryan Adams - Dear Impossible Foggy Demo's (audio)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ten Years After - A Full Moon At Gaelic Park - 1971

Alvin Lee plays some of the sickest guitar ever. I love everything about his style, his tone, his guitar itself, everything! One of the first posts on The Steam Engine was of Alvin Lee & Mylon LeFevre On The Road To Freedom. But here he is with Ten Years After, slaying the blues song after song.

No Title (Part III) is a nas-tay jam.


01 One Of These Days

02 Once There Was A Time

03 Here They Come
04 Introduction To 'I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes'
05 I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes

06 Baby Won't You Let Me Rock & Roll You

07 Introduction To 'Hard Monkeys'

08 Hard Monkeys

09 No Title

10 No Title [Part II]

11 No Title [Part III]

12 Slow Blues In 'C'

13 I'm Goin' Home

14 I'm Coming On [Bonustrack]

Download - Ten Years After - A Full Moon At Gaelic Park - 1971

The Beatles - Last Licks Live - The Rooftop Concert

Thanks to ritchiem4812 for the rest of these recordings!

Part I - http://www.sendspace.com/file/hzlyi6
Part II - http://www.sendspace.com/file/qpgwh4

This is not the whole thing but the first 9 tracks. I am working on the rest, if anyone has them, please share!

01. Get Back #1
02. Get Back #2
03. Don't Let Me Down #1
04. I've Got a Feeling #1
05. One After 909
06. Dig a Pony
07. I've Got a Feeling #2
08. Don't Let Me Down #2
09. Get Back #3

Download - The Beatles - Last Licks Live - The Rooftop Concert