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Jim James Performs at National Tree Lighting

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.  The event will be held this Today, December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington DC.  He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common.  You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December.  My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.

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Wax Fang Release New Single on Yim Yames' label

Louisville, KY’s Wax Fang share much more of a connection with My Morning Jacket than a common hometown and a penchant for playing ambitious and electrifying music.  Today the trio are releasing “The Astronaut (Part 1),a sprawling seventeen minute digital-only single, on MMJ frontman Yim Yames’ label, Removador Recordings & Solutions.  Click HERE to listen to the track, which is available for purchase now at iTunes.

Upon returning from their maiden UK tour, highlighted by an invitation from Pavement to play their All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Wax Fang shacked up in a makeshift analog studio in a vacant gymnasium to work on their first new material since 2007’s La La Land.  Epic in both length and in spirit, “The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the band’s most grandiose work yet.

Taking inspiration from the outer space themes of 70’s progressive rock and psychedelia, the song’s lyrics vividly guide the listener alongside a gripping journey with an astronaut lost in the cosmos.  Musically, the band is also influenced by the traditions of noisy art-rock of the 80’s and 90’s, as well as the early electronic experimentations pioneered by artists like Brian Eno.

“The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the first half of the band’s forthcoming EP, The Astronaut.  The second-half and the full EP will be released on Removador in 2011.  In the meantime you can catch Wax Fang opening for My Morning Jacket on October 29th in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.

MMJ Play Late Night TV & Live Webcast

My Morning Jacket will be taking over New York the next two weeks with multiple late night TV appearances leading up to their historic five-night stand at Terminal 5.  Tonight, guitarist Carl Broemel will be sitting in with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Click HERE for more info on Carl’s gorgeous new solo album, All Birds Say (ATO Records), which is in stores now.

The full band will then be the musical guest on Wednesday’s episode.  Click HERE to enter the show’s “Band Bench” sweepstakes for a chance to attend that taping.  Tomorrow night, the quintet will perform on the Late Show With David Letterman and as an added bonus will do a set for Live on Letterman.  Starting at 8pm EST, the guys will kick off an hour-long performance that fans can watch live over at the webcast’s official site.

Beginning next week on Monday, October 18th, MMJ will kick off their feverishly anticipated run of five shows at Terminal 5.  Each night they will play one of their five beloved full-lengths from beginning to end.  This is the first time the ever-evolving band’s entire, eclectic catalogue can be experienced live in the span of a week.  The guys will also be playing in Louisville, KY on 10/29 and are proud to have The Louisville Youth Orchestra on hand to both open and collaborate with the band.  With all the older songs being reintroduced to the fans, this hometown show will truly be a special event.

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My Morning Jacket Live Dates:

10/15: Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/18: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/19: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/21: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/22: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/23: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/29: Louisville, KY @ KFC YUM! CENTER

MMJ's Carl Broemel Shares Video Performances of Three Solo Songs

Leading up to the release of his solo album All Birds Say, which is out next week on August 31st (ATO Records), My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel has been steadily revealing performances of some of the tracks off the record.   You may have seen Broemel do a rendition of “Questions” over at MOG, creating an epic solo version of the track that builds to a thrillingly noisy climax.  He also played the earnest and whimsical “Enough,” which recently debuted at My Old Kentucky Blog. Lastly, his version of “Carried Away,” a contemplative and heartfelt ballad that My Morning Jacket recently performed, premiered at JamBase.  Please feel free to post and share all three videos!

As evident by these three clips, Broemel is a sophisticated songwriter  and an elegantly effortless performer.  He has the lyrical perspective of an individual who truly reflects and learns from his life’s experiences.  However, Broemel favors a Zen-like approach, keeping his philosophical musings from getting anywhere near being preachy.  Needless to say, MMJ fans who know him solely from the fiery riffs and guitar solos he performs with the band are going to see a whole other side of him.

Click HERE for photos of Carl, an mp3 off the album (which you are also welcome to post/share), and more info on him.

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Questions”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Enough”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Carried Away”

Follow the Train Releases Mercury Today

Louisville, KY natives Follow the Train spent the last year in the studio crafting their shimmering new album Mercury, a lushly detailed collection of music that is packed with ideas and brimming with emotion at every corner.  Produced by Kevin Ratterman (VHS or Beta), the album is available today through Removador Recordings and Solutions, the label run by My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames and former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid.

Follow the Train began in 2004 as Dennis Sheridans solo musical project, paying tribute to the shoe-gaze of the late 80s and early 90s.  The project found an audience with the self-released EP, The Great Disturbance, followed by a full-length album called A Breath Of SighSheridan eventually found an ear in his longtime friend Yames, who brought Follow The Train to Removador.

The band moved through a few different ensembles before settling on a six-piece group that came together for the new album. Sheridan is joined by James Hewett (drums), Mike Sabo (guitars), Brandon Jones (percussion), Carlos Ramos (bass) and David Cronin (keyboards).

Mercury has emerged as a nine-song, space-maddening, psychedelic, operatic brain-cookie.  At the center is Dennis Sheridan’s beautifully tattered yet commanding voice, which carves out a trail in the sky and bursts with lyrics that yearn for exploration.