A Marc’s Muse Review – My Morning Jacket at the Gibson 12/1/11

After dining at Tony Roma’s and NOT having the Onion Loaf in an attempt to be healthy…We headed over to the Gibson.  Me and my buddy Rob, that is.  The meal itself was a bit of a disappointment, and as much as I gripe about the cost of Wood Ranch, and the inconsistencies and odd customer relations at Famous Dave’s, both have far superior ribs.  This made me a bit sad as I grew up with Tony Roma’s and had not had them in a while… I remember back in the day there was a great rivalry between Roma’s and a place called Bobby Rubino’s.  I believe both were from Florida, and just trying to make it in other states, but Rubino’s, who I greatly preferred, never caught on.  Now Roma’s is a monster.

I wanted to make sure we got to the show on time as I did not want to miss opener Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.  This was as classic ’60s R&B revival as you can get.  The band is “Tighten Up” tight and Jones is a magnetic and energetic performer.  Would love to see them do a full show.

I felt bad that the house was largely empty as they hit the stage, but by the middle of their set, people were packing in and really responding to the band.

Between acts we got to talking a great couple behind us, Steven Kane and his wife Mickey… hope I am spelling that right… and the fabulous DJ Julie Slater from 100.3 The Sound.

At about 9 pm MMJ hit the stage.  From the first few moments you could tell something was off with Jim James’ guitar… and not just because he kept running off stage.  Throughout the evening, the roadies were almost on stage non-stop.  They must have gone through 50 cords and cables and could not get it right.  Either they are now full-fledged members of the band or on the unemployment line.  Carl Broemel  did not fare better and at one point was gesturing off stage with a crazy hand and a WTF?  He seemed more pissed than Jim.  Valiantly the boys fought through it and Jim even said, “I guess I’ll be playing less guitar tonight.”  He made several references to the glitches and basically said what can you do…

I love bass, but the mix was so heavy my head and balls (sorry, but it’s true) were vibrating… The reverb in my chest was intense.

Given all of that, MMJ still knocked it out of the park, as they always do.  This was my third full show… not including the song I saw them do on the Conan O’Brien Show… The last time was July 2 in Santa Barbara where a cameraman stood in front of me for the first four songs and their lighting and screens were glitching out.  Other than having to cut their set short because of the curfew, that show was great, too.

This is a band who just knows how to play.  They are so tight and so talented and in absolute synch.  Jim is the consummate leader and knows how to work the crowd with his plaintive wail, his pension for towels and hoods on his head and hair in his face, and for dancing and sliding and moving around the stage.

While my brother is really the one who pushed me hard onto this band, I also have to thank the amazing film maker Cameron Crowe for first giving me my first listen on the Elizabethtown soundtrack.  He knew there was something special and that just shows you what a gifted, amazing and talented eye he has for the verbal, visual and the sonic.

Knowing they had played LA over the summer, they mixed the set up nicely, moving the order of songs around but also adding some things we did not get to hear last time.  I missed “Gideon” one of, if not my favorite tune, but the set list was a good one.  These guys are my favorite current band… Now all I ask is that someone help me track down one of those Black Organic Owl t-shirts in an XL!!!

Here is the set list:

12/1/11 LA Set:
    1. Victory Dance
    2. Outta My System
    3. It Beats 4 U
    4. I’m Amazed
    5. Off the Record
    6. Golden
    7. War Begun
    8. First Light
    9. Phone Went West
    10. Evelyn Is Not Real
    11. Movin Away
    12. Smokin From Shootin
    13. (End Of) Run Thru
    14. Circuital
    15. Wordless Chorus
    16. The Day Is Coming
    17. Holdin’ On to Black Metal
    18. Highly Suspicious
    19. One Big Holiday

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