Oct 192010

Last week we posted a lengthy defense of William Shatner’s “Rocket Man.” Whether you agreed or not, My Morning Jacket’s version needs no such explanation. The band first released their version of the song on their 2004 compilation album Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh: Early Recordings, but haven’t played it live since 2001. Until last night.

The occasion was the first show of an NYC residency at which the band will perform one full album each night. Their first disc, The Tennessee Fire, got its showcase last night at Terminal 5. The band’s least-known album offered rarely-played songs like “It’s All About Twilight Now” (last played in 2006) and “If All Else Failed” (never played before). For the encore, instead of going through a few later crowd-pleasers, the band busted through b-sides and cover songs they recorded around the same time. This was a for-superfans-only kind of night. Continue reading »

Sep 032010

Live Collection brings together every live cover we can find from an artist. And we find a lot.

You think Vermont music, you might think flanneled hippies strumming mandolins. Not Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They may come from the great wooded north, but their big soul sound comes straight from Dixie with a side of south-side Chicago. Potter is a vocal tour de force, a skinny white girl with an enormous voice. She can do a two-hour show without fading a bit and her hot four-piece band keeps right in step. Searing guitar solos abound, but nothing can upstage that voice.

Through years of near-constant touring, the band has amassed quite a stack of covers. In our latest Live Collection, we collect every concert cover we could find (thanks archive.org!). That includes blasts through Blondie, My Morning Jacket, and a whole lot of Neil Young – including a 14-minute “Cortez the Killer” that should be required listening for any rock band. Josh Ritter joins the band on John Prine’s “Pretty Good,” but otherwise they don’t need any help in blowing the roof off any building they play.

As a special bonus, below the main set we have the thematic new covers from their 2009 New Year’s Eve show. The band had clearly been spinning the Top Gun soundtrack a lot; they cover seven songs from the darn thing! And not just the original soundtrack either. The band apparently took to the 1999 Special Edition CD, cause they run through three of the four old-school bonus tracks as well. In between ’80s classics like “Take My Breath Away” and “Danger Zone,” the band throws out Top Gun lines as a wink to clued-in audience members. “This is Ghost Rider requesting permission for a flyby!” Permission granted. Continue reading »