Aug 122010

In the Spotlight showcases a cross-section of an artist’s cover work. View past installments, then post suggestions for future picks in the comments!

My Morning Jacket made a name for themselves through epic live shows. Stretching on for up to three hours, the band’s sets don’t skimp on the covers. Their Bonnaroo sets are particularly legendary; their 2008 late night set explored funk with songs by Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic, James Brown, Kool & the Gang, Bobby Womack, The Velvet Underground, and Mötley Crüe. More recently they covered John Prine for a new tribute album (download it here).

“We’re trying to find amazing songs that people don’t really listen to anymore, who would hear them and go, ‘Oh, my god — why haven’t I listened to this forever?” drummer Patrick Hallahan told Spinner about what songs they select to cover. “They have to be out of rotation for a little while before we pick them up.”

In this installment of In the Spotlight we look at five of their best. The range spans from Americana to new wave, obvious choices like The Band mixed in with more surprising ones like Berlin. Some get performed for years while others only come out once or twice. The band plays a monster New York City stand in October, performing each of their albums for charity. Hopefully they’ll find time for a cover or two.

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Get Down On It (Kool & the Gang cover)
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: My Morning Jacket – Take My Breath Away (Berlin cover)
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: My Morning Jacket – It Makes No Difference (The Band cover)
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: My Morning Jacket – Tyrone (Erykah Badu cover)
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: My Morning Jacket – Northern Sky (Nick Drake cover)
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Check out more My Morning Jacket at their website. Head over to You Ain’t No Picasso for a ton more MMJ covers.

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