The Sunday Shuffle #26

Only Memories Remain (demo version) – My Morning Jacket (2015, Capitol Records)

Today’s randomly chosen track was picked by my phone on the way back from an evening drinking session at a mates house.  I say session, it was all very refined, three bottles of local Devon ale and a small rum and ginger for the walk home.  The walk home isn’t far, about a mile and to make things interesting for me, I decide that whatever song was playing when I reached Badger Corner would be todays randomly shuffled track.

Badger Corner is so named because about two years ago, when walking back at almost the same time of night, a badger leapt out the hedge and attacked me.   Well, it leapt out the hedge at least, and made me scream like a four year old who has been told its time to leave the playpark because mummy has to go to Asda and pick up some broccoli.   After leaping out the hedge, teeth bared, fangs (probably) dripping in blood, the badger growled like some form of devil dog and ran off up the hill.  I’m pretty sure I heard it laughing its badgery laugh in the field behind the hedges about ten minutes later when I’d stopped shaking.  I may have said this before, but badgers rock.  They are the animal equivalent of Lemmy from Motorhead.

On this occasion though, there were no badgers, well none that I saw at least, then again I was making as much bloody noise as I could without being a public nuisance. 

The song that was playing (loudly) when I reached Badger Corner was ‘Only Memories Remain’ by big bearded alt-country superstars My Morning Jacket.  It is taken from their seventh album ‘The Waterfall’.  ‘Only Memories Remain’ is a tremendous track, a song which is essentially saying goodbye to a loved one.  It’s sparse, soulful and really showcases the range of Jim James’ voice.  It feels kind of intimate but warm and welcoming at the same time.  I think he sound a lot of Lennon around the time he recorded ‘Jealous Guy’ on it, which considering he is from Kentucky and not Toxeth, that is quite an achievement.  

The version that came on was the demo version, so here just in case you were interested is the album version.

Only Memories Remain – My Morning Jacket (2015, Capitol Records)

This was the song that preceded it by the way and probably did enough to keep the badgers away, although I like to think of them behind the hedge, all moshing away, whilst ripped to the nostrils on Jack Daniels.

Milk It – Nirvana (1993, Geffen Records)

The Never Ending Playlist Week #2

9. Golden – My Morning Jacket (2003, ATO Records, Taken from ‘It Still Moves’)

In 2003, My Morning Jacket were pretty well known on the US scene alt-country/Americana scene. They had built a reputation for brilliant live songs but struggled to reproduce that on record. So they did what all good bands do, sold their souls to the man and signed to a major label and recorded an album that sounded almost as good as those live shows. That album was ‘It Still Moves’ and for many of their fans, its the bands finest album. It’s certainly the first record of the bands that I encountered and for about six months I played this record constantly. In fact, I went through a phase of naming my fantasy football team (not that I do that any more, it was an office thing) after the band that I was listening too at the time of the pick and for two seasons running my team was called My Morning Jacket. Anyway…I digress embarrassingly.

‘Golden’ was the third single off of ‘It Still Moves’ and it is a wonderfully evocative piece of Americana. It opens with a beautifully poetic line “Watchin’ a stretch of road, miles of light explodes…’ and then trots away through a haze of reverb, and country-esque guitars all of which compete with Jim James’ voice for dominance. It does kind of make you yearn for the open road a little bit .

I don’t own the single and I can’t find the tracklisting to post anything from it – but fear not, here is Mahgeetah which Rolling Stone Magazine proudly claim to be one the greatest guitar records of all time. Well duh, the clues in the title.

Mahgeetah – My Morning Jacket (2003, ATO Records, Taken from ‘It Still Moves’)