Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My Morning Racket
"Yim Yames is the thinly veiled alias of Jim James, the guitar-playing frontman of My Morning Jacket. Although chiefly known for his work in that band, James played a wider role in indie rock during the early 21st century, appearing on albums by several artists (including Bright Eyes, M. Ward, America, and Bobby Bare, Jr.) while also pursuing a small solo career under the Yim Yames moniker. He made his solo debut with 2009's Tribute To, a short collection of George Harrison covers recorded shortly after the guitarist's death in 2001."
I think I've made it clear a number of times on these pages that I was not a fan of Jim James or his overrated band, My Morning Jacket. I mean, the records are worth some time, with the occasional tune offering something, but this band headlined Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve for Pete's sake. Really? This is how you want to ring in the new year? Packed (maybe) in a big hockey barn listenng to a gloomy indie band? Kinda makes Guy Lombardo's Waldorf gig seem like a dirty BBQ roadhouse hootenanny. And how the hell did they get THAT gig anyway?
Still, I find Jim James...uh...Yim Yames'"Tribute To..." E.P. fascinating. It has that low-fi, lazy approach that has always been the big turn off for me with indie bands. (I don't care how many pop gems Guided By Voices has recorded, their records sounds like shit.) But at the same time, the thin, "gloomy" approach makes these George Harrison songs almost sound as if Hank Williams could have recorded them.
Unzip and take a listen to "Behind That Locked Door" and "All Things Must Pass."
And if that doesn't kill ya, there's always this.