My Morning Jacket + Boston Pops | Live on Letterman

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If someone is going to the two shows that My Morning Jacket is playing with the Boston Pops next week, I need to know. NOW.

I’d love a review, photos, a cell phone call telling me that it’s the best live music experience you’ve ever had — ANYTHING. PLEASE!

  • http://www.whosdrivingthebus.blogspot.com/ danfun

    I am going to the Thursday show. I wish I could go to both but taking days off in the miiddle of the week is hard for me.

  • http://www.whosdrivingthebus.blogspot.com/ danfun

    I am going to the Thursday show. I wish I could go to both but taking days off in the miiddle of the week is hard for me.

  • Adam

    Longtime LMB reader here! I’ll be at the show next Thursday and plan in bringing my camera with me. I can’t promise writing any review but I will try to see what I can do with the photos and can send you some that come out nicely. I should have a great perspective from the first balcony on the left side of the stage. So pumped for this show!

  • Adam

    Longtime LMB reader here! I’ll be at the show next Thursday and plan in bringing my camera with me. I can’t promise writing any review but I will try to see what I can do with the photos and can send you some that come out nicely. I should have a great perspective from the first balcony on the left side of the stage. So pumped for this show!

  • http://soltanlikesmusic.blogspot.com Rob

    Damn dude, doesn’t it make you wish they play with the CSO when they come to Taste of Chicago?! Ah well, check out my blog…it’s not as nice as your blog, but I’m going to try to continue to update it with concert photos of shows that I’ve been to. I like what you’re doing here.

  • http://soltanlikesmusic.blogspot.com Rob

    Damn dude, doesn’t it make you wish they play with the CSO when they come to Taste of Chicago?! Ah well, check out my blog…it’s not as nice as your blog, but I’m going to try to continue to update it with concert photos of shows that I’ve been to. I like what you’re doing here.

  • Matty Mac

    Going to the show tonight, but last night’s show got terrible reviews. Check it out here.

  • Matty Mac

    Going to the show tonight, but last night’s show got terrible reviews. Check it out here.

  • krupa

    this is what i posted on PT – Phantasy Tour (Phish Message Board)

    so yeah…i decided to purchase a $45 ticket for 1st balcony center just a few days before I heard about this show. looks like the boston pops are trying to expand their target audience (increase sales) by accompanying rock groups that they see as having a “unique” sound, as the conductor Keith Lockhard says before the show’s set began.

    the boston pops opened up with 2 songs i’ve never heard of and “american in paris” by gershwin. i’m too familiar with this tune but it seemed to overcome the ADD induced hippie attention span and draw a few sets of eyes.

    after intermission is when the fun began w/ their accompaniament of My Morning Jacket. First couple of songs (sorry I didn’t write down the setlist) were great w/ the band but the Pops didn’t do a good job, imo, of taking advantage of the stretched out sound that MMJ exhibits. They could’ve done a better job writing better melodies and synchronizing with what MMJ was doing. For these songs, they could’ve just had the keyboard player lay down a “string pad” in the right hand the entire time. very lame. BUT MMJ sounded great.

    Only were the last couple of songs did you notice to hear the orchestra doing a better job of supporting the group. instrumentation was better and the orhcestra doubled a lot of melodies going on in the guitar and melodic vocals.

    they must’ve came out 4 times as a group with the thunderous ovation (hands hurt like fuck) and “who hoo’s”. Old people were probably shitting themselves hearing fans doing this…I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Anyways, the 2nd last song was incredible. Just the lead singer, acoustic, and an entire orchestra in the background. I think it’s on “Z” but it’s a slow ballad. FUCKING AMAZING.

    Basically, the Pops did a fantastic job of supporting the band in the later part of the set;however, a big negative that i noticed was the lack of communication and sychronization of the MMJ drummer with the Conductor of the Pops. They fucked up so many times it was disgusting. But I give MMJ props for putting their balls out on a stage with one of the nation’s best orchestras. It’s hard as hell making such an adjustment from playing with 4 other players to playing with over 60 musicians.

    Amazing show to say the least and I’m highly anticipating some type of recording but I doubt there was one.

    immedieatly following the show, in on of the many other recital rooms within Symphony Hall, The Slip played from 10pm – 2am. Great act but I’m not digging their catchy little pops tunes these days. Much respect for Brad B but I’m just not diggin it..but it was cool to see the boys up close again in a really cool concert hall.

    I’m stoned, just ate peanut butter and crackers and ready to call it a night. Cheers to good music.

  • krupa

    this is what i posted on PT – Phantasy Tour (Phish Message Board)

    so yeah…i decided to purchase a $45 ticket for 1st balcony center just a few days before I heard about this show. looks like the boston pops are trying to expand their target audience (increase sales) by accompanying rock groups that they see as having a “unique” sound, as the conductor Keith Lockhard says before the show’s set began.

    the boston pops opened up with 2 songs i’ve never heard of and “american in paris” by gershwin. i’m too familiar with this tune but it seemed to overcome the ADD induced hippie attention span and draw a few sets of eyes.

    after intermission is when the fun began w/ their accompaniament of My Morning Jacket. First couple of songs (sorry I didn’t write down the setlist) were great w/ the band but the Pops didn’t do a good job, imo, of taking advantage of the stretched out sound that MMJ exhibits. They could’ve done a better job writing better melodies and synchronizing with what MMJ was doing. For these songs, they could’ve just had the keyboard player lay down a “string pad” in the right hand the entire time. very lame. BUT MMJ sounded great.

    Only were the last couple of songs did you notice to hear the orchestra doing a better job of supporting the group. instrumentation was better and the orhcestra doubled a lot of melodies going on in the guitar and melodic vocals.

    they must’ve came out 4 times as a group with the thunderous ovation (hands hurt like fuck) and “who hoo’s”. Old people were probably shitting themselves hearing fans doing this…I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Anyways, the 2nd last song was incredible. Just the lead singer, acoustic, and an entire orchestra in the background. I think it’s on “Z” but it’s a slow ballad. FUCKING AMAZING.

    Basically, the Pops did a fantastic job of supporting the band in the later part of the set;however, a big negative that i noticed was the lack of communication and sychronization of the MMJ drummer with the Conductor of the Pops. They fucked up so many times it was disgusting. But I give MMJ props for putting their balls out on a stage with one of the nation’s best orchestras. It’s hard as hell making such an adjustment from playing with 4 other players to playing with over 60 musicians.

    Amazing show to say the least and I’m highly anticipating some type of recording but I doubt there was one.

    immedieatly following the show, in on of the many other recital rooms within Symphony Hall, The Slip played from 10pm – 2am. Great act but I’m not digging their catchy little pops tunes these days. Much respect for Brad B but I’m just not diggin it..but it was cool to see the boys up close again in a really cool concert hall.

    I’m stoned, just ate peanut butter and crackers and ready to call it a night. Cheers to good music.

  • timba

    Just got back from tonight’s show, and I have to say it is one of my all time favorites. Prior to the show, a random guy handed out front row tickets to the show to passers by on the sidewalk and I found myself in some seats I never could have afforded on my own. The pops played three pieces prior to the beginning – similar to the Wednesday show was a composition by Bjork to start, an “experimental” song that got booed by an old guy on the left balcony, and then “An American in Paris.”

    I was shocked to find My Morning Jacket open with “At Dawn”, both due to the popularity of the song/likelihood of the song to be a closer and also due to my personal introduction to My Morning Jacket through that song. Like the other poster, I too agree that the Pops didn’t enough beyond backing instrumentals in the first few songs, but I attribute that primarily to a lack of time for the two ensembles to put together the arrangements. All in all, the Boston Pops played extremely well though. Keith Lockhardt was in a yoga-like pose the entire night, where he watched MMJ for queues and directed the orchestra accordingly. I found that on some of the closings, MMJ was somewhat off rhythm from the pops. One other thing that kinda irked me was the use of the Syn-drums, although I know it’s necessary in that kind of environment. If they could have placed some sort of sound barrier around a real drum set or had the orchestral drummers take over the parts, it might have allowed the songs to take better advantage of a place like symphony hall. That being said, they still did an amazing job, and it looked like many parties were enjoying the performance (the 50 somethings in front of me loved the show, the first and second chair bassists, the viloa player all tapping their hands during times that didn’t call for their parts.

    I don’t know exact names of songs, but the second to last song was Bermuda Highway with an absolutely beautiful accomponyment.

    If anyone happens to have a suggestion for how to get a recording of this show, please post!

  • timba

    Just got back from tonight’s show, and I have to say it is one of my all time favorites. Prior to the show, a random guy handed out front row tickets to the show to passers by on the sidewalk and I found myself in some seats I never could have afforded on my own. The pops played three pieces prior to the beginning – similar to the Wednesday show was a composition by Bjork to start, an “experimental” song that got booed by an old guy on the left balcony, and then “An American in Paris.”

    I was shocked to find My Morning Jacket open with “At Dawn”, both due to the popularity of the song/likelihood of the song to be a closer and also due to my personal introduction to My Morning Jacket through that song. Like the other poster, I too agree that the Pops didn’t enough beyond backing instrumentals in the first few songs, but I attribute that primarily to a lack of time for the two ensembles to put together the arrangements. All in all, the Boston Pops played extremely well though. Keith Lockhardt was in a yoga-like pose the entire night, where he watched MMJ for queues and directed the orchestra accordingly. I found that on some of the closings, MMJ was somewhat off rhythm from the pops. One other thing that kinda irked me was the use of the Syn-drums, although I know it’s necessary in that kind of environment. If they could have placed some sort of sound barrier around a real drum set or had the orchestral drummers take over the parts, it might have allowed the songs to take better advantage of a place like symphony hall. That being said, they still did an amazing job, and it looked like many parties were enjoying the performance (the 50 somethings in front of me loved the show, the first and second chair bassists, the viloa player all tapping their hands during times that didn’t call for their parts.

    I don’t know exact names of songs, but the second to last song was Bermuda Highway with an absolutely beautiful accomponyment.

    If anyone happens to have a suggestion for how to get a recording of this show, please post!