My Morning Jacket Played The Paramount Theatre – Live Show Review

Jim James of My Morning Jacket @ On The Beach ’13 (Photo: C. Rotolo)

Jim James of My Morning Jacket @ On The Beach ’13 (Photo: C. Rotolo)

On The Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert

The circumstances encompassing Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre, and the Jersey Shore as whole, on Wednesday evening were less than favorable.

200 miles to the south, House Speaker John Boehner placed a much needed $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package to the back burner, while 10 miles north on Ocean Avenue Sea Bright homes once again sat soggy from flooding after a recent holiday storm, as fences on Asbury’s storied boardwalk kept from view the shredded planks that not so long ago would have welcomed the hustle on bustle of foot traffic on a magical evening such as this.

However, New Jersey and it’s residents carry with them a resolve without equal. In the face of injustice, tragedy, shock and awe, we take action: like Governor Chris Christie who unknotted his GOP ties when his public was wronged.

We take action: like the good people at Rebuild Recover, Coastal Habitat For Humanity, The Food Bank Of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, Food For Thought by the Sea, and Waves For Water, who have worked tirelessly to help restore hope, lives, and our coastal communities. These groups and those who fly under their gracious flags possess a true calling, and it’s inspiring to say the absolute least.

We take action: like Danny Clinch, Tim Donnelly, and Tony Pallagrosi, the founders of On The Beach: A Sandy Relief Benefit, who stared down devastation in their hometowns and then looked toward one another with a single question on their tongues…”If not us, then who?”

California resident, and Waves For Water founder, Jon Rose may have put it best referring to the efforts along the Jersey Shore as a “shining example” of a community standing up in the face of disaster to construct a path toward recovery, a road to restoration, and traveling down it into the heart of Asbury’s East Side were the likes of My Morning Jacket, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steve Earl, Joseph Arthur, Tangiers Blues Band, and lauded members of the Garden State music scene’s new guard in the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, River City Extension, and Nicole Atkins.

Tangiers Blues Band, who feature Clinch on harmonica and backing vocals, opened the evening offering a modest assemblage swampy Rock renditions of such classic cuts as The Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and a sloppily seductive rendition of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up.” Toms River’s own River City Extension and Neptune’s Nicole Atkins followed, adjusting their usually lengthy live performances of grit-riddled Americana and vintage Blues-Pop balladry to time-shortened four-song sets featuring eruptive selections from the former’s sophomore LP, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger (2012), including the surging “Point Of Surrender” and the latter’s thunderous “Neptune City.”

The Akron-based Ben Harper collaborator, Joseph Arthur, and his wealth of flame-licked and effects-drenched Rock N’ Roll prefaced the Red Bank-bred and New Brunswick basement-honed Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, who dipped into the well of his inked-up, flannel cloaked, Punk persona and removed soulful, acoustic guitar-led renditions of “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts,” “Great Expectations,” and the soon-to-be classic Handwritten composition “National Anthem.”

Fallon performed a short, intimate, solo acoustic set which, as SIMGE can attest to after witnessing the artist’s solo offering this past year at the recently defunct Press Room night club, is an impressive showcase of gritty artistic beauty.

Eddie Vedder recently joined Fallon and company onstage at Deluna Festival this past September for a rendition of the classic Pearl Jam cut “State Of Love & Trust,” a possible collaboration, pending Vedder’s availability, isn’t out of the question.

Activist, actor, and Folk auteur Steve Earle plucked away on his acoustic six string an ode to the grounds and the man who put Asbury Park on the musical map with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” before offering a series of songs from a forthcoming release that will, according to Earle, “piss a lot of people off.” The Nashville artist gave way to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band who acted as a key cog in this musical fundraising machine, providing a brass-coated demonstration in Dixieland Jazz while backing Earle on his post-Hurricane Katrina anthem, “This City,” in which the songsmith uttered the all too appropriate poetics “this city won’t wash away/this city won’t ever drown,” as well as allowing My Morning Jacket’s caped crooner, Jim James, the opportunity too jam upon “Louisiana Fairytale” and “St. James Infirmary.”

And the Preservation Hall collective, six members of which lost their homes in Katrina, wasn’t finished as My Morning Jacket would call upon the group, after distributing such laser-caked, psychedelia-laced Southern-Rock epics as “Victory Dance,” “I’m Amazed,” and “First Light,” to finish out its nearly two-hour performance with “Highly Suspicious,” jams on Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” and the concluding, theatre-quaking, “One Big Holiday.

Junot Diaz once wrote “The Boardwalk is where all of New Jersey came together. Where New Jersey, for better or worse, met itself.” On The Beach allowed us to congregate once again, in the face of tremendous devastation, hardships, and even tougher times ahead. But like Chris Christie, like the non-profit organizations and volunteers giving of themselves in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and like Clinch, Donnelly, and Pallagrosi, we’ll continue to act, to bolster, rebuild, and restore our beloved Jersey Shore.

NOTE: As reported last week, Eddie Vedder signed on as an underwriter of the On The Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert which took place on January 2nd in Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre with My Morning Jacket, The Gaslight Anthem, Steve Earle, Tangiers Blues Band, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, River City Extension, Nicole Atkins, and more…maybe next year Ten Club members received a live recording from this monumental event.

Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ – Fan Lyric Video

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains are one of the most influential American rock bands of the early ’90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of metal and the gloomy strains of grunge, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding metallic riffs with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands. While this dichotomy helped the group soar to multi-platinum status with their second album, 1992’s Dirt, it also divided them. Guitarist / vocalist Jerry Cantrell always leaned toward the mainstream, while vocalist Layne Staley was fascinated with the seamy.

Alice in Chains have unleashed the first taste of their upcoming album in the form of the new single ‘Hollow.’ The track can be heard in the lyric video below.

The band’s upcoming disc is the follow-up to 2009′s ‘Black Gives Way to Blue,’ which was AIC’s first album to feature current vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. The disc is set for release in the spring of 2013.

The song ‘Hollow’ boasts a vintage Alice in Chains sound, with DuVall and guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell trading harmonies over some crushing guitar riffs. Lyrically, the song offers a series of cryptic phrases, beginning with the lines, “Turning in circles / Slowing down / Pulling against a closing out / Easy to feed off a weaker thing / Harder to say what I really mean.”

The tune is accompanied by a lyric video that features Instagram photos that were sent in by fans at the request of Alice in Chains. The band posted a series of lyrics to inspire the photo submissions.

‘Hollow’ will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Jan. 8, with the official music video for the song set to follow.

Pearl Jam: The Band in Pictures

Complex and relevant after two decades, Pearl Jam remains a giant musical force and one of the biggest and most magnetic touring acts in the world. With over 60 million albums sold worldwide, they continue to create and perform all on their own terms. Known for their passionate expression, intense and philosophical lyrics, and amazing relationship with fans, Pearl Jam has outlasted many of its contemporaries from the alternative rock breakthrough of the early 1990s, and is considered one of the most influential bands of all times.

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Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack

Godsmack is a hard rock/alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. which formed in 1995. They are often mis-categorized as post-grunge or nu metal. The band comprises founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP, four DVDs, and one greatest hits collection. The band has had three consecutive #1 albums (Faceless,IV,The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. Godsmack’s fifth studio album, titled The Oracle was released on May 3, 2010. The band has also parked a ratified 18 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs.