My Morning Jacket, like Phish and the Grateful Dead, are superior in concert than in the studio. They might not be as outright jammy as those other acts -- though the new album's first single was as long as a second set Phish track -- but their music has always lost something in translation from the stage to the album. (Besides Z. Z is great.) MMJ may agree, because they promoted Circuital with a Todd Haynes-filmed live set for Unstaged, American Express and Vevo's ongoing concert series that pairs artists with noteworthy filmmakers.
The show was broadcast live last night from Louisville, but Vevo has a couple of tracks posted, like the band's new Buddy Holly-esque ballad "Slow Slow Tune." But the highlight arrived during Z's "Wordless Chorus," when Erykah Badu duetted with Jim James on the aforementioned wordless chorus, plus a few verses. Badu performed four tracks with MMJ in total and was predictably incredible, but unless you caught the concert live, "Wordless Chorus" is all you get.
"Slow Slow Tune"