My Morning Jacket Ring In 2009 At MSG

It’s a new year, we’re glad to be here … hopefully your hangover has subsided by now. I’ve seen some memorable NYE shows in NYC in recent years — the Strokes/GBV, DB-T, CYHSY, Dirty Projectors — but I don’t remember any as fun as this Jacket show sounds (well, maybe the Strokes). Celebrating at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, Jim James and Co. brought Nicole Atkins, Will Johnson, a horn section, and white tuxes to change into before the ball dropped. Their marathon set featured ten covers, including a final encore of “Auld Lang Syne” and two Kool & The Gang classics at midnight (“Get Down On It” was a hit at Bonnaroo last year, but this is their first stab at “Celebration” as far as I know [UPDATE: Ah, they did it last year, too.]). MP3s and video of balloon popping this way…

My Morning Jacket – “Celebration” (Live) (MP3)
My Morning Jacket – “Get Down On It” (Live) (MP3)

Consider booking them for your next wedding or Bar Mitzvah. This is what it looked like from the floor.

Audio recordings by Scott Bernstein via, where you can download the entire gig in MP3, Flac and Ogg. Pic via Michael Muse.

Here’s a stream:

1. Intro music (“What Are You Doing New Years Eve?”)
2. “Move On Up” (Curtis Mayfield)
3. “Evil Urges”
4. “Off The Record”
5. “Gideon”
6. “The Way That He Sings”
7. “Thank You Too”
8. “I’m Amazed”
9. “Golden” (w/ Will Johnson)
10. “Librarian”
11. “You’re All I Need” (Marvin Gaye) (w/ Nicole Atkins)
12. “Express Yourself” (Charles Wright)
13. “Wonderful Man”
14. “Lay Low”
15. “Phone Went West”
16. “Look At You”
17. “Dondante”
18. “Smoking from Shootin”
19. “Touch Me Part 2″
20. “Run Thru”
21. “The Wanderer” (Dion)
22. “Dancefloors”
23. “Magheeta”
[New Year’s Countdown]
24. “Celebration” (Kool & The Gang)
25. “Get Down On It” (Kool & The Gang)
26. “Wordless Chorus”
27. “Highly Suspicious”
28. “Cobra”
29. “Islands In The Stream” (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers) (w/ Nicole Atkins)
30. “Bring It On Home To Me” (Sam Cooke)
31. “Cold Sweat” (James Brown)
32. “Anytime”
33. “One Big Holiday”
34. “Auld Lang Syne”

See any good shows on NYE?