The Moment with Brian Koppelman
Jim James: 12/8/15
Dec 8, 2015 · 1 hr 1 min
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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jim James, the lead singer and songwriter for the band My Morning Jacket. Brian and Jim talk about the band’s latest album, The Waterfall, and the message within many of their songs. Plus, Jim meditates on criticism and its role in the artistic process, how his songs are created over several years in a garden of ideas, and what it feels like, minutes before he steps on the stage, to bring a group of people together around one common cause --- love.

Topics mentioned:

The Waterfall album

“Compound Fracture” by My Morning Jacket

Z album

“Wordless Chorus” by My Morning Jacket

RPM – A non profit organization

Bruce Springsteen’s Harry Chapin Tribute

E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction by David Foster Wallace

“I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket

The New Basement Tapes (w/ Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, and Taylor Goldsmith)

“Blues Run the Game” by Jackson Frank

One Big Circle: How My Morning Jacket Rebounded With Its Best Album in a Decade by Steven Hyden

Out of Time album

“Me and Honey” by REM

"Country Feedback” by REM

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

“Believe (Nobody Knows)” by My Morning Jacket

Led Zeppelin III

“Tangerine” by Led Zeppelin

People mentioned:

Jim James

Indigo Girls

Bob Dylan

Curtis Mayfield

Neil Young

Eckhart Tolle

Lou Reed

Michael Stipe and Peter Buck


Monsters of Folk

Nick Drake

Washington Phillips

Paul Simon

Van Halen

Motley Crue


Pearl Jam

The Replacements

Ken Wilbur

Jack Kornfield

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