Friday, July 10, 2009

Yim Yames

I have never been a fan of My Morning Jacket, but on the two occasions that I have been exposed to the solo work of front man Jim James (or Yim Yames as he appears in his latest alias) I have been pleasantly surprised. The first time I sat up and took notice was on the Soundtrack to the Dylan "biopic" 'I'm Not There' where James sings "Goin' To Acapulco" accompanied by Calexico, which for me was one of the highlights of a great collection. The second is 'Tribute To', an EP of George Harrison covers.

Recorded in 2001 shortly after George Harrison's death 'Tribute To' contains six wonderful, stripped down, acoustic renditions of Harrison compositions, including versions of "My Sweet Lord", "All Things Must Pass" "Long, Long Long" and "Love To You". The EP is available to listen to in full and download now from the Yim Yames website for a very reasonable price, with a CD and vinyl released following on August 4th.

MP3: Jim James & Calexico - Goin' To Acapulco
MP3: Yim Yames - My Sweet Lord

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April said...

I could listen to this version of Goin' to Acapulco forever.

penelope said...

o my goodness gracious! thanks for posting this!

SharpSpice said...

I'm gonna have to say you get a major FAIL for the MMJ diss. I mean seriously, go listen to Z or It Still Moves a few times and tell me those songs aren't amazing. How can you not be pulled in by those soaring, haunting vocals, or carried away by those guitar solos. However, I'll forgive since you've posted "Goin' to Acapulco", which is a flat out gorgeous song. Those horns get me every time. Calexico makes for one heck of a backing band. Go listen to the EP they put out with Iron & Wine a while back if you haven't already. Good stuff.