Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Jim James, Conor Oberst and M, Ward – Minneapolis 2004

There’s gonna be books written about this tour someday. It was something that really didn’t get a lot of space in the newspapers. My Morning Jacket weren’t the headliners that they are now, Conor Oberst was breaking out with modest success from Bright Eyes’ excellent “Lifted…” CD, and nobody really had M. Ward on their radar screens yet. the tour played like an experiment. Matt Ward would come out and play a couple of tunes, Jim James would show up on stage at times for backup guitar and vocals, the same with Mike Mogis. Then Matt would leave and the roundtable of musicians continued. Conor makes an appearance, Jim leaves, Matt shows up, instruments are exchanged. And in the end, they’re trading off verses for one of the great collaborative performance tours I’ve ever seen.

Please go and check out Aquarium Drunkard’s page for the complete download of a legendary show from a legendary tour.

February 20, 2004, Pantages Theatre – Minneapolis, MN

M. Ward

Fuel For Fire
Duet For Guitars #3
Let’s Dance +
O’Brien/O’Brien’s Nocturne
Vincent O’Brien
Outta My Head

Jim James

One In The Same
Like It Should
I Can’t Wait
Where To Begin
How Could I Know
The Bear
Bermuda Highway

Bright Eyes

Train Under Water
Going For The Gold
Soon You’ll Be Leaving Your Man
A Celebration Upon Completion
We Are Nowhere And It’s Now
Landlocked Blues
Waste Of Paint
Seashell Tale (M. Ward)
You Were Always on My Mind * (Jim James)
Laura Laurent
At Dawn (Jim James)

At The Bottom Of Everything
Girl From The North Country &

Billed as: Bright Eyes and Friends: An Evening of Solo & Collaborative Performances Featuring Bright Eyes, Jim James of “My Morning Jacket” and M. Ward.

+ Words By David Bowie
* Words & Music By Wayne Thompson, Mark James, And Johnny Christopher
& Words & Music By Bob Dylan

January 30, 2009 Posted by | aquarium drunkard, Bright Eyes, conor oberst, jim james, m. ward, minneapolis, mmj, my morning jacket, pantages | Leave a comment

M. Ward unleashes new video for "Hold Time"

New M. Ward track, “Hold Time” off of his upcoming album, due February 2009

Thanks to Merge Records for this one….but I just cannot help but wonder if they’ve been studying the videos that I’ve personally made… hmmm. Some similar stylistic connections here…

She and Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me [Video] – obvious band connection there, and video has a retro vibe.

Ryan Adams – Walls- [Video] – hmmm, retro stock footage of amusement parks, trains etc…

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, hold time, jameson, m. ward, ryan adams, she and him, toodrunktodream, video, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment

Some Newport Folk Festival shows posted on A.D.

Aquarium Drunkard has been so kind to post Jim James’ full set [with guest appearance by M.(ontgomery) Ward], as well as She & Him’s full set [with guest appearance by Mr. James]

Go to and download them while they’re available….cuz they’re real and they’re spectacular.

Aquarium Drunkard presents: Jim James

Aquarium Drunkard presents: She & Him

August 6, 2008 Posted by | aquarium drunkard, jim james, m. ward, my morning jacket, newport folk festival, rhode island, she + him, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment

my youtube video is blowing up….

My crummy little video that I made for a She & Him song was featured on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” website…. How random. I thought that when I landed on Brooklyn Vegan, that I was top of the pops, but now…..the big time, baby.

But seriously, I thought that was cool!

July 29, 2008 Posted by | m. ward, you really got a hold on me, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment

She & Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me [video]

I’ve become quite obsessed with this album this week. It doesn’t REALLY live up to the indie hype would indicate, but all-in-all the album is a sublimely eloquent and enjoyable album. Simple, no pretense. No aspirations of a hit single. Just back porch, indulgent music. Here’s my last video for a while….

April 2, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, folk, indie, jamesonian, m. ward, she and him, singer songwriter, toodrunktodream, you really got a hold on me, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment