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Okonokos: The Concert
Okonokos The Concert
Actors: My Morning Jacket, Artist
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     1hr 58min


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Actors: My Morning Jacket, Artist
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: Ato Records
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/31/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A classic live show
Mark Weisinger | Houston, TX USA | 12/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Question: What do U2, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Drive-By Truckers, the Grateful Dead, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd have in common?

Answer: Among other things, they're all great live bands.

All of these bands made their reputations on the road, playing to packed crowds night after night, winning new converts in every town. Their albums are classics, to be sure, but if you ask die-hards about their favorite albums, responses will differ. One thing, though, that all fans will agree on, is that next time their favorite band is in town, those fans will be at the show, waiting for something miraculous. Now, you can add My Morning Jacket to that list.

Their new DVD, "Okonokos," is the DVD testament to their ability as a live band, and like U2's "Live From Slane Castle, Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Live at the Fillmore East," Drive-By Truckers' "Live at the 40 Watt," The Grateful Dead's "Europe '72," Radiohead's "27 5 94 - The Astoria - London - Live," Led Zeppelin's "How the West Was Won" or Pink Floyd's "Pulse," this DVD is a definitive live document.

How many times have you seen a live DVD that made you stop what you were doing and just sit back and marvel at the musicianship involved, wishing that you could have been at that show, enjoying it with the rest of the crowd? I'm a bit of a concert junkie, and I've seen most of the bands I've mentioned (except for Zeppelin and the Dead), and they have all amazed me with their live shows. I'm now kicking myself for having missed several opportunities to see My Morning Jacket, but I'll correct that oversight at my next opportunity, believe me.

Negatives: Some people might deride this DVD for its silly frame story "concept" (it involves a Victorian party, a llama adoption, and a bear mauling, and yes, it's just as ridiculous as it sounds), but as dumb as it is, it doesn't impede the flow of the concert the way that Neil Young's "wacky scientist" (in "Rust Never Sleeps"), Zeppelin's "old wizard" (in "The Song Remains the Same"), or Alice Cooper's interminable Pythonesque skits (in "Billion Dollar Babies") all do. It mercifully shows up only at the beginning and end of the show (with a brief "dream sequence" in the middle), freeing the viewer up to hit fast forward and get on with the show at any time. And maybe one day, if this concert rightfully goes into the history books as one of the great live DVDs of its time, people will still debate the skit business the way they do with Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper:

"Man, those skits were stupid."
"Yeah, but that show was amazing."

Also, some people might criticize the band for extending certain songs past the ten-minute mark. But if you're a fan of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin (or even, in some cases, The Grateful Dead), you'll know that it's a tightrope act. Sometimes ten minutes is excruciating, and sometimes it leaves you wanting more. I personally think that My Morning Jacket walked the tightrope pretty successfully throughout this show.

Overall, if you're a fan of live music (especially if you are fans of any of the aforementioned bands), check out this DVD. It's a classic live show and not one to be missed.
MMJ: Okonos - DVD
Real Name | 10/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Using this collection as evidence, My Morning Jacket just might be the best live band around today. It is simply amazing. 16:9, 5.1 surround, and worth every penny, even if you already own the CD version."
Holy crap!!
Buck Naked | Los Angeles | 10/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw a screening of this last night in a theater and it is probably the best concert video I've ever seen. A great showcase of their range of songs, their full sound and great stage presence. I'm not sure what they could have done to make this any better, it's a pretty incredible performance."
Bhard | Newport Beach, CA | 10/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the second day taping of this concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco last year and this DVD catches this band perfectly. I went to the special screening in West LA last night and saw the concert on a movie screen. The sound and video were awesome. I was a little disappointed with the CD because the first eight or nine songs sound like Jim James voice is cracking. I don't know if they isolated his voice more on the album. The album does get better into the second disc. The DVD captured their live shows as I remember them. This is one of the greatest bands touring today. If you haven't seen them yet, buy the DVD. It's as close to the real thing as you can get."