Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Morning Archive

I am currently listening what I consider My Morning Jacket's finest live recording, live at the Palace in Louisville, KY, 2005-11-23, recorded nearly four years ago. I can tell you several things about MMJ:
  1. Michael Mahemoff has written about Ajax design patterns, and has used MMJ as the intro to a podcast on the subject; also, follow @mahemoff on Twitter if you are so inclined.
  2. MMJ are fans of the movie Ghostbusters, and have often played the Ghostbusters music pre-show. In the recording to which I am listening, they refer to "busting ghosts."
  3. The recording I am listening to fits nicely onto a single CD if you strategically remove one song, otherwise, it splits nicely into a double CD. You supply the cover art.
The recording to which I am listening does not in fact have cover art, because it was downloaded from a selection of many live recordings archived at Internet Archive ( with the consent of the band. It was captured from a live radio broadcast, and contains a minimum of audience noise or flubbing. In my opinion, it is clearly superior to the live album released by the band's record label. I have listened to this recording around 100 times.

If you want to download the recording, check out It will be there, because the Internet Archive is an archive of artifacts; nothing ever goes out of print on IA. In fact, Internet Archive is wholly remarkable, largely because of the vision of one person, Brewster Kahle. Look him up on Wikipedia. You could even use the Wayback Machine at IA to do so, because the entire internet is backed up there. This is kind of misleading. It's actually also backed up by the same organization as a secondary backup in Alexandria. How cool is that?

Also, the Internet Archive is poised to deliver some amazing things in the future, as well as the past. If you are not paying attention to IA, and you are interested in the future of culture, books and reading, pay attention, and do some research on the Open Content Alliance,, Open Library, Book Reader and Brewster Kahle. You will not regret this.

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