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Jim James readies debut solo album

on May 25, 2012, 3:19pm

mymorningjacket nateslevin Jim James readies debut solo album

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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James likes to keep busy. If he’s not setting up massive tours with MMJ, he’s off forming super groups or writing about his love of French custards. Somewhere amongst all that, he also finds time to put together solo material. After releasing a George Harrison tribute EP back in 2009, James has finally readied his debut solo LP.

“It’s done,” James tells Rolling Stone. “I think it’s gonna come out in early February of next year.” While it looks like fan’s will have to wait a while to hear it, James promises they’ll “recognize some things on there.” Like what, you ask? “My voice, and stuff like that.” James is a bit – only a bit – more forthcoming about the album’s sound. “It’s got some mellow stuff on there, but it’s also got some really different stuff. I’m really proud of it. I think it’s got some different soundscapes that I’ve been into that maybe have been hidden on some Jacket records.”

James goes on to say that most of the drums on the record were laid down by a childhood friend with whom he started his first band. He hopes more friends will make up a touring band to support the release. “I’m getting back together with friends I haven’t played with in a long time, from home. It’s very exciting.” It’s unknown if the album will be released under the Yim Yames moniker he has historically used for solo work, though YimYames.com does make mention of a new album.

In other MMJ news, James confirms that the band is in the final stages of confirming a New Year’s eve show in Boston, MA. As to why they won’t be returning to NYC’s Madison Square Garden to repeat their 2008 blowout, James reveals, “Phish booked it for the next four years.” At least Rob should be psyched.

My Morning Jacket 2012 Tour Dates:
06/16 – Vitoria, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
06/19 – Binnenstad, NL @ Tivoli
06/20 – Oosterpoortwijk, NL @ De Oosterpoort en de Stadsschouwburg
06/22 – Schessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/23 – Neuhausen ob eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/27 – Tromoy, NO @ Hove Festival
06/28 – Borlange, SE @ Peace & Love Festival
06/30 – Wechter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/01 – Kent, UK @ Hop Farm Festival
07/14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
08/02 – Salt Lake City, UY @ Twilight
08/03 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre *^
08/04 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre *^
08/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlite Ampitheater *
08/07 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Ampitheater *
08/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House *
08/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Ampitheater *#
08/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion *
08/12 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion *
08/14 – Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook *
08/15 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach *
08/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center *
08/18 – Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
08/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park !
08/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
08/22 – Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion *
08/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater *
08/25 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheater *
08/26 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Ampitheater *

* = w/ Band of Horses
^ = w/ Trombone Shorty
# = w/ Trampled By Turtles
! = w/ Shabazz Palaces

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