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My Morning Jacket's Jim James to release solo album in 2013

Jim James, the frontman of the folk-rock group My Morning Jacket, has announced his first full-length solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The record will be released on Feb. 5, 2013, by ATO Records.

“I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense—like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot,” James said in a press release. The record was inspired by Lynd Ward’s 1929 wood-engraving graphic novel God’s Man, which “chronicles an artist’s struggles with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love.” James adds: “Some of the things happening in the book were happening to me in real life, in a very strange and painful, then a very beautiful way.”

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The Roots enlist Joanna Newsom, John Legend, Jim James for new album

Roots-Joanna-NewsomImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images;Annabel MehranHere’s your random yet awesome music news of the day: A rep for the Roots confirms exclusively to the Music Mix that Joanna Newsom, John Legend, and My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk’s Jim James will all appear on the Roots’ upcoming album How I Got Over.

It’s been ten months since the Roots debuted that album’s excellent title track on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and the rest of the record has yet to appear. That’s okay — we fans are willing to wait, and we all know the Roots are busy with their day late night job. Still, the delay has made me, for one, desperate for any new information about How I Got Over. Last night, Roots drummer ?uestlove dropped just such a tantalizing crumb on Twitter: “yes indeed we are working hard on #HOWIGOTOVER (first look) mixing the Joanna Newsome Jawn.” Could that possibly mean what I thought it meant? Yep! Now we know it’s true: The brilliant indie harpist and the baddest hip-hop band in the land will be together on wax at last.

This combination is as cool as it is unexpected. Just imagine the possibilities: Newsom could sing a hook like no other, sure. Or she could pluck out a counter-melody to Captain Kirk’s guitar and Tuba Gooding Jr.’s Sousaphone on her harp. Or maybe, just maybe, she could get a verse to herself, or trade lines with Black Thought “Double Trouble”-style. After all, Newsom’s complex rhyme schemes often feel closer to hip-hop than anything in typical indie rock. (UPDATE: The Roots’ camp clarifies that the song in question samples one of Newsom’s old songs — from this in-studio teaser clip ?uesto just posted, it sounds like 2004′s “The Book of Right-On” — but that Newsom has also recorded new vocal over-dubs for this track.)

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Exclusive Monsters of Folk video: 'The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me'

What better way to wile away your day than with the following selection from the Monsters of Folk? Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), M. Ward (a.k.a. M. Ward), and Mike Mogis (their kindly bespectacled producer friend) have joined together to form one peaceful, sonically-pleasing unit, and as demonstrated by this video — shot by Meiert Avis at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu this August — theirs is an eclectic yet simple charm. It is also quite manly. And scruffy.

Enjoy the video, and as a bonus, stay tuned after the jump for a segment we’ll call “Monsters on Monsters” — the four men bromantically discussing what each of their compadres brings to the supergroup table. Then let us know in the comments: Who’s feelin’ it, Mixers?

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Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James form supergroup Monsters of Folk

Monsters-of-folk_l This year is shaping up to be the year of indie-rock supergroups. First came Tinted Windows. Then Discovery. Next up: Monsters of Folk.

No, that's not the name of one of the fictional bands from A Mighty Wind, but rather the moniker Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James of My Morning Jacket have adopted together. The three have discussed a collaboration since they first performed together back in 2004, and finally launched a bare-bones website to tease a self-titled, 15-track album due Sept. 22. Each member will write songs and play every instrument, and Saddle Creek mainstay Mike Mogis is on board to produce.

No music is available to preview quite yet (there isn't even a MySpace), but it's awfully tough not to get excited about these three titans joining forces — especially considering how busy all three have been.  Since 2008, the trio have released a combined five albums with their respective bands and solo projects. To repeat: five albums!

Oberst and M. Ward have both already released excellent albums this year – Oberst's Outer South and M. Ward's Hold Time. Two claps for workaholics. Quick memo to M. Ward, though: Please follow up Monsters of Folk with a She & Him, Volume 2. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

Who's excited about an Oberst-Ward-James album? And which supergroup excites the crap out of you more: Tinted Windows, Discovery or Monsters of Folk?

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