My Morning Jacket Tease Spring Release Of New Album With Free Downloads
Seems that My Morning Jacket's multi-day stand at New York's Terminal 5 last fall will pay off twice for fans. The band, which releases its sixth studio album Circuital this spring, will be giving away six weekly downloads, starting this week. The first track, "Butch Cassidy," is available now on MMJ's website. Five of the six free songs are drawn from their shows at T5 in October 2010. The final download, on April 12, will be a track pulled from the new album.
The new record, co-produced by MMJ frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, R.E.M.) was recorded, mostly live, in the gymnasium of a Louisville, Kentucky church. Additional recording took place in Nashville. There is no official release date set quite yet.
According to an interview in Rolling Stone, the album is the most live, spontaneous project the band has ever recorded. Apparently, as keyboardist Bo Koster told the magazine, James explained to his bandmates, "I want it to sound like we're Cuban or Cambodian kids, and we're wearing berets and we're walking through an alley and we stumble upon this band, and it explodes into this crazy sing-along."
Two tracks, "Wonderful" and "Out of My System," were originally targeted for a Gorillaz-like Muppets project, but the idea was scuttled after the executive who had recruited MMJ for the Muppet rock band was sacked.
The downloadable songs encompass live performances of MMJ's travels through their older catalog, with tracks from It Still Moves, Evil Urges, Z and more. "Butch Cassidy" is pulled from their performance of The Tennessee Fire on October 18, 2010.
The band also kicks off a handful of festival gigs this April, including a Bonnaroo stop.
My Morning Jacket Tour Dates
04-17 Lexington, KY - Memorial Coliseum (University of Kentucky)
05-20-22 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
06-02-05 Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
06-02-05 Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam
06-09-12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06-30 - 07-03 Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival