Kentucky classic-rock explorers My Morning Jacket are festival mainstays with a rich and busy side-project schedule, but they haven't released a new album since 2008's Evil Urges. This spring, they'll finally return in full force when they release the new album Circuital, as Rolling Stone reports. Talking to the band, RS learned a few key details about the album-- like the fact that it includes a song with the awesome title "Holdin' On to Black Metal". And that the genesis of the album belongs to Muppets.
According to Rolling Stone, the band recorded the LP in their hometown of Louisville, setting up a studio in a church gymnasium. Frontman Jim James calls the album "the most live record we've ever done." James also says, "We want people to have almost the exact opposite experience they had last time. I definitely had some goals of wanting to make this one warmer and somehow more contained and more concise of a statement."
James wrote a couple of tracks, "Wonderful" and "Out of My System", for an amazing Muppets collaboration that never came to pass. Rolling Stone writes, "An exec recruited My Morning Jacket to record music for a new version of the Electric Mayhem band (the one with Animal on drums), promising a Gorillaz-style tour where MMJ would play behind a curtain while Muppet holograms bashed away onstage. The psyched band began writing and demo'ing, but the exec got fired and the project disappeared." Damn. James also had songs rejected by Jason Segal's upcoming Muppet movie.
The band has a few live shows coming up-- mostly festival gigs-- and we've got those listed out below. They're also set to appear on an episode of "VH1 Storytellers" this summer. Also below, check out footage of the band playing their classic "Wordless Chorus" live on the "Late Show With David Letterman" last year.
My Morning Jacket:
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