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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg Release Guitar Duo Album

Albums of guitar duets are rare. Albums of guitar duets featuring one American and one Englishman, synthesizing their particular geographically specific approaches in a collection of new compositions, are even more rare. Not since Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn's partnerships of the 1970s has there been such a happy reconciliation of Merrie Old England and the good old USA, in which baroque meets the blues, music-hall steps out to ragtime, and Benjamin Britten sits down with Blind Blake.

James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records.  After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse's Ha (that he shares with Freakwater's Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, Of The Cathmawr Yards in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford's (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.

Nathan Salsburg is best known as an archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, curator of the Twos & Fews vernacular-music imprint on Drag City Records, and host of the "Root Hog Or Die" program on East Village Radio. But after a 2007 move from New York City back to his childhood home of Louisville, Kentucky - and the inclusion of a track on Tompkins Square's "Imaginational Anthem, Volume 3" compilation - he discovered adequate time, space, and energy to devote to guitar playing.

Elkington suggested a leap of faith into a collaboration, despite the fact that the two had never previously played guitar together. Avos, then, hither and thither over several seasons, between a porch in Louisville and a kitchen in Chicago, slowly took shape. Aptly, the name comes from the Russian word for the confident approach to new situations, and the faith that nothing tragic will occur once in them.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg play their record release show on Sunday, October 9th at The Hideout in Chicago. More shows will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

My Morning Jacket Take Over YouTube’s Homepage

Louisville, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket take over YouTube today with 4 clips featured on the site’s homepage, including the premiere of the eye-popping, surreal video for “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The guys gave a early preview of the video  last night when several members posted it on their Google+ accounts, resulting in one of the first music video premieres shared within Google's new social network.

Fans can also check out a special intro to the video, which is also an invite to catch the group live at Lollapalooza this weekend (set time is 8pm EDT this Saturday, August 6th).  Additionally My Morning Jacket have curated a playlist of 18 videos of some of their favorite musical moments by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and Loretta Lynn.

The video for “Black Metal” was filmed during whirlwind period shortly before the quintent’s new album, Circuital, was released while the band was getting ready for their big hometown show (filmed by Todd Haynes for AmEx’s Unstaged series.)  The band kept things local by working with the Louisville-based Sole Solution Studio for the clip, and filmed it at the idiosyncratic local watering hole Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium.  The video also includes footage from the Jacket’s electrifying 2011 Bonnaroo performance.  The guys kick off the next leg of their US tour tonight in St. Louis and will play select dates with Neko Case as the opener during August.

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My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates:

* = w/Neko Case

8/2: St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3: Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
8/4: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/7: Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park*
8/8: Columbus, OH LC Pavilion*
8/10: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
8/12: Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
8/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival*
8/14: Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion*
8/16: Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook*
8/17: Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center*
8/19: Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
8/20: Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/21: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*
8/23: Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
8/24:  Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

European Tour Dates:

11/2: Gladgow, GB @ ABC
11/3: Birmingham, UK @ Institute
11/5: Leeds, UK @ Academy
11/6: Manchester, GB @ Academy
11/7: London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/8: Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
11/10: Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11: Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
11/12: Koln, DE @ Luxor
11/4: Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/16: Berlin, DE @ Festall Kreuuzburg
11/17: Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
11/18: Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/19: Stockholm, SE @ Munchem Brewery

My Morning Jacket Announce Erykah Badu & Rachel Dratch as Special Guests for "Unstaged"

My Morning Jacket’s upcoming performance  for American Express’ “Unstaged” music series – in partnership with VEVO and YouTube – is just around the corner, and the band has revealed new exciting details about the event.  The live-stream of the band’s 5/31 Louisville show, which airs at 9pm EDT, will feature Grammy award-winning singer Erykah Badu and actress Rachel Dratch.  The band has also released a series of trailers for show – click HERE to watch the latest one, a.k.a. “The My Morning Jacket Shower Scene.”  Other recent trailers include  a request for fans to send in artistic photos of their eyeballs, to be featured as a part of the live-stream, which is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes.  The guys have also requested attendees of the show to come dressed in fancy clothes to match the grandeur of the venue, the historic Louisville Palace Theater.

“We are incredibly honored that Todd Haynes has agreed to direct this show for us,” said lead singer Jim James. “We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in his creative vision and masterful take on this live-streamed performance. Fans will certainly be in for a magical and surreal ride.”

My Morning Jacket’s new album, Circuital, will be released on May 31st by ATO Records.  It was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). Head over to their Facebook page to hear “Holdin on to Black Metal” and “Circuital,” two of the new songs that will appear on it.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity
Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details

05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @

Wakarusa Festival
06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater 
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival

TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park 
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion 
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

My Morning Jacket Announce New Tour Dates

My Morning Jacket is proud to announce additional US tour dates in celebration of their forthcoming album, Circuital. Joining them on the road will be Neko Case, who will be opening the stage most of August. The band will donate $1 from every ticket sold to local charity.

My Morning Jacket also just released their "Official American Express UNSTAGED Trailer" in celebration of  joining forces with Todd Haynes for their upcoming performance in the American Express’ “Unstaged” music series.  Haynes will film the band’s performance at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater, which airs live on the band’s VEVO page on YouTube at 9:00pm EDT at www.youtube.com/mymorningjacketVEVO on May 31st.

My Morning Jacket will release Circuital, their sixth full-length album, on May 31st via ATO Records.  Head over to their Facebook page to hear “Holdin on to Black Metal” and “Circuital,” two of the new songs that will appear on it.

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:
* = $1 from each ticket will be donated to a local charity Go to www.mymorningjacket.com for more details (New dates in bold)

05/20:  Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival

06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield
06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/2 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival
07/17: London  @ Somerset House
8/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival
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TOUR DATES W/ NEKO CASE:
8/7 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
8/8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
8/10 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
8/12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/14 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
8/16 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook
8/17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater

My Morning Jacket Share New Track: "Holdin On To Black Metal"

Less than two weeks after My Morning Jacket treated fans to a download of the title track from Circuital (ATO Records; May 31st), the band is sharing another track off their upcoming album.  Head over to My Morning Jacket’s Facebook page to listen to the new song “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The song will be also available for purchase tomorrow, April 26th, on iTunes and Amazon.

The guys are also proud to announce a special hometown show at the historic Louisville Palace Theater on Circuital’s release date, May 31st.  Pre-sale tickets are available 4/26 at 12:00 noon through the band's fan club: Roll Call. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders go on sale 4/27 with the general public on sale on 4/29 at Ticketmaster.com, and $1 from every ticket sold will go to benefit The Center for Women and Families.  Fans are also encouraged to bring a pre-loved backpack to donate to Blessings in a Backpack.  Click HERE to preorder the album at the band’s website, which includes the option to purchase a special deluxe edition.  “Holdin On To Black Metal” is the latest example of My Morning Jacket’s perpetual drive to experiment with new ideas.  The track features a chorus of female backing singers and horns, creating a thrilling backdrop for Jim James’ mystical vocals.

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Circuital Track List:

Victory Dance
Circuital
The Day is Coming
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
Outta My System
Holdin On To Black Metal
First Light
You Wanna Freak Out
Slow Slow Tune
Movin Away

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

05/20:  Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival

05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater

06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival

06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam

06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival

06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater

06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre

06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre

06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield

06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum

06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival

07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival

07/17: London  @ Somerset House

08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival

Video Premiere | YELLOWBIRDS "The Rest Of My Life"

Yellowbirds is the moniker for the latest musical exploits of Sam Cohen--guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine. Cohen grew up in Houston, Texas, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab grey Astros jerseys of the 90s, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore, home to: Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys.  It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground.

It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Sam Cohen created Yellowbirds’ The Color, out now on Brooklyn label, Royal Potato Family. Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound.  As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West.  This is Cohen's quixotic world where "only the purist tones can be heard."

Yellowbirds' new stop-motion, collage-animation video for the song "The Rest Of My Life" was crafted by Sam Cohen from nearly 3000 still photos assembled into collages and animated by hand.  Between exploring images, cutting and compiling, creating the scenes and editing the footage, the project took ten weeks to complete.

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Upcoming Performances…

March 15 | WFPK | Louisville, KY (live radio broadcast)
March 15 | Ear-Xtacy | Louisville, KY (in-store performance)
March 15 | The Rudyard Kipling | Louisville, KY
March 19 | The Snack Bar | Austin, TX (4pm)
March 19 | Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In | Austin, TX (7pm)
March 19 | Black & Tan (official SXSW showcase) | Austin, TX (11:30pm)
March 29 | Public Assembly | Brooklyn, NY
March 30 | WNYC Soundcheck | New York, NY (live radio broadcast)
March 30 | Maxwell's | Hoboken, NJ
April 7 | The Arts Block | Greenfield, MA
April 8 | Bridge Street Live | Collinsville, CT
April 9 | Southpaw | Brooklyn, NY
April 17 | Cactus Records | Houston, TX (in-store performance)
April 30 | Market Market | Rosendale, NY

My Morning Jacket Announce New Album, Circuital

My Morning Jacket will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album this spring, entitled Circuital. In celebration of the forthcoming full-length, the band will give away six weekly downloads beginning March 3rd. The first five downloads will be live songs taken from each night of their historic week at New York’s Terminal 5 in October of 2010. On the sixth week, the band will offer up a brand new song from the new album.

Circuital was recorded in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN, and was co-produced by frontman Jim James and Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists). While in Louisville, the birthplace of the band and where three fifths of the guys are from, they recorded in the unique environment of a gymnasium inside of a church. They laid down almost everything live and allowed room for spontaneity.

In addition to getting reacquainted with their roots, the guys opted for a loose and warm production style for the album. The result is yet another reinvention of their sound that both forges new ground and maintains the distinct spirit of My Morning Jacket’s previous work.

Head to http://www.mymorningjacket.com to sign up for all six songs now and immediately receive the first song taken from their first night at Terminal 5.

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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

The Fervor Release New Album on MMJ Frontman Yim Yames' Label

Louisville, Kentucky quartet The Fervor have teamed up with My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames to release their ethereal new full-length Arise, Great Warrior on his label, Removador Recordings & Solutions. The album is out now digitally along with a CD version available through SonaBLASTand LP from Karate Body. With its combination of mysterious yet timeless lyrics and brooding arrangements, Arise is a poignant and gripping ride from start to finish.

The first words on the record uttered by frontwoman Natalie Felker are “Arise, great warrior / inside you’re a destroyer / by the time we see the sun / you’re already on the run.” Delivered in her husky voice with its distinct and seductive tone, she paints a mystical, dreamlike picture. Alongside Natalie’s radiant vocals and shimmering keys, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron create hypnotic atmospheres in each song that stomp and crash toward epic climaxes.

Arise was produced by Charles Gonzalez, who recorded with the band in San Francisco, where they experienced a rebirth of sorts. Rather than aiming for note-for-note perfection, the group strived to capture an enrapturing performance of each song. The Fervor then headed back to Louisville to mix the album with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang). By keeping the focus on the power of what the four band members can do together in a room, the result is an album fueled by an energy that feels potent and organic around every corner. All the exciting twists and turns build up to an ultimate catharsis as the haunting final notes of “Let’s Get Loaded” gently ring out.

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Tour Dates:

02/13:  Louisville, KY @ Derby City Espresso (Duo Show/No Kill Louisville Benefit)

02/21: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s

02/23: Yellow Springs, OH @ 91.3 WYSO

02/23: Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern

03/16-20: Austin, TX @ SXSW

04/07: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

04/08: Kansas City, MO @ News Room

04/09: Belleville, IL @ Blue Agave

04/11: Chicago, IL @ Darkroom Bar

04/12: Columbus, OH @ Treehouse

04/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Café

04/14: Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

04/16: Mount Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern

04/19: Savannah, GA @ Sentient Bean

04/20: Atlanta, GA @ Highland Inn Ballroom

Wax Fang Release New Single on Yim Yames' label

Louisville, KY’s Wax Fang share much more of a connection with My Morning Jacket than a common hometown and a penchant for playing ambitious and electrifying music.  Today the trio are releasing “The Astronaut (Part 1),a sprawling seventeen minute digital-only single, on MMJ frontman Yim Yames’ label, Removador Recordings & Solutions.  Click HERE to listen to the track, which is available for purchase now at iTunes.

Upon returning from their maiden UK tour, highlighted by an invitation from Pavement to play their All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Wax Fang shacked up in a makeshift analog studio in a vacant gymnasium to work on their first new material since 2007’s La La Land.  Epic in both length and in spirit, “The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the band’s most grandiose work yet.

Taking inspiration from the outer space themes of 70’s progressive rock and psychedelia, the song’s lyrics vividly guide the listener alongside a gripping journey with an astronaut lost in the cosmos.  Musically, the band is also influenced by the traditions of noisy art-rock of the 80’s and 90’s, as well as the early electronic experimentations pioneered by artists like Brian Eno.

“The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the first half of the band’s forthcoming EP, The Astronaut.  The second-half and the full EP will be released on Removador in 2011.  In the meantime you can catch Wax Fang opening for My Morning Jacket on October 29th in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.

MMJ Play Late Night TV & Live Webcast

My Morning Jacket will be taking over New York the next two weeks with multiple late night TV appearances leading up to their historic five-night stand at Terminal 5.  Tonight, guitarist Carl Broemel will be sitting in with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Click HERE for more info on Carl’s gorgeous new solo album, All Birds Say (ATO Records), which is in stores now.

The full band will then be the musical guest on Wednesday’s episode.  Click HERE to enter the show’s “Band Bench” sweepstakes for a chance to attend that taping.  Tomorrow night, the quintet will perform on the Late Show With David Letterman and as an added bonus will do a set for Live on Letterman.  Starting at 8pm EST, the guys will kick off an hour-long performance that fans can watch live over at the webcast’s official site.

Beginning next week on Monday, October 18th, MMJ will kick off their feverishly anticipated run of five shows at Terminal 5.  Each night they will play one of their five beloved full-lengths from beginning to end.  This is the first time the ever-evolving band’s entire, eclectic catalogue can be experienced live in the span of a week.  The guys will also be playing in Louisville, KY on 10/29 and are proud to have The Louisville Youth Orchestra on hand to both open and collaborate with the band.  With all the older songs being reintroduced to the fans, this hometown show will truly be a special event.

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My Morning Jacket Live Dates:

10/15: Portland, ME @ State Theatre
10/18: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/19: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/21: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/22: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/23: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/29: Louisville, KY @ KFC YUM! CENTER