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My Morning Jacket's Jim James on the idea of letting fans tweet the songs they want to hear

See Also: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, 8/3/12 - 8/4/12

Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled its first two albums -- 1999's Tennessee Fire and 2001's At Dawn. With last year's Circuital, the band proved that it was trying something different, especially on the very un-metal-sounding "Holdin' On to Black Metal," which employs a loop of a Thai pop song from the '60s, and the Beach Boys-inspired "Outta My System." We spoke with frontman Jim James about recording Circuital live, the Spontaneous Curation Series (where fans can make song requests via Twitter) and how the band tried to create multiple first takes and a self-hypnosis series the band is working on.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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