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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James just recently announced that he’ll soon be releasing his second solo album, Eternally Even. And it seems to be a project close to his heart, judging by the impressively ardent explanatory statement he chose to issue with the announcement:

I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time. Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are so fucked up—our political system is broken and corrupt … our earth is being destroyed by climate change … people are not treating each other with equality and respect … and I think—are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but it’s important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.

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His last album, 2013’s Regions Of Light And Sound Of God received a C+ from The A.V. Club’s Annie Zaleski (and a B from the community), who described its “antique-sounding, ghostly” but “at times bland or monotonous” aesthetic as “what a Radiohead album recorded in the 1920s might sound like.” So, it will be interesting to see what he comes up with for another album with his own name up top.

Eternally Even will be available for all eternity beginning November 4, followed shortly thereafter by a nationwide tour.

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Jim James Tour Dates

9/28—Pappy and Harriet’s—Pioneertown, CA

9/29—Ventura Theatre—Ventura, CA

9/30—Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival—San Francisco, CA

10/1—The Fillmore Auditorium—San Francisco, CA

11/15-16— Royale—Boston, MA

11/18—The Fillmore Philly—Philadelphia, PA

11/19—Warner Theatre—Washington, DC

11/20—Terminal 5—New York, NY

11/22—The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA

11/23—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, TN

11/25—Palace Theater—Louisville, KY

11/26—Riviera Theatre—Chicago, IL

11/27—Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, WI

11/29—The Pageant—Saint Louis, MO

11/30— Slowdown—Omaha, NE

12/1—State Theater—Minneapolis, MN

12/3—Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO

12/5—The Wilma Theatre—Missoula, MT

12/6—Showbox SoDo—Seattle, WA

12/7—Roseland Theatre—Portland, OR

12/10—Brooklyn Bowl—Las Vegas, NV

12/11—The Marquee—Tempe, AZ

12/13—Austin City Limits Live—Austin, TX

12/14—House Of Blues—Dallas, TX

12/16—House Of Blues—Houston, TX

12/17—The Civic Theatre—New Orleans, LA

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