Aug 192014
 

The short version of the creation of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is this: Bob Dylan wrote over a hundred songs during the original Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. Lyrics from those sessions were recently discovered and a collaborative project ensued, featuring Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Carolina Chocolate Drop’s Rhiannon Giddens. T. Bone Burnett produced. The group recorded twenty songs over a two-week period and those will be released in standard and deluxe editions on November 11 via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. The album will be accompanied by a Showtime documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued that will air November 21. You can preorder here
Watch a video of “Nothing To It,” with Dylan’s handwritten lyrics in an animated version.

Mar 262014
 

Jim James, along with Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) will be on a Showtime documentary, creating music for some lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote that were originally intended for The Basement Tapes. The Hollywood Reporter has the whole, rather complicated, story here.

Jan 212014
 

Super Bowl Shuffle Redux
Here’s the story via Pitchfork: “Sean Cannon of WFPK’s After Dark has released the most epic cover the 1985 Chicago Bears recording, “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” Featuring Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), Internet cat celebrity, Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), and comedians David Wain, Scott Aukerman (of Comedy Bang! Bang!), Kyle Kinane and Dave Hill, Cannon spent months preparing his all-star version of the song to help his favorite charity, Reading Is Fundamental.” There’s a really long story to go with.

Nov 012013
 

Jim James was stoked, he said, about touring with Bob Dylan for six weeks this past summer. His expectations were high, but then he found out that Dylan “didn’t hang.” In Fact, he never spoke to Dylan on that tour. This and more is in a new article in Rolling Stone, just posted today. Read it here.