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Jim James on World Cafe | April 5, 2013

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There have been releases under the name Yim Yames and projects with New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk, but Regions of Light and Sound of God is the first album bearing Jim James' own name. The My Morning Jacket singer has made a thoughtful and romantic album for his first Jim James solo work.

In a fascinating conversation with World Cafe, James discusses how the themes of the early graphic novel God's Man paralleled his life after a stage accident in 2008 left him bedridden; the experience helped inspire songs on the new album. He also discusses his religious views and tells the story behind Regions of Light and Sound of God's title.

James put together a stellar band to play songs from the album, which is influenced by 1970s R&B; together, they perform several tracks here. (Link)

Tracklisting

(( )) for interlude music

Cody Chesnutt “I’ve Been Life” Landing On a Hundred
Jim James “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jim James “Know Til Now” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Jim James “Know Til Now” Recorded Live For the World Cafe))
Jim James “Dear One” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jim James “A New Life” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Jim James “Know Til Now” Recorded Live For the World Cafe))
Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues” What’s Going On
((Marvin Gaye “Got To Give It Up” The Marvin Gaye Collection))
Vampire Weekend “Diane Young” Modern Vampires Of the City
Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Greatest Hits
Los Lobos “That Train Don’t Stop Here” Kiko
The Slide Brothers “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’” Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers
Kathleen Edwards “One More Song The Radio Won’t Like” Failer
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine
((The Clash “Guns of Brixton” London Calling))
Leagues “Spotlight” You Belong Here
The Jam “A Town Called Malice” Compact Snap
Broken Bells “The High Road” Broken Bells
Low “Just Make It Stop” The Invisible Way
((The Dandy Warhols “Bohemian Like You” Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia))
Caitlin Rose “Menagerie” The Stand-In
Rilo Kiley “Portions For Foxes” More Adventurous
Wreckless Eric “Whole Wide World” Stranger Than Fiction Soundtrack
Fleet foxes “White Winter Hymnal” Fleet Foxes
Rhye “The Fall” Woman
((Toro Y Moi “Say That” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))