MMJ slots album, Radio City show for June


NEW YORK -- My Morning Jacket has set a June 10 release date for its as-yet-untitled new ATO album, and will celebrate the project with a June 20 show at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The group's first appearance at the storied venue will be "an evening with," and is being billed as MMJ's only New York-area appearance for the time being.

As previously reported, for the first time since 2002, the band will be on hand for the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where it will play a March 13 show at Austin Music Hall. Frontman Jim James will also play a March 15 solo gig at Austin's St. David's Church.

In addition, the band will join indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo for a March 10 SXSW warm-up at Houston's Verizon Wireless Theatre.

MMJ decamped to New York to record the follow-up to 2005's acclaimed "Z," which has sold 206,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"We're seeing every song to its end before we think about sequencing or which songs belong," guitarist Carl Broemel tells Billboard of sessions with producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli that wrapped in early December. "We're just starting to be open to how they relate. In general, the record is different in a way I don't even think any of us realized until we started recording."

To prepare, band members spent a month together in a Colorado compound, doing nothing but work on new songs. "That was priceless, because we don't all live in the same city," Broemel says. "We just got together and played."