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Yim Yames

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All Music Guide:

Yim Yames is the thinly veiled alias of Jim James, the guitar-playing frontman of My Morning Jacket. Although mainly known for his work in that band, James played a wider role in indie rock during the early 21st century, appearing on albums by several artists (including Bright Eyes, M. Ward, America, and Bobby Bare, Jr.) while also pursuing a solo career as Yim Yames. He made his solo debut with 2009's Tribute To, a short collection of George Harrison covers recorded shortly after the guitarist's death eight years prior. He also joined Monsters of Folk, a supergroup that featured several other indie folk songwriters. In 2011, Yames hooked up with Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Centro-Matic’s Will Johnson, and Varnaline’s Anders Parker to record an album of previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics. New Multitudes was released in early 2012 by Rounder Records.

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Interview: Jay Farrar and Yim Yames Talk Woody Guthrie

By Sam Adams, Contributor

On "Bandages and Scars," from Son Volt's 2005 album Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Jay Farrar sang, "Thinking about the future, what to do then/ Words of Woody Guthrie ringing in my head." He wasn't just turning a phrase. At the invitation of Guthrie's daughter, Nora, he'd just begun poring over the archive of Guthrie's unused lyrics with an eye towards setting some to music. As it turns out, Farrar had first been offered… more »


New This Week: School of Seven Bells, Trust & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Man. There are just so many new records today. Also, I think about halfway through this, I developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Trust, TRST: Behind the year's worst album cover is one of the year's best records. Super goth, in all the right ways. Where my Apoptygma Berzerk fans at? Home crying? Cool. See you there. This one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Barry Walters goes: Trust is danceable even if you're not stuck in a K-hole. Its tempos vary… more »