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- Posted on Apr 23rd 2010 12:00PM by Mike Ayers
While there aren't any details about what James' contribution is, we can only imagine his ethereal vocals will lend themselves quite well to a new, beat-centric environment. As for Newsom, Billboard confirms that the group has sampled her song "The Book of Right On' from her 2004 debut, 'The Milk-Eyed Mender.' Even though she's didn't lay down anything new, we can still start calling Newsom "the hip-hop-harpist"; it just has a fantastic ring to it.
The Roots have also been a fan of James' other work with Monsters of Folk, as Rolling Stone recently reported that the band has covered 'Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.).' There's no word if the other Monsters -- Conor Oberst, M.Ward and Mike Mogis -- were asked to join in on the fun, but we can picture the spontaneous combustion of the entire indie rock world occurring if that collaboration happened.
At the very least, this is a sure way to beat those southern-rock-pigeonhole blues that seem to be plaguing My Morning Jacket these days. In related news, Joanna Newsom brings her harptactular shows to Europe starting on May 9 at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, UK and My Morning Jacket are currently touring the southeast and will open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on select dates this summer.