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My Morning Jacket’s Circuital: Release Date May 31

March 30, 2011

ATO Records announced yesterday the release date for My Morning Jacket’s much anticipated, sixth studio album Circuital. The album drops May 31st, shortly after the band wraps up their second performance of the year at Gulf Shore’s Hangout Music and Arts Festival.

The group’s scheduled slot at Hangout has yet to be announced.

MMJ are also scheduled to perform at the Latitude Festival Southwold, Suffolk, UK (July 14-17) and the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California (June 30-July 3).

Jim James and the Jacket crew aren't satisfied with one, short release come 'new album season.' Nossir; these boys take care of theirs.

In the meantime, the group has been releasing free, live tracks to download each Monday for the last month. The previously unreleased live recordings stem from the band’s five-night extravaganza at New York’s Terminal 5 venue last October. This week’s song was “It Beats 4 U,” off their Z album performance October 22, 2010.

All of these tracks are still available via the band’s website.

The released tracks thus far include:

  • Week 1: “Butch Cassidy”, recorded live on October 18th, 2010.
  • Week 2: “The Way That He Sings”, recorded live on October 19th, 2010.
  • Week 3: “One Big Holiday”, recorded live on October 21st, 2010.

On Tuesday, April 12th, the band will release their first track off Circuital, serving as the final free download.

The anticipation for what should be one of 2011’s biggest album releases has been bittersweet for the band from Louisville, Kentucky. With the T5 releases feeding fans until the release of Circuital, the Jacket have turned what would be a grueling test of patience into a twice-as-fulfilling, multi-month celebration of new releases.

Give this group credit, or at least their promotional team at Girlie Action…this is the right way to hype your albums. Not television ads, magazine spreads and radio appearances, but an easy line to your fans, letting them know you’re right there when they need you most.

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