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Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward Form Monsters Of Folk Supergroup

June 12, 2009 3:33 PM ET

When Jim James, M. Ward, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis hit the road together in 2004 under the banner "An Evening With: Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward," insiders referred to the tour as "Monsters of Folk." The name stuck, and now the quartet have announced an official release under the moniker: their self-titled album is due September 22nd.

The My Morning Jacket, She & Him and Bright Eyes members carved out time in Malibu and Omaha studios and spent two years working sessions into their already packed schedules; Mogis produced the album. The band's reps promise an LP of road-worn, sun-soaked fables with brilliant choruses and some electronic elements.

Oberst is also the subject of a profile in the new issue of Rolling Stone, in which Conor talks spirituality, Leonard Cohen and retiring the Bright Eyes moniker to hit the road with the Mystic Valley Band. As for Monsters of Folk. check out the track list below:

Monsters of Folk
1. "Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)"
2. "Say Please"
3. "Whole Lotta Losin'"
4. "Temazcal"
5. "The Right Place"
6. "Baby Boomer"
7. "Man Named Truth"
8. "Goodway"
9. "Ahead of the Curve"
10. "Slow Down Jo"
11. "Losin Yo Head"
12. "Magic Marker"
13. "Map Of The World"
14. "The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me"
15. "His Master's Voice"

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