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Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James form supergroup Monsters of Folk

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Monsters-of-folk_l This year is shaping up to be the year of indie-rock supergroups. First came Tinted Windows. Then Discovery. Next up: Monsters of Folk.

No, that's not the name of one of the fictional bands from A Mighty Wind, but rather the moniker Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James of My Morning Jacket have adopted together. The three have discussed a collaboration since they first performed together back in 2004, and finally launched a bare-bones website to tease a self-titled, 15-track album due Sept. 22. Each member will write songs and play every instrument, and Saddle Creek mainstay Mike Mogis is on board to produce.

No music is available to preview quite yet (there isn't even a MySpace), but it's awfully tough not to get excited about these three titans joining forces – especially considering how busy all three have been.  Since 2008, the trio have released a combined five albums with their respective bands and solo projects. To repeat: five albums!

Oberst and M. Ward have both already released excellent albums this year - Oberst's Outer South and M. Ward's Hold Time. Two claps for workaholics. Quick memo to M. Ward, though: Please follow up Monsters of Folk with a She & Him, Volume 2. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

Who's excited about an Oberst-Ward-James album? And which supergroup excites the crap out of you more: Tinted Windows, Discovery or Monsters of Folk?

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Originally posted June 12 2009 — 4:44 PM EDT

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