It's been 7 years since the Monsters of Folk album, which of course unites premiere indie-folk talents Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and M. Ward, and while things had been quiet aside from some vague news about new music and brief onstage reunions, we've now learned that a new album (and a movie!) have been in the works for quite some time. In a recent Reddit AMA, Jim James disclosed that the group has indeed been working on a new album for the past couple years, and that it's based on a movie script that Conor Oberst wrote. From Jim himself:

we started another monsters of folk record a few years ago, for a screenplay that conor wrote for a monsters of folk film, we hope both happen someday, cuz we wanna write music for the film, but its tough to get a weird film made these days! maybe someday!

Meanwhile, Jim shared a new video for his Eternally Even track "Here in Spirit." It's a lovely, melancholy video that shouts out Black Lives Matter and takes a hopeful, compassionate tone to combat these troubled post-election times. You can watch it here.

Jim also just kicked off his tour with Twin Limb behind that album, which hits NYC this weekend at Terminal 5 on November 20. Tickets for that are still on sale.

Twin Limb shared a live video from one of the earlier shows on the tour where they covered Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" with Jim's help. You can watch that here:

Meanwhile, Monsters of Folk band member and screenwriter Conor Oberst is also playing shows of his own behind his new album, and you can still win tickets to see him in NYC at Carnegie Hall on November 23. Or you can buy them.

All remaining tour dates for Conor Oberst and Jim James are listed below.

Jim James/Twin Limb -- 2016 Tour Dates
11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly
11/19: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
11/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/23: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/25: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
11/26: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/29: Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/30: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
12/01: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
12/03: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
12/05: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
12/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
12/07: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
12/10: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/11: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
12/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
12/14: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/16: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/17: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre

Conor Oberst - 2016 Tour Dates
11/23 New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
11/26 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/27 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church