Tim Booth of James enters 21st century

Tim Booth once struggled against modern technology. But lately, the Zen-like vocalist for Mancunian alt-rockers James — the band plays in The City on Monday — went from Flintstones to Jetsons almost overnight.

He’s recently been busy constructing the website for his next solo album, arriving next March.

Meanwhile, half of his band’s new two-disc set, “The Morning After the Night Before,” was tracked live over an intense five-day period, and the other half was completed online, utilizing a streamlined FTP site.

“It’s like a private website where each band member has a code, and they can download jams, work on them at home, then put their work back up for the next member to download,” he says. “I’m even doing Twitter right now! It’s a very new thing for me, and I tried to do it secretly at first but I got discovered. It was under Realtimbooth, not Tim Booth. But I just wanted to practice on it, because I hadn’t ever really looked at Twitter. But now I quite like the discipline of only 140 characters.”

The singer is doing his best to turn every tweet into a graceful haiku.

“But it’s tricky,” he says. “Because I don’t really want to talk about my personal life — that’s boring and also out-of-bounds. So how do you then tweet? For me, it’s more like observations or whatever — we’re on tour now, so there are a few things happening.”

Indeed. Booth just wrapped a villainous film role as Gabriel, the debt collector in Simon Powell’s upcoming “Poor Wee Me.”

The former 5 Rhythms dance instructor still stays physically fit in his Topanga Canyon home, and he’s also just optioned his first screenplay, is piecing together a full-length novel, and has just finished a new solo song about one of his favorite vacation spots, Half Moon Bay.

He’s proud of James’ 15 new tracks, originally released overseas as two separate EPs. So the U.S. edition, he says, “sounds totally schizophrenic when you hear it as whole.”

But after 10 efforts together, Booth says, James “really wanted to come up with something different. So there were two methods that we employed — one was to not be in a room together, literally, and do it on an FTP site. And the other was to be in one room together, but for defined dates.”

Still, the less people know about him, the better: “The glory of James is that I’m still fairly anonymous,” he says. “I can still lead my own life.”

IF YOU GO

James

Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Tickets: $24.50

Contact: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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