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

artsentertainmentNEPOther Arts

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

After the pandemic hit, Twin Peaks Boulevard was closed to vehicle traffic, a situation lauded by open space advocates. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
New proposal to partially reopen Twin Peaks to vehicles pleases no one

Neighbors say closure brought crime into residential streets, while advocates seek more open space

Protesters rally at the site of a proposed affordable housing project at 2550 Irving St. in the Sunset District on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
Sunset District affordable housing discussion flooded with ‘scare tactics and hysteria’

Project would provide 100 units, some of which would be designated for formerly homeless families

Members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff wore masks at a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Sheriff Tanzanika Carter. One attendee later tested positive. 
Courtesy SFSD
Sheriff sees increase in COVID-19 cases as 3 captains test positive

Command staff among 10 infected members in past week

Rainy weather is expected in the coming week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures some… Continue reading

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Inauguration shines light in this never-ending shade

Here’s to renewal and resolve in 2021 and beyond

Most Read