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Broadcast 10: Jason Molina

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songs_ohia_journey_on_boxed_setJason Molina passed away on March 16th, 2013, one year ago yesterday. Last year, when Brainwashed.com gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work, I wrote a summary of his career. I’d like to share a little of that here, just to give you some perspective on the man’s devotion to his craft. He wrote some of my favorite songs, recorded several of my favorite records, and was one of my favorite musicians, period. I respected his work and how he worked, and not many people worked as hard as he did:

By the time Magnolia Electric Co. came out in 2003, [Jason Molina] had recorded nine albums in roughly seven years, plus numerous singles and EPs—at least 15 in total between 1995 and 2002—that were scattered across various labels, from Palace Records and Secretly Canadian to Acuarela, Western Vinyl, and Temporary Residence. He then went on to record one EP, two 7″ singles, and seven more albums with Magnolia before he died, three of which were bundled together in the Sojourner boxed set and recorded in the same year. Somehow, within that same time span, he found the energy to write, record, and release four more albums, three under his own name and one collaboration with Will Johnson. He collaborated and released records with so many people it’s hard to keep count: The Arab Strap, Will Oldham, Alasdair Roberts, Scout Niblett, Oneida, My Morning Jacket, Mike Mogis, Steve Albini, Jennie Benford, Richard Youngs, Edith Frost, David Lowery—the list goes on. And what’s more, they’re all worth hearing, even the rougher stuff. Some musicians need quality control and restraint: Jason Molina simply couldn’t release enough…

In celebration of his life, I DJ’d a two hour set of his music (22 songs) on WZBC 90.3 FM.

It all came together last minute, so I didn’t have the chance to promote it here. But if you missed the show and would like to hear it, you still can. WZBC archives every one of its broadcasts for two weeks at a time and you can find the links for this one at the bottom of the page, along with a setlist. If you’re unfamiliar with his music, this show should serve as a good introduction to it. If you already know Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., but have only heard a record or two, there should be plenty here that’s new. And if you’re a fan, I hope you’ll listen and enjoy the songs. I picked several of them and listeners requested a few others. I think it all came together very well.

In other Molina news, Secretly Canadian will be releasing a Songs: Ohia boxed set for Record Store Day this year. The image at the top of this page was posted to the label’s Facebook page on March 12th, and the Jason Molina page reposted it, promising more information soon. There’s still a bit of speculation as to the contents, but Bull Moose has already posted a product description on their website, which you can see here. It mentions “18 sides,” which means there are probably nine singles, though which nine is still up in the air, as is whether or not they’ll be exact reproductions.

If you have any comments or questions, please email me, or leave a message in the comment section below.

I hope you enjoy the show.

Laughter: March 16th, 2014 – A Tribute to Jason Molina: Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Magnolia Electric Co., “O! Grace” from Josephine (2009) on Secretly Canadian
  2. Magnolia Electric Co., “The Night Shift Lullaby” from What Comes After the Blues (2005) on Secretly Canadian
  3. Magnolia Electric Co., “John Henry Split My Heart” from Magnolia Electric Co. (2003) on Secretly Canadian
  4. Songs: Ohia, “This Time Anything Finite at All” from Impala (1998) on Secretly Canadian
  5. Songs: Ohia, “Hearts Newly Arrived (Hecla Session)” from Hecla & Griper (15th Anniversary Edition) (2013) on Secretly Canadian
  6. Songs: Ohia, “Hot Black Silk” from Axxess & Ace (1999) on Secretly Canadian
  7. Songs: Ohia, “Being In Love” from The Lioness (2000) on Secretly Canadian
  8. Songs: Ohia, “Two Blue Lights” from Didn’t It Rain (2002) on Secretly Canadian
  9. Magnolia Electric Co., “Will-o-the-Wisp” from Black Ram (Sojourner Boxed Set) (2007) on Secretly Canadian
  10. Jason Molina, “The Spell” from Shohola (Sojourner Boxed Set) (2007) on Secretly Canadian
  11. Songs: Ohia, “East Last Heart” from Hecla & Griper (1997) on Secretly Canadian
  12. Jason Molina, “It Costs You Nothing” from Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go (2006) on Secretly Canadian
  13. Magnolia Electric Co., “Talk To Me Devil, Again” from Sun Session (Sojourner Boxed Set) (2007) on Secretly Canadian
  14. Magnolia Electric Co., “The Old Black Hen” from Magnolia Electric Co. (2003) on Secretly Canadian
  15. Magnolia Electric Co., “Texas ’71” from Nashville Moon (Sojourner Boxed Set) (2007) on Secretly Canadian
  16. Magnolia Electric Co., “The Handing Down” from Josephine (2009) on Secretly Canadian
  17. Magnolia Electric Co., “Map Of The Falling Sky” from Josephine (2009) on Secretly Canadian
  18. Magnolia Electric Co., “A Little At A Time” from Fading Trails (2006) on Secretly Canadian
  19. Songs: Ohia, “No Limits On The Words” from Ghost Tropic (2000) on Secretly Canadian
  20. Magnolia Electric Co., “The Big Game Is Every Night” from Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2013) on Secretly Canadian
  21. Songs: Ohia, “Blue Chicago Moon” from Didn’t It Rain (2002) on Secretly Canadian
  22. Songs: Ohia, “Blue Factory Flame” from Didn’t It Rain (2002) on Secretly Canadian

 

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Author: Laughter

I like music and philosophy. And baseball.

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