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Broadcast 10: Jason Molina

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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Broadcast 08: The New York School in Boston

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Detail from the cover of “The New York School” by Max Neuhaus. Released by Alga Marghen.

An embarrassingly late update for the last radio show I hosted on WZBC, which was broadcast on January the 19th. Below are two links to the audio for that show. They will be replaced this Sunday (February 2nd, Groundhog Day), when I will be back on the air featuring new music from Joseph Clayton Mills, among others. Mills has several new records out, including one inspired by notes that Franz Kafka wrote to his friends while on his death bed. It sounds fantastic and I’m excited to share. The program will start at 6 PM eastern and end at 8 PM, so for those of you not interested in the Super Bowl and looking for an alternative, tune in.

One of my favorite pieces from this show was Max Neuhaus’s rendition of Feldman’s “The King of Denmark.” It comes from The New York School: Nine Realizations of Cage, Feldman, Brown, a CD first released by Alga Marghen in 2004. Alga Marghen is an Italian label that specializes in 20th century music, Fluxus composers, sound poetry, and various other sound arts, and a big chunk of their catalog has recently been made available State-side thanks to Forced Exposure. I’d encourage anyone interested in what they hear on this show to check their releases out. That Neuhaus CD is an excellent place to begin.

Any questions, comments, or requests, please send me an email or just drop a message into the comments section below.

Thanks for listening.

Laughter: January 19th, 2014 – Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Sonic Youth “Edges” from SYR 4: Goodbye 20th Century (1999) on SYR — composed by Christian Wolff
  2. Olivia Block “Heave To (Part 2)” from Heave To (2006) on SEDIMENTAL
  3. KTL “Phill 1” from V (2012) on EDITIONS MEGO
  4. Max Neuhaus “The King Of Denmark” from The New York School (2004) on ALGA MARGHEN — composed by Morton Feldman
  5. Burkhard Stangl “Unfinished – Sailing” from Unfinished. For William Turner, Painter. (2013) on TOUCH — performed by Fennesz (first take, no edits, no cuts)
  6. Polwechsel “Hyogo” from Polwechsel 2 (1999) on HATART
  7. Gordon Mumma “Than Particle” from Live – Electronic Music (2002) on TZADIK — performed by William Winant and Gordon Mumma
  8. Noah Creshevsky “Drummer” from The Tape Music Of Noah Creshevsky 1971-1992 (2004) on EM RECORDS
  9. Francois Bayle “Eros Bleu” from Archives GRM (2004) on INA GRM
  10. Franco Evangelisti “Cinque Strutture, per piccola orchestra e nastro magnetico dalla ‘Die Schachtel’ 1962-63” from Franco Evangelisti (1998) on EDITION RZ