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The Monthly List: May’s Top 8

nsa_bannerI listened to more techno in May than I did in the previous four months combined. The new Miles EP started it and Plastikman kept it going. Three records doesn’t sound like much, but for me it’s a virtual flood.

There’s a few carry overs from last month, and besides the Miles records, just three new releases; two are reissues and two are Jason Molina related. Of them, the Anonymous record on Machu Picchu got the most play.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.

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Graveface to Release Molina Tribute Album + WZBC Show and More

weary_engine_bluesSavannah’s Graveface Records is preparing a Jason Molina tribute album due out toward the end of April. Called Weary Engine Blues, confirmed contributors to the project include John Vanderslice, Mark Kozelek, Damien Jurado, Alasdair Roberts, Scout Niblett, Will Johnson, Will Oldham, and many more. The cover art is by Jason Molina.

Not sure how limited this will be, but at the moment anyone who buys a CD copy of the album will also receive a 12.5″ x 12.5″ print of this map, originally drawn for Jason Molina by William Schaff, who has made some amazing album covers for Magnolia Electric Co., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Okkervil River. He’s also responsible for the book in which Autumn Bird Songs appeared. All profits will go to Molina’s family. You may want to hurry and get a copy, but if the CD sells out, you can still get the MP3s for cheap.

Kozelek’s contribution—a cover of “It’s Easier Now” from Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go—is already online at Soundcloud:

On Sunday I visited Brainwashed HQ and recorded an hour-long podcast dedicated to Molina. It features some of my favorite songs from him, including an amazing live performance of “Hard to Love a Man” from 2006. You can listen to it here.

Tomorrow, from 9 PM until 11 PM eastern, I’ll be DJing another tribute show on WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston. Anyone nearby can tune in, and anyone far away can stream the broadcast by pressing the big red play button on the left side of that page. I plan on playing album favorites, a few particularly great live performances, and a good deal of the lesser known stuff from Songs: Ohia. I hope you’ll join me—requests will be welcome.

Last but not least, Jagjaguwar’s posted another excellent tribute to Jason. It includes a photograph that I think must have been taken in 2002, on the courthouse steps in Harrisonburg, Virginia, during the MacRock festival. As one user on Archive.org remembers:

FYI, that previous night’s show was at macrock, in Virginia. The fire marshal ended up kicking people out of the venue due to overcrowding…

…so Jason played the rest of his set on the courthouse steps across the street. ‘Ring the Bell’ was never a more perfect song than that one moment. Especially with Jason smirking while singing ‘they’re always close…’ just as the police were pulling up.