It is with the spirit of Molina’s incredible and unforgettable songwriting in mind – and the memory of his friendship and generous nature at heart – that the members of Magnolia Electric Co will hit the road for four days this coming January playing the songs of Jason Molina, from both his career in Magnolia Electric Co and Songs: Ohia. In addition to those musicians who traveled with Jason from 2002-2009, M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger – a friend of Jason’s since before his band Court and Spark toured with Magnolia in the mid-2000s – will join as another voice and guitar player for the group.
“Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co” will find its way to Durham, NC, Asheville, NC, Indianapolis, IN, and finally to Chicago, IL, where the members of Songs: Ohia who recorded the classic Magnolia Electric Co LP will also play a set of Molina’s songs. Jason Molina’s voice stands out as one of the most unique, urgent, and beautiful of songwriters from the last twenty years, and while it cannot be replaced, “Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co” will attempt to pay tribute to it and help coax it out of the amazing songs that Jason left with us.
Songs: Molina, A Memorial Electric Co. Tour Dates
01/08/14 Durham, NC: The Pinhook
01/09/14 Asheville, NC: The Mothlight
01/10/14 Indianapolis, IN: Radio Radio
01/11/14 Chicago, IL: The Hideout
The 10th Anniversary edition of Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co is out now. This deluxe reissue includes an unreleased gem from the same recording session – “The Big Game Is Every Night.” The song was described by Pitchfork in their Best New Reissue review of the record as a tune “that truly astounds: 10 glorious minutes long, the song pulses like a severed vein, its rhythm slowly ebbing out as Molina sings, ‘The last thing I see/ Let it be me helping/ Honestly, let it be me working/ On being a better me.'” Enjoy a stream of the song at YouTube or Soundcloud below.
Released in March of 2003, Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co. is the hallmark of Jason Molina’s career – both a confluence of all he would create and a line in the sand to mark a shift in his songwriting approach.
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