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This week we have the superb new LP from Maps, taking this psychedelic atmosphere and injecting it with a healthy dose of percussive heft and placing more of an emphasis on the jagged time signatures and heady vocal reverbs. Moving beyond this heady mix and into more grounded territory, we get the big new indie release everyone’s been waiting for, and the brilliant ‘Here Comes The Cowboy’ certainly doesn’t disappoint. Filled with all of the smooth and sweet vocal flourishes you’d expect from Mac Demarco, a smooth loungey groove into his already super relaxed sound.

Please check out the new A.A. Bondy this new LP guarantees melodic undercurrent of folk and Americana being all but completely disguised by shadowy synths and cavernous reverbed bass, not to mention a plethora of technological flourishes to really ramp the enjoyment up. The new one from Holly Herndon, bolstered with Herndon’s HUGE vocal presence. Coming soon is the new Raconteurs LP ‘Help Us Stranger’ released on the 21st of June.

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Charly Bliss – Young Enough

Charly Bliss have evolved from the bunch of scrappy upstarts behind their brash punk debut Guppy, to the confident, assured artists who have produced the comparatively dynamic and unapologetically pop Young Enough. But, for lead singer Eva Hendricks, the path of this evolution was fraught, as her lyrics inspired by a past abusive relationship show. Songwriting became a source of respite, and, eventually, redemption. “You go through experiences of loss or extreme pain and you just keep moving,” Eva says. “You look around and go, how has the world not stopped? But it is also powerful. It’s like, I’m still here, I’m not a person who is ruled by pain, I still like who I am.”

Chat Room and Young Enough are new sonic lynchpins, as is the soaring, mini epic, Fighting In the Dark. The delicate synth confessional Hurt Me also felt, as Eva puts it, “like something we hadn’t explored yet.” The entire record sounds like a new realm, from the deceptively easeful confessional Capacityto the propulsive, more classic pop of Hard To Believe. In the end, Young Enough feels joyful and celebratory, but also infused with a new sense of depth and maturity. “I want people to feel strong when they listen to this record,” says Eva. “Like you’re working through some shit but you feel really strong and beautiful, even if you’re in a lot of pain. That’s what I want people to feel. The opposite of broken.” For fans of Veruca Salt, Pixies and The Breeders.

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Holly Herndon – Proto

Holly’s third full-length album Proto isn’t about A.I., but much of it was created in collaboration with her own A.I. ‘baby’, Spawn. For the album, she assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion.

Eternal follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song Godmother (feat. Spawn). The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her ‘godmother’ Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere.

You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.

Just as Platform forewarned of the manipulative personal and political impacts of prying social media platforms long before popular acceptance, Proto is a euphoric and principled statement setting the shape of things to come.

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Songs: Ohia – Love and Work: The Lioness Sessions

The Lionessis the first Jason Molina project to fully turn away from the battlefield folk and deconstructed Americana of earlier Songs: Ohia recordings. At the dawn of the 21st century, the album felt modern. It aligned Molina with a new set of peers – Low, Gastr del Sol, Red House Painters and, most importantly, the influential Scottish band Arab Strap, whose producer and members were crucial in the creation of The Lioness. The avant-garde tones and arrangements of Arab Strap are absorbed here into Molina’s songwriting to create what would become, for many acolytes, the archetypal Songs: Ohia sound. Love and Work: The Lioness Sessions, the box set reissue, will serve as the seminal log of the era, complete with lost songs, photos, drawings, and essays from those who knew Molina best.

We know Molina was diligent in both love and work. He treated songcraft like a job at the mill, and his approach to romance was not so different. We know that when he fell in love with his wife, he was dutiful in his adoration. There were strings of love letters and poetic gesture. Included in this edition are replicated examples of this relentless love – an envelope with a letter from Molina, a photograph of Molina and his to-be wife, a postcard, a Two of Hearts playing card, and a personal check for one million kisses. Some of these items were gifts he would send to his new love from the road; others, like the 2 of Hearts, were totems he’d carry with him around this time as a symbol for his burgeoning love.

And so, the head-over-heels album that is The Lioness has its workman counterpart. Nearly another album’s worth of material was recorded in Scotland during the album sessions. While similar in tone and structure, the songs seem to deal in the grit and dirt of being. These are songs for aching muscles getting soothed in the third-shift pub. But they’re also examples of Molina’s diligence as he constructs what would be the essential elements of The Lioness. In addition to these outtakes, we also have a 4-track session made weeks earlier in London with friend James Tugwell. Comprised of primarily guitar, hand drums and voice, these songs are raw experiments that mostly serve to illustrate Molina’s well of words and ideas. But then, there is the devastating Sacred Harp hymn Wondrous Love. While he may have had his new love in mind, one can’t help but think of Molina’s legacy as he softly warbles “Into eternity I will sing / Into eternity I will sing.” You don’t have to try too hard to mythologize Molina. He did all the work for you.

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The Dream Syndicate – These Times

There are two phases of The Dream Syndicate. There was the band with revolving lineups that existed from 1982 to 1988 and made four albums includingThe Days of Wine and Roses and have influenced bands and delighted fans in the years since. And then there’s the band that reunited in 2012 and is closing in on its seventh year with nary a lineup change. This 21st Century version of the Dream Syndicate releasedHow Did I Find Myself Here in 2017 to universal acclaim, no small feat for a band reuniting after almost three decades. With that reintroduction and a full year of touring behind them, the Dream Syndicate had the freedom to take it all somewhere new, to dig a little deeper, get outside of themselves a little bit. Their new album These Times feels like a late-night radio show that you might have heard as a kid, drifting off into dreams and wondering the next morning if any of it was real.

So, what does it sound like? If How Did I Find Myself Herewas a 10 pm record, all swagger and cathartic explosion, then These Times is the 2 am sibling, moodier and more mercurial, the band acting as DJs of their own overnight radio station, riffing on an idea of what a Dream Syndicate album could be at this moment in time. It is Radio DS19.

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Lydia Ainsworth – Phantom Forest

Lydia Ainsworth’s third album, Phantom Forest, introduces a lush, complex dream world that the singer, composer, and producer created and inhabited largely on her own. She produced all the songs, and wrote and performed everything on the self-released collection outside of a re-imagined cover of Pink Floyd’s Green is the Colour and 2 other tracks (The Time, Give It Back To You), which started as instrumentals written by Survive’s Kyle Dixon (who composed the Stranger Things soundtrack with his bandmate Michael Stein), to which Ainsworth wrote melodies and added lyrics. Phantom Forest is a beautiful, vast collection that mixes the historical and the hands on, with hooks about the apocalypse and people obsessively using face-recognition software to see what paintings their face match with, in search of some kind of connection. It’s a journey that holds up to close listening (and lyric reading) and to dancefloors, but that can also exist on a purely emotional plane. In all cases, it asks that you listen, and take some kind of action.

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The Beths – Warm Blood

The Beths debut EP – available for the first time on (Pink) Vinyl. This EP is the prequel to their debut album Future Me Hates Me which is much loved release. The Beths’ Warm Blood is a strong contender for the catchiest record you’ve never heard. Formed when four jazz students at the University of Auckland bonded over their shared love of the pop-punk sounds of their youth, The Beths bring new energy to the genre. This 5-song debut EP, a deliriously pleasurable statement of purpose, comes crammed with enough blissful hooks to carry through most bands’ careers.

Listeners for whom the tag “New Zealand indie rock” brings to mind the Flying Nun sound of bands like The Clean and The Chills may be surprised to find Warm Blood’s five unstoppable tunes landing closer to artists like Slant 6 and The Breeders. The nimble guitar work here moves from heavy riffing reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney to hazily bending lines that would make Stephen Malkmus and Mary Timony beam, while the joyous vocal harmonies from all four members bubble and swell to ecstaticcrescendos that channel The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle.

With impeccable production from guitarist Jonathan Pearce and stellar musicianship across the board, Warm Blood is a non-stop delight. Tracks like lead off track and first single Whatever, the ridiculously addictive standout Idea / Intent, andRush Hour 3, a playful ode to romance in this era of download-and-chill franchise films, take delight in the challenge of breathing new energy into the limitations of the 3-minute pop song.

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Morrissey – Wedding Bells Blues

Limited Clear Yellow 7″ vinyl from Morrissey’s covers album California Sun featuring Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day on Wedding Bell Blues originally by The Fifth Dimension. Lydia Night of the Regrettes also joins Armstrong and Morrissey on the track. It comes backed by Brow of My Beloved

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Mikal Cronin – Undertow / Breathe

Mikal Cronin is back in the Famous class fold with his beautiful new 7”. This is Mikal’s first new solo material since his excellent album MCIII back in 2015. It’s two tracks of perfect guitar-pop craftsmanship

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Linda Guilala – Estado Natural

Spanish shoegaze trio Linda Guilala’s new single is the third instalment in the Sonic Cathedral Singles Club.

Estado Natural(which translates as ‘natural state’) is the follow-up to last year’s Mucho Mejor and is an indie-pop classic in the making, all driving rhythms and synths swooping and fizzing like Stereolab in a Soda Stream. The flipside, Espacio De Tiempo (‘space of time’), is a much more Lush and laid-back affair. Limited edition of 350 on red vinyl.

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Coming soon is the new Raconteurs LP ‘Help Us Stranger’ released on the 21st of June.

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The Lioness is the first Jason Molina project to fully turn away from the battlefield folk and deconstructed Americana of earlier Songs: Ohia recordings. At the dawn of the 21st century, the album felt modern. It aligned Molina with a new set of peers – Low, Gastr del Sol, Red House Painters and, most importantly, the influential Scottish band Arab Strap, whose producer and members were crucial in the creation of The Lioness. The avant-garde tones and arrangements of Arab Strap are absorbed here into Molina’s songwriting to create what would become, for many acolytes, the archetypal Songs: Ohia sound. Love and Work: The Lioness Sessions, the box set reissue, will serve as the seminal log of the era, complete with lost songs, photos, drawings, and essays from those who knew Molina best.

We know Molina was diligent in both love and work. He treated songcraft like a job at the mill, and his approach to romance was not so different. We know that when he fell in love with his wife, he was dutiful in his adoration. There were strings of love letters and poetic gesture. Included in this edition are replicated examples of this relentless love – an envelope with a letter from Molina, a photograph of Molina and his to-be wife, a postcard, a Two of Hearts playing card, and a personal check for one million kisses. Some of these items were gifts he would send to his new love from the road; others, like the 2 of Hearts, were totems he’d carry with him around this time as a symbol for his burgeoning love.

And so, the head-over-heels album that is The Lioness has its workman counterpart. Nearly another album’s worth of material was recorded in Scotland during the album sessions. While similar in tone and structure, the songs seem to deal in the grit and dirt of being. These are songs for aching muscles getting soothed in the third-shift pub. But they’re also examples of Molina’s diligence as he constructs what would be the essential elements of The Lioness. In addition to these outtakes, we also have a 4-track session made weeks earlier in London with friend James Tugwell. Comprised of primarily guitar, hand drums and voice, these songs are raw experiments that mostly serve to illustrate Molina’s well of words and ideas. But then, there is the devastating Sacred Harp hymn Wondrous Love. While he may have had his new love in mind, one can’t help but think of Molina’s legacy as he softly warbles “Into eternity I will sing / Into eternity I will sing.” You don’t have to try too hard to mythologize Molina. He did all the work for you.

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lots of new releases and reissues out tomorrow as well, the major titles including  –

New Ed Harcourt album ‘Beyond The End’.
A limited Morrissey 7″ – ‘Back On The Chain Gang’
A very limited Type O Negative coloured vinyl reissue of ‘Bloody Kisses’.
Three more Bauhaus reissues – The Bela Session, ‘The Sky’s Gone Out’ and ‘Press Eject…’.
Vol.2 of the Marc Bolan ‘Home Demos’ is finally out after some delay.
A very lovely looking Chic box set. along with the vinyl version Boxed Set of the Tom Petty American Treasure

And in other news…….
King Gizzard & The Flying Wizard 
coloured vinyl reissues are flying out – have you got your copies yet?
Mumford & Sons 
latest album is also selling fast on coloured vinyl.
the excellent new album from Marianne Faithfull.
Post Malone – ‘Beerbongs and Bentleys’.   

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Songs: Ohia – ‘Love & Work: The Lioness Sessions’ limited translucent purple coloured double vinyl LP.

The release also includes a 16-page booklet with photos and meditations by Jason’s family and collaborators, as well as replications of ephemera from Jason’s guitar case & life from the time (a handwritten love letter, a postcard, a 2 of Hearts playing card, and more)

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Hippo Campus – Bambi

Hippo Campus release their second album, Bambi through Transgressive Records. On their sophomore album Bambi, the St. Paul, Minnesota-bred band navigate that upheaval with deliberate self-reflection. The result is a selection of songs that drift into much darker terrain, but unfold with a frenetic yet fragile beauty that makes even the most painful moments feel glorious. Partly recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago, Bambi finds Hippo Campus working again with producer BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Low, Francis and the Lights), who handled production on their 2017 full-length debut Landmark. And in sculpting Bambi’s distinctly inventive arrangements, Hippo Campus significantly expanded their use of drum machines and synth. Throughout Bambi, Hippo Campus match their relentless self-examination with a joyfully adventurous sonic approach, ultimately transforming the emotional experience of the problems they’re exploring.

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Breeders ‘Safari EP’ ltd 12″ reissue

Being released this November as part of Record Store Day’s sister Black Friday event is a faithful repress of the 12” version of The Breeders’ Safari EP, complete with Shinro Ohtake’s 1983 charcoal drawing Nairobi VIII adorning its cover. Originally released in April 1992, sandwiched between their first two albums (Pod and Last Splash), The Breeders’ Safari EP came at a time when Kim’s Pixies commitments were winding down and her new band were on the cusp of releasing a platinum-selling album.

Their first record to feature Kim Deal’s twin Kelley, the EP was recorded in two studios with the bulk coming from a session in New York, which provided an early version of Do You Love Me Now?, Don’t Call Home and a cover of The Who’s So Sad About Us. The title track, Safari, was recorded separately in London by Kim, Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jon Mattock (Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized).

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Iggy & The Stooges – ‘Rare Power’

The untamed energy of Iggy and The Stooges comes to vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday on Rare Power, a collection of rare tracks from the sessions that produced their landmark 1973 album Raw Power. Eight of these nine outtakes and alternate mixes are available on vinyl for the first time, and composer Josh Mobley’s remix of Gimme Danger (heard in the best selling video game Watch Dogs) is commercially available for the first time ever.

The Byrds – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (4 X 12″ Vinyl LP)

By the time Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was released in 1968, The Byrds had already changed the sound of rock music twice; from jangling folk-rock to experimental acid-rock, they constantly sought to push the boundaries of what rock music could be. The 1967 departure of David Crosby left a creative void filled quickly by country music-loving Gram Parsons, whose addition led Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and company to record an album comprised mostly of authentic country material in Nashville, with the aid of local session aces (including future Byrd Clarence White). For the first time on vinyl—and on the heels of a 50th anniversary tour of the album by original members McGuinn and Hillman—this Legacy Edition of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo showcases this country-rock masterpiece alongside 28 bonus tracks, including demos, outtakes, rehearsal versions and tracks by Parsons’ pre-Byrds outfit, The International Submarine Band.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Betty’s Midwestern Magic Blends

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is indisputably one of the hardest working bands in rock ‘n’ roll. 2018 marks the fourth year in a row that they’ll play over 200 shows across the U.S. and Europe. Through that prolific touring schedule, the band has emerged a razor sharp, riveting live unit. Each evening The CRB plays two sets of music with a dynamic, ever-changing setlist. Presenting original material stretching across six studio albums, plus a repertoire of covers that runs from Slim Harpo to Bob Dylan and beyond, it’s only fittng that the band would document this output. They’ve done exactly that through a series of live recordings dubbed, ‘Betty’s Blends’ taking its moniker from legendary Grateful Dead archivist and recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson who is called upon to capture The CRB’s performances in multi-dimensional, audio-verite. ‘Betty’s Midwestern Magik Blends’ is the fourth volume from the acclaimed series, gathering highlights from three shows in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago in October 2016. Available as a vinyl exclusive, 3-LP set with only 3500 copies released, the collection finds The CRB in peak form delivering highlights like “New Cannonball Rag,” “Forever As The Moon” and “Shadow Cosmos,” as well as adapting two from The Rolling Stones: “Down Home Girl” and “Let It Bleed” and the seldom played fan favorite, Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride.”

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Violent Femmes – Permanent Record: The Very Best Of Violent Femmes

Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes provides a comprehensive overview of The Violent Femmes historic recording career – beginning with tracks from their legendary debut up until their 2000 release, Freak Magnet. The compilation includes the original studio recordings for hit singles such as Blister In The Sun, American Music, Gone Daddy Gone, amongst others, and is a must have for both new listeners and devoted fans alike.

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Jeff Tweedy – Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)

Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the mainstream – and back again.

Funny, disarming, and deeply honest, his memoir casts light on his unique creative process and the stories that shaped his life and career, from a childhood spent in Illinois to the release of No Depression in the early 90s – which set the blueprint for alt-country – and later working with Mavis Staples and, posthumously, Woody Guthrie.

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The Go Betweens – Right Here

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, the founding members of seminal Brisbane band The Go-Betweens had been close friends and collaborators since their late teens some thirty years before. As it unfolds, we discover how relationships – both creative and romantic – are continually tested, challenged, remoulded and, in some cases, destroyed. The film truthfully exposes all the highs, lows, joy, pain, sorrow and beauty of being in a cult band and of trying to survive the harsh, brutal realities of an at times exploitative music industry. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

This Week
Art Brut – ‘WHAM! BANG! POW! LETS ROCK OUT!’ LP
Bauhaus – ‘The Bela Session’ LP reissue
Bauhaus – ‘Press Eject & Give Me The Tape’ ltd white vinyl LP reissue
Bauhaus – ‘The Sky’s Gone Out’ ltd violet vinyl LP reissue
Marc Bolan – ‘Tramp King Of The City: Home Demos Vol. 2’ LP
Bouquet Of Dead Crows – ‘Motus Octo’ splatter vinyl LP
Breeders – ‘Safari EP’ limited 12″ reissue
Mansur Brown – ‘Shiroi’ LP
Lindsey Buckingham – ‘Solo Anthology’ 6LP Box set
Calexico – ‘The Black Light’ ltd clear vinyl 2LP reissue
The Chic Organisation – ‘1977 – 1979’ 5LP + 12″ vinyl box set
Ry Cooder – ‘Mambo Sinuendo’ 2LP
Deep Purple – ‘In Rock’ purple vinyl LP reissue
Deep Purple – ‘Fireball’ purple vinyl LP reissue
Ed Harcourt
 – ‘Beyond The End’ LP
Hippo Campus – ‘Bambi’ ltd coloured vinyl LP
Hozier – ‘Nina Cried Power’ ltd 12″ EP
Durad Jones & The Indications – ‘Live Vol. 1’ blue vinyl LP
Laibach – ‘The Sound Of Music’ gold vinyl LP reissue
Levellers – ‘Levellers’ ltd orange vinyl 2LP reissue
Amy Macdonald – ‘Woman Of The World: 2007-2018’ 2LP
Morrissey – ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ limited 7″
OST – ‘Dredd’ ltd red vinyl LP
OST – ‘End Of Days’ 2LP

Tom Petty – ‘An American Treasure’ 6LP Box Set
Planet B – ‘Planet B’ coloured vinyl LP
Irmin Schmidt – ‘5 Klavierstucke’ LP reissue
Songs: Ohia – ‘Love & Work: The Lioness Sessions’ ltd coloured vinyl box set
Mikael Tariverdiev – ‘Sevnteen Moments Of Spring’ LP
Transmaniacon – ‘The Strange World Of Suzie Pellet’ limited colour vinyl LP

Type O Negative – ‘Bloody Kisses’ ltd silver vinyl 2LP
Vessel – ‘Queen Of Golden Dogs’ LP

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Evergreen is a new benefit compilation for Hour Children, an organisation that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community with a view to building healthy, independent, and secure lives. You can pre-order it right now over on Bandcamp, both digitally and on cassette tape.

Released on July 10th, the compilation features  Hand Habits, Free Cake For Every Creature, Sitcom, and much more. Taken from said compilation,Fraternal Twin’s cover of Songs: Ohia’s “White Sulfur”, a tender reworking that sits in the nightly ether between both of the two artists’ work.

Inspired by one of its numerous, crushing passages, the kind of which Jason Molina so excelled at carving out of the paralysing emptiness (“It’s a very powerful, personal and actually pretty political lyric that seems to express something like a friend that lets you down in a big way“) Fraternal Twins’s take on the track is a dimly lit and beautifully fragile homage, Tom Christie’s wavering vocal drifting sullenly above the DIY-instrumentation that makes his own work such a compelling journey.

never forget it was triumph we once proposed
instead, you would trade our mission for mission words

White Sulfur is, since the first time I heard it years ago, one of my favorite songs,” Christie tells us about his choice to cover the track. “The guitar melody is just so bleak and Jason Molina’s voice resonates over the recording. It captures a very specific unnameable feeling for me…”

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Songs: Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co. @LP, Blue Swirl Vinyl, Limited to 600 Pieces, Out 12/16

Newbury Comics have been hoping to release some Jason Molina music ever since they started putting out records three years ago, so couldn’t be happier about announcing this Newbury Comics exclusive edition of Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co’. Released midway through his career (and preceding a band name change to Magnolia Electric Co.), this double lp deluxe edition sees the Songs: Ohia sound open up in ways that had been only hinted at on previous releases. The lyrics, as always, are worth the price of admission alone.

Our version is pressed on two slabs of Blue Swirl vinyl, in a lovely gatefold sleeve (with printed inner sleeves) in an edition of 600 pieces (+ download).

Out on 12/16 and available for order now.

Songs: Ohia ‘The Magnolia Electric Co.’ (10th Year Anniversary Edition) out now on Secretly Canadian, a fine year for reissues although none can be more welcome than this 10 Year Anniversary Edition of Magnolia Electric Co confusingly the last album by Songs: Ohia before Jason Molina took the name of this album for his new band. No surprises there, “Magnolia Electric Co” is Molina’s masterpiece and celebrating its decade long existence is right and proper. Molina died at the age of 39 as a result of chronic alcoholism. His music had a dark heart and a desolate core. He sung about it, lived it and possibly died of it. Often compared to Neil Young the music of Jason Molina went well beyond that of a mere copyist. He was a true original, always located on the fringes of success and a man whose recognition that he was “paralysed by emptiness” led him towards destruction that played out in “bad luck lullabies”. His music is Americana gold including classics like the uber powerful seven minutes of the epic “Farewell Transmission”, the quiet wonder of one of his greatest songs “Just be simple”, the power surge of “John Henry Split my Heart” and the wasted country beauty of “Hold on Magnolia”. The album was also unique in that Molina relinquished his vocal duties on two songs, the Merle Haggard-esque “The Old Black Hen” and the sauntering “Peoria Lunch Box Blues”, giving the lead vocals respectively to Lawrence Peters and Scout Niblett.

Beyond the core of the released album the 10th Anniversary Edition are extra rare tracks and a second disc consisting only of demos, which was originally released, in its first pressing. Taking the demo album first this truly does add weight to the originals. Firstly it has Molina doing his own versions of “Old Black Hen” and “Peoria” which are rough, ready and heartbreaking. There are also sterling versions of “Farewell Transmission”, an uber poignant “Hold on Magnolia”, a stripped back version of “I’ve been riding with the ghost” that this reviewer prefers to the original and two acoustic demos of the extra tracks “Whip Poor Will” and what must rank as one of Molina’s greatest songs “The Big Game is Every Night”. The former appeared in a polished version on 2009’s “Josephine” but both sweet versions here beg the question why Molina left them of “MEC”. The lines on “Whip Poor Will” still resonate not least “so all of you folks in heaven not too busy ringing the bell/some of us down here ain’t doing very well/ some of us with our windows open in the Southern Cross motel”. When it comes to the “The Big Game is Every Night” this was originally included on the Japanese pressing of the album. It picks up the whole gamut of Molina themes of the moon, NFL football (“Unitas to Berry – so good its scary”), blues, musicians and a hardy perennial – references to snakes. The acoustic version of the song is actually less harrowing than the electric version which stretches to 10 minutes. In it he finishes with the embittered (and self reflective) observation “Show an American if really I am the snake they’re all saying/If they look up here do they see just my black tail swaying?/If I’m all fangs and all lies and all poison/If I’m really what they’re saying/I don’t want to disappoint them”. Like “Blue Factory Flame” it is utterly engrossing and compelling. The raw power of the songs conclusion sees Molina reach the pinnacle of his recording career.

The passage of ten years and the passing of Jason Molina confirms that “Magnolia Electric Co” is every bit the equal of Neil Young’s “On the Beach”, Will Oldham’s “I See A Darkness” and Johnny Cash’s “American III Solitary Man”. Sadly we just didn’t know how great Jason Molina was.

 

 

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Today is the 13th year anniversary of the album by Songs Ohia ‘Didn’t It Rain’

Last night WXPN in Philadelphia aired the first of it’s Folkadelphia Unsung specials focusing on Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia, specifically ‘Didn’t It Rain’, which was recorded in Philadelphia in 2002.

Listen to the whole show here: http://bit.ly/xpn_songspecial_blog
Hear covers by local Philly artists: http://bit.ly/xpnfolk_sohspecial_covers
Hear the originals on Spotify: http://bit.ly/xpnfolk_songsoriginals

PLEASE Donate to MusiCares in honor of Jason Molina:www.grammy.org/musicares/donate

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Welcome to the first chapter of Folkadelphia’s new project that we’ve gotten in the habit of calling Unsung. In the history of music, there are many unsung artists and albums that we firmly clutch close to our hearts. These artists create the kind of music that we wish other people knew more about or cared more deeply for. We wish that we could share with others our exact feelings about how we’ve been touched and affected by some musicians. We want to show them the light. We want to sing these musicians’ unsung song for everyone to hear. With this series, we hope we can provide a way for people to connect with music that has been influential beyond its commercial impact and, perhaps, appeal. It’s never too late to find a new favourite band and honor their legacy and discography.

For this first part, we focused on what has become one of my favourite albums: Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain, which was recorded in Philadelphia in 2002. I never knew Jason Molina nor did I ever see him perform live while he was alive. I came to his music pretty late in the game too, just a handful of years ago during my college radio stint, but I always knew there was something special there. He could create these staggeringly beautiful portraits, often just with his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. He could also blow you out of the water with these epic guitar-heavy unabashed rock-and-roll tracks. But he always had a dark, brooding, introspective thematic quality I found appealing. I always pondered on the fact that while his lyrics felt so personal and tied to Molina himself, they were universal, they spoke to me, they spoke to others. I guess that’s just the hand of a master songwriter. He certainly was that and a lot more too.

During my years at college radio with my self-imposed solitude in the stacks and the listening room, I stumbled upon most of the Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. catalouge. The album I was drawn to, but never felt like I could deal with or easily absorb was Didn’t It Rain. It felt like it was in its own little bubble, a perfect world that I was peering in at, perhaps as if through a glass darkly at the time. Secretly Canadian, Molina’s longtime record label, recently reissued the album with bonus tracks and demos, and it was just last year I finally revisited the record. Something must have clicked. Maybe it’s my age, my position in life, my mourning for the late songwriter, or it was just that time, but I fell for Didn’t It Rain‘s charm. It’s charm is that is without charm; the album is a bare bones affair, stripped of sleekness, studio magic, and flair. It was recorded live in a room in Philadelphia with a handful of people, some strangers to each other, and committed to tape with almost no overdubs or editing. This sounds a lot like some of the straight up folk records I admire from the early years of recording technology. Didn’t It Rain ends up being a snapshot in time, a near-perfect capture of creativity firing on all cylinders. You don’t always need walls of sound to impress, sometimes you just need a simple chord and a harmony, followed by silence to make an impact.

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Watch Glen Hansard and band’s live performance of Jason Molina / Songs Ohia “Hold On Magnolia.”
Glen’s tribute EP “It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs Of Jason Molina” is out next Tuesday

“Hold On Magnolia” is the soul-decimating conclusion to Songs: Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Company,nd the late Jason Molina’s masterpiece of graceful desperation. It’s one of those songs that absolutely flattens you with sadness, an all-time classic in the storied history of weeping country-western laments. So I’m immensely satisfied that Glen Hansard chose to cover it on his upcoming tribute EP It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs Of Jason Molina, and I’m even more satisfied that the Frames/Swell Sweason troubadour and his band do it justice in the live performance.

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Songs: Ohia is Jason Molina. His lyrics and unique vocals make the band.
That’s not to say the delicate, minimal music on this record is bad – far from it. The thoughtful strums on opener The Black Crow play as excellent build up to Molina’s first words on the record. This is perhaps the most epic track on the album with some of his best vocal work…the emotion in his voice during lyrics such as “a dead crow calls out to his wings, “we were lightning across the whole world” and “I’m getting weaker/I’m getting thin/I hate how obvious I have been” is beautiful. The next couple of tracks, The Tigress and Nervous Bride feel much less epic, but just as beautiful, continuing with Molina’s voice dancing over invokful guitarwork. Taken from the album “The Lioness”
Being In Love is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. As if his vocals, at their best, singing of bittersweet tragedy weren’t haunting enough, the use of an organ in this track makes it even more melancholic. This is the kind of song that could be on the soundtrack to many people’s lives. “Being in love means you are completely broken,” he sings hopelessly, making you die inside. The song continues on, with the organ aiding his crys. If lyrics like “We are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn” and “If you stick with me you can help me/I’m sure we’ll find new things to burn” don’t give you goosebumps then you have a heart of stone.
If any song on the album is given the job of following that aural delight then The Lioness is the best choice. Coming to life with hopeful melody that counters the depression in the previous track, this is perhaps the track you’re most likely to sing along to. The songwriting, is of course, on top form here,

 

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taken from the SONGS OHIA record store day box set collected singles and rare recordings gathered within are charming haunting and disparate moments over a six year course. A set of nine 7″ singles in a clothbound box with a 24 page booklet.