All of us here at Secretly Canadian have been eagerly anticipating Record Store Day for weeks now, and this year we’re excited to have Magnolia Electric Co. and Damien Jurado appear on a special LP formulated in heart of southern Indiana. Both artists contributed tracks to It Happened Here, a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl LP + 7″ compilation of live and exclusive studio recordings made in Bloomington, IN in 2009.
A live take of Magnolia Electric Co.’s “Rider. Shadow. Wolf.,” performed July 10, 2009 at local recording studio Russian Recording appears on the LP, along with Damien’s “Kansas City,” performed April 11, 2009 at the same location.
This LP + 7″ is a collaboration between three Bloomington enterprises who represent three distinct spheres of the music world: Russian Recording (recording studio), St. Ives (Secretly Canadian’s boutique record label) and Landlocked Music (retail store). Together they give you not just a snapshot of the Indiana scene but also the influence of the times. Each LP + 7″ possesses lovingly handmade artwork from Woodruff & Sons and In Case of Emergency Press and is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 750 copies. A digital download of the tracks comes with purchase. Check out the full track listing after the jump.
Magnolia Electric Co.’s 4 CD + 1 DVD Sojourner boxset may be out of print, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hear this full collection of Jason Molina songs in one place. On March 2nd, discs 3 and 4 of the boxset became available through digital retailers, making the full Sojourner track list available online for the first time. Previously, only discs 1 and 2 were available for digital purchase.
It’s sort of unbelievable, but after all Magnolia Electric Co.’s time spent crisscrossing the country, the stars (and moons?) were never quite aligned right to get them into Daytrotter’s Rock Island, Il. studio. Until now.
The band’s first-ever Daytrotter session, recorded during the MECo.’s summer tour, was posted to the Daytrotter site earlier this week and features tunes from their most recent release, Josephine, as well a blazing cover of the Warren Zevon classic “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and a lovely, as-yet-unreleased tune called “Devil Wings.”
Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller had these lovely words to say about Jason Molina and company: “It’s as if we’re hearing songs that were written in Nashville in the 50s and 60s, digging into the saddest aspects of love and life that any man would ever have the privilege of dealing with, though he smothers them not with aw shucks humor or faux defiance – as if some effort was being made to defray the pain and sorrow by spinning the story to seem more like a blessing or a valuable lesson learned by a young, foolish hayseed – but with real, salt in the wounds, dirt in the eye rub.”
Listen to, and download, tracks from the session HERE.
Also, below is a wonderful MECo. interview and performance clip from their recent show in Rome, from our friends at Sound36 magazine.
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