Remembering Jason Molina – “A Balladeer of Heartbreak”

It has been 17 days since we lost Jason Molina. As much as he meant to all of us here at Secretly, we recognize he meant just as much to you. The support and love we have experienced over the last couple of weeks has been tremendous and we thank all of you for that. We want to share some tid bits we’ve received – please see below.

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First, all of the material Jason released on CD or vinyl is available for streaming on Magnolia Electric Co.’s Bandcamp for a limited time. Revisit his incredible body of work. Second, the Magnolia site has started a forum for friends to gather their thoughts – join in.


The Avett Brothers posted a beautiful cover of “Hammer Down” along with the words: “His music has always been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to us.” Watch above. Here’s the original.

The Wave PicturesThe Songs of Jason Molina / a covers tribute album
“The music was bleak and un-showy, though Jason was dressed in an inappropriately fancy Nashville style suit. He had a guitar sound that rang like a bell. The songs cut straight to the core. The voice hit me in the belly.” – David Tattersall (of The Wave Pictures) after seeing Jason at End Of The Road Festival

“I never got a chance to tell him how that first album of his opened my mind. I was sixteen, I put some american dollars in an envelope and sent it over the sea. Two weeks later it arrived, I didn’t know music could sound that close. I followed his every move for years, bought every little strange seven inch and “tour only” CD. I’m sitting here now with those records spread out across the floor. I never grew tired of Jason’s songs because they don’t belong to a time but rather a place.”Jens Lekman, entry posted on March 18, 2013

“a Balladeer of Heartbreak”The New York Times

CFCF with a beautiful take on “Red Comet Dust” – downloadable via Bandcamp, with proceeds going to Jason’s wife

“He was a genius at turning a phrase and making it into something more than the words in it. Jason was almost supernaturally prolific, and several times I watched him write an album’s worth of songs in a weekend, recording them on the spot.”Steve Albini

Finally, at the top of the post, you’ll notice the Molina Map, originally created by William Schaff as a gift to help Jason through troubled times. Graveface will pair the map with a CD of Molina covers titled Weary Engine Blues. The album will feature John Vanderslice, Mark Kozelek, Damien Jurado, Brown Bird, Scout Niblet, Will Oldham and many more musicians. All proceeds will go to pay Jason’s medical expenses. Listen to Kozelek’s “It’s Easier Now” cover below.

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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