Originally released in March of 2003, Songs: Ohia‘s The Magnolia Electric Co. is the hallmark of Jason Molina’s career. Ten years later, we at Secretly Canadian shine a light on our late friend’s extraordinary body of work by releasing the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Magnolia Electric Co album on November 12th in North America, November 25th in Europe.
You can preview the new LP below by listening to streams of the original version of the album’s opener, “Farewell Transmission,” as well as the home demo version to hear the unique and beautiful contrasting sounds. Listen on our Soundcloud here.
Click read more for info about the release including track listing, artwork, and pre-order links for the deluxe edition.
Magnolia Electric Co. was the last Songs: Ohia LP, as the band changed from Bloomington-based touring members into an official lineup named Magnolia Electric Co. On the name change, Jason Groth, who does not appear on the 2003 album, said:
I remember Jason saying that he was hanging out in the South, maybe New Orleans but definitely across the South of the U.S., and it occurred to him that he kept noticing magnolia trees, more than he ever had, and about how resilient and tough yet beautiful the trees were. And how they were everywhere but still managed to blend in somehow. And how precious the flowers were, despite the toughness of the leaves. And that he named the record after those feelings. Maybe that’s why he kept the name for the band – we were resilient and, hopefully, showed some real beauty – maybe that was hard to see through the toughness or the sadness- but it was there. I always thought it was, anyway.
You can read more of Jason Groth‘s memories of his time in the band on his Tumblr.
The deluxe edition LP comes stocked with demos and rarities which any Molina fan will want to hear including one unreleased track, an outtake and uniquely mesmerizing version of fan favorite “Whip Poor Will”.
CD and LP versions of the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition are available for pre-order starting today with a deluxe bundle that includes a classic Magnolia Electric Co. shirt and a special 10″ vinyl of “The Big Game Is Every Night” and “Whip Poor Will”. You can pre-order the deluxe edition from Secretly Canadiana Distribution here. Read the track listing below.
1. Farewell Transmission
2. I’ve Been Riding With the Ghost
3. Just Be Simple
4. Almost Was Good Enough
5. The Old Black Hen
6. Peoria Lunch Box Blues
7. John Henry Split My Heart
8. Hold On Magnolia
1. Farewell Transmission (Demo)
2. I’ve Been Riding With the Ghost (Demo)
3. Just Be Simple (Demo)
4. The Old Black Hen (Demo)
5. Peoria Lunch Box Blues (Demo)
6. John Henry Split My Heart (Demo)
7. Hold On Magnolia (Demo)
8. The Big Game Is Every Night (Demo)
9. Whip Poor Will (Demo)
Side A – The Big Game Is Every Night
Side B – Whip Poor Will