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Back in Print!: Magnolia Electric Co.’s ‘Sojourner’ Boxset and ‘Trials & Errors’ LP

We are so very pleased to announce that two classic, rare Magnolia Electric Co. releases are finally back in print and available for order through SC Distribution now.

MEC’s Sojourner boxset includes sessions at Memphis’ famous Sun Studios; Jason Molina’s collaboration with Camper Van Beethoven’s David Lowery; Molina’s infamous Shonola solo session EP; and more of MEC’s incredible work with producer Steve Albini. Also includes tour DVD as wide-open as the desert landscape, as well as postcards, a poster and special medallion. In many ways the boxset represents much of the Molina oeuvre. The opposite of The Hydra. One head, many bodies.

Trials & Errors is a European live recording dating just a few months after the formation of Magnolia Electric Co. It’s one magical night in Brussels. The tension between freewheeling and controlled never lets up. Molina’s tenor is soaring. So are the guitars. We once called this a “an existential response to Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night,” and well, that’s about as apropos as we get.

Both of these timeless releases are also available in a few bundle deals. Please do visit SC Distribution at the link below.

ORDER MEC’S SOJOURNER BOXSET AND TRIALS AND ERRORS LP HERE

Jens Lekman: SC Archival Sleuth

Bild 238A belated “Rabbit Rabbit” on this 2nd day of November, friends. Jens sent an email last night informing us that while examining the “thousands of records, tapes, and movies” at a friend’s house, and risking dusty or chapped hands, he stumbled upon one of the rarest Secretly Canadian gems.

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EXTRA CLASSIC: The Promo Photo Archive

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Welcome to Extra Classic, a semi-regular series on the Secretly Canadian blog that we’re kicking off today in hopes of digging deep into the SC vaults to retrieve those lost gems and stories that make up our modest, but rich, history.

And friends, it doesn’t go much deeper than Bloomington’s own The Japonize Elephants, whose 9-member tribe was fabled as being “steered by the Emperqq of Zorlock through a catacomb of musical styles at hyper speeds only a Zorlockian could function at,” So, there’s that. And then, there’s the very clear, very concise directive that begins the one sheet (penned by SC founder Eric Weddle) for The Japonize Elephant’s classic, Bob’s Bacon Barn (SC005): “String the banjo. Lick the reeds. Pack the bowl.” And with that, we’re off on a wild, Appalachia-by-way-of-the-Middle East hyper-speed gypsy caravan that’s as baffling as it is inspiring and hilarious. The Japonize Elephants truly embody what it means to lead a creative life in the midwestern oasis of Bloomington, Indiana.

Listen to “Fuck The Farmacia” from Bob’s Bacon Barn

EXTRA CLASSIC DEAL: Get Bob’s Bacon Barn digitally for $5

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AUDIO

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
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

COMING SOON

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CD / LP
Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP

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