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 Soundcloudhere.
Click read more for info about the release including track listing, artwork, and pre-order links for the deluxe edition.
We are very excited to be in attendance at the Independent Label Market tomorrow with a long list of other fantastic indie labels! We’ll have vinyl, rare items, and more for you to mull over buying with your hard earned money but we would love just to see you and say hello!
Our table is located by the Commercial St entrace to the Market in between Soul Jazz Records and Vice Records. To see a list of some special items we are offering at the market plus a map of all the vendors, see below.
We are proud to announce the 15th Anniversary reissue of the Songs: Ohia classic Hecla & Griper; available for the first time on vinyl. You’ll find two previously unreleased Songs: Ohia tracks, “Debts” and “Pilot & Friend,” and two alternative versions of songs from Impala on the reissued vinyl.
The reissue is one of several projects Secretly Canadian was working with Jason Molina prior to his passing in March. Hecla & Griper is now available in stores and online at SC Distribution.
Head to Bloomington, IN on Saturday, May 11 for the Jason Molina memorial concert. The event will take place at The Bluebird, with doors to open at 8PM / show at 9PM and admission is a $5 donation. Bands performing include: Songs: Ohia (members from all over the country and all eras performing songs specific to the eras in which they recorded with Jason), Magnolia Electric Co (with special guest singers and musicians), Oneida, and The Coke Dares. Special guests listed below.
In case you missed it, Band of Horses took the Jimmy Kimmel stage Tuesday night. What ensued was not a normal late night performance, but a tribute to the late Jason Molina. Wearing a Magnolia Electric Co. t-shirt, lead singer Ben Bridwell and the rest of the band performed the Molina original “I’ve Been Riding with the Ghost.” You can watch the video above. A special thanks to Band of Horses for this special performance.
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.
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 Pictures – The 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
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.