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.
“Hold On Magnolia” December 3, 2006 at Acme Comics in Columbia, South Carolina
We are deeply saddened to announce that Jason Andrew Molina passed away in his home in Indianapolis this past Saturday, March 16th of natural causes at age 39. Jason was a world class musician, songwriter & recording artist. He was also a beloved friend. He first caught international attention in 1996 when he began releasing albums under the name Songs: Ohia. In 2003 he started the band Magnolia Electric Co. Between those two bands he released over a dozen critically-acclaimed albums and, starting in 1997, he toured the world every year until he had to stop in 2009 to deal with severe alcoholism. Jason was incredibly humbled by his fans’ support through the years and said that the two most important words he could ever say are “Thank you.”
This is especially hard for us to share. Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian. Without him there would be no us – plain and simple. His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed. After hearing and falling in love with the mysterious voice on his debut single “Soul” in early 1996, we approached him about releasing a single on our newly formed label. For some reason he said yes. We drove from Indiana to New York to meet him in person, and he handed us what would become the first of many JMo master tapes. And with the Songs: Ohia One Pronunciation of Glory 7″ we were given a voice as a label. The subsequent self-titled debut was often referred to by fans as The Black Album. Each Songs: Ohia album to follow proved a new, haunting thesis statement from a prodigal songwriter whose voice and soul burned far beyond that of the average twenty-something. There was organ-laced, sepia-toned econimica (1998′s Impala) and charred-hearted, free form balladry (1999′s Axxess and Ace). There were the dark glacial make-out epics of 2000′s The Lioness and the jungle incantations of 2000′s Ghost Tropic. There was the career-defining agnostic’s gospel of 2002′s Didn’t It Rain, an album about setting roots that also seemed to offer solace to a world that had recently seen its bar on terror raised. It was followed in 2003 by a thrilling about-face, the instant classic Magnolia Electric Co., which took Jason’s songwriting to ’70s classic rock heights. The move was such a powerful moment for Molina that Magnolia Electric Co. became the new moniker under which he would perform until 2009. With Magnolia Electric Co., Jason found a brotherhood in his bandmates, with whom he built an incredible live experience and made a truly classic album in Josephine (2009).
We’re going to miss Jason. He was generous. He was a one of a kind. And he had a voice unlike any other.
Fans can contribute to Jason’s medical fund as a memorial gift by sending money via PayPal.
Hold on, Magnolia, to that great highway moon No one has to be that strong But if you’re stubborn like me I know what you’re trying to be
Hold on, Magnolia, I hear that station bell ring You might be holding the last light I see Before the dark finally gets a hold of me
Hold on, Magnolia, I know what a true friend you’ve been In my life I have had my doubts But tonight I think I’ve worked it out with all of them
Hold on, Magnolia, to the thunder and the rain To the lightning that has just signed my name to the bottom line
Hold on, Magnolia, I hear that lonesome whistle whine Hold on, Magnolia, I think its almost time
Many of you have inquired as to Jason’s whereabouts and well-being since he canceled his tours with Will Johnson in 2009. Over the last two years Jason has been in and out of rehab facilities and hospitals in England, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New Orleans. It has been a very trying time for Jason, his friends, and his family. Although no one can be sure what the future holds, we feel very encouraged by the recent steps Jason has taken on the road towards becoming healthy and productive once again. Unfortunately, because he has no medical insurance, he has accrued substantial medical bills. We are asking all friends of Jason’s music to come together with a showing of financial support for him.
Please consider a contribution to his medical fund (via Paypal). Feel free to forward this to any and all appropriate parties. We are hoping to raise whatever funds we possibly can for Jason. He is currently working on a farm in West Virginia raising goats and chickens for the next year or so, and is looking forward to making great music again. Please also show your support and well wishes by sending letters and postcards to:
P.O. Box 423
Beaver, WV 25813
If you do not wish to use Paypal, please make donations out to Ashley Lawson at the same address.
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.