Magnolia Electric Co.’s 4 CD + 1 DVD Sojourner boxset may be out of print, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hear this full collection of Jason Molina songs in one place. On March 2nd, discs 3 and 4 of the boxset became available through digital retailers, making the full Sojourner track list available online for the first time. Previously, only discs 1 and 2 were available for digital purchase.
Visit iTunes, Emusic or your favorite digital retailer to make your set complete.
It’s sort of unbelievable, but after all Magnolia Electric Co.’s time spent crisscrossing the country, the stars (and moons?) were never quite aligned right to get them into Daytrotter’s Rock Island, Il. studio. Until now.
The band’s first-ever Daytrotter session, recorded during the MECo.’s summer tour, was posted to the Daytrotter site earlier this week and features tunes from their most recent release, Josephine, as well a blazing cover of the Warren Zevon classic “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and a lovely, as-yet-unreleased tune called “Devil Wings.”
Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller had these lovely words to say about Jason Molina and company: “It’s as if we’re hearing songs that were written in Nashville in the 50s and 60s, digging into the saddest aspects of love and life that any man would ever have the privilege of dealing with, though he smothers them not with aw shucks humor or faux defiance – as if some effort was being made to defray the pain and sorrow by spinning the story to seem more like a blessing or a valuable lesson learned by a young, foolish hayseed – but with real, salt in the wounds, dirt in the eye rub.”
Listen to, and download, tracks from the session HERE.
Also, below is a wonderful MECo. interview and performance clip from their recent show in Rome, from our friends at Sound36 magazine.
Hitting shelves of independent record stores around the world tomorrow (9/22) is MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’s exclusive new Rider.Shadow.Wolf. 7″ that finds the band introducing a surf-rock dynamic into its signature punch. The track is the standout among the plethora of cuts recorded during the same productive session that gave us the band’s most recent longplayer, Josephine. On “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.,” Molina’s tired rider, just having battled the desert, now meets the eternity of the ocean.
Also found on the limited 7″ is a stripped-down, early take of “Josephine.” This particular recording of “Josephine” was laid down just after the song’s inception, during the session that will later be released as a collaborative album from Molina and Will Johnson of Centro-matic. This version features Molina, Johnson and Magnolia jack-of-all-trades Michael Kapinus on keys, and serves as a preview of what’s to come in the arc of Molina’s career. Keep an eye out for more news on the Molina/Johnson collaboration coming very soon.
Meanwhile, a documentary filmed during the making of Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine LP called Recording Josephine has appeared on venerable music site Pitchfork Media as a One Week Only feature. The documentary offers some intimate and often hilarious peeks into the band’s time at Steve Albini’s Electical Audio Studios. Of special note is lead guitarist Jason Groth fulfilling a lifelong dream by way of absolutely nailing a saxophone solo in the studio. Watch the video by going HERE before the features ends Friday. Fun fact: The intro to the video features the tune “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.”
Throughout the month of August, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. will serve as “The Roots in Residence” on Sirius/XM radio’s “The Loft,” for whom the band just delivered a stunning in-studio set. Each Sunday at 6 p.m., the band’s appearance on “Your Roots Are Showing” will run i full. Tune in and enjoy!
Kind words from the folks at Sirius: “On the day of (new album Josephine’s) release, Magnolia Electric Co. came into The Loft and recorded their session. We won’t lie, lives were changed, spectators danced and at least one person cried a little (and admitted it). Be prepared for Your Roots Are Showing to transform into a honky-tonk in a ghost town as Magnolia Electric Co. serves as The Roots In Residence. We might as well order drinks and keep the tab open because once Magnolia Electric Co starts to play, you won’t be able to go anywhere.”
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’S latest longplayer Josephine is a mature, personal album, a meditation on real loss and real dislocation. And as of today, it is available in both CD and vinyl formats at your local, independent record store – and of course, for mail order purchase HERE. Of Josephine, Filter magazine had these fine words to say: “Sparse but somehow inherently hopeful tunes about solitude and loss are (Jason Molina’s) forte, and Josephine…is another act in refining that craft…stripped down buts adds new elements like horn sections and sax solos that who Molina can improvise on what he already does so well.”
Magnolia Electric Co. is currently on a coast-to-coast tour with San Diego’s The Donkeys, making a lot pit stops at radio stations along the way. A recent live session for Cincinatti’s WOXY, a fine recording for the stations Lounge Acts feature which can he downloaded at the WOXY site HERE.
And see a full list of Magnolia Electric Co. tour dates HERE.