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Remembering Jason Molina – “A Balladeer of Heartbreak”

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.

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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 PicturesThe 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

“a Balladeer of Heartbreak”The New York Times

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.

Release Day: Here We Go Magic’s “A Different Ship” Out Now!


Here We Go Magic’s A Different Ship is officially out today! You can purchase your copy online from SC Distribution and still get the blue vinyl, pick up a copy at your local record store or grab one from the band themselves at one of their upcoming shows. See all their tour dates HERE. Listen to “How Do I Know” and “Make Up Your Mind,” both from the new album, below and head over to The A.V. Club to stream the album in its entirety.

Did you happen to see the Sean Pecknold-directed video for HWGM’s “How Do I Know”? Watch it now, why don’t yah? It features a dancing robot.

Love for A Different Ship

“With A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic has clearly and undeniably arrived at the port of entry to indie rock’s pantheon of top shelf acts – an utterly shattering release that anyone who likes forward-thinking music must have.” - PopMatters

“Here We Go Magic loves the way a pattern promises the stability and control that Mr. Temple’s lyrics are never sure of…The album discreetly shows off the band’s meticulous virtuosity; its patterns are played, not programmed.”The New York Times

“Played live these songs will metastasise into expansive jams, and will sound great when they do, but here and now they’re sharp, disciplined, and seriously compelling.”BBC



Basking in the Suuns at CMJ

CMJ Festival takes over New York and Brooklyn for five days every year, but it only took one day and two performances for Suuns to take over the festival. Apparently the tasty soul food and pies at Pies N’ Thighs is the perfect fuel for dark drone electro-pop (I should have known something brilliant was in the works when the guys got all Popeyed up, devouring heaping plates of creamed spinach). Suuns started the evening with a set at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg where apparently hipsters were actually dancing (!) to their set. Photos of the performance can be seen HERE.

From there Suuns headed into New York for a late night set at Piano’s where they looked downright deadly under a wash of murderous red light. They performed with a supreme intensity that brought the crowd to a fever pitch. After witnessing this performance Jon Pareles of the New York Times called Suuns “Drone Scholars” continuing, “They can let a chord ballon into psychedelic meditation (abetted by a guest saxophone honker), work a drone riff into a dance beat, hurl one at hardcore speed for a intense one-minute song, or peck at it with the obsessiveness of a kraut-rock band… there was rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught” (read the full review HERE). NPR was in the house too, and captured a little video of the set which you can check out above.

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
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

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

Tig Notaro
Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre

Woman's Hour
Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet

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