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LISTEN // Jason Molina “September 11, 2001″ Featuring Will Oldham, Alasdair Roberts







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Written by Alasdair Roberts
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The late Jason Molina and I had met a few times in England (when Jason was studying for a period in London) and in Scotland (Glasgow, where I lived then as now), after being introduced to one another by Will Oldham in late 1995. The recording session by Jason, Will, Will’s brother Paul and me was Jason’s idea originally. The prospect of working together with these musicians whose work I admired, and who were also cool people, was very exciting; so that’s how I found myself in Paul’s Kentucky farmhouse that historic weekend in 2001.

Of course, what made that weekend historic was certainly not this humble meeting of musical minds; rather, it was the fact that it coincided with the unanticipated and awful events of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks and the collapse of the World Trade Center. I am convinced that my memory of that period has been heightened by this coincidence; I have a strong recollection of Jason, Will, Paul and me recording on the evening of 10th September. I remember the warm southern evening sunshine (a particular delight for one accustomed to Scottish autumn weather), streaming through the window and infusing everything in the room with a kind of preternatural glow, as we recorded a version of Owen Hand’s wonderful song ‘My Donal.’ Will was playing a Nord synth and singing, Paul was on drums, Jason played bass guitar and I was playing Paul’s bright blue Telecaster. I remember walking by the barns that evening and seeing row upon row of tobacco drying, shining golden and lovely in the twilight. But none of us was to know that that would be, in some sense, the last twilight of an old world.

Jason woke me at about 10am the following morning with the words: ‘Ali, you should come downstairs. Something really bad is happening.’ My initial thought was that perhaps someone in the household had been injured or had fallen seriously ill. And so I went downstairs to confront the new global reality. Most of the rest of the day was spent watching the television news in numbed disbelief; in the evening we dined and talked together with some other members of the Oldham family. And then it seemed that the only thing to do was to carry on as normal – to pour ourselves a large Highland Park each and to make rock and roll, like we were born to do. So that’s how this piece of music came about – it was a spontaneous response from Jason’s soul to the unimaginably terrible events of that day, and it was one in which he invited Will (on piano), Paul (on Nord synth), me (on bowed mountain dulcimer) and every listener to cast their own offering.

LSTN: New Jens Lekman Album Streaming at The Quietus

The Quietus brings us the global premiere of Jens Lekman’s new record a week before its street release! Officially out in the US next Tuesday, September 4, I Know What Love Isn’t is available in its entirety – see link below! Pre-order the album from SC Distribution to get the limited-edition I Know What Love Isn’t 7″.

Stream I Know What Love Isn’t

Jens will soon tour in support of the new album, with labelmates Taken By Trees joining him for most of the dates. Check out all the shows HERE.

Do you live in Bloomington, IN? Secretly Canadian is hosting a Jens Lekman listening party next Monday at The Bishop! Stop by to hear the new album and for a chance to win tickets to Jens’ show at the Buskirk-Chumley on October 1! DETAILS!

WATCH: Jens Lekman Performs a New Song Live for The Guardian

Photos by Debbie Ball at Create Spark

Jens Lekman is back! With his new album set for release on September 4, we’re seeing lots of new goodies from the man who stepped out of the spotlight for almost five years. Yesterday, Jens stopped by The Guardian’s London studio to perform the title track “I Know What Love Isn’t” live. Hear what Jens has to say about the song and then watch the performance below. Read the rest of this entry »

AUDIO

Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Everybody by Gardens & Villa
Not You by Steven A. Clark
Moony Eyed Walrus by Cayucas
Gazelles In Flight by Suuns
Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

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Everybody by Gardens & Villa

Can't Have by Steven A. Clark

Falling by Here We Go Magic

Fixations by Gardens & Villa

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The Lonely Roller
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Be Small
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