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WILL JOHNSON Takes Over at Magnet.com

The latter half of MOLINA AND JOHNSON, Will Johnson, has taken MAGNET.com by storm as this week’s guest editor. Read Will’s rants and raves as he adds a new entry each day through Sunday— the first two posts on AA Bondy and the art of Esther Pearl Watson are already up HERE.

Will also took part in a Q&A with MAGNET where he discusses his multiple projects and recording the Molina and Johnson album. Read it HERE.

Jason Molina and Will Johnson Collaborate on New LP, Plot European Tour

Call this the Phantoms of Folk. Call this two lone wolves running together for one dark blissout of a night. Two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade come together under the Texas sky to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. In this collaboration between Jason Molina and Will Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poet’s poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.

Will Johnson describes this alignment of two red stars: “For ten days we wrote, co-wrote, workshopped, complimented, scrutinized, drank, invited friends to come play music, smoked, made lots of notes and drawings, drank a little more and shot the BB gun off the back porch when we just needed some time and space. In the throes of all this, our record was made in the late February sun.”

The album is also abound with contributions from other fine musicians, such as Magnolia Electric Co.’s Michael Kapinus and Texas songwriter Sarah Jaffe, whose plaintive vocals “All Gone, All Gone,” accompanied by the sound of a crying saw, will stir in your gut for days. Other accomplished contributors include Howard Draper, Bryan VanDivier and Scott Danbom.

Hear an mp3 of Molina and Johnson’s “Twenty Cycles to the Ground” HERE.

Molina and Johnson will be available on Secretly Canadian November 3 in the US, and November 2 in the UK. And check out the duo’s European tour planned for late November and December. There will also be a North American tour coming in early 2010.

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
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

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

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Austin, TX - The Belmont  w/ ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The War On Drugs
Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Tig Notaro
Maui, HI - Maui Comedy Festival at Longhi's

Woman's Hour
Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar

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