Release Date: 25 November 2013
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Songs: Ohia Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary ) Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
· The hallmark of Jason Molina’s career, ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’, is both a confluence of all he would create and a line in the sand to mark a shift in his songwriting approach. It was the last statement under his iconic Songs: Ohia moniker, and the moment before he began making new legends as Magnolia Electric Co. for the next 10 years. Now, here at the end of that decade, with Molina gone, his work gathers more weight and meaning. This expanded 10-year anniversary edition of ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ features one never-before-released track plus many rarities.
· The full-band studio outtake of fan favourite ‘Whip Poor Will’ is a sweet and spare version that ended up being played far differently on Magnolia Electric Co.’s final album ‘Josephine’ (2009). Also included is the studio version of ‘The Big Game Is Every Night’. Previously only available on the Japanese version of the album, this opus serves as Molina’s thesis statement, its poetry weaving through the 20th Century, through art and sporting culture - ultimately questioning what it means to be an American in the autumn of the American Era.
· Initial copies of the vinyl format of ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ will include a special edition 10” that features the above-mentioned studio versions of ‘The Big Game Is Every Night’ and ‘Whip Poor Will’.
· This edition also gathers Molina’s gutting demos for the record, including those two outtakes. Nearly each begins with audible sound of the ‘Record’ button being pressed down on the tape player. They are so close and intimate, it’s hard to look them right in the eye.
· With the wailing lap steel of the album opener ‘Farewell Transmission’, Jason Molina and co usher in a new day, playing the sort of rock that your cool uncle rolled to back in the 70s. Landing somewhere on the radar sonically between Bob Dylan’s Desire and Bob Seger’s ‘Beautiful Loser’, though thematically in line with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’, The Magnolia Electric Co lies at the crossroads of working class rock, white soul, swamp rock and outlaw country.
· While Songs: Ohia’s last record, ‘Didn’t It Rain’, was a meditation on roots and stability, ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ finds itself toiling with the wages of change, which is well illustrated in ‘I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost’, a real rig rocker that could have easily fit on ‘Time Fades Away’, on which Molina sings: “See I ain’t getting better, I am only getting behind. Standing on the crossroad trying to make up my mind. Trying to remember how it got so late. Why every
night pain comes from a different place. Now something’s got to change.”
· Recorded live, in its entirety, at the hands of Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago, Illinois, with the same core back-up band that played on the ‘Mi Sei Apparso Come Un Fantasma’ Italian live album, this is the record where the Songs: Ohia fan demographics make a radical shift from the dominant bedroom universe of the world’s lonely, sensitive, overqualified young white dudes, and finds refuge in the masses by being embraced by the world’s truck drivers, sorority chicks, and hockey players, alike.
I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost
Just Be Simple
Almost Was Good Enough
The Old Black Hen
Peoria Lunch Box Blues
John Henry Split My Heart
Hold On Magnolia
The Big Game Is Every Night *
Whip Poor Will *
Farewell Transmission (Demo)
I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost (Demo)
Just Be Simple (Demo)
The Old Black Hen (Demo)
Peoria Lunch Box Blues (Demo)
John Henry Split My Heart (Demo)
Hold On Magnolia (Demo)
The Big Game Is Every Night (Demo)
Whip Poor Will (Demo)
* = Bonus Track (initial copies of LP)