Monday, October 13, 2008

Magnolia Electric Co

After retiring Songs: Ohia, Jason Molina started up Magnolia Electric Co., a new avenue to explore his country-rock. The name of the new group was taken from the title of the last Songs: Ohia record and proved to be the appropriate connection from the past to the next phase of Molina's projects. The early makeup of the four-piece band in 2003 consisted of Pete Schreiner (Panoply Academy, Coke Dares) on drums, Mike Kapinus (Okkervil River) on bass and trumpet, Jason Groth (Impossible Shapes, John Wilkes Booze, Coke Dares) on guitar, and Jason Molina providing the other guitar and vocals. Magnolia Electric Co. recorded Trials & Errors live in Brussels in 2003, which Secretly Canadian released in January 2005. With later tours, Magnolia Electric Co. shifted the lineup of the band, adding Mark Rice (Impossible Shapes, John Wilkes Booze) on drums and moving Schreiner to bass and Kapinus to trumpet and keyboards, while Groth and Molina remained on guitar. Magnolia Electric Co.'s full-length studio debut appeared to glowing reviews in spring 2005 via Secretly Canadian. The band didn't slow down, touring for most of the summer and issuing the five-song EP Hard to Love a Man in October. The band released Fading Trails in September 2006, and then followed it up in August 2007 with Sojourner, a limited-edition four-CD set for the fans.

Jason Molina and his Magnolia Electric Co. have been a little quiet since the release of their magnificent box set Sojourner, last year. But never fear Magnolia fans, when Mr. Molina goes quiet it usually means he's gearing up for something big, and the first wisps of the next Magnolia Electric Co. project will be landing soon in a town near you. Jason Molina, now living in the UK, has spent much of the recent months touring solo in his new home, and writing, writing, writing. Now starting on October 21 he will be reuniting with his fellow Electricians: Jason Groth, Pete Schreiner, Mikey Kapinus, and Mark Rice for a thirteen date U.S. tour. The band will be fleshing out new songs on the road, as well as Magnolia classics. It's even been rumored that the band has been practising some old Songs: Ohia tunes for the tour as well. The tour will end with a performance at Chicago's Abbey Pub, and a subsequent studio session with Steve Albini in the Windy City for a new Magnolia Electric Co. album to be released in mid-2009! Recommended!

Magnolia Electric Co - Texas 71
Magnolia Electric Co - Lonesome Valley
Magnolia Electric Co - Little At A Time (mov)
Magnolia Electric Co @ MySpace

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Ben Folds - Way To Normal (2008) !!!


Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth (2008)
Prototypes - Prototypes
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
+ Del The Funky Homosapien, Jack Johnson, etc.

The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

BB King - One Kind Favor (2008)
Metallica - Death Magnetic (2008)
Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

Jacks Mannequin - The Glass Passenger (2008)

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Ziggy! Awesome tunes.

Anyone have links to Joshua James or David Berkeley?


11:48 PM  
Blogger Rene P. said...

Thanks again...great day

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Riding SideSaddle On The Back of A NewBorn Pony said...

Ziggy, what did TV ON THE RADIO ever do to you? Their new album is brilliant (metacritic tells me so). Why no link lurve?

8:31 AM  
Blogger brock-for real!!! said...

string quartet - strung out on taking back sunday.
idr if i found it in one of your links.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone have links to the new filter and everlast albums ?

8:47 AM  
Anonymous BlackBoxeR said...

@anonymous: No, we don't. Now go away. This is indiesurfer.blogspot not middleagedrubbish90musicsurfer.blogspot!

4:07 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Magnolia electric Co ,is a great rock band. i love their music because is something different!! but i like it.

3:23 PM  
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3:24 PM  
Anonymous Cialis said...

Wonderful music!

9:41 PM  

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