This Just In: Long Dark Blues

Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. 10th Anniversary Deluxe 2LP+10”:
As I was leaving a friend’s house late one night in 2002, she stopped me on the way out, handed me a CD and was surprised when I said I hadn’t heard it before. It was Songs: Ohia’s Axxess & Ace. I put it in the CD player of my mom’s crappy Ford station wagon for the drive home, and as cliché as it sounds, my life changed forever. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if liked it at first… the guy’s voice was whiny and the lyrics were maybe a little too deep. But for some reason I couldn’t stop listening for days on end. Thus, my love affair with Jason Molina began – and it was deep. Luckily there was so much of his material available at that point that I was able to feed my obsession, digesting anything Molina-penned I could find.

Molina was there when I moved across the country and back again. He was there through my first awful breakup (and second, third, fourth…). Through shitty jobs, shitty friends, shitty days, shitty anything, he was a constant. He was my, and one of the world’s best-kept secrets – a songwriter with no pretense who didn’t seem to be writing for an audience, even though everything he wrote was like it was written for, to, or about you.

But honest, painful, relatable music doesn’t just come out of nowhere. Molina suffered from a massive struggle with alcoholism, and it did catch up to him. I was sitting with my dad on that day when I got a text: “I just heard about Jason Molina. I’m so sorry.” But I hadn’t heard yet, and when I put two and two together I burst into tears. My dad asked what was wrong. “An old friend just died.”

10 years ago Secretly Canadian released what was (maybe) the last proper Songs: Ohia album, before the project was officially renamed. It was a massive record, creeping into your bones from the onset of “Farewell Transmission,” – a reconfigured sound somehow full of more ghosts than we’d ever heard from Molina before. Even the artwork was a stark departure from previous offerings. While it seemed this shift in sound and appearance might polarize die-hard fans, some see Magnolia Electric Co. as his opus. Whatever your personal take on it or Molina’s work in general, it’s hard to deny that Magnolia Electric Co. can be considered a classic American Rock album that will be discovered for years to come by many getting their first taste of that good ol’ sad bastard music.


Not entirely sad bastard new releases, reissues and restocks…
13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere LP
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy LP
Autechre – L-Event 12”
Bill Orcutt – A History Of Every One LP
Bleached – Ride Your Heart LP
Boards Of Canada – Campfire Headphase 2LP; Geogaddi 3LP
Bo-Keys ft. Percy Wiggins – I Need More Than One Lifetime 7”; The Dark End 7”
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum LP
Circuit Rider – s/t LP
David Lynch – Bad The John Boy 12”
Del The Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here LP
Emptyset – Recur LP
Field – Cupid’s Head 2LP+CD
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop LP
Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords 2LP
Grizzly Bear – Shields: B-Sides LP
Happy Jawbone Family – s/t LP
Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi LP
Hunt – The Hunt Begins LP
Labradford – Prazision 2LP
Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain LP
Leverage Models – s/t LP
Los Campesinos! – No Blues CD
Majeure – Romance Language LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Medusa – First Step Beyond LP
Merzbow – Grand Owl Habitat LP
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP
New Bomb Turks – Destroy-Oh-Boy LP
Nina Simone – At Town Hall LP
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven 2LP; Replica LP
Omar Souleyman – Dabke 2020 LP
Otis Redding – Pain In My Heart LP
Over The Rhine – Meet Me At The End Of The World 2LP
Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw 2LP
Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu 2LP
Raum (Liz Haris & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) – Event Of Your Leaving LP
Recondite – Hinterland 2LP
Rhys Chatham – Harmonie Du Soir LP
Robert Wilkins – Original Rolling Stone LP
Saada Bonaire – s/t 2LP
Serge Gainsbourg – Aux Armes Et Caetera LP
Skeptics – III LP; Amalgam LP
Skream – Skream! 3LP
Sons Of The Morning – Speak Soon Vol. 1 LP
Talulah Gosh – Was It Just A Dream? 2LP
Tim Buckley – Lorca LP
Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls 2LP
Upset – She’s Gone LP
Various – Americana Vol. 2 (Rock Your Soul) 2LP
Various – Brazilian Guitar 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label LP
Various – Jukebox Mambo 2LP
Various – Michigan Meltdown Vol. 2 LP
Various – Nigeria Special Vol. 1 LP
Various – Paink LP
Various – Soul Jazz Records: New Orleans Funk Vol. 3 LP
Various – Soul Jazz Records: The Legendary Studio One Records 63-80 2LP
Various – Those Shocking Shake Days 3LP
Various – Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 2LP
Vatican Shadow – Remember Your Black Day LP
Wooden Ships – Back To Land LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Yancey Boys – Sunset Blvd 2LP
Yeasayer – Good Evening Washington D.C. 2LP