Posts Tagged ‘Jason Molina’

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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Round Up

Following our Best of February mix post earlier, we have now rounded up a few tunes for the start of March for you too.

We can offer you ten cracking new tracks to listen to including post-folkies Peggy Sue, the heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk of Twin Berlin, some rootsy soul from Greyhounds, the first single of gritty Americana from Turchi’s forthcoming long-player, and a fabulous cover of Jason Molina’s Alone With The Owl by Sarah Jaffe from the forthcoming Molina tribute album Farewell Transmission.

There is also Fear Of Men’s excellent new single Luna, Dawn Landes’ heart-wrenching new single Try To Make A Fire Burn Again, some shoegazing style sludgy indie from Weed, and catchy pop-punk from BRONCHO. Lastly, we have another cover to finish, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s version of Kurt Vile’s Girl Called Alex.

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Jason Molina Tribute Album

This has been up on many blogs already, but we figured one more re-post wouldn’t hurt. The following is reproduced from Graveface Records Soundcloud page and is about the Jason Molina Tribute Album to raise funds for his family.

From William Schaff:
“Back in January of this year, I received a message from a friend of Jason’s, Tara Samaha. Like so many of us were, she was concerned. She was concerned for his safety, mental and physical health after receiving an alarming email. She felt he needed a map to help him through these troubled times and then asked that I make him one. I did. Sadly we were never able to land a concrete address for Jason, where we knew he would get the map. I know that he had lost things important to him over the past few years, for various reasons, so I wanted to be sure this got into his hands, and no one else. That said – sadly – the map was never delivered to him.

Upon learning of his death, the map sat in my studio; it felt cold, and now useless. A guide made for a friend who can no longer see it.

Ryan Graveface and I thought of how, thanks to folks like you, we were able to raise a considerable amount of money for Jason’s medical bills through sales of the book, From Black Sheep Boys to Bill Collectors. We thought maybe there is still a way for this map to be useful. Not as it was originally intended, a map for one man, but as tool to commemorate this man, and continue to help his family, especially in such dark times as these. 100% of the profits from this print will be going to Jason Molina’s family. We now have a chance to give back to the family that gave us Jason, who in turn gave us all so much.

Our love goes out to the Molina family, and to the family he built in his dusty road travels.”

From Aaron Molina:
“Very rarely do you run into a star that burns as brightly as Jason. When he is also your brother you are truly blessed. To fans of Jason’s music we want you to know you were the center of Jason’s universe, you meant everything to him. As much as his music inspired others, he was constantly and honestly inspired by you. From the Molina family, from the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for the outpouring of support and send our condolences to his fans and friends.”

The collection is called Weary Engine Blues, named after a piece of artwork by Molina that serves as the cover of the CD release. Confirmed contributions so far from: John Vanderslice, Mark Kozelek, Hospital Ships, Lucas Oswald, Jonathan Meiburg, Damien Jurado, Dreamend, Brown Bird, Haunt the House, TW Walsh, Phil Elverum, Alisdair Roberts, Scout Niblett, Jeffrey Lewis, Will Johnson, The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin, Darren Hayman, Will Oldham, Herman Dune and many more amazing musicians.

Purchase this compact disc and a print by William Schaff here. Limited to 525 copies.

R.I.P. Jason Molina

Like Vic Chesnutt and Mark Linkous (of Sparklehorse), Jason Molina was a truly unique songwriting voice, a genuine poet who could capture in a few short lines what others would fail to say in a whole song. That he should lose his battle with alcoholism at the age of just 39 is a tragedy.

Download Songs: Ohia – Two Blue Lights mp3 (from Didn’t It Rain)

Download The Magnolia Electric Company – The Dark Don’t Hide It mp3 (from What Comes After The Blues)