MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO
Stuttgart 2009 [no label, 2CD]
Live in Schocken, Stuttgart, Germany; September 9, 2009. Matrix of soundboard and audience. Very good audio.
On March 16, 2013, Jason Molina - formerly of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co - passed away in his home in Indianapolis due to alcohol abuse-related organ failure. He was 39.
The following message was posted at magnoliaelectricco.com:
Jason Andrew Molina… was also a beloved friend. He first caught international attention in 1996 when he began releasing albums under the name Songs: Ohia. In 2003 he started the band Magnolia Electric Co. Between those two bands he released over a dozen critically-acclaimed albums and - starting in 1997 - he toured the world every year until he had to stop in 2009 to deal with severe alcoholism. Jason was incredibly humbled by his fans’ support through the years and said that the two most important words he could ever say are “Thank you.”
This is especially hard for us to share. Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian. Without him there would be no us - plain and simple. His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed. After hearing and falling in love with the mysterious voice on his debut single “Soul” in early 1996, we approached him about releasing a single on our newly formed label. For some reason he said yes.
We drove from Indiana to New York to meet him in person and he handed us what would become the first of many JMo master tapes. And with the Songs: Ohia One Pronunciation of Glory 7” we were given a voice as a label. The subsequent self-titled debut was often referred to by fans as The Black Album.
Each Songs: Ohia album to follow proved a new, haunting thesis statement from a prodigal songwriter whose voice and soul burned far beyond that of the average twenty-something. There was organ-laced, sepia-toned econimica (1998’s Impala) and charred-hearted, free form balladry (1999’s Axxess and Ace). There were the dark glacial make-out epics of 2000’s The Lioness and the jungle incantations of 2000’s Ghost Tropic.
There was the career-defining agnostic’s gospel of 2002’s Didn’t It Rain, an album about setting roots that also seemed to offer solace to a world that had recently seen its bar on terror raised. It was followed in 2003 by a thrilling about-face, the instant classic Magnolia Electric Co., which took Jason’s songwriting to ’70s classic rock heights.
The move was such a powerful moment for Molina that Magnolia Electric Co. became the new moniker under which would perform until 2009. With Magnolia Electric Co., Jason found a brotherhood in his bandmates, with whom he built an incredible live experience and made a truly classic album in Josephine (2009).
We’re going to miss Jason. He was generous. He was a one of a kind. And he had a voice unlike any other.
Thanks to sebi2704 who shared these tracks at Dime.
Picture by Will Claytor, posted at magnoliaelectricco.com - Thanks!
Matrix of 2 sources
Source 1: Soundboard > Edirol R-09HR
Source 2: MBHO MBP 603 A/KA 200 N > Sound Devices MP-2 > Edirol R-09HR
Mic Config: DIN (20cm, 90°)
Location: ~5m from the stage, ~2.5m above the ground, center
Transfer: Master WAVs > dEdit > CD Wave Editor V1.95.1 > FLAC V1.1.4
Editing: Mix, Volume boost and EQ in Apple Logic Pro V9.0.0
Fades in Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor V1.4.4
Resampling: 96.0 kHz > 44.1 kHz resampling using iZotope 64-bit SRC
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. (Intro) (1.8MB)
Track 102. An Arrow in the Gale (2.2MB)
Track 103. Little Sad Eyes (9.1MB)
Track 104. The Dark Don’t Hide It (9.0MB)
Track 105. I’ve Been Riding with the Ghost (12.1MB)
Track 106. Trouble in Mind (9.4MB)
Track 107. Hammer Down (7.7MB)
Track 108. Shenandoah (9.5MB)
Track 109. Leave the City (9.9MB)
Track 110. Hard to Love a Man (11.9MB)
Track 111. [Fade Out] (228k)
Track 201. [Fade In] (228k)
Track 202. Lawyers, Guns and Money [Warren Zevon] (6.5MB)
Track 203. The Handing Down (7.8MB)
Track 204. Josephine (7.0MB)
Track 205. Rider. Shadow. Wolf. (5.7MB)
Track 206. (Encore Break) (2.5MB)
Track 207. London Bridge (12.6MB)
Track 208. John Henry Split My Heart (15.7MB)
To seamlessly join the two discs, simply remove the fade tracks D1T11 and D2T01.
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