The Journey Continues For Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co.
By: Corey Tate
It's a busy time for Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co. He's overseeing the release of his new ambitious boxset Sojourner, getting ready to go on tour, plus he's just released the new video for A Little At A Time.
The new Magnolia Electric Co. boxset is a full-on offering from Mr. Jason Molina and friends. It offers a variety of music and art, including 3 Cd's, an EP, a DVD, a poster, postcards and a medallion. The music was recorded in 4 different recording sessions at different places around the country, including time with none other than Steve Albini in Chicago and David Lowery in Richmond.
The video has been put together by two filmakers Todd Chandler and Tim Sutton, who created The Road Becomes What You Leave, the DVD portion of the boxset. They followed Magnolia Electric Co. around Canada and worked it up into a full documentary, with Todd Chandler directing and editing with Tim as the Producer. Ava Berkofsky was the Director Of Photography. Who needs Hollywood studio bloat when you can make a quality production with a small crew of people? Those days are over. Check out the video above, it'll give you a small sample of what goes on in The Road Becomes What You Leave. Secretly Canadian is even offering a stream called the Sojourner Compendium with parts of the Sojourner boxset to listen to.
Which brings us to the live shows... after a barnstorming tour of Europe with labelmate David Vandervelde, MEC is currently in Australia and New Zealand, before heading back to the states later this month for a whole bunch of dates, covering the far reaches of the U.S. and Canada.
Magnolia Electric Co. Tour Dates: 08-07 - Melbourne, Australia - The Corner Hotel
08-08 - Sydney, Australia - The Annandale Hotel
08-10 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms
08-11 - Wellington, New Zealand - Bar Bodega
08-23 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
08-24 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
08-25 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
08-26 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
08-27 - Kansas City, MO - Grand Emporium
08-28 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
08-29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09-01 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09-05 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
09-06 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
09-07 - Pioneer Town, CA - Pioneer Town Palace
09-08 - Pioneer Town, CA - Pioneer Town Palace - JM solo
09-11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09-13 - Austin, TX - Emo's
09-16 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's Pub
09-19 - Jackson, MS - Hal & Mal's
09-20 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottle Tree
09-21 - Atlanta, GA - EARL
09-22 - Athens , GA - 40 Watt Club
09-23 - Columbia, SC - Columbia Music Festival Association
09-24 - Mount Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern
09-25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
09-26 - Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
09-27 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09-29 - New York, NY - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
10-01 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-03 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal at La Sala Rossa
10-04 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
10-05 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10-06 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Nashville Moon session: recorded by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, Illinois.
Sun Sessions: recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
Black Ram session: recorded by David Lowery at his Sound Of Music studios in Richmond, Virginia.
Shohola session: recorded by Jason Molina alone, with a guitar and microphone.
Sojourner Track List: Disc 1
01 Lonesome Valley
03 Don't Fade On Me
04 Hammer Down
05 No Moon On The Water
06 Nashville Moon
07 What Comes After The Blues
08 Don't This Look Like The Dark
09 North Star
11 Texas 71
12 Down The Wrong Road Both Ways
01 In The Human World
02 The Black Ram
03 What's Broken Becomes Better
06 A Little At A Time
08 And The Moon Hits The Water
09 The Old Horizon
01 Talk to Me Devil, Again
02 Memphis Moon
03 Hold On Magnolia
04 Trouble In Mind
01 Steady Now
02 Spanish Moon Fall And Rise
03 Night Country
04 Shiloh Temple Bell
05 The Spell
06 Take One Thing Along
07 The Lamb's Song
08 Roll The Wheel