Songs: Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co. [10th Anniversary Reissue]
Album: Magnolia Electric Co. [10th Anniversary Reissue]   Collection:General
Artist:Songs: Ohia   Added:Nov 2013
Label:Secretly Canadian  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-11-28 Pull Date: 2014-02-07
Week Ending: Feb 2 Jan 26 Jan 19 Jan 12 Dec 15 Dec 8
Airplays: 1 1 2 2 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. May 08, 2024: The Library
Farewell Transmission
4. Dec 04, 2021: Music Casserole
Hold On Magnolia, Farewell Transmission [Demo]
2. Mar 18, 2023: The Iron Skillet
The Old Black Hen
5. Jun 04, 2015: The Final Sunset
Farewell Transmission
3. Aug 02, 2022: Cool Jerk
Farewell Transmission
6. Apr 02, 2015: A-philiac
Almost Was Good Enough, Farewell Transmission

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-11-27
Reissue of the late Jason Molina's 2003 album. Two bonus tracks and demos of 9 tracks looked at here; brief review of the original Albini-produced album (which is incredible) inside. Demos are similar to Molina's solo albums- just him and a guitar, but a little rougher with some tape hiss. Some lyrics are different, songs generally more depressing than with the big arrangements.

*1.9 (9:55) Dark folk, plodding drumbeat, strings, fem backing vox, loud electric guitars; good enough to have been on the album, but more downtrodden, repetitive than that set of songs
*1.10 (3:54) Early version of "Josephine" country song, sparse acoustic guitar takes backseat to M+F vox; amazing contribution from Jennie Benford, great harmonies
*2.1 (6:56) Great version of a great song, sparse, noticeable lyrical differences, haunting desert folk
2.2 (3:10) Midtempo, loud, "backing" ooo-ooo-ooo's
2.3 (2:54) Pretty sad song, sadder than original, almost mournful
*2.4 (4:56) Molina-sung (vs. original), blues ballad
2.5 (4:25) Molina-sung (vs. original), straightforward Molina track
*2.6 (5:49) Dark, murder ballad meets Neil Young feeling
*2.7 (6:23) Slow, particularly sad, even more so given his recent death
2.8 (6.27) [1.9 demo] Dark, some jarring guitar strums
2.9 (3:35) [1.10 demo] Similar to MECo acoustic releases, brighter sound

1 (7:22) Definitive Molina track, probably my favorite song, Neil Young influence, large backing band, allegedly largely unrehearsed, essential
2 (3:21) Upbeat rocker w/ slide guitar, haunting backing vox
3 (4:21) Slower but loud, great guitars, beautiful song
4 (4:28) Angry, swirling guitars, lyrics about depression
5 (5:48) Bluesy country rock, low M vox from Lawrence Peters
6 (5:48) Bluesy country rock, F vox from Scout Niblett
7 (6:10) Blistering, pounding, angry Neil Young worship
8 (7:51) Slower, quiet, strings, haunting ballad

Track Listing
1. Farewell Transmission   10. Whip Poor Will
2. I've Been Riding With The Ghost   11. Farewell Transmission [Demo]
3. Just Be Simple   12. I've Been Riding With The Ghost [Demo]
4. Almost Was Good Enough   13. Just Be Simple [Demo]
5. The Old Black Hen   14. The Old Black Hen [Demo]
6. Peoria Lunch Box Blues   15. Peoria Lunch Box Blues [Demo]
7. John Henry Split My Heart   16. John Henry Split My Heart [Demo]
8. Hold On Magnolia   17. Hold On Magnolia [Demo]
9. The Big Game Is Every Night   18. The Big Game Is Every Night [Demo]
  19. Whip Poor Will [Demo]