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Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), by the late Jason Molina, comes out Nov. 12.
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November 3, 2013 Ten years after its release — and seven months after the death of singer Jason Molina — The Magnolia Electric Co is still an ambitious and unsteady beast, strangely graceful and crying out to be explored. Throughout the album, Molina sings of his own smallness and struggle, but also the stubbornness inherent in standing up as the gravitational forces of grief try to pull him down.
March 18, 2013 Over a long and sometimes troubled career with bands like Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Jason Molina's songs made pain tangible and less terrifying.
June 6, 2009 NPR Music's Song of the Day features a new track every weekday, with analysis of the music, links to each artist's Web sites and, of course, a chance to hear the song itself. Here, Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson talks about recent selections by Metric, Magnolia Electric Co., Booker T. Jones and Levon Helm.
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June 4, 2009 "Whip-poor-will" is as achingly pretty and strangely catchy as anything Jason Molina has written with Magnolia Electric Co. Propelled by a slide-guitar line that's somehow both sunny and sad, the song finds Molina's sad-sack narrator feeling small and looking helplessly skyward.
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August 7, 2007 CD box sets usually gather a singer's career highlights — greatest hits, with some rarities thrown in. Now comes one that contains no hits. All of Sojourner's recordings are new, from a band with a small but intense following: Magnolia Electric Co.
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August 9, 2006 "I lived low enough so the moon wouldn't waste its light on me," Jason Molina sings on "Get Out Get Out Get Out," ornamented by a plodding drum-machine beat and a few minimalist strums on an acoustic guitar. It's the singer at his bleakly hypnotic best.
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