Released in March of 2003, Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co. is the hallmark of Jason Molina’s career – both a confluence of all he would create and a line in the sand to mark a shift in his songwriting approach.
Ten years later, Secretly Canadian is charged with further illuminating theirlate friend’s incredible body of work, and on November 25th (November 12th in USA) we will release the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Magnolia Electric Co.
The expanded 10-year anniversary edition of Magnolia Electric Co. features one never-before released track plus many rarities. The full-band studio outtake of fan favorite “Whip Poor Will” is a sweet and spare version that ended up being played far differently on Magnolia Electric Co.’s final album Josephine (2009). Also included is the studio version of “The Big Game Is Every Night.” Previously only available on the Japanese version of the album, this opus serves as Molina’s thesis statement, its poetry weaving through the 20th Century, through art and sporting culture — ultimately questioning what it means to be an American in the autumn of the American Era. The edition also gathers Molina’s gutting demos for the record, including those two outtakes. Nearly each begins with audible sound of the RECORD button being pressed down on the tape player. They are so close and intimate, it’s hard to look them right in the eyes. But you should.