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Molina Finishes Six New Albums, Preps Two For Fall
Jason Molina, principal force behind acclaimed outfits Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company, has finished no less than six new albums, Billboard.com has learned.Jason Molina, principal force behind acclaimed outfits Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company, has finished no less than six new albums, Billboard.com has learned. Secretly Canadian is currently planning to release all six, but only two this year. The first is a vinyl-only album, "Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go," due Aug. 22.
"This type of release was inspired by Shellac, and with the numbers that we have sold over the years in this format, there are still a lot of people that appreciate this format," Molina tells Billboard.com. "They like the presentation of 'Side A' and 'Side B' material -- I try to make songs that are 'family' like."
"Let Me Go" was recorded over three days in Molina's garage studio and unlike previous releases, this is "essentially all acoustic instruments," he says. "I write a huge amount of material and throw most of it out. At times I will get in the studio and force myself to just write an entire front-to-back record and 'Let Me Go' is one of these. I felt it's thematically and audibly eerie enough to keep their original recordings."
The titles of the other five albums are "Fading Trails," "The Nashville Moon," "The Sun Studio Sessions," "The Black Ram" and "Shohola." "The Nashville Moon" was recorded by Steve Albini and mixed at Abbey Road Studios, while "The Black Ram" is a collaboration with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker founder David Lowery.
Due Sept. 12, "Fading Trails" is a collection of songs from all of these recording sessions. On July 25, Magnolia Electric Company will kick off a short North American tour with Ladyhawk in Omaha, Neb.