R.I.P. Jason Molina
2013-03-18 by Star-Spangled Kid | 31 Comments

Jason Molina, a singer-songwriter from Ohio, died on March 16th of organ failure stemming from past alcoholism.

Molina got his start playing in metal bands in Cleveland before releasing songs under the moniker Songs: Ohia for Will Oldham's Palace Records label. Molina's earliest recordings in the late 90s drew strong comparisons to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy due to a shared alt-country aesthetic and his somewhat similar sounding voice to Oldham's.

Beginning in the 2000s Molina released a string of critically acclaimed records under the Songs: Ohia name like The Lioness, Didn't it Rain, and Magnolia Electric Co. Molina was noted for his prolific output of great records throughout the 2000s under his own name and with the Magnolia Electric Co band. In 2009 he released the collaborative effort with Will Johnson of Centro-matic/South San Gabrial Molina & Johnson.

After 2009 Molina entered rehab and later would leave to work on a farm in West Virginia. Other than 2012's Autumn Bird Songs (which was a collection of acoustic songs recorded in 2009) Molina didn't release any music after 2009. In 2012 Molina, on his Magnolia Electric Co website, thanked his fans for their continued support and indicated he was planning on making new music although at a slower pace pre-2009.

Jason Molina was 39 years old.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-jason-molina-of-songs-ohia-and-magnolia-electr,93837/

Listen to Molina's song "I've Been Riding With the Ghost" from 2003's Magnolia Electric Co:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxq4xnoGMys

Here's "34 Blues" from his 2009 album with Will Johnson Molina & Johnson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNxQS6GsmPw

Twitter

Band Page: Songs: Ohia

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CrownOfMagnets
March 18th 2013

2191 Comments


Never heard of him but RIP

omnipanzer
March 18th 2013

21391 Comments


RIP
leaving las vegas style.

Azn.
March 18th 2013

5326 Comments


39...that's way too young
RIP

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Blackbelt54
March 18th 2013

4266 Comments


I hadn't heard of him until today, and today my twitter feed was dominated by this news, RIP

TrstN01
March 18th 2013

800 Comments


Know the name, not his music. Still, RIP.

MadKungFu
March 18th 2013

375 Comments


I met him once in 08 at some show in Cleveland. Didn't even remember why the name was familiar until I thought back. I've never really listened to his music but he was a very cool, humble and down to earth dude. I'm glad he was able to get clean before he went. RIP

North0House2
March 18th 2013

5617 Comments


What a shame... It sucks too, since it sounds like he recovered from his alcoholism, but it just came back and bit him in the butt.

Never heard of him, but RIP.

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EaglesBecomeVultures
March 18th 2013

5051 Comments


One of my favorite people and favorite songwriters

RIP you will be missed very much

For those who haven't heard of him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JnV7Vx4Hk

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Kris.
March 18th 2013

11374 Comments


don't mean to be a dick but this is pretty poorly written



also RIP. will check his stuff out when i get a chance.

americanohno
March 18th 2013

1592 Comments


"don't mean to be a dick but..."

and you're just gonna power right thru it.

but yeah, yeah I was afraid this was gonna be another Charlie Louvin, Earl Scruggs, or Doc Watson situation where a great musician dies and doesn't get a write up over here so I felt the need to do a just in case news article.

Turns out it wasn't needed since Jash wrote one up. for some reason they chose mine probably cuz it was submitted first.

I'd recommend reading the obituary I linked to in the article it's very good and touching plus some one in the comments over there makes a horrible (but sort of funny in I-feel-like-absolute-shit-for-laughing-at-that way) joke about the Catching Molinas.

Kris.
March 18th 2013

11374 Comments


damn right i am. if you're gonna submit news to a semi-credible news site, at least make sure it's written properly.

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 18th 2013

5051 Comments


it was written fine, man, that comment was unnecessary

thank you for letting people know and hopefully getting a few more into this mans timeless, heartfelt music

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013

9291 Comments


yea check out his bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. hes like an updated neil young.

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americanohno
March 18th 2013

1592 Comments


Kris doesn't recognize that Archer reference. He's a horrible human being.

Kris.
March 18th 2013

11374 Comments


AWW DAMMIT WHY DIDN'T I CATCH THAT



well played, sir

StallionMang
March 18th 2013

4309 Comments


Damn, that's my hometown. RIP.

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StallionMang
March 18th 2013

4309 Comments


BTW, you spelled "Cleveland" wrong.

Gwyn.
March 18th 2013

14017 Comments


RIP.

henryChinaski
March 18th 2013

2457 Comments


RIP

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juiceviaorange
March 18th 2013

285 Comments


Aw man =( I've been a fan for a couple of years now..this sucks hard. RIP Jason

On live Songs: Ohia & Magnolia Electric Co.

spiralk
March 18th 2013

36 Comments


It's so weird that he's more appreciated overseas than in the States. He was my favorite singer-songwriter of his generation and an all-around great guy. RIP Jason.

R6Rider
March 18th 2013

4075 Comments


Way too young to go.

RIP

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Blizzink
March 18th 2013

42 Comments


I think I got a Songs: Ohia album from a sputnik (well, MF) mailing list like ten years ago

DoubtGin
March 18th 2013

6687 Comments


RIP

one of the finest singer/songwriters

readaryan
March 18th 2013

7 Comments


RIP jason

americanohno
March 18th 2013

1592 Comments


"BTW, you spelled "Cleveland" wrong."

thank you, fixed. Goddamn firefox is supposed to tell me about that stuff.


joshieboy12345
March 18th 2013

5257 Comments


RIP

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ManintheBox
March 19th 2013

867 Comments


RIP

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manosg
March 19th 2013

4695 Comments


Damn, young dude. RIP.

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jrowa001
March 19th 2013

8749 Comments


RIP he was a great songwriter, loved Songs: Ohia

vivapo
March 20th 2013

7 Comments


Oh no.... One of my favorite songwriters ever. RIP



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