|R.I.P. Jason Molina|
2013-03-18 by Star-Spangled Kid | 31 Replies | 2817 Views
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.
Listen to Molina's song "I've Been Riding With the Ghost" from 2003's Magnolia Electric Co:
Here's "34 Blues" from his 2009 album with Will Johnson Molina & Johnson:
Never heard of him but RIP
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leaving las vegas style.
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39...that's way too young
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I hadn't heard of him until today, and today my twitter feed was dominated by this news, RIP
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Know the name, not his music. Still, RIP.
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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
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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One of my favorite people and favorite songwriters
RIP you will be missed very much
For those who haven't heard of him:
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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.
"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.
damn right i am. if you're gonna submit news to a semi-credible news site, at least make sure it's written properly.
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
yea check out his bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. hes like an updated neil young.
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Kris doesn't recognize that Archer reference. He's a horrible human being.
AWW DAMMIT WHY DIDN'T I CATCH THAT
well played, sir
Damn, that's my hometown. RIP.
BTW, you spelled "Cleveland" wrong.
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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.
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.
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Way too young to go.
I think I got a Songs: Ohia album from a sputnik (well, MF) mailing list like ten years ago
one of the finest singer/songwriters
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"BTW, you spelled "Cleveland" wrong."
thank you, fixed. Goddamn firefox is supposed to tell me about that stuff.
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Damn, young dude. RIP.
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RIP he was a great songwriter, loved Songs: Ohia
Oh no.... One of my favorite songwriters ever. RIP