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Centro-matic’s Will Johnson, The Black Swans, Water Liars, Wooden Wand Featured on Jason Molina Tribute with Memorial Electric Co, Bottomless Pit, My Morning Jacket, etc., Streaming on NPR
NPR First Listen is streaming “Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina”. The album is a compilation of covers, featuring Centro-matic’s Will Johnson, The Black Swans, Water Liars, and Wooden Wand. Also included on the compilation are Memorial Electric Co., Bottomless Pit, My Morning Jacket, Catherine Irwin, and much more.
Here is the description via NPR:
“Jason Molina never sang to — or for — the many. The singer-songwriter, who died last year at 39, gave voice to despair and solitude, and to a lonely pursuit of the comfort and strength necessary to face each day. Whether he performed as Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co or Jason Molina, his big, yearning voice encountered only a small but intense cult following that heard in him a crucial combination of fatalism and fighting spirit.
Like many whose fan bases run narrow but deep, Molina was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Within the last year, Molina has already inspired two double-length tribute albums, each intended to help his family and spread word of his work. Both, while naturally uneven in execution, nicely convey the sturdiness of Molina’s songcraft — not to mention his considerable gift for quotable melancholy.
Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is the newer of the two collections — the other is last year’s Weary Engine Blues — with proceeds split between the singer’s family and a charity called MusiCares, which battles Molina’s twin demons of alcoholism and depression. In 27 songs and just less than two hours, it provides a fine overview of the singer’s best-known work, highlighted by My Morning Jacket’s suitably epic take on the title track.
Given the reverence in which Molina’s work is held, it’s no surprise that Farewell Transmission rarely strays far from the singer’s original intentions, though it’s intriguing to hear Squares recast the almost impossibly desolate “Get Out Get Out Get Out” as a bold rock song. Molina’s former bandmates even come together as Memorial Electric Company to perform a new track, “Arm in Arm,” as well as to tackle the unrecorded Molina song “Trouble in Mind (Fade to Blue).” Between the incredible source material and a fine assortment of contributors — including Sarah Jaffe, Murder by Death, Catherine Irwin, Wooden Wand and another past Molina collaborator, Will Johnson of Centro-Matic — Farewell Transmission marks a fine way to both celebrate a great career and mourn a man for whom mournfulness was stitched into the fabric of his art.”
TORRES [link] and Motel Beds [link] (bottom playlist) both made NPR lists in preparation for SXSW. Both artists are playing the MISRA SXSW SHOWCASE 2014. Misra will be partnering with TORRES and Motel Beds on the following releases in the near future:
TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal • “The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand” • Official Record Store Day 2014 Release • MSR072
- Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy • 15th anniversary comp feat. R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Phosphorescent, Shearwater, Crooks on Tape, Centro-matic, Motel Beds, and more.
- TORRES TORRES • SXSW 2014 / Cassette Store Day 2014 issue of TORRES’ s/t debut
Phosphorescent Interviews via Pitchfork & Line of Best Fit • Misra Reissue of Phos Title for Record Store Day 2013
Phosphorescent frontman Matthew Houck is a warmhearted, candid fellow. Houck recently did interviews for Pitchfork and Line of Best Fit in anticipation of his forthcoming Muchacho full-length – out March 19 via the fantastic Dead Oceans imprint. These interviews are two in a long line of recent press, including a spot on NPR’s First Listen and leadoff single “Song for Zula” receiving Best New Track via Pitchfork.
Shortly after the new album’s release, Misra will reissue the label’s Phos title – Aw Come Aw Wry – on Record Store Day 2013 (April 20). It’s a fabulous collection of songs circa 2005. This will be a unique pressing with a slightly updated jacket and a download which includes the full album + rare live recordings of ACAW songs. The pressing was done by the fine folks at Furnace Manufacturing and sounds tremendous. Their work is done with great time and care.
Time & Breath eat cake.
In recent days, Misra co-founder and Mendoza Line frontman Timothy Bracy, alongside wife and Bird of Youth accordionist Elizabeth Nelson, have duly heartened Grandma via word and sound. The dream twosome have been writing for The Washington Post, NPR, Stereogum, etc. and rocking in a new band called The Paranoid Style.
NPR has been giving a lot of love to our boys in Water Liars as of late. They were first featured on The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix which features “the best music the festival has to offer.” This was followed by a piece on NPR Song Of The Day, wherein Stephen Thompson gives high praise to the band and features standout track “Dog Eaten.”
Water Liars play the Misra SXSW 2012 Showcase at 8 pm this year – Thursday, March 15 @ Frank – 4th & Colorado. Also on the bill are The Black Swans (9 pm), Palomar (10 pm), Southeast Engine (11 pm), R. Ring – featuring The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery (12 am), Seryn (1 am).