Thursday, July 27, 2006

In House #1671: Magnolia Electric Co., Ladyhawk in Salt Lake City Tonight

In case you haven't noticed, the musical landscape is suddenly littered with bowers at the country-rock throne. Bearded collectives eating Parsons & the Byrds, sleeping Neil Young & Crazy Horse, breathing Sticky Fingers Stones are, for better or worse, descending upon the beer-stained stages of America, almost single-handed explanations of the rising sales of PBR and Chevy vans. Yeah, so it's sort of the thing. The thing is, Jason Molina's band, once known as Songs:Ohia, now known as the Magnolia Electric Co., has been doing something along those lines better than most since long before now. They were country-rock when country-rock wasn't cool, to paraphrase Barbara Mandrell.

Magnolia Electric Co.

Prolific and underappreciated, the band has released nine studio albums under one moniker or the other, and their tenth, entitled Fading Trails, drops in September. Molina and Co. operate between poles of Crazy Horsey country-rock and deliberate, slo-core twang, occasionally crossing over into areas of old country and Springsteen. The band is in the middle of a set of pre-emptive tour dates, anticipating the September 12th release date of the new album on Secretly Canadian. Their passage through the area finds them at the Urban Lounge tonight in Salt Lake City before moving on to The Raven in Missoula, MT tomorrow night. Vancouver, BC-based Ladyhawk opens.


In House #1671.
Airdate: 7/27/06
Focus: Magnolia Electric Co. and Ladyhawk in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Eric Bachmann, M. Ward, Golden Smog and more.

Songs:Ohia, from Magnolia Electric Co.: "Farewell Transmission" (MP3)

Magnolia Electric Co., from What Comes After the Blues: "Leave the City" (MP3)
...and the upcoming Fading Trails: "Lonesome Valley" (MP3)

Ladyhawk, from Ladyhawk: "Dugout" (MP3)

Lions In the Street, from the Cat Got Your Tongue EP: "Lady Blue" (MP3)


In House PODCAST #146

All releases from Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. are available at emusic.


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