MP3: Magnolia Electric Co. Free Live Songs, Playing at the Bluebird Sunday night

Magnolia Electric Co. plays this Sunday night at the Bluebird. Tre Orsi and Bottomless Pit are also on the bill. Roy Kasten wrote about the band -- which is the project of Jason Molina, late of the baroque-folk outfit Songs:Ohia -- in this week's paper. Kasten elegantly describes Molina as "one of rock's most obsessive mythologists. Stars and moons, wolves and lambs, ghosts and demons, night and more night — those elemental images are etched like mandalas into Molina's psyche, universal anchors for his turbulent, romantic, inner currents."

I discovered recently that my college-radio alma mater, WHRB, did a Jason Molina retrospective show (known colloquially as an "orgy"), for which he contributed some exclusive live tracks. The station has them up for anyone to download here; below find an MP3 of "Lonesome Valley," one of the session songs. It sounds like it's being broadcast via the AM radio airwaves, which befits Molina's ghostly, lonely songs.

MP3: Magnolia Electric Co. "Lonesome Valley" (live for WHRB's Record Hospital)

-- Annie Zaleski

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