Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.

Songs: Molina is Magnolia Electric Co + Mike Taylor & Joe O'Connell w/guests including Skylar Gudasz

Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.

Birds Of Avalon

Wed Jun 21

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 advance / $15 day of

This event is all ages

Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.
Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.
We are Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co - a group of people who were all brought together by our friend and bandmate Jason Molina. The core of our group is comprised of five of the seven original members of Magnolia Electric Co - Mike Brenner, Jason Evans Groth, Michael Kapinus, Mark Rice, and Pete Schreiner - all of whom were also part of Songs: Ohia. Regardless of the name of the groups, we were Jason Molina’s musical compatriots, and he was our leader, singer, and our dear brother.

In 2013, to celebrate the life of Jason Molina and mourn his loss, we five bandmates and a few dozen others that spanned his storied career got together in Bloomington, Indiana - the home of many of his friends, his label, and his musical cohort - for a day full of revelry based on his music; the music that brought all of us together, that made us a family, one that was lucky enough to have revolved around Jason Molina. It was decided that the day should be repeated in Chicago, the home of the core group of musicians who helped to craft the masterpiece Magnolia Electric Co. album and, in January of 2014, it happened. It took some doing. By then Evans Groth was in Raleigh, NC, Schreiner in Portland, OR, Kapinus in Houston, TX, Rice and Brenner in Philadelphia, PA. The most logical way was to gather somewhere and make our way, together, like the old days, to the destination that inspired “Leave the City” from the What Comes After the Blues album. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger - a long-time friend of Molina’s and a tourmate of ours when he was a part of The Court and Spark - joined us on guitar. Vocals were shared in an effort to pay tribute to our departed friend. There was no attempt at replacement, or even the idea that such a thing was possible let alone desired. Instead, he and his songs led us to rooms full of others who were celebrating and memorializing, hearing Jason’s words, and imagining his voice in harmony with ours, leading us through the amazing songs we got to play, contribute to, record, and love dearly.

The extensive list we collected when working on Jason’s first memorial in 2013 was once again put to good use when Erin Osmon, a writer, fan, and friend, approached us about writing a book about him. After years of research, hundreds of hours of interviews, and thoughtful, respectful, hard work - the kind Molina wrote so much about, and practiced himself - Osmon will release Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). In honor of this, Songs Molina: A Memorial Electric Co., will be playing a few shows to once again celebrate Molina’s life and work in the way he loved to do it himself - playing live. Collaborators whom Jason Molina loved, admired, pranked, toured with, etc., will be invited to sing and play, to tell stories, and to respectfully remember our singer, our leader, our friend. Erin will join the tour and each show will feature readings and storytelling by the band and guest. We look forward to sharing our memories but, mostly, Jason’s songs, which mean so much to us and so many others.
Jason Evans Groth, April 2017
Birds Of Avalon
Birds Of Avalon
Raleigh NC's BIRDS OF AVALON (Guitarists Paul Siler and Cheetie Kumar, David Mueller, synthesist Missy Thangs and drummer Scott Nurkin) re-congeal for 2015 with a new five-song EP Disappearance on Third Uncle Records, wherein far flung sonic abstractions braid tightly between earworm melodies and roaring clamor. The band continues their near decade of road pilgrimage, having toured with a vast array of fellow aural travelers including The Flaming Lips, Future Islands, Ex Hex, Black Mountain, Big Business, The Fucking Champs, Mudhoney, The Raconteurs, Monotonix, and Ted Leo and many others souls even more wretched. New 7" singles arriving imminently with a full-length to follow soon.