Songs: Ohia Vinyl, CD & tapes by Songs: Ohia at Norman Records

Songs: Ohia was the name under which rustbelt singer-songwriter Jason Molina plied his trade before switching to Magnolia Electric Co in 2003. His early records were incredibly stark alt country/slowcore confessionals that unsurprisingly pricked up t...read more »

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Eight Gates

Inspired by his move from America to London over a decade ago, Eight Gates was recorded by indie-rock singer-songwriter Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) shortly before his passing some seven years ago. By its nature, it’s an intriguing and compelling mix of song sketches and more fully-realised ideas. 

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Love & Work: The Lioness Sessions

The Lioness was one of Jason Molina's most loved works under his Songs: Ohia moniker. This was the album he recorded in Scotland with Alasdair Roberts and members of Arab Strap guesting. This 2LP re-issue has been expanded to include  no less than seven outtakes from the sessions plus some other recordings from a Lissy's session. Totally essential for any fan of the man's work.  

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Travels in Constants

Under the Songs: Ohia moniker, Jason Molina released an untitled one song EP for a subscription series on Temporary Residence Records called Travels In Constants. The EP went under the radar, lost between the release of the albums Ghost Tropic and Didn’t It Rain. Now, released on vinyl as Travels In Constants EP, the 18-minute long title track featuring just Molina and an acoustic guitar, is paired with a another lost epic, Howler, which clocks in at 13 minutes.

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The Black Sabbath Covers

Black Sabbath’s influence runs far and deep, emerging in some unexpected places… Such as in the recorded catalogue of Magnolia Electric Co. singer-songwriter Jason Molina. These intriguing covers of ‘Solitude’ and ‘Snowblind’ were recorded at home in the 90’s, and have only just surfaced. The B-side of this 7” contains a Will Schaff etching.

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Magnolia Electric Co. (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. Sadly, Molina died in March 2013 of alcohol-related organ failure. Double vinyl album, 10 year anniversary edition. 

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Hecla & Griper (15th Anniversary Edition)

It is said that Jason Molina recorded two to three albums per year with Songs: Ohia before they mutated into Magnolia Electric Co in 2003. In 1997 he released his debut album (sometimes known as the Black Album) and this EP of raw and arresting performances. Around the time of his death in 2013 he and record label Secretly Canadian were planning a series of archival releases of which this was the first one. Contains two tracks not on the original pressing.  

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Magnolia Electric Co

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Didn't It Rain

Alt-country songwriter Jason Molina is best known for his crowning work with Songs: Ohia, 'Magnolia Electric Co.', a cosmic alt-country record inspired by the ferocity of Steve Albini, its producer. 'Didn't It Rain', though, is a different kind of masterpiece, reflecting Molina's more commonly utilised slow-burning folk rock, always focused around quiet strumming and the vocal exchanges of him and singing partner Jennie Benford. Named after a classic folk gospel standard, 'Didn't It Rain' is proof of a plaintive songwriter in thrall of music's old lexicon.

Appendix Out / Songs: Ohia
Split

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Howler

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My Morning Jacket/Songs: Ohia
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Songs: Ohia, Lullaby For The Working Class, Windy & Carl, Flying Saucer Attack
Rebound EP Volume Two

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The Lioness

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Axxess & Ace

Axxess & Ace was the third album by Songs:Ohia and was the first to see singer Jason Molina collaborate fully with other musicians and to bring warmth into his hitherto bare sound. Comparisons with Will Oldham are plentiful but from hereon in, Molina would set off on a journey which would yield music far more adventurous than the naked and raw songwriting he began with.    

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Heclar &; Griper

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Songs: Ohia

This is where it all started for the late Jason Molina. The eponymous debut LP from his Songs: Ohia venture was released in 1997 as only the fourth catalogue number for the fledgling Secretly Canadian imprint. The slow-/sad-core style that Molina showcased here helped set the tone for the label, the Songs: Ohia project and the late-90’s/early-00’s Americana resurgence. Very beautiful record.

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Ghost Tropic

If we were all still seeing Songs:Ohia's Jason Molina as nothing more than a Will Oldham acolyte then Ghost Tropic should have been the album that suggested he was truly on his own path. It was a more distracted, dislocated record before with lots of spaces between the notes. It has more in common with late period Talk Talk and Scott Walker than it does with any kind of Americana. It is absolutely brilliant and you need to own it.