In this edition… we ramble about Radiohead, Jason Molina, and Glen Hansard. Check out songs by Pop & Obachan, The Hooded Claw, Grave Pool and Weak Soul Patch. Peep videos by Glen Hansard, Sonny & the Sunsets, Kathryn Calder, and Ha the Unclear. Remember it’s SUNDAY FUNDAY! Don’t fret Monday.
The Bends turned 20 on March 13, and suddenly I feel very old. I feel like The Bends is very underrated among the Radiohead albums, and overlooked because of the incredible changes that followed on OK Computer and Kid A. While Thom Yorke pans ‘High and Dry’, the album represented a huge change in sound. It’s the bridge album from the mediocrity of Pablo Honey to the innovation that would follow for several albums. Its highs are absolute Himalayan in stature, and it is the best guitar album Radiohead ever recorded. I realize that I am a bit of an oddball when it comes to Radiohead, but I rank it second behind In Rainbows with Kid A and OK Computer following. Lighters on in tribute:
“Fake Plastic Trees” (Live on 89.3 CISM)
“The Bends” (Later with Jools Holland ’95)
Jason Molina Remembered
On a sadder note, tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Jason Molina‘s passing. The brilliant songwriter fronted two acts, Songs Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Company, and was extremely prolific in his short life. He was not one easily pinned down as he excelled at straddling indie rock and alt-country, and even dabbled with lo-fi. Roots music was at the heart of his sound, and his songs, though weary and heartbreaking, had strings of hope and optimism at times. Very likely the result of depression, Molina struggled with terrible alcoholism that ravaged his body and left him gone too soon.
Magnolia Electric Co. – “It’s Easier Now”
Live at Drunken Unicorn Lounge, 2006
From Live Music Archive – download here
He left behind a wonderful catalog, and inspired many including his friend Glen Hansard, who is set to release the tribute album, It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina, on March 17. To mark the release, Hansard will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 17. Check out “Being in Love” from that EP release.
Glen Hansard – “Being in Love” (Songs Ohia cover)
Pop & Obachan – “Holly”
from Dream Soup
released 12 January 2015
Dream pop duo out of Brooklyn whose EP is available on Bandcamp where you can pay what you want.
The Hooded Claw – “A Beautiful Flaw”
single (free d/l)
posted 14 March 2015 to SoundCloud
The Netherlands based bedroom artist bittersweet, twangy lament resonates well with today’s theme.
Grave Pool – “Frost Pockets”
released 17 February 2015
Nashville-based artist’s atmospheric, jangly dream pop makes you want to lie in the grass and stare at the clouds.
Weak Soul Patch – “Corked” (free d/l)
My attempt to get inside the dark place where Jason Molina often found himself. It was written upon hearing the news of his death. It’s meant to be a mournful elegy.
Videos, videos, videos…
Glen Hansard – “Hold on Magnolia”
Sonny & The Sunsets – “Happy Carrot Health Food Store”
Kathryn Calder – “Take A Little Time”
Ha the Unclear – “Kosmonavt”