Una vera tragedia si abbatte sul mondo musicale. E’ morto Jason Molina. Il cantante già noto come Songs: Ohia e membro dei Magnolia Electric Co. è deceduto il 16 marzo a causa della sua lunga dipendenza all’alcolismo. Aveva trascorso gli ultimi tre anni in centri di riabilitazione e nel 2011 la Secretly Canadian aveva lanciato una raccolta fondi per le spese che l’artista stava sostenendo (leggi). “Molina’s addiction to alcohol had been long known, with his family and friends making a public plea for help funding his medical needs after it was announced that he didn’t have health care insurance”. Nato nell’Ohio, viveva in una fattoria nel West Virginia, l’ultimo suo lavoro solista è datato 2012 (‘Autumn Bird Songs’). Molina aveva 39 anni.
E’ stata la Secretly Canadian a darne l’annuncio: “Our friend Jason Molina passed away from natural causes on Saturday, March 16th in Indianapolis”.
For roughly a decade and a half now, Jason Molina has been among the best-kept secrets in rock and roll. His first band, Songs:Ohia, debuted with a limited edition two-song 7” (“Nor Cease Thou Never Now”) on Will Oldham’s label, Palace Records in 1996. Soon after, Songs:Ohia moved to Secretly Canadian, where Molina has stayed ever since. Between ’96 and ’02 he released nearly two dozen records: a grab-bag of singles, EP’s, full-lengths (including The Lioness in 2000 and Didn’t It Rain in 2002), and split 7”s with such artists as Oneida, Scout Niblett, My Morning Jacket, and Alasdair Roberts (aka Appendix Out). In 2003, Molina re-formed his group as the Magnolia Electric Co., and put out what has to have been one of that year’s best rock records, “indie” or otherwise. Since then, he’s released another dozen or so records (again, across the spectrum, length-wise), some as Magnolia Electric Co., and some as Jason Molina. In 2009 Magnolia Electric Co. released Josephine, a mournful album that brought the band the closest its ever come to playing straight-ahead country. He also released a collaboration with Will Johnson of the Austin, TX band Centro-matic.