Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is the third tribute album the visionary artist behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company has received in the year since his passing. Each is a benefit offering; net proceeds are distributed to Molina's surviving family and MusicCares. Molina was deeply respected by other musicians and loved by a small but fiercely dedicated cadre of fans. His work is more than that of the nakedly confessional songwriter he was often portrayed as. He was a poet and bluesman at heart, but too humble to call himself either. His songs are not bound by time or genre. They inhabit an opaque terrain between blues, Americana, rock, folk, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is the third tribute album the visionary artist behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company has received in the year since his passing. Each is a benefit offering; net proceeds are distributed to Molina's surviving family and MusicCares. Molina was deeply respected by other musicians and loved by a small but fiercely dedicated cadre of fans. His work is more than that of the nakedly confessional songwriter he was often portrayed as. He was a poet and bluesman at heart, but too humble to call himself either. His songs are not bound by time or genre. They inhabit an opaque terrain between blues, Americana, rock, folk, and more mercurial root sounds. Though simply constrcuted, they are mysterious, pointing simultaneously inward and somewhere beyond the confines of the physical world. This double-disc contains performances by the Memorial Electric Company -- Molina's bandmates from Songs: Ohia and MEC. The first is the homage, "Arm in Arm," a melancholy rocker written by guitarist Peter Schreiner. The other is Molina's "Trouble in Mind (Fade to Blue)," a concert favorite that was never recorded. My Morning Jacket's long, completely revisioned reading of the title track is a set highlight, as is "Almost Was Good Enough," a reverent collaboration between MMJ singer Jim James and Bro. Stephen. The Squares challenge tradition by relating a raucous, near-cacophonous "Get Out Get Out Get Out" that extends its original's reach. Sarah Jaffe's "Alone with the Owl" features an elliptical synth, piano, and acoustic guitar that provide a long intro to her ghostly vocal. Matt Bauer and Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire deliver a lean and moving duet on "I Can Not Have Seen the Light." "34 Blues" is a gorgeous, modal, droning, folk-blues illustrated by an ethereal sense of drama by Will Johnson and Britton Beisenherz. Freakwater's Catherine Irwin offers a doomy banjo, fiddle, and guitar version of "Steve Albini's Blues" that underscores Molina's deep love for not only the 12-bar form, but early 20th century Appalachian music. The tender reading of "Lioness" is beautifully articulated by Viking Moses, while "The Big Game Is Every Night" is wrought with scorching intensity by Bottomless Pit. Communist Daughter's skeletal waltz on "Hold on Magnolia" underscores the romantic tenderness that Molina was often displayed; its lyric construction links to an earlier American songwriter: Stephen Foster. Jonny James & the Hall of Fames offer "John Henry Split My Heart" with Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque Southern rock; it lightens up a bit in the middle before a scorching slide guitar, cracking drums, and a humming bassline paint Jacy Pelstring's soaring vocal bridges past to present. It's true--and expected-- that with over 27 tracks -- like any other tribute record -- there are uneven selections here. This set is more ambitious than its two predecessors, and reveals Molina's ever-widening influence among not only peers but a new generation. He may yet get his due.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2014
  • Label: Rock The Cause
  • UPC: 885686932346
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 5,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Out Get Out Get Out - Squares (4:32)
  2. 2 Arm In Arm - Memorial Electric Co. (3:17)
  3. 3 Farewell Transmission - My Morning Jacket (6:36)
  4. 4 Lioness - Enemy Planes (4:35)
  5. 5 7th Street Wonderland - Murder by Death (2:46)
  6. 6 Alone With the Owl - Sarah Jaffe (3:57)
  7. 7 Old Black Hen - Jonah Tolchin (5:05)
  8. 8 Leave This City - Ben Lubeck (4:03)
  9. 9 Two Blue Lights - The Black Swans (2:41)
  10. 10 Almost Was Good Enough - Bro. Stephen (5:08)
  11. 11 Didn’t It Rain - Box of Baby Birds (6:00)
  12. 12 Memphis Moon - Cory Branan (2:44)
  13. 13 The Dark Don’t Hide It - Drew Prenier (4:53)
  14. 14 I’ve Been Riding with the Ghost - Fathom Lane (3:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Trouble In Mind (Fade To Blue) - Memorial Electric Co. (4:43)
  2. 2 I Can Not Have Seen te Light - Heather McEntire (5:32)
  3. 3 34 Blues - Briton Bisenherz (3:39)
  4. 4 Hammer Down - Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops (3:07)
  5. 5 Just Be Simple - Water Liars (4:24)
  6. 6 Steve Albini’s Blues - Catherine Irwin (5:33)
  7. 7 White Sulfur - Joan Shelley (3:18)
  8. 8 Don’t This Look Like the Dark - Wooden Wand (3:43)
  9. 9 Hear My Heart Final - Luke Redfield (1:55)
  10. 10 Lioness - Viking Moses (5:38)
  11. 11 The Big Game is Every Night - Bottomless Pit (4:57)
  12. 12 Hold On Magnolia - Communist Daughter (4:23)
  13. 13 John Henry Split My Heart - Jonny James & the Hall of Fames (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Etzioni Mandolin
Andrew Bryant Drums, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Don Heffington Drums
Jonathan Wood Banjo, Vocals
Mark Rice Drums
Andy Dee Dobro
Rick Steff Keyboards
David Steele Electric Guitar
Catherine Irwin Guitar, Vocals
Chris Manfrin Drums
Jennie Benford Guitar, Vocals
Jim Krewson Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Luther Dickinson Guitar
Roy Berry Drums
Jim James Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Scott Danbom Synthesizer, Piano
Keith Hanlon Drums
Carl Broemel Pedal Steel Guitar
Cory Branan Vocals
Sarah Balliet Cello
Nathan Salsburg Guitar
Joe Gamble Guitar
Jason Groth Guitar, Vocals
Justin Collins Piano
Chris Saligoe Bass, Guitar
Bo Koster Keyboards
Patrick Hallahan Percussion
Jerry DeCicca Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Michael Kapinus Keyboards, Background Vocals
Matt Bauer Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Bells, Wurlitzer
Brendon Massei Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Adam Turla Guitar, Vocals
Luke Redfield Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Michael Ferrier Guitar, Vocals
Canaan Faulkner Bass, Vocals
John Stubblefield Bass
James Jackson Toth Guitar, Vocals
Heather McEntire Vocals
Will Gramling Hammond B3
Sarah Jaffe Vocals
Lowe Sutherland Electric Guitar
Andrew Cohen Guitar, Vocals
Peter Schreiner Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Gabe Noel Bass
Ben Lubeck Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Mike Bolger Horn
Shon Troth Lap Steel Guitar
Arthur Vint Cymbals, Toms
Tom Blankenship Bass
Ashleigh Still Piano, Vocals
Sven Kahns Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Bro. Stephen Vocals
Justin Kinkel-Schuster Guitar, Vocals
Shane Akers Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Joan Shelley Vocals
Jonah Tolchin Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tim Anderson Keyboards
Gary Calhoun James Vocals
Gabriel Douglas Bass, Vocals
G.R. Robinson Organ, Bass Guitar
Joe Call Drums
Drew Preiner Synthesizer, Guitar
David Leduc Bass
Casey Call Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Vanhout Bass
Brian Orchard Bass Guitar
Bethany Kurbis Vocals
Anna Krippenstapel Violin, Vocals
Adam Rucinski Guitar, Drums
Tim Midyett Guitar (Baritone)
Pat Linnan Piano
Luke Friedrich Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Bowe Producer, Engineer
Neil Weir Engineer
Sheldon Gomberg Producer, Engineer
Kevin Houston Engineer
Matt Pence Producer
Jim James Producer, Engineer
Britton Beisenherz Engineer
Keith Hanlon Engineer
Jacob Belser Engineer
Matthew Barnhart Engineer
Mike Bridavsky Engineer
Brendon Massei Producer, Engineer
Bruce Watson Engineer
Bruce McDermott Mastering
Warren Gray Engineer
Michael Ferrier Producer
Daniel Martin Moore Engineer
Peter Schreiner Composer
Ben Lubeck Producer
Ken Abdo Legal Advisor
Adam Gislason Legal Advisor
Bronson Tew Engineer
Gary Calhoun James Engineer, Instrumentation
Dwayne Sueño Engineer
Drew Preiner Engineer, Soundscape
Chris Mateer Producer, Liner Notes
Casey Call Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Concept
Betsy Butwin Legal Advisor
April Wolfe Producer, Liner Notes
Scott Herold Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Lindsey Siebnaeler Media Consultant, Promotions Coordinator
Julia Corliss Media Consultant, Promotions Coordinator
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