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Needle Drop: Jason Molina

I was saddened to hear that Jason Molina passed away last weekend at thirty-nine. Molina was a touchstone of my musical upbringing. I distinctly remember seeking out Magnolia Electric Co. at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis when I was in high school. His music provided something that my affinity for the Beatles and 60s pop otherwise lacked: a spare, haunting, often brooding mood and tone. While the rocking and country inflected Magnolia Electric Co. is powerful and a record I often come back to, Didn’t it Rain has always been my favorite. I always find a level of tranquility in the plodding rhythms, forlorn lyrics and space present in the recordings.

Secretly Canadian, Molina’s longtime record label, has a very nice write-up.

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Rip it Up

Let’s start the week off with some 1980s Orange Juice!

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Only for You

 

Here’s a silly video from one of our most played albums of the summer, Arrow by Heartless Bastards. You get everything you’d hope for in a music video. Kids acting like adults (or adults acting as kids…which is it? I can’t tell. It’s so mind bending!), a band in a pool, and a slow fade to black. Enjoy!

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Youth Without Youth

It’s Friday, which means it’s a good day for a music video. Here’s one from Metric’s new album Synthetica. Now, if you aren’t really digging this modern music, we’ve got something for you, too! Here’s a whole Chuck Berry set live from Paris in 1965.

via Stellar

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Needle Drop: Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs was a pioneering force in the world of Bluegrass who died just two days ago. While Earl didn’t really invent the three finger style, he certainly popularized it. It wasn’t until his banjo style met Bill Monroe’s vision that bluegrass music really came together with all of its definitive elements. So today, listen to some banjo music in honor of Earl!

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Needle Drop: Love Interruption

 

After a performance at SXSW, Jack White is about to kick off his new solo tour. Tickets actually go on sale today, but if you’re learning that from me, they’re probably already sold out. But you don’t have to be disappointed, you can enjoy this snazzy video for “Love Interruption” off his new album. There was also a nice little radio documentary that aired in the UK, “The Jack White Story.” Be sure to check it out if you’re missing Jack.

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Needle Drop: Wrecking Ball

Here’s Springsteen in classic form. Things to like: Bruce’s energy, everyone is wearing a hat, and Bruce’s weird dancing at around 2:49. Turns out he’s got a new album out, too. Without hearing either, I can guarantee it’s better than Paul McCartney’s latest offering. Someone needs to stop Paul. Please.