Magnolia Electric Co: 7"/Tour

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Preps Exclusive Record Store Day 7"
Tours The West Coast With The Avett Brothers

Magnolia Electric Co.
Quite often, times of dormancy only seem so to those of us on the outside. The wheels never really stop turning. Such is the case for Magnolia Electric Co., which has a string of items lined up over the next months, including its first official release since 2007's Sojourner box set.

First for the band is an exclusive 7" titled It's Made Me Cry, which will be available first on April 18 as part of Record Store Day, an international event celebrating independently-owned record stores. Side A of the 7" features a tuplet of songs recorded over a weekend in October 2008 at Bloomington's Russian Recording. The songs serve as a lesson in the power of brevity - each a flaming arrow to the heart of some heavy emotions. Side B of It's Made Me Cry is the moody, instrumental "Protection Spell," recorded at Russian Recordings almost exactly a year prior to the other songs and featuring late bassist Evan Farrell. The band's proceeds from the 7" will benefit The Evan Farrell Memorial Fund. It's Made Me Cry will also be available digitally worldwide on May 19.

In May, Magnolia Electric Co. will tour the western U.S., sharing a string of West Coast dates with North Carolina's The Avett Brothers, who are confessed fans of Magnolia Electric Co. Scott Avett was recently quoted in American Songwriter singing the praises of the band: "Shit, man, that Magnolia [Electric] Co. EP a few years ago moved me, and most of the world hasn't heard it. That's ridiculous. But I know those things happen."

May will also bring a Magnolia Electric Co. appearance at Spain's Primavera Sound Festival.

05/02/09 Columbia, MO - Mojo's
05/03/09 Norman, OK - Opolis
05/04/09 Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprock's In The Dept
05/06/09 Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
05/07/09 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/09/09 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at Fonda w/ The Avett Brothers
05/10/09 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern w/ The Avett Brothers
05/12/09 Hanford, CA - Hanford Fox Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/14/09 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/15/09 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore w/ The Avett Brothers
05/16/09 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore w/ The Avett Brothers
05/17/09 Citrus Heights, CA - Fire Escape Bar & Grill
05/18/09 Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
05/20/09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05/21/09 Torrey, UT - The Patio
05/23/09 Colorado Springs, CO - Meadowgrass Festival
05/24/09 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot
05/29/09 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

[Published on: 4/1/09]

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Stuckdog1976 star Thu 4/2/2009 05:28AM
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It would be really great for some of these bands that nobody has ever heard of if Jambase gave a description other than a "flaming arrow at the heart of emotion?". Is it reggae?Folk?funk?rock?? who knows? but at least they have "moody" instrumentals?? D-U-H!!!!!

Benjamin Human Thu 4/2/2009 05:45AM
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Benjamin Human

Or you could take your own 3 minutes to listen to it and get a better description than the someone else's 3 minutes taken to write about it...

Peetorius Thu 4/2/2009 06:43AM
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They're a fabulous band that's been around for a long while. Go buy a cd or see them live and support the real deal. P.S. I love the Avett Brothers, but Scott's comment isn't needed to legitimize Jason Molina and the boys. He's Scott's songwriting daddy.

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 07:39AM
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MEC are a fave of mine and Molina is one of the better songwriters around. Not sure some basic description will do more than quick listen, but it's guitar driven Americana with a serious dark streak. Molina gets a lot of Neil Young comparisons, and rightfully so. Prior to the Magnolia Electric Co title, he went by Songs:Ohia, which was much more sparse than the MEC stuff. MEC is definitely more 'classic rock' in the approach. I have to imagine that most on this site will find some appeal to his material.