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+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
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The despair never lets up on a Songs:Ohia record, even when Jason Molina — who is Songs:Ohia — is singing wistfully about the stirrings of love in his working-class heart. The despair is a constant, a looming cloud, an ever-present presence, because Molina's voice is that of the weary, the huddled, the tired, lonely and heartbroken. He is American. He's middle American at that, and as some kind of literary strum-and-wail songsmith, he's aware of his Americanness like it's in his blood. On this axis, Molina is failure and success at once, a coin spinning on a table-top: heart and heartbreak, hard work and hard play, history and future, pride and prejudice, willingness and regression, charm and arrogance. He sings: "If there's a way out it'll be step by step through the black," and through this musical darkness he walks with both smugness and hope, holding a light as he heads towards a light.

Molina finds assurance in his weakness, and strength in this assurance. His sixth full-length album, Didn't It Rain is a work of thematic and dramatic constancy, a set that draws its tonal inspiration from old-soul and Muscle Shoals recording techniques, giving off the hallowed feeling of a "timeless" work, filled with the harrowed feeling of knowing no man can ever conquer time. But time has been kind to Songs:Ohia. After being introduced to the world as a pale Will Oldham wannabe, Molina has progressed far with his own artistic and audiophilic vision, while Oldham has only wandered lost down a road whose rustic red dust has been rained away into muddied, sticky shit.


by Anthony Carew




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