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Songs: Ohia

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Cleveland, United States (1996 – 2003)

Songs: Ohia was largely a solo project for singer-songwriter Jason Molina (December 30, 1973 – March 16, 2013). Critics and fans alike have found considerable difficulty in trying to define the band’s sound, usually settling on more general labels such as and . Most are quick to draw comparisons to Neil Young and Will Oldham, (the latter of which Molina has collaborated with, alongside Alasdair Roberts, as the Amalgamated Sons of Rest). Molina died aged 39 on March 16, 2013, in Indianapolis as a result of alcohol abuse-related organ failure. Henry Owings, a friend of the musician, published an article on his online music magazine Chunklet that said Molina had struggled with alcoholism for most of the decade leading up to his death.

Molina was born in Lorain, Ohio and attended Oberlin College. After playing bass guitar in various bands in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Molina made the decision to become a solo artist, recruiting other musicians as needed. He made several home recordings under various names, including Songs: Albian, Songs: Radix, and Songs: Unitas, which he distributed himself at live performances. Molina’s first release under the Songs: Ohia moniker came in 1996 as a single on Palace Records, Nor Cease Thou Never Now. This was followed by the 1997 full-length album Songs: Ohia (known among fans as the Black Album), released on the Bloomington, Indiana-based label Secretly Canadian, the label on which Molina has remained since.

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  • whichery

    The despair he expresses in his music is equal to the despair I feel that I will never get the chance to see him live.

    13 Jan 11:46pm Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    sometimes too much despair is never enough

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I knew him from the Death In Vegas "Back To Mine" comp. I had no idea he'd died. :'(

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • war_is_hell

    Please don't go.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2GTzpKwmxoms4lIz6-8A_K72r1rbTHk Jason Molina concert in good quality.

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    aaaaaand protection spells is amazing. I used to think that the best songs: ohia album was magnolia electric co. and then didn't it rain.. now I'm leaning towards ghost tropic.. but some of his best songs are b-sides. journey on is insanely good, as is autumn bird songs. I love him.

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • artofmyrder

    такая интимная музыка, ах

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • srbin_1389

    Какое счастье, что я знаком с тобой

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    so good it's scary

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JTraill

    been listening to nothing but you lately, rest in peace

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    does anybody know where to get hold of protection spells? i love the three songs i've been able to find on youtube (one red star, trouble will find me, whenever i have done a thing in flames), and would really like to listen to the remaining 6. love molina

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lender

    There's a (small) possibility that we'll see another live cd by Jason. A fan handed over a 'massive archive' of live recordings with very good audio quality to the singer of Strand Of Oaks who wants to give it to the record label in hope of seeing a real release. :) (http://instagram.com/p/rXvsCSKghe/)

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    "and I believe every woman has made up her mind to win"

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MichaelT85

    Don't get me wrong, Z and At Dawn are classics but that My Morning Jacket cover of "Farewell Transmission" is just the worst, is it not? But that compilation has some other great cuts. Also, there's some unreleased Molina coming! Miss him every day; these are some small consolations. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-carousel

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMirandela

    Most unappreciated lyricist I´ve ever heard. Jason was a poet. Awesome lyrcs with sad atmospheres. Impossible not to love. Thank you

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • KEVIN77GILL

    I just wanna say Jason Molina Songs:Ohia Magnolia Electric Co anything he did is for me THE PUREST FORM OF MUSIC AND MUSICAL EXPRESSION THAT I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS THANK YOU JASON FOR SHARING AND BARING YOUR HEART AND SOUL WITH YOUR MUSIC FOR US TO ENJOY THANKS I HOPE YOU'VE FOUND PEACE FRIEND

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ThisEmptyGirl

    Wherever you are, be peaceful, you bitter thing.

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • srbin_1389

    возвращайся

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MiaoPurrington

    It's scary how good this is.

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • oGhRe

    Jason Molina, the voice of God.

    23 May 2014 Reply
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