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LISTEN // Jason Molina “September 11, 2001″ Featuring Will Oldham, Alasdair Roberts







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Written by Alasdair Roberts
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The late Jason Molina and I had met a few times in England (when Jason was studying for a period in London) and in Scotland (Glasgow, where I lived then as now), after being introduced to one another by Will Oldham in late 1995. The recording session by Jason, Will, Will’s brother Paul and me was Jason’s idea originally. The prospect of working together with these musicians whose work I admired, and who were also cool people, was very exciting; so that’s how I found myself in Paul’s Kentucky farmhouse that historic weekend in 2001.

Of course, what made that weekend historic was certainly not this humble meeting of musical minds; rather, it was the fact that it coincided with the unanticipated and awful events of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks and the collapse of the World Trade Center. I am convinced that my memory of that period has been heightened by this coincidence; I have a strong recollection of Jason, Will, Paul and me recording on the evening of 10th September. I remember the warm southern evening sunshine (a particular delight for one accustomed to Scottish autumn weather), streaming through the window and infusing everything in the room with a kind of preternatural glow, as we recorded a version of Owen Hand’s wonderful song ‘My Donal.’ Will was playing a Nord synth and singing, Paul was on drums, Jason played bass guitar and I was playing Paul’s bright blue Telecaster. I remember walking by the barns that evening and seeing row upon row of tobacco drying, shining golden and lovely in the twilight. But none of us was to know that that would be, in some sense, the last twilight of an old world.

Jason woke me at about 10am the following morning with the words: ‘Ali, you should come downstairs. Something really bad is happening.’ My initial thought was that perhaps someone in the household had been injured or had fallen seriously ill. And so I went downstairs to confront the new global reality. Most of the rest of the day was spent watching the television news in numbed disbelief; in the evening we dined and talked together with some other members of the Oldham family. And then it seemed that the only thing to do was to carry on as normal – to pour ourselves a large Highland Park each and to make rock and roll, like we were born to do. So that’s how this piece of music came about – it was a spontaneous response from Jason’s soul to the unimaginably terrible events of that day, and it was one in which he invited Will (on piano), Paul (on Nord synth), me (on bowed mountain dulcimer) and every listener to cast their own offering.

LATE NIGHT // The War On Drugs Perform “An Ocean in Between the Waves” On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The War On Drugs started off 2015 performing “An Ocean in Between the Waves” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Watch the performance above or here on the show’s site.

Lost in the Dream is available now from your local record store, SC Distribution, Amazon, or on iTunes.

The band continues their tour . See the rest of the dates below.


The War On Drugs Tour Dates

All dates + tickets here: secretlycanadian.com/tour

Sat. Jan. 31 – Wed. Feb. 4 – Riviera Maya, MX @ Hard Rock Hotel
Mon. Feb. 16 – Liverpool, UK @ 02 Academy – SOLD OUT
Wed. Feb. 18 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Thu. Feb. 19 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 21 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall
Sun. Feb. 22 – Brighton, UK @ Dome Concert Hall – SOLD OUT
Tue. Feb. 24 – London, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy – SOLD OUT
Wed. Feb. 25 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Thu. Feb. 26 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
Fri. Feb. 27 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. Feb. 28 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
Mon. March 2 – London, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy
Thu. June 25 – Sun. June 28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
Fri. June 26 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air
Wed. July 1 – Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Thu. July 2 – Sun. July 5 – Barcelona, ES

ON TOUR // Suuns Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Disappears, Starts February 2015

Suuns return to North America in February hitting 10 dates with Disappears. See all the dates below and get a preview of their live sound with the videos above or here on YouTube.

SUUNS TOUR DATES:
All ticket links: http://bit.ly/Suuns_tour

Fri. Feb. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Garfield Park Conservatory %
Sat. Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ The Billiken Club ^
Sun. Feb. 22 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency ^
Tues. Feb. 24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig ^
Wed. Feb. 25 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison ^
Thurs. Feb. 26 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB ^
Fri. Feb. 27 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
Sat. Feb. 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC ^
Sun. Mar. 1 – Washington, DC @ Rock N’ Roll Hotel ^
Mon. Mar. 2 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes ^

% = w/ Disappears, Bitchin’ Bajas, Motuh Captain
^ = w/ Disappears

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WATCH // I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness Share “You Are Dead To Me” Video Dir. By Jesse Gelaznik, Play Dallas + Houston With Spoon End Of December

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness has released a new video for “You Are Dead To Me” off their second full-length album, Dust. Premiering this morning via Under The Radar and directed by Jesse Gelaznik the new video feels like a dream and we can’t tell if it’s a nightmare or not. See the beautifully haunting video above or here on YouTube.

Also if you find yourself in Texas at the end of the year, the band is playing shows with Spoon in Dallas and Houston.


I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness Tour Dates


12/30/14 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston w/ Spoon TIX
12/31/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas w/ Spoon TIX

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TOUR DATES

04/16/15
Bloomington, IN - The Bishop Bar  w/ Hunterchild, Dead Letter

04/17/15
Chicago, IL - Quenchers  w/ Mark Shippy, Eli Caterer, Cougars, Buildings

04/18/15
Louisville, KY - The New Vintage  w/ Parlour, Karass

02/02/15
Charlottesville, VA - Paramount Theatre  w/ Jason Isbell

02/03/15
Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

02/04/15
Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre  w/ Jason Isbell

02/05/15
Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre  w/ Jason Isbell

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