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Magnolia Electric Company

Molina’s project is not lacking in talented musicians or beautiful, folky lyricism but MEC comes from a honed, louder, and conversely more polished place than its predecessor.

October 6 at the fabulous Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA, former Songs:Ohia frontman Jason Molina and his laid-back country groovesters Michael Kapinus (keyboard, trumpet, voice), Mark Rice, (drums), Jason Groth (guitar, voice) and Pete Schreiner (bass) hit the main stage as Magnolia Electric Co. The evening was laden with quiet, rounded tunes and Molina’s small, sweet voice. Though many of MEC’s tunes don’t call for dancing and scream-sing-alongs, it appeared that the wide-eyed (under-slept?) audience couldn’t be stirred into much more than half-smiles and foot taps.

I came expecting a raw, open-wound sound more like Songs: Ohia and left feeling oversaturated. Molina’s project is not lacking in talented musicians or beautiful, folky lyricism but MEC comes from a honed, louder, and conversely more polished place than its predecessor. “Just be Simple”, a blissfully melancholic Songs: Ohia staple, came out of MEC as a poppy happy tune.

This Friday night proved a nice reprieve from the hectic workweek and Los Angeles rush hour traffic. Next time though, I hope the gifted Magnolia Electric Co. draws a ravenous crowd followed by a satisfying steak-dinner set.

steak dinner! steak dinner! (wut movie??!!)
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