Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
I remember hearing Songs: Ohia for the first time in my friend Alex’s car on the way to Law’s house for a boatshed show. I was immediately hooked. I remember going home later that night and looking him up. I couldn’t believe I’d missed out on this guy for so long.
I saw him play at the Hopetoun Hotel twice in 2006. The first night, he played for over an hour and a half, and he was sweet, funny, sincere, and told this really great story about how when he bought the shirt, he originally thought the t-shirt he was wearing said, “Toledo, Alright!”, instead of saying, “Toledo, Alight”. I still think of that story every time I see Toledo on a map. After the show I thanked him for coming to Australia, and asked if he’d mind if I recorded the show the next night. He said he didn’t mind, and we had a nice chat for a couple of minutes.
The show the next night was a bit of a let down, he played a much shorter set, and I don’t think I ever watched the video of the show. I did thank him though for letting me record the show, and wished him luck on the rest of the tour.
He came back with the full band the next year, and played at the Annandale Hotel. It was the day of my aunt’s funeral. I remember watching them play and thinking of how perfect a setting it was to a very dark day. I didn’t want to listen to anything upbeat, I just wanted my feelings that night to relate to something. Magnolia Electric Co. blew me away that night. I think that show would still be in my top 5 shows I’ve seen.
I woke up to a text today from Sam saying that Jason Molina had passed away. I’d been keeping up to date with the updates through magnoliaelectricco.com, but I never expected this to be the outcome.
We lost a good one this week. Farewell.