Jason Molina – The Pyramid Electric Co.
Acquired: Lawrence Antique Mall, Used, 2007
I'm not gonna lie. I bought this record in hopes that some day it would be a rarity and that Molina completists would seek it out and pay me a lot of money. I figured it could be, given that homeboy's stand at the Antique Mall had that first Bright Eyes record that I picked up for a measly $35 and could possibly add a zero to the end of that number if I choose to sell it. This is Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia & Magnolia Electric Co's first solo record and it sounds like a sparer Songs: Ohia record, sort of. On the other hand, it sounds like a Jason Molina record. It's darker than usual, moodier and the songs are longer. There's more of a haunting quality, something ghostly. At the same time, it's so unadorned that it gets to be a bit of a snore. Not a wise move putting the slowest tune, “Red Comet Dust,” at track two after the real good title track. Mostly, though, this thing just ambles along with the exception of “Honey, Watch Your Ass,” which sounds like something from the last Songs: Ohia record, which is the best record. Mostly, this just sounds like Molina doing what he always does, which is spinning desloate words over guitar chords.