Monday Music News

R.I.P. Jason Molina / photo by Kyle Johnson

  • Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia has passed away. Sadly, Molina died on Saturday as a result of organ failure. According to his family, he had been in and out of rehab due to his struggle with alcoholism since 2011. His final release was last summer’s Autumn Bird Songs. It is always heartbreaking when we lose such an amazing talent to addiction. Take a minute to watch Molina and his band perform “Farewell Transmission” from a 2002 Atlanta performance. Rest in peace, Jason. [Pitchfork]

  • Today, thanks to NPR, you can stream Waaves‘ extremely catchy Afraid of Heights. Getting track teases and song samples are always exciting, but being able to listen to a new, unreleased album in its entirety, well that’s just plain glorious. I can assure you, the surf rock band does not disappoint. Each song only gets better as the the 40 minutes goes on. [Stereogum]

  • It’s amazing how some bands can blend images that doesn’t seem to have anything to do their track and make it work. Django Django‘s new video for “WOR” is a prime example of what I’m talking about. The video gives you a bird’s eye view of some insane car and motorcycle stunts at an carnival in India and it honestly makes the song more interesting. Unfortunately, the sheer speed and craziness of these daredevils almost gives me motion sickness. Also, Django Django will performing tomorrow night at Neptune Theatre. Get tickets HERE. [Stereogum]

  • Vampire Weekend closed SXSW on Saturday night with two new songs from their new LP Modern Vampires of the City (available from XL Records on May 7). A fan caught some great footage of the tracks “Diane Young” and “Ya Hey”. Watch below: [CoS]

  • Scottish producer Rustie has dropped his first new tracks since 2011’s Glass Swords. This new song, entitled “Triadzz” is a trippy, electronic jam that will definitely take clubbing to the next level. Brace yourself when you press play, because resisting the urge to dance is futile. [CoS]

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