Back in 2007/08, when Jonathan Wilson didn’t have a record label to put out his records nor even a fancy 2.0/3.0/?.? website – and supposedly didn’t think about making a living off touring and selling records – he used to put some b-sides for free download in his ol’ plain HTML page. Only one of those songs was available at a time, and most are probably gone forever, except for a version of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, now that his old site is gone.
what an amazing cover of Jason Molina’s ‘Red Comet Dust’ by CFCF. RIP JMo. I wanted to write a big post about it but I can’t.
I’ve been a fan of Jason’s music since 9th grade. Quite honestly, I became obsessed with his music. I tracked down every b-side, home recording, live bootleg I could find. It always acted as a comfort through bad times and good. Even in 2006 after the trauma of a shooting at my college, I made it out to one of his shows that very day knowing I would find some solace in his songs.
I sampled Jason Molina’s original version of this song on my song “Cometrue”. Jason gave his permission for the sample, but over the past few months I still felt like I wasn’t really representing him well enough through it. I wanted to properly pay homage to this song I loved so much and so I started working on a version I could play in live shows.
I had already recorded it in February this year and I was planning to use it on a release somewhere in the future, but this morning I learned that Jason had passed away. It’s pretty devastating news for all of us who loved his music. So as some small tribute, I’m putting the song up here for free download.
I’d like to strongly encourage everyone downloading this to consider offering support to Jason’s wife Ashley through this tough time via Paypal.
An uncompressed version of the song can be downloaded free at Bandcamp.
My dear friends from Blessed Feathers, who released an album on Cakes and Tapes around this time last year will put out a new record, Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds next October 9. But first, they teamed up with Peter Wolf Crier to do a pretty good cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Porcelain”.
The new album will be released as hand-numbered, limited-edition digital vinyl discs. All pre-orders of the album placed before street date will receive a free copy of the new Summer/Fall 2012 issue of frontman Donivan Berube’s literary zine, Sleeping in a Torn Quilt / Dreaming of Gold. I own the first issue and the zine alone is totally worth the money you’ll spend on the record. Also, go see them live if you’re around:
09/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Yellow Phone Music Conference
09/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Hotel Foster#
10/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Stonefly Brewery*
10/09 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox QC*
10/10 – Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s*
10/11 – North Manchester, IN @ The Firehouse*
10/12 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe*
10/13 – Youngstown, OH Cedar’s Lounge*
10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers Coyote Cafe*
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Brewery (The AV Club CMJ Party)
10/17 – New York, NY @ Stratosphere Studio* (Fred Perry & Insound Vinyl CMJ Party)
# – w/ Hugh Bob & the Hustle
* – w/ Way Yes (Lefse Records)
Stream the C&T-released album From the Mouths of the Middle Class here:
<a href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-mouths-of-the-middle-class” data-mce-href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-mouths-of-the-middle-class”>From the Mouths of the Middle Class by Blessed Feathers</a>