God and Country Music: Jason Molina’s Heaven Bound Hope in Brokenness

Each week in God and Country Music, Nick Rynerson gives country music a chance and examines the world of Americana, folk, alt-country, and popular country music.Last month, American folk music lost one of its best songwriters to a vice all too common to musicians: alcohol. Jason Molina was a constant on the music scene for the better part of fifteen years, putting out over a dozen albums between solo releases and his two bands, Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.Actually, I haven’t listened to … [Read more...]

Every Song I Ever Wrote Was Written for You: Belle and Sebastian

If you take everything out of your life, then what’s left? If you get rid of all your friends, stop listening to all music, through necessity, then what comes out of that void? What comes out of the silence?—Stuart MurdochLast week Pitchfork.tv released an hour-long documentary about the making of Belle and Sebastian’s beloved album If You’re Feeling Sinister. The documentary is the latest in their Pitchfork Classic series looking behind the scenes at notable albums.The documentary i … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Panda Bear and Death Cab for Cutie

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world.  We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention.  Each week we will share a video or two highlighting music that we find particularly engaging and meaningful.Drew's Picks:Panda BearI have never really been a fan of Animal Collective and so when band member Noah Lennox, who goes by th … [Read more...]