Quite often, times of dormancy only seem so to those of us on the outside. The wheels never really stop turning. Such is the case for Magnolia Electric Co., which has a string of items lined up over the next months, including its first official release since 2007’s Sojourner box set.
First for the band is an exclusive 7" titled It’s Made Me Cry, which will be available first on April 18 as part of Record Store Day, an international event celebrating independently-owned record stores. Side A of the 7" features a tuplet of songs recorded over a weekend in October 2008 at Bloomington’s Russian Recording. The songs serve as a lesson in the power of brevity – each a flaming arrow to the heart of some heavy emotions. Side B of It’s Made Me Cry is the moody, instrumental "Protection Spell," recorded at Russian Recordings almost exactly a year prior to the other songs and featuring late bassist Evan Farrell. The band’s proceeds from the 7" will benefit The Evan Farrell Memorial Fund.
A list of businesses participating in Record Store Day can be found here.
It’s Made Me Cry will also be available digitally worldwide on May 19.
In May, Magnolia Electric Co. will tour the western U.S., sharing a string of West Coast dates with North Carolina’s The Avett Brothers, who are confessed fans of Magnolia Electric Co. Scott Avett was recently quoted in American Songwriter singing the praises of the band: "Shit, man, that Magnolia (Electric) Co. EP a few years ago moved me, and most of the world hasn’t heard it. That’s ridiculous. But I know those things happen."
May will also bring a Magnolia Electric Co. appearance at Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival.
Magnolia Electric Co. 2009 SPRING TOUR:
05/03/09 Norman, OK – Opolis
05/04/09 Lubbock, TX – Bash Riprock’s In The Dept
05/06/09 Phoenix, AZ – Modified Arts
05/07/09 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/09/09 Los Angeles, CA – Music Box at Fonda w/ The Avett Brothers
05/10/09 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern w/ The Avett Brothers
05/12/09 Hanford, CA – Hanford Fox Theatre w/ The Avett Brothers
05/29/09 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival