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The Spineriders – Hello Future Tinglies

by Woody on September 17, 2013


This year we lost a tremendous musician in Jason Molina. The outpouring of grief was overwhelming. Will Johnson wrote a letter on Centro-Matic’s Facebook page that was heartbreaking. For those that want to read it, it is dated March 21st. Water Liars played Just Be Simple when they visited us for a session and later that night at a show. My favorite tribute was The Avett Brothers doing Hammer Down in a Dublin dressing room which gets me every single time.

Misra Records is doing a pretty awesome thing. They are releasing a limited run of a cassette from Jason’s High School band in late 80s. You can pick it up here .With the approval of the Molina family, all proceeds will benefit the Musician’s Emergency Medical Association. Here is some info on the cassette.

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jason Molina played bass and sang backup vocals in The Spineriders — a Lorain, OH punk band attending nearby Admiral King High School. On August 27th, Misra is releasing their 1991 recording Hello Future Tinglies. Our aim in unearthing Hello Future Tinglies is to provide an invaluable window into the life, circumstances and experiences of a young Northeast Ohio native whose extraordinary gifts would grow, take form and awaken the world in innumerable ways.

Great artists rarely uncover their muse overnight. Inevitably, it is the summation of their life experience. Before Molina was known as a beautiful, heart-wrenching songwriter and the chilling voice of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia, he was an angst ridden teenage bass player. The Spineriders provide the context within which one of independent music’s most beloved artists was born.


I tried to find a good Thanksgiving song as y’all head out to spend time with your loved ones. One of my favorite lyrics of all time comes from The Avett Brothers:

Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.

Thanks for reading HearYa and for all your support. The comments and emails keep us going. We really appreciate ya. We’ll be back next week with a live session with The Black Angels and many more music recommendations. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Avett Brothers – Murder In The City

Video: The Avett Brothers – Murder In The City


For anyone that has followed The Avett Brothers over the years, you know how special their shows have become. In 2009-2010, the band matured into one of the best live acts around and Live, Volume 3, with the help of Rick Rubin’s production, fully captures the essence of Avett. It’s more than a concert album or tour diary. This is a coming-of-age story of sorts, about an indie band that has worked for a decade to “make it,” and their return home to the loyal family of fans that have carried them along the way.

Live, Volume 3 is a hometown reunion recorded live in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 8th, 2009. This was one month prior to the release of their major label debut, I and Love and You, but this set featured music that spans their discography. The Avett Brothers open with “Pretty Girl From Matthews” from 2002’s Country Was followed by “Talk of Indolence” from Four Thieves Gone and “Ballad of Love and Hate” from Emotionalism. It’s a chronological progression that catches Seth Avett in the grips of emotion on the latter song, leaving us with a song title, “Ballad of False Start,” before regaining his composure for the full rendition. “I’m so happy right now I can barely stand it,” he says before asking for permission to start over.

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Bruce Springsteen’s latest album Working On A Dream is unspectacular to say the least, but he and The E Street Band sure do some cool marketing and PR. They’ve got a page on their site called Hangin’ On E Street that features other artists covering their stuff.

The Avett Brothers – Glory Days

Gaslight Anthem – Backstreets

Ted Leo – Dancing In The Dark

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The Best EP’s Of 2008

December 12, 2008

Here’s to the best shorties of the 2008! I’m really in love with this batch of albums and we’ve shown lots of love for all of these artists over the year. Joe Pug was the biggest surprise, arriving as a submission in the mail. The songwriting on Nation of Heat just flat out blew me […]

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Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Ticket Giveaway!

October 19, 2008

We’re finally ready to give away a few pairs of tickets to the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival at the Congress Theater on November 22nd featuring Ha Ha Tonka, David Grisman and The Avett Brothers (each pair is a $67.50 value). It’s real easy to get ’em.‚  All you have to do is submit a […]

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New Video: The Avett Brothers – Murder In The City

October 8, 2008

Since there are two Avett brothers, I see nothing wrong with posting two videos nearly back to back (See Bella Donna). The video for “Murder In The City” was just released and the tip just arrived in our inbox. These guys are dreamy. Too bad I’m married…and straight. Once again, check them (and us) out […]

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Video: The Avett Brothers – Bella Donna

October 7, 2008

We dropped the ball in getting a review out for The Avett Brothers wonderful EP The Second Gleam. In a musical landscape where I can’t wrap my head around the noise that manages to get critically lauded, it is absolutely fantastic that The Avett Brothers are getting their proper due by playing stunning music time […]

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HearYa Presents: Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, mp3 Sampler

September 28, 2008

You may have noticed the little banner ad on our site featuring the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival taking place in Chicago in late November. Wait a second. A music festival in winter? In Chicago? Yes and yes, but the format will be a bit different than most festivals. It’s taking place indoors at the […]

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