Jason Molina: Captain Badass

Kendrick Lamar's remix, Sunshine Reggae, Jason Molina and more in our weekly music recap

Late Monday afternoon news broke about the passing of 39-year-old musician Jason Molina. Originally from Ohio, Molina performed under several monikers over the years, each gaining him a cult fan base wholly devoted to his ability to deliver raw observations about life to the tune of equally compelling guitar riffs. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman perhaps sums it up best by stating in a heartfelt …

Laid Back: Sunshine Reggae

Kendrick Lamar's remix, Sunshine Reggae, Jason Molina and more in our weekly music recap

As the sun finally shone over NYC on the official first day of spring last Wednesday, warm vibes greeted the city calling to mind the opening lyrics to Danish duo Laid Back’s 1983 hit “Sunshine Reggae.” As we wait for the rays to give us “just a little smile” so we can bust out of our offices and head out to the beach in warmer …

Jed Nayef: Freaks

Kendrick Lamar's remix, Sunshine Reggae, Jason Molina and more in our weekly music recap

The Guardian’s music aficionado Paul Lester made a bold move in comparing rising NYC star Jed Nayef to that of the man on everyone’s lip right now (and always), the legendary David Bowie. There may be some semblance of sound, but more likely what the two have in common is their ability to channel eccentricity into a ubiquitous aspiration. In “Freaks,” Nayef tenderly talks about …