"I was sixteen, I put some american dollars in an envelope and sent it over the sea. Two weeks later it arrived, I didn’t know music could sound that close. I followed his every move for years, bought every little strange seven inch and ‘tour only’ CD. I’m sitting here now with those records spread out across the floor. I never grew tired of Jason’s songs because they don’t belong to a time but rather a place. I don’t think I’ve ever heard music be so geographical. It’s not a place I’ve ever seen on a map, it’s a hut in a dark rainforest, a savannah in the sunset, a freeway with no traffic signs. A place no satellites has ever laid their eyes on but your GPS tells you, ‘you have reached your destination’."
— Jens Lekman remembering Jason Molina, the songwriter behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., days after he passed away.
"I love a lot of old disco because it’s aerodynamic, smooth, and very seductive. Every time I go out dancing these days, there’s always music playing that’s like, ‘You have to dance right now, or I’m going to beat the shit out of you!’ There was a song on Swedish radio a few years ago that translates to: ‘He Who Doesn’t Dance Is a Rapist’! But when I DJ, I try to think of the opposite of that— more like, ‘It’s all right if you don’t want to dance, but just try to resist this!’"
— Jens Lekman talks to us about non-threatening dance music and his forthcoming album, I Know What Love Isn’t.