Magnolia Electric Co.: Mike Kapinus (trumpet, bass guitar); Jason Groth, Jason Molina, Pete Schreiner.
Personnel: Jason Molina (vocals, guitar); Jason Groth (guitar); Pete Schreiner (drums).
Recording information: 2003.
Recorded in 2003 but unreleased until 2005, TRIALS AND ERRORS is the debut of Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Co. following his retirement of his previous project name Songs: Ohia. Recorded live in Brussels during Songs: Ohia's last European tour, the album finds Molina in full homage to Neil Young and Crazy Horse circa EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE, right down to the snatch of Young's "Tonight's the Night" that Molina and band interpolate into the final song, "The Big Beast."
Entertainment Weekly (p.86) - "MEC bombard the listener with wondrous guitar sprawls to match Molina's soulful drawl on 10 epic tracks..." - Grade: B+
Uncut (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 - "This live show from Brussels is so charged it crackles largely due to the spitting guitar interplay between Molina and Jason Groth."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Such is the fired-up, soul-stirring intensity of Jason Molina's blue-collar country rock that if the desolate downer-blues of PYRAMID ELECTRIC CO is his TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT then TRIAL & ERRORS must be LIVE RUST."