Decoration Day, Volume 4

by Mason Jar Music & Friends

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Over the past five years, Mason Jar Music's Brooklyn headquarters has been a home - both literally and figuratively - to an incredible community of multi-talented and endlessly creative people. Our basement studio has captured countless powerful performances and loopy late nights. The dining room table has hosted many a family dinner and the backyard many an afternoon barbecue. All-in-all it has been a great adventure. This year as MJM co-founder Dan Knobler and his wife Carrie Crowell start a new chapter together in Nashville, TN, we thought it fitting that our Decoration Day compilation feature songs about home: finding it, leaving it, loving it, hating it, missing it, and returning to it. This album is dedicated to everyone who has made the wonderful "MJM house" on Dahill Road into a home by filling it with warmth, passion, and above all, music.

The Decoration Day series began on a whim three years ago after a last minute studio cancellation inspired MJM co-founders Dan Knobler & Jon Seale to record an EP of some their favorite songs. In what has become a celebrated Mason Jar Music tradition, the collective unites old friends and collaborators and gives us the opportunity to reach out to some of our favorite artists each spring to record a group of themed cover songs to be recorded or released around Memorial Day.



released July 3, 2015

Produced by Mason Jar Music

Recorded by Dan Knobler, Jacob Blumberg, and Jon Seale
Mixed by Dan Knobler and Jon Seale
Mastered by Jacob Blumberg

Recorded at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY

Cover photo by Sasha Arutyunova


When I Was Young I Left Home - Big Thief
Written by Bob Dylan

Adrianne Lenker - vocals and guitar
Buck Meek - vocals and baritone guitar
Jason Burger - drums and percussion
Max Oleartchik - bass
Jas Walton - wurlitzer
Jake Sherman - organ

Spirit - Cassandra Jenkins
Written by Van Morrison

Cassandra Jenkins - vocals
Sam Owens - electric and acoustic guitars
Noah Hecht - drums
Eli Crews - bass
Alec Spiegelman - baritone sax
Jake Sherman - organ and wurlitzer
Dan Knobler - additional electric guitar, shaker, tambourine

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You - Ember Isles
Written by Bob Dylan

Megan Lui - vocals and electric guitar
Hannah Read - vocals and fiddle
Tamsin Wilson - vocals and acoustic guitar
Dan Knobler - additional guitars
Jake Sherman - organ, toy piano, and casiotone
David Palazola - drums and percussion
Jacob Blumberg - bass

Over The Hill - Flearoy
Written by John Martyn

Jon Seale - vocals and tamborine
Dan Knobler - guitar and shaker
Jake Sherman - piano
Zack Rosen - bass

LA Freeway - Rosanne Cash
Written by Guy Clark

Rosanne Cash - vocals
Dan Knobler - guitars
Jason Burger - drums and percussion
Michael Rinne - bass
Jacob Blumberg - mandolin
Jas Walton - vibes
Jake Sherman - organ
Ember Isles (Megan Lui, Hannah Read, Tamsin Wilson) - harmony vocals

Hyperballad - Taylor Ashton
Written by Björk

Taylor Ashton - vocals and banjo
Hannah Epperson - vocals and violin
Alec Spiegelman - bass clarinet, flute, and vocals
Jacob Blumberg - vibes
Eric Read - percussion

Cory Chisel & Adriel Danae - Bring It On Home To Me
Written by Sam Cooke

Cory Chisel - vocals and guitar
Adriel Danae - vocals
Jason Burger - tambourine
Michael Rinne - bass

Vocals and guitar recorded by Dan Knobler at The Refuge in Appleton, WI on May 6th, 2015


Special Thanks:

Carrie, Katrina, Big Thief, Cassandra Jenkins, Ember Isles, Flearoy, Rosanne Cash, Taylor Ashton, Cory Chisel, Adriel Danae, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, John Martyn, Guy Clark, Björk, Sam Cooke, Seamless, The Refuge, Millie, Bailey, Seatree MD & SP, Girlfriend, and all residents, guests, and visitors of the MJM House.

A big thank you to Jacob, Jason, Jake, Jas, Eric, Michael, Max, Sam, Noah, Eli, Alec, Zack, David, Adrianne, Buck, Cassandra, Hannah, Megan, Tamsin, Taylor, Cory, and Adriel for lending your time and talents.



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