postheadericon Here Be Monsters

postheadericon Forthcoming

Jon Langfords Men of Gwents
06/26/2014 – 7:00 PM
LE PUB 1 CAXTON PLACE BRIDGE STREET NEWPORT

Jon Langfords Men of Gwents
06/28/2014 – 7:00 PM
Glastonbury, Left Stage

Jon Langford w/ Robbie Fulks and Sally Timms 07/13/2014 The Hideout
Hideout Highlands Send Off
http://www.hideoutchicago.com/

Jon Langford and Jean Cook
07/20/2014 – 9:00 AM
Vancouver Folk Festival
Jericho Dr
Vancouver, Canada

Jon Langford with Robbie Fulks
Tue Aug 5, 2014 – 7:00 PM
12 Bar
London, United Kingdom

Jon Langford
08/08/2014 – 7:00 PM
Verified-artist-flat
Rebellion Festival
Blackpool, United Kingdom

Jon Langford with Bad Luck Jonathan
09/05/2014 – 5:00 PM
Hideout Block Party
Chicago, IL

postheadericon Playing:

Turf Fest IN TORONTO jULY 4-6
WACO BROTHERS – Fri July 4 – South Stage – Set Time – 7:20pm
WACO BROTHERS with SALLY TIMMS – Sat July 5 – South Stage – Set Time – 8:40pm
JL SKULL ORCHARD & BURLINGTONs – Sun July 6 – East Stage -
Set Time – 12:45pm
WACO BROTHERS – Sunday July 6 – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern -
Set Time – 12:20am
CALGARY FOLK FEST JULY 25-27

calgary

postheadericon Li’l Ray O Light

postheadericon Drone Operator – The Movie

postheadericon Jon Langford: Here Be Monsters

Jon Langford: Here Be Monsters
Indegoot)
Release date: 2013
SONGS: 

Summer stars
Weightless
Gone without trace
Mars
Sugar on your tongue
Drone operator
Rumors
What did you do in the war
Lil ray of light
Don’t believe

Lineup: 

 

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Notes

Acclaimed musician and visual artist Jon Langford will be releasing his newest album with Skull Orchard, titled Here Be Monsters, on April 1st. Best known for his work in the The Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Langford has been a leading pioneer in the assimilation of folk/country music into punk rock since the genre’s first evolution over 30 years ago. This album will feature a unique piece of artwork specific to each track on the album.

Langford, describing the new record, says “the subtext of the album is maybe the things our civilization thinks of as fixed and immovable might actually be redundant/obsolete/discredited and it’s up to us to question and find new rocks to be washed up on…” For this new album, Langford called in Mekons/Waco Brothers veteran Mike Hagler (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Neko Case, Billy Bragg) to record at Chicago’s Kingsize Sound Labs. ”Skull Orchard used to be a fairly solitary activity” says Langford, “but this is much more of a band project than any of the solo things I’ve done before.”

“This album really brings the art and the songs together – a chicken/egg which came first situation. The songs are very visual and in some cases came directly from the paintings.”

postheadericon New CD: Here be monsters

There’ll be a new cd out on April 1st (released by Indegoot)  and these are the first news I can give:

Here be monsters

Acclaimed musician and visual artist Jon Langford will be releasing his newest album with Skull Orchard, titled Here Be Monsters, on April 1st.  Best known for his work in the The Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Langford has been a leading pioneer in the assimilation of folk/country music into punk rock since the genre’s first evolution over 30 years ago.  This album will feature a unique piece of artwork specific to each track on the album.

Langford, describing the new record, says “the subtext of the album is maybe the things our civilization thinks of as fixed and immovable might actually be redundant/obsolete/discredited and it’s up to us to question and find new rocks to be washed up on…”  For this new album, Langford called in Mekons/Waco Brothers veteran Mike Hagler (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Neko Case, Billy Bragg) to record at Chicago’s Kingsize Sound Labs.  ”Skull Orchard used to be a fairly solitary activity” says Langford, “but this is much more of a band project than any of the solo things I’ve done before.”

“This album really brings the art and the songs together – a chicken/egg which came first situation.  The songs are very visual and in some cases came directly from the paintings.”

Songs:

Summer stars
Weightless
Gone without trace
Mars
Sugar on your tongue
Drone operator
Rumors
What did you do in the war
Lil ray of light
Don’t believe

postheadericon Langford’s Noisy Fall

Sat 7th Sept – 3pm – JL & Skull Orchard HIDEOUT BLOCK PARTY -

Sat. Sept 14th – Festival Hall, Calgary CANADA – Jon Langford & Sally Timms – http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/events/special/view/80#.UifSSX-1fms

Sun, September 22, 2013,  The Hideout Chicago, IL Freakons
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm, $10.00

Sat. October 5th – JL & Skull Orchard with FREAKONS – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2013/

Sat. October 5th (evening) – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco – KL & Skull Orchard w. Billy Bragg – http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2013-10-05/billy-bragg/

Sun. Oct 6th – JL & Skull Orchard/FREAKONS – Davis CA (venue TBA)

Thursday Oct 10th – CITY WINERY CHICAGO – with Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders – http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/wesley-stace-s-cabinet-of-wonders-10-10.html

Sat. Oct 12th – Englert Theater, IOWA CITY with Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders – http://englert.org/event_details.php?id=1026

postheadericon Roger Knox & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: “Stranger In My Land”

Roger Knox & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: “Stranger In My Land
(Bloodshot BS 179)
Release date: 2013
SONGS: 

The Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards
Stranger In My Country
Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home
Took The Children Away
Arafura Pearl
Brisbane Blacks
Wayward Dreams
Scobie’s Dream
Ticket To Nowhere
Warrior In Chains
Streets of Tamworth
Home In The Valley

Lineup: 

 

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Notes

Great reviews from Allmusic.com and Cool Album of the Day that we don’t want to pull quotations from, they deserve to be read in full.

“When it’s released in early February, this will become the most important country music release of 2013. Why?…This is country music wrought bruised and aching from the dustbowl that is Australia’s Outback.  This is Roger Knox bringing an Aboriginal voice to what amounts to Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson gathered at the billabong singing protest tunes. These are down-under songs of racial alienation, displacement, the march to civil rights and a collective voice in the wilderness proclaiming that they will not be moved. It is vintage Nashville sung like it should be; honestly, matter-of-fact and evocative as hell…Elegant, suffused with meaning and essential.” –OCanada.com

“Part travelogue, part National Geographic special, and part crash sociology course, Stranger in My Land is surely to be the most important album you will listen to all year, and might just be the most important album of the decade… a five on a five scale listen.” – Cool Album of the Day

“Down-under civil-rights songs addressing feelings of racial alienation and making pleas for justice, all couched in the plainspoken language of vintage Nashville.” – Chicago Reader

Stranger In My Land is a collection of songs originally written by Aborigine artists who were Knox’s peers and predecessors; some tunes previously recorded but difficult to find as well as several unrecorded, handed-down folk songs (which without this recording, could have been lost forever).  It is powerful and moving material, heartbreaking and hilarious, downtrodden and uplifting, suffused with longing, alienation, resilience and hope; universal themes arising out of largely unexplored context. It possesses the urgency of a Alan Lomax field recording, but with a spirit that remains relevant in today’s world.

Country music crossed the equator in the kitbag’s of US servicemen in WWII and magically struck a chord with a voiceless and near invisible aboriginal population. Soon American cowboy songs and honkytonk classics were retooled to describe rugged outback lifestyles and the migration from country to city. Turns out, you can’t beat this music as a vehicle for telling tough tales and the Aboriginal Country & Western Songbook is peppered with drinking songs and prison songs; songs that yearn for justice and for home; songs of alienation and the loneliness of the outsider. Humor, resignation and outrage stalk a superficially familiar musical landscape that’s been re-populated with stockmen, bandicoots, wallabies, porcupines, grog-drinkers, pelicans and policemen.

Stranger In My Land features guest vocals and instrumental performances from Bonnie Prince Billy (“Scobie’s Dream”), Kelly Hogan (“Blue Gums,” “Took The Children Away,”) Dave Alvin of X, Blasters (“Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards”), Sally Timms (“Home In The Valley”),  Andre Williams (“Stranger in My Country”) and perhaps the last known recording from Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers (“Ticket to Nowhere”).  All this star power is backed The Pine Valley Cosmonauts and the Sadies.

Also included in a album is a lovely insert by Langford that gives an apt history of the songs, artists, and people behind this fragile, yet empowering music. This is an album about a man and a people’s struggles in their own place of origin, and the experiences in a journey that such a complex life path can take. Knox is the conduit for these stories and these songs, but this isn’t ancient history and these songs are not museum pieces.

The place names and characters are different, but the humanity remains common. In making Stranger In My Land, Roger Knox closes the circle on a strange journey that takes the music and stories of his people all the way around the planet and back to America.

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postheadericon June activities

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard acoustic band (featuring Jim Elkington & Jean Cook) head west next weekend playing:

The CHAPEL in San Francisco on Friday 21sthttp://www.thechapelsf.com/event/287859-jon-langford-jean-cook-jim-san-francisco/
Davis Music Fest (THE LODGE Upper Hall, Davis CA) at 6pm on Saturday 22ndhttp://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d151/totbl/dirtschedule_zpsef2fcc04.jpg
AND Langford has an artshow at THE WILLOWS (12th & Folsom) on Sunday night July (meet/greet/grunt/drink @ 8pm)

 

Waco Brothers play at 8.45pm on Sunday 6/30/2013 – North stage Kedzie & Milwaukee

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