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.”


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

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 21st
Davis Music Fest (THE LODGE Upper Hall, Davis CA) at 6pm on Saturday 22nd
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

Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project

Sat, February 2, 2013

Pitman Theatre

8:00 PM

Stephen Foster was the guy who wrote ‘Oh Susannah’, ‘Hard times come again no more’ and numerous other songs we often considert as public domain. He was the first man to earn his living solely through his music. He died as a forgotten alcoholic at the age of 37.

With Juniper Tar as house band, The Foster Project features performances from Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), Christopher Porterfield (Field Report), Robbie Fulks, Blueprint, Betty Strigens, and a community choir of 20 voices from Milwaukee’s various music scenes.

Wikipedia article

American Dreams

PBS Special

His songs



Pine Valley Cosmonauts pre sale

Bloodshot Records
ON PRE-SALE NOW: Roger Knox and The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, ‘Stranger In My Land.’ When you pre-order, you’ll be entered to win one of two Jon Langford limited- edition digital prints mounted on plywood, like the one pictured below. Get to it!

October so far

10.05.12 CA    San Francisco    HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at 4:45 Arrow Stage
Jon Langford with his Sadies, Sally Timms

10.05.12 CA    San Francisco    THE SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL Acoustic Set at 8:30 pm
w/ Roger Knox, Sally Timms, Walter Salas-Humara (Silos)

10.05.12 CA    San Francisco    CAFE DU NORD    at 11pm
w/ Jon Langford and his Sadies, the Sadies

10.06.12 CA    San FranciscoHARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at 11am  Star Stage
w/Roger Knox, The Sadies, Sally Timms

10.08.12 CA    Davis    HOUSE PARTY
w/ Roger Knox, Walter Salas-Humara (Silos)

10.10.12 WI    Madison    The Frequency
w/ Roger Knox & Pine Valley Cosmonauts

10.11.12 IL    Chicago    Old Town School of Folk Music
w/ Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Sally Timms