HCTF: Streams and Updates

Johnny Dowd: stream “Presbyterian Wedding Bells” from the Neon Baptist live alum

Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of Presbyterian Wedding Bells, a track from the handmade 2CD set of rare Neon Baptist recordings, one of the perks of his campaign at Indiegogo (ends within a couple of hours from now). Punk meets rock meets Americana and all Hell breaks loose:

Here’s another live recording of my first band, Neon Baptist — a punk version of “Presbyterian Wedding Bells,“ with Jennifer Edmondson tearing it up on vocals. Recorded at The Nines, Ithaca, NY, in September 1990.

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Johnny Dowd: crowdfunding successful, stream “Paralyzed” from the Neon Baptist live recordings

photo: Kat Dalton

Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of Paralyzed, a track from the handmade 2CD set of rare Neon Baptist recordings, one of the perks of his campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording of his new album Execute American Folklore.. He has reached his goal of $15,000:

We reached our goal at Indiegogo last evening! Thanks to everyone who contributed to my campaign for my new album, “Execute American Folkore.“ You had already opened your hearts to me, and when I asked you to open your wallets, you really came through. I can’t thank you enough.The campaign will stay open until the previously set deadline—this coming Saturday, July 2 (11:59 PM, PDT). Perks are still available until then. So if there was something you meant to get, you can do so through Saturday. Funds over the goal will also go to costs connected to the new album.

Paralyzed was recorded on April 27, 1991, at The Nines in Ithaca, NY. Besides Johnny Dowd, you’ll hear Dave Hinkle, Jennifer Edmondson, Mike Edmondson, Cally Arthur, and Max Ormond.

The headmaster of trashcan Americana will be on tour in Europe this Fall. Park Doing is the support act for the first two weeks (October 12 through 23) and Mark Lotterman for the final week (October 24 through 30).

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5 thoughts on “HCTF: Streams and Updates

  1. Nice post overall, Hans. But can we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop using the word “Americana” in connection with Johnny Dowd’s music? “Americana” conjures up visions of some folkie who wants to rock things up a bit, and Johnny Dowd is NOTHING LIKE THAT AT ALL! Johnny makes some of the most visceral and adventurous ROCK music around today. Let’s call it ROCK and not limit JD to the misleading and confining “Americana” term.

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  2. Nice post overall , Hans. But can we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop using the misleading word “Americana” when describing Johnny Dowd’s music? “Americana” conjures up images of some folkie trying to rock things up once in a while. Johnny’s music is much too visceral and adventurous to be constrained by such a limiting and inaccurate label. Johnny is making some of the most challenging and best ROCK music around today. OK, that’s enough of this particular speech. Resume enjoying JD’s music. Drjohnrock,, over and out.

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    • Approved both your comments because, yeah, let’s redefine the terms! But have pity-ROCK is not enough, either. Here’s a few we’ve collected recently:
      Freak-country
      country-noir king
      pastor with a beatbox
      industrial country music
      headmaster of trashcan Americana
      Techno voor rednecks

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      • Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice. My laptop has been acting up and I thought the first post didn’t go through.

        I don’t know, any label that smacks of folk or (especially) country is rather off base, IMO. The folk and country influences have pretty much vanished over the last few JD albums. Maybe “menacing swamp rock”? Or “humorous gloom rock”? The second one is an oxymoron but then so is a lot of Johnny’s music. I’m sure there are a lot of possibilities.

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