Live @ The Mouthhole Fest(er)

 

3rd Annual
MOUTHHOLE FEST(ER)
Nashville TN

Bigger/ Bolder/Wider than ever!!!
Please share/invite
Featuring music from:

SATURDAY:
4:00–Droneroom (Louisville)
4:20–Econosin
4:40–Fusca Stella
5:00–Bright Yung Things
5:20–Chop Chop Chang
5:40–Bazookatooth
6:00–The Strumms
6:20–Work
6:40–Austin Hoke
7:00–Horcerer (Knoxville)
7:20–Stand Up Comedy
7:40–Anouk Asunder
8:00–Johnny Dowd (Ithaca)
8:59–Planet Mouthhole Fitness Awards
9:00–Crisswell Collective (Knoxville)
9:30–Cat Casual (Louisville)
10:00–The Chewers
10:30–The Ornaments
11:00–Twen
12:00–Midnight Movie

Totally Free. BYOB.

Johnny Dowd by The Mouthhole Band

A man named Johnny Dowd had a good idea, so we stole it. To raise money for his next album, living legend
Johnny Dowd offered a reward on a crowdfunding website:
for $1000 he would write a song about you.
The residents of The Mouthhole
Nashville’s weirdest house venue, wanted a Johnny Dowd song about us, but we are poor.
We decided – we should raise crowdfunding
to donate to Johnny Dowd’s crowdfunding and get a song made about The Mouthhole.And what would our offered reward be? We’ll make songs too. If you donate even $1 we will make a song about you.
So we did. You are now holding a collection of rewards. They were recorded quickly and efficiently in order to keep the flow (and there ended up being 36 of them).Each member of The Mouthhole Band rotated instruments for each song. Lyrics, with occasional exception, were written
by committee. We raised approximately $760 dollars. Johnny Dowd made us a song anyway, because he liked our idea that we stole from him.
He named the song “The Mouthhole”.
We named this album “Name Songs“.



Editors note: You can find Johnny’s Mouthhole song if you scroll down to  November 30, 2016 on his website.

More on the Mouthhole

Anna and Amanda – Kickstarters and Covers

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From Anna Coogans Kickstarter :

My name is Anna Coogan. I am a singer, guitarist, composer, teacher, producer, and teen mentor. I am releasing my first album in four years, The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, on April 28, 2017.

In the last four years, I have taught approximately 2,200 voice lessons, toured Europe three times, scored two silent films, produced three albums, spent hundreds of hours writing and playing with my bandmate Willie, and rediscovered my years of classical voice training. I’ve been a sideman for the first time ever, for Johnny Dowd and Mary Lorson. I’ve built some bridges. I’ve burned a few. This record encompasses all of these things.

 

 

Amanda Richards covers First There Was a Funeral by Johnny Dowd:

 

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Just can’t resist-here’s a Johnny version:

 

 

Rough Trade on Execute American Folklore

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Johnny Dowd
Execute American Folklore
To try to categorise Johnny Dowd Ithaca, New York’s legendary, idiosyncratic genius is like trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible or indeed beneficial. To do so would be foolhardy, to say the least. Yet, far from trying to alienate an audience, or indeed create his own chin-stroking niche, for his tenth album, Execute American Folklore, Dowd has arguably delivered his most accessible yet. As he says himself, ‘I thought every record I made, with the exception of Wrong Side of Memphis, would be my ticket into mainstream acceptance and big record sales. The fact that I have been wrong each time doesn’t discourage me.’ From the opening bars of ‘Unease And Deviance’ to the final, sing-along joviality of ‘A World Without Me’ (a duet with the fabulous Anna Coogan who floats through the album with unrestrained glee), it’s clear that Johnny has had a great deal of fun making this record. Held together with pulsating rhythms and drive beatbox and synths pumping out mercurial beats whilst Dowd’s unmistakable tones pierce the songs like a maniacal cheerleader for the masses Dowd charts a territory bordered by futuristic funk on one side and exploratory electronica on the other. Dowd’s aural playground is a place for everyone to gorge themselves on the fine fruits of a master aural manipulator at play. ‘Execute American Folklore’ not only pushes the envelope one step further for a musician who tore up the rule book years ago, it reaffirms Dowd’s place as one of America’s creative ambassadors of invention, mirth, and sonic wonderment. Hell, this is even a Dowd record you can dance to!

 

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Live at Casita del Polaris (and Indie on Demand)

That’s Sat. 7/30, NOT Friday like Facebook is so lying about…

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On another note, here’s a message from Johnny’s IndieGoGo campaign:

July 4, 2016:  We were getting requests for perks after the campaign closed, so we put the campaign into “In Demand” which makes perks available again.

Funds raised over goal will go to costs connected to Johnny’s new record and his October tour to promote it. Thanks again, everyone!

 

(Our chance to get another Zolar tee so the JDF crew can appear at all future Halloween parties dressed as a moving company.)

To start with, if you loved A Drunkards Masterpiece, you gotta claim this perk:

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“This is a gorgeous watercolor by artist Kurt Herrmann which we reproduced on the cover of Johnny’s 2008 CD, “A Drunkard’s Masterpiece.” Painting is 6¾ x 7¾ inches (12¾ x 14¼ inches, including mat and wood frame). Matted and framed to archival standards.”

Okay, fine, we get it – what you REALLY want is a song written about you by Johnny:

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“Become immortalized in song. Johnny will write a song about you and record it. He’ll send it to you on CD-R, along with the handwritten lyrics. Just give him a few details about your life. Or, if you prefer, the song can be about someone or something else. Who knows, maybe it will be on Johnny’s next record? You can keep the recording to yourself or share with the world, as long as you don’t charge anyone for it. (Johnny will retain songwriting rights.)”

 

.This mother of all perks won’t run out, though. We know he can do it, no matter how many requests he gets, because his song book already tops 300. Fact!

 

Hell, be the crazy mofo that got both! But Do It NOW!

 

(PS Never hesitate-here’s the perk you missed:
“Hello everyone. I added a new perk today—my Electro Harmonix DRM-16. It’s almost like a band member. I used it on just about every record I’ve made. You can hear it in this video for “Betty”:
 
Video by Louk Voncken
 
—Johnny”)
(PPS Here’s the genius who got it performing awesomely Bad Songs for JD supporters one and all:  The Mouthholes )
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Last Chance to Get Drunkards Masterpiece Original Cover Art and Your Own Song

THIS IS THE FINAL DAY of Johnny Dowd’s IndieGoGo campaign, with these great perks to make you want to be the the one to close it with a bang!

To start with, if you loved A Drunkards Masterpiece, you gotta claim this perk:

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“This is a gorgeous watercolor by artist Kurt Herrmann which we reproduced on the cover of Johnny’s 2008 CD, “A Drunkard’s Masterpiece.” Painting is 6¾ x 7¾ inches (12¾ x 14¼ inches, including mat and wood frame). Matted and framed to archival standards.”

Okay, fine, I get it – what you REALLY want is a song written about you by Johnny:

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“Become immortalized in song. Johnny will write a song about you and record it. He’ll send it to you on CD-R, along with the handwritten lyrics. Just give him a few details about your life. Or, if you prefer, the song can be about someone or something else. Who knows, maybe it will be on Johnny’s next record? You can keep the recording to yourself or share with the world, as long as you don’t charge anyone for it. (Johnny will retain songwriting rights.)”

 

Hell, be the crazy mofo that got both! But Do It NOW!

 

(PS Never hesitate-here’s the perk you missed:
“Hello everyone. I added a new perk today—my Electro Harmonix DRM-16. It’s almost like a band member. I used it on just about every record I’ve made. You can hear it in this video for “Betty”:
Video by Louk Voncken
Thanks everyone for helping me get my new record, “Execute American Folklore,” out into the world. Please spread the word if you haven’t already!
—Johnny”)
(PPS You can hear this drum machine in use if you contribute to The Mouthholes Go Go Johnny Go campaign and get a Bad Song written about you.)

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HCTF says Stream This Song

Johnny Dowd: stream “A World Without Me” from his new album “Execute American Folklore”

photo: Kat Dalton

 

Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of A World Without Me, a track from his forthcoming new album Execute American Folklore. There are five day left
                            (Editors note: TWO days left now!)
for his crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording. He aims to raise $15,000 ($10,039 is in the pocket right now).

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).

Live dates:

  • 07/29 Ithaca, NY @ Casita Del Polaris
  • 08/20 Trumansburg, NY @ Rongovian Embassy
  • 10/12 Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
  • 10/13 Norderstedt, Germany @ Music Star
  • 10/14 Krefeld, Germany @ Kulturrampe
  • 10/15 Zeist, Netherlands @ De Peppel
  • 10/17 Zurich, Switzerland @ El Lokal
  • 10/20 Liverpool, United Kingdom @ Dumbulls
  • 10/21 Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom @ Edgemoor Hotel
  • 10/22 Farndale, United Kingdom @ The Band Room
  • 10/23 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ 02 ABC2
  • 10/25 London, United Kingdom @ The Islington
  • 10/26 Eye, United Kingdom @ The Bank Eye
  • 10/27 Sheffield, United Kingdom @ Greystones
  • 10/29 Zemst, Belgium @ GC de Melkerij
  • 10/30 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Bureau Beukorkest at TAC

HCTF review of That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.

 – Original Article

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Behind the Scenes of Execute American Folklore

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A day with John and Anna working on the album you can get as a perk at Johnny’s IndieGoGo IF YOU HURRY. Seriously, only a few days left!

Get a song written about you by Johnny, or help these folks get one about them and they’ll return the favor!

(Audio taste of Execute at Johnny’s website.)

HCTF:

Johnny Dowd has unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming new album Execute American Folklore. Drawing made by Melle de Boer, design by Kat Dalton. There are 12 days to go
(Editors note: FOUR!)
for his crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording He aims to raise $15,000 ($8,470 is in the pocket right now).

Figuring it out:

The Command:

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How Anna does it:

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Satisfied??

 

Satisfied!

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Johnny Dowd releases the Neon Baptists

Hopefully you’ve already contributed to Johnny’s IndieGoGo campaign and claimed whatever  killer perk your heart desires. If you haven’t…SHAME! Get on it! We’ll wait here.

 

Okay, good job.

 

First off is the Holy Grail of early Johnny Dowd stuff-a double Neon Baptist CD set. Seriously, we hear from folks hunting for the rare Neon Baptist cassettes all the time. And we personally know half a dozen folks with as many bootleg tapes as your average DeadHead.
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Jennifer Dowd’s original bass head

Below is ALMOST the earliest incarnation of Neon Baptist, courtesy of the Johnny Dowd website:
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– photo by Kat Dalton

“Neon Baptist, circa 1991. Front, left to right: Johnny Dowd, Cally Arthur. Back, left to right: Dave Hinkle, Mike Edmondson, Jennifer Dowd. Not shown: Max Ormond. Photo by Kat Dalton.

Here’s a little treat for you: a free download of Johnny’s song “Testify,” performed by his band Neon Baptist on January 11, 1991, at The Haunt in Ithaca, New York.
(Editors note: Get the free download at Johnny’s website. Just scroll down….and down…)
Band members, in addition to Johnny (vocals/guitar), were Dave Hinkle (bass), Mike Edmondson (guitar), Jennifer Dowd (drums/vocals), Cally Arthur (vocals), and Max Ormond (guitar).

If you would like Johnny to put out a CD of live Neon Baptist recordings, please let us know via the contact page. He has a lot, possibly enough good ones for a double-CD release.”

(Editors note: YEAH we did-and HE did!)

 – Thanks to Johnny’s website November 7, 2015


The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance started a long time back as a concert to benefit local AIDS support organization AIDSwork at the State Theater in Ithaca NY. Featured artists were Donna the Buffalo and pals The Horse Flies, and Neon Baptist.

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(Click for the only current You Tube clips of one of the Neon Baptist incarnations performing at the Grassroots Festival. Anybody have more in the vaults?)

 

The double cd available at John’s IndieGoGo includes mixes of live performances from multiple venues – if you loved NB back in the day, you were AT one of these!
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 A word from someone who knows:

If the right people get their hands on these Neon Baptist records you’ll be famous again.

Yours Truly,
Matthew Saccuccimorano
Moonbase Alphalfa

 

KindaMusik reviews That’s Your Wife

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Google translation:

Johnny Dowd, aka the singing mover, late again what is heard. After he made his debut late in life in 1997 with the album Wrong Side of Memphis, an album full of grim and bare folk songs, he has never released the same album. And that is quite an achievement for someone who claims to have no musical talent. Singing has never been able to play guitar and is something he has mastered during his many appearances.

Even with this rather chaotic album enters the maniacal singer again in many new areas and in dark alleys. By which unabashedly gnawing crows vocals and often devilish theme continues all incidentally keep in a dismal Americana accent. As you may be wondering how a pastor with a beatbox sounds, then gives the spoken word of “The Devil Do not Bother Me ‘a good idea. The stiff hip-hop ‘White Dolemite “with lascivious vocals of Anna Coogan, sounds like a filthy mess of The Cramps, Tom Waits and an anonymous street rapper from the ghetto of New Orleans. “Dear John Letter” is hitting techno for rednecks. You can find it at least fascinating.

If there is no such thing as an industrial country music yet, Johnny Dowd has invented That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.. To the average american lover will sound like Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed or backwards for my part Draaiorgel The Arab . There must be someone recognizes the genius of these outrageous antics in this crazy world. If there is room in a museum for a peanut butter floor, there also will be someone who will care of Johnny Dowd.

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harikari Reviews That’s Your Wife – Best of 2015

The Best Albums of 2015

 – By Brad

I don’t know why it took me so long to put together this list of The Best Albums of 2015. Just too busy I guess. But now that football season is over, I’ve not much else to do this Valentine’s Day Sunday. Right now I’m just sittin’ around listening to vinyl, drinking Batch 15 IPA and eating some chocolate. Just the right combination to get me motivated enough to list the best albums of 2015 and embed some cool videos.

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I’ve been a big fan of Johnny Dowd ever since I heard his 1999 album, Pictures from Life’s Other Side, and saw him live at The Tractor Tavern. His new album is titled That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse, and here’s a quirky video for “White Dolemite”.

– Original Article