Where is Gargon?

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Gargon is living on a small farm outside of Liverpool right now. He’d probably make a comeback at some point, but not as a full time touring musician. He’s a little past that.”
 
                                                            – Johnny Dowd, Smelly Flowerpot interview

Reflections from the Ether

I’m a huge fan, me. If you’ve heard of Dowd but not heard his music, don’t be fooled by well meaning but empty-headed music writers who use inaccurate phrases like “Americana” and “Tom Waits” to describe his music. He sounds NOTHING like Waits, and any folk and country influences disappeared years ago. He is making extremely inventive and idiosyncratic ROCK music that musicians half or even one-third his age (he’s in his late 60s) would envy. To me, his best album–and also his most recent–is That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse. No Regrets is fine as well. Of his earlier albums, I would start with The Pawnbroker’s Wife. The Mekons, a band he has opened for a number of times, are huge fans. Jon and Sally guest on a song of Johnny’s called “Drunk” (one of his very last country-tinged songs) on Johnny’s Cruel Words album.

Dowd’s website is www.johnnydowd.com

I pledged at the $100.00 level to receive as premiums Execute American Folklore, 2 live CDs of Neon Baptist (Johnny’s first band), and a Zolar Moving Company t-shirt (the company Johnny co-owns for a day job). But Johnny will appreciate any pledge, even if you’re short on cash and can only afford something below the premium levels.
(DJR is referring to John’s indiegogo campaign now closed.-Editor)

I would appreciate hearing from any Dowd fans on here re: your favorite JD tunes, gigs you’ve seen, etc. And to all of you cynics: I’m neither related to Johnny nor do I have any financial interest in any success he may have. I’m just a fan.

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The fan site

 

 

Editors note:
Awesome and insightful,DJR. We hope you are cool with us reposting here.

Twinkle Twinkle Pere Ubu

important announcement?—my record of public domain tunes is now recorded[for the second time-the first version was awful]—it will be called [i think] TWINKLE TWINKLE–it’s pretty wack in a folky kind of way—look for me at the grammies—hang down yer head tom dooley yo

– Johnny Dowd

UPCOMING TOUR

Big news: I have some dates in November opening for one of my all-time favorite bands, Pere Ubu!

November 8: Club Cafe; Pittsburgh, PA
November 9: Hill Country DC; Washington, DC
November 21: Woodward Theater; Cincinnati, OH

Ticket links on my Tours page here.

Also, my new record, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” is being mixed and will be released in December. I’m heading to Europe in January.

See you down the road.

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Johnny Dowd: new album “Twinkle, Twinkle”

Johnny Dowd has finished recording an album with public domain tunes. It might be called Twinkle, Twinkle and will be released on his own label Mother Jinx Records:

Howdy all. I have finished tracking my new record, tentatively titled Twinkle, Twinkle. All the songs are in the public domain — “Tom Dooley,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Red River Valley,” “Rock of Ages” . . . you get the picture. It features Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson on vocals. If you ever wondered what folk music would sound like in an electronic setting, this is it. I’ll release it on my own label, Mother Jinx Records. Not sure when. I’ll keep you posted.

 

HCTF review of Execute American Folklore.

 – Original Article

 

 

 

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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