Live @ Ithaca Musicians Office Party @ Maxies

Local musicians fundraiser and office party at Maxie’s-All Welcome!

 

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Of course, we have no photos of the future show, but here’s some shots from last year at The Haunt. Johnny-centric as usual (per the blog name!) but a great show with many local talents. Check the poster-you can catch them again this Sunday!

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Live @ The Haunt opening for Southern Culture on the Skids

Just as he did at SCOTS first Ithaca appearance 20 years ago at the old Haunt, Johnny Dowd will open the show. Earlier this year, the local icon released yet another stellar album, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” which puts his distinctive spin on some traditional folk, blues and campfire songs such as “Darling Clementine” and “Tom Dooley.” Learn more at johnnydowd.com.

 – Ithaca Journal

These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Oklahoma

We used science and data to determine which cities in OK are redneck heaven.

What redneck criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most redneck cities in Oklahoma, we had to determine what criteria makes a redneck.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and Google Maps, this is the criteria we used:

The dictionary definition categories

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Lives in the south or midwest

And the stereotypical categories

  • Number of dive bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Waffle Houses, Bass Pro Shops, and Dollar Generals nearby

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

1. Pauls Valley

Population: 6,156
Tobacco stores per capita: 1st in OK
Fishing/bait shops per capita: 2nd in Oklahoma
Gun stores per capita: 2nd

Dern tootin’, Pauls Valley! You have the official bragging rights as being named the most redneck city in the entire state of Oklahoma. You may now brag to your friends and share this endlessly on your Facebook walls.

Lets see why. There are just a lot of rednecky things to do here. In Pauls Valley, you’ve got the most tobacco stores per capita, and the 2nd highest number of places to get bait, tackle, guns and ammo in the state.

The Washita River meanders right outside of town, and rednecks here have their very own lake, Pauls Valley Lake, which is stocked with crappie, catfish and black bass.

Pauls Valley is south of OKC on I-35. In looking at the numbers, no wonder so many rednecks live here.

You can imagine how many Pauls Valley residents shoot armadillos from their porches.

 – Original article

Feeling Bad Tour @ Alstadt

Johnny Dowd & Melle de Boer

Als twee mensen lang genoeg graven komen ze elkaar uiteindelijk tegen. Johnny Dowd en Melle de Boer (die we kennen van Smutfish) wroeten al jaren door de gangen van de menselijke ziel. Als Orpheusen dalen ze af in de onderwereld en nemen met gevaar voor eigen leven de mooiste dingen mee naar boven. Nu komen hun tunnels samen!

Johnny en Melle gaan touren door Nederland. Ze spelen hun liedjes. Oude liedjes, nieuwe liedjes. Geen suf singer-songwriter avondje maar elektrisch, chaotisch, hard en lelijk, zacht en mooi. Alleen, en dan weer samen. Ze combineren hun volstrekt eigen werelden om een onvergetelijk, maar vooral uniek optreden te verzorgen.

When two people dig long enough, they eventually meet each other. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer (whom we know from Smutfish) have been rooting through the corridors of the human soul for years. As Orpheusen they descend into the underworld and with danger to their own lives bring out the most beautiful things. Now their tunnels are coming together!

Johnny and Melle are going to tour the Netherlands. They play their songs. Old songs, new songs. Not a dull singer-songwriter night but electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. Alone, and then together again.They combine their completely own worlds to provide an unforgettable, but especially unique, performance.

Johnny Dowd

Johnny Dowd komt in december 2017 uit met een album met zijn interpretaties van Amerikaanse Folk klassiekers. Liedjes als Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. Het zijn ‘traditionals’, de basis van de Amerikaanse muziek. Johnny en Melle zullen ze bijna onherkenbaar brengen. Niet oubollig, maar zoals ze nu moeten klinken, actueel, vol ziel, elektriciteit en noodzakelijkheid. Ze spiegelen een directe reactie op de huidige Amerikaanse samenleving, met alle spanningen en onzekerheden die daarbij denkbaar zijn. Johnny neemt zijn gitarist Mike Edmondson mee. Hij zorgt voor een gedegen slaggitaar waar Johnny al zijn gekte en chaos in kwijt kan. Mike zingt ook mee.

Johnny Dowd will release in December 2017 with an album with his interpretations of American Folk classics.Songs like Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. They are ‘traditionals’, the basis of American music. Johnny and Melle will bring them almost unrecognizable. Not quaint, but as they should sound now, current, full of soul, electricity and necessity. They mirror a direct reaction to current American society, with all the tensions and uncertainties that are conceivable in this respect. Johnny takes his guitarist Mike Edmondson with him. He provides a solid percussion guitar where Johnny can put all his craziness and chaos into it. Mike also sings along.

Melle de Boer

Melle de Boer brengt begin 2018 een album uit. Een solo album heel dicht bij zichzelf. Dit album wordt opgenomen op zijn zolder, eenzelfde als waarnaar de vader van Melle vertrok na zijn scheiding. Op die zolder wonen spoken. Spoken die liedjes fluisteren. Melle wordt bijgestaan door Suzanne Ypma. Zij heeft samen met Melle zijn nieuwe album opgenomen. Suzanne is van de elektropop. De synthesizer heeft een belangrijke rol in het nieuwe album.

Melle de Boer will release an album in early 2018. A solo album very close to itself. This album is recorded in his attic, the same as the one that Melle’s father left after his divorce. Ghosts live in that attic. Ghosts that whisper songs. Melle is assisted by Suzanne Ypma. She has recorded his new album together with Melle. Suzanne is from the electropop. The synthesizer has an important role in the new album.

Live @ Casita del Polaris with Park Doing

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The Muggles Bros at Casita with Park Doing

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The Southern Tour

As a bit of a bloggish prelude to upcoming shows with Pere Ubu, here’s shots from John’s mini tour of the south in June. He played some crazy cool venues, and there were a few adventures…

 

First stop was Local 506 in Chapel Hill, a great show shared with local favorites Melissa Swingle and Ben de la Cour ( and that hot hamburger stand guy).

 

John and Mike had a whole day and night to recoup at the swanky Hotel BobNJackie. And no, they don’t take reservations.

123 Pleasant St. was a revisit (and reunion) for John.(Check out this CD of a previous show there). Once again he shared the stage, this time with The Furr and Captain Catfeesh.

It’s along drive to Nashville, so you gotta stop and eat in W Va. And if you gotta eat in W Va, you’d best go to Mama Kay’s.

In addition to food, there is employment, so John made a quick career change to tire salesman.

 

 

Hours later, having sold only one tire (to himself), profit margins proved slim,so it’s on to the Big Bucks at Mouthhole (F)ester.

 

You remember the Mouthhole, right, who had a fundraiser for Johnny’s fundraiser and wrote all those sick Name Songs for contributors? Johnny wrote a song for them, too,which you can find eventually if you scroll around his website

The Mouthhole (F)ester being dark and deep and awesomely funky, images were not so clear. As it should be in the best of underground venues.

(Johnny’s own take on the tour:

Just got back from a mini southern tour: Local 506 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown, West Virginia; and Mouthhole Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.All three gigs were a ton of fun. Mike Edmondson and I dubbed ourselves the Muggles Brothers for this tour. Jennifer Edmondson came with us and was a great help with the merch table. In Chapel Hill, I was able to visit with my sister and her husband who gave me an awesome madras jacket from the sixties! Thanks to the clubs for booking us and the people who came out to see us. Give yourself a big hand.

 

One of the highlights of the tour was an out-of-the-world lunch at Mama Kay’s in Princeton, West Virginia. The food was great, and the owners really made us feel at home. If you are in the area, check it out. Tell them Johnny sent you.)

 

In spirit of the upcoming Twinkle Twinkle album, here’s a thousand stars there’s plenty of time to make for yourself next time you drive from New York to Nashville and back. (Congrats to Ben & Jade).

JDF out!