Written In Music reviews Twinkle Twinkle

JOHNNY DOWD – TWINKLE, TWINKLE

 Door Cis van Looy op 11 januari 2018

Execute American Folklore was al niet het meest toegankelijke werk, van de eigenzinnige uit Ithaca, met Twinkle Twinkle neemt Johnny Dowd de warrige draad van de voorganger op. Vanaf de openingstune Execute American Flokore, Again een wordt de luisteraar met een elektronische brij met daarbovenop het ondertussen vertrouwde, gegromde parlando geconfronteerd, regelmatig komt de ijle zang van Anne Coogan daarbij. Met uitzondering van het titelnummer zorgde Dowd met enige hulp van Michael Edmondson uitsluitend voor ‘de muziek’.

Hij nadert ondertussen de zeventig maar zijn experimenteerdrift is geenszins  getemperd. Alom bekende singalong tunes uit het grote Amerikaanse songbook worden met synthesizers en primitieve elektronische instrumentatie in, op het eerste gehoor vormeloze, hallucinante klanktapijten getransformeerd.

Het zijn niet bepaald de mooiste klanktaferelen, meestal ontaarden de traditionals, enkel herkenbaar door de vertrouwde tekstflarden, in een beangstigde soundtrack die wellicht niet alleen puristisch georiënteerde luisteraars de gordijnen injaagt en vrij snel doet afhaken. Als je het even langer volhoudt ontdek je Trouble in Mind. Dat nummer passeert hier op een logge beatbox structuur, ongetwijfeld de meest opmerkelijke versie van de niet alleen in jazz en blues milieus tot klassieker uitgegroeide song die pianist Richard M.Jones in de vroege jaren twintig van vorige eeuw componeerde.

Met Red River Valley wordt nog een oudere folktune in een bizarre rocker getransformeerd. Het duurt even voor in de grillige structuren St James Infarmary Blues of Jon The Revelator ontdekken. Met de macabere spoken word versie van The House Of The Rising Sun en My Darling Clementine verloopt dat vlotter.

Het beluisteren van deze langspeler is geen gemakkelijke opgave, we vermoeden dat vooral Dowd zichzelf amuseerde tijdens de opnamesessies. Ongetwijfeld enkel geschikt voor avontuurlijk ingestelde adepten in een nooit voltooide zoektocht naar curiositeiten. Muzikale amateurs die aan dat profiel beantwoorden komen ongetwijfeld aan hun trekken op de komende tournee met Melle de Boer.

Tracklisting Twinkle, Twinkle:

  1. Execute, American Folklore, Again
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Litter Sister
  3. The Cuckoo
  4. Trouble In Mind
  5. Going Down  The Road Feeling Bad
  6. St.James Infirmary Blues
  7. Red River Valley
  8. Rock Of Ages
  9. John The Revelator
  10. Tom Dooley
  11. House Of The Rising Sun
  12. Oh, My Darling Clementine
  13. Job 17: 11-17

Foto: Kat Dalton

 – Original Site

Execute American Folklore was not the most accessible work, from the idiosyncratic from Ithaca, with Twinkle Twinkle Johnny Dowd takes on the messy thread of the predecessor. From the opening stand of Execute American Folkore, Again one, the listener is confronted with an electronic pulp and on top of that the familiar, growling parlando, regularly accompanied by the thin vocals of Anne Coogan. With the exception of the title track, Dowd, with some help from Michael Edmondson, only took care of ‘the music’.

He approaches the seventy in the meantime, but his experimental drive is by no means tempered. Well-known singalong tunes from the great American songbook are transformed into hallucinatory sound tapestries with first-class formulas and primitive electronic instrumentation.

They are not exactly the most beautiful sound scenes, usually the traditionals, only recognizable by the familiar text fragments, degenerate into a frightening soundtrack that may not only stimulate puristically oriented listeners to pull the curtains and quickly pull them off. If you persist for a while, you will discover Trouble in Mind . That song passes here on a cumbersome beatbox structure, undoubtedly the most remarkable version of the song that has not only become a classic in jazz and blues environments, which pianist Richard M.Jones composed in the early twenties of last century.

With Red River Valley an older folktune is transformed into a bizarre rocker. It takes a while to discover St James Infarmary Blues or Jon The Revelator in the erratic structures. With the macabre spoken word version of The House Of The Rising Sun and My Darling Clementine that goes float .

Listening to this long player is not an easy task, we suspect that Dowd especially amused himself during the recording sessions. Undoubtedly only suitable for adventurous adepts in a never completed search for curiosities. Musical amateurs who answer that profile will undoubtedly get their money’s worth on the upcoming tour with Melle de Boer.

 – Translation by Google

Indebanvan reviews Twinkle Twinkle

 

JOHNNY DOWD-TWINKLE, TWINKLE

High fun factor

Making a cover album the umpteenth highlight in your impressive oeuvre. Johnny Dowd succeeds. It should be said that the performances on “Twinkle, Twinkle” are just as idiosyncratic as their own compositions.

EXECUTE AMERICAN FOLKLORE, AGAIN

The opening track ‘Execute American Folklore, Again’, which is completely out of hand, is related to the predecessor ” Execute American Folklore “. You would almost think that Dowd is still politically active in his old age.

FIGHT THE POWER

This previous album was strongly hip-hop oriented. There is no question on “Twinkle, Twinkle”. Although Johnny Dowd quotes Public Enemy (“Fight the power”) in the opening song. Vocally, the Bluesman appears old-fashioned with its cross-section of American traditionals. Although American …

The song to which the album title refers, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, is a poem by the English poet Jane Taylor on a French melody. (‘Ah! Vous dirai-you, maman’).

MELODIC HIGHLIGHT

Also ‘The Cuckoo’ has been adopted from England. It gets a solid beat from Johnny Dowd. That does not matter. Singer Anna Coogan manages to make it a melodic highlight.

‘Trouble In Mind’ (performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, among others), gets an Industrial approach from Johnny Dowd on which a synthesizer is also flogged.

FUNKY JOHNNY DOWD

‘Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad ‘(which we know from Woody Guthrie and The Grateful Dead) has never sounded as funky as it is now. Also ‘Red River Valley’, one of the Top 100 Western Songs, gets a funky treatment.

The Christian hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ is in the hands of Johnny Dowd completely of this time. ‘John the Revelator’, a primeval tone number, gets a respectful performance.

HIGH FUN FACTOR

On ‘House of the Rising Sun’ the hiphopper Johnny Dowd pops up again. Together with ‘Tom Dooley’ and ‘Oh, My Darling, Clementine’ it makes sure that “Twinkle, Twinkle” enters the books as the album from Johnny Dowd’s oeuvre with by far the highest fun factor.

An album on which even the darkest chapter in Job’s biblical book can result in a funky ode to the Friday.

“Twinkle, Twinkle” is available from January 12, 2018.

Johnny Dowd-Twinkle, Twinkle

Tracklist:
Execute American Folklore, Again
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
The Cuckoo
Trouble in Mind
Going Down the Road Feeling Bath
St. James Infirmary Blues
Red River Valley
Rock of Ages
John the Revelator
Tom Dooley
House of the Rising Sun
Oh, My Darling, Clementine
Job 17: 11-17

RELEASE DETAILS
Genre : Blues , Folk
Label : Mother Jinx Records
Country : USA
Format : CD
Date: January 12, 2018, 00:00

 – Translation by Google

 – Original article

Live @Hill Country DC with Pere Ubu

                                          Hill Country Live Presents:

mentalist maverick & alt-everything troubadour has been added to in DC on 11/9 Chocolate-in-your-peanut-butter, son!

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu’s new album 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo opens the doors of the avant-garage to reveal the hardworking mechanics hammering away at the

fundamentals of blue-collar rock. A three-guitar revision spans the state of the art for guitar-based rock in the year 2017. Keith Moliné is joined by Cleveland guitar legend Gary Siperko and Kristof Hahn in the now familiar orchestra of analog and digital

synths, clarinet, drums and Thomas’ unquestionably unique vocals.

The touring arm of Pere Ubu will be heading out with the new album; first-off in the USA in November-December, amd with a full European tour and further USA dates in 2018.


Johnny Dowd

“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic

and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.” – Acoustic Magazine

“Soaked in swirling guitars with extraterrestrial synth sounds throughout Dowd here creates a piece which is on a par with the best of Beck.” – Americana-UK

Live @The Dock

 

                                                HAPPY HOUR at it’s most ironic

 

 

 

Johnny Dowd

“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.”

— Acoustic Magazine (UK), September 2016

“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“

— Andy Gill, The Independent (London)

 

(Editors note: For those in the know, there’ll be a Party Here tonite!)

 

 

Live at The Bunker Elwood City PA

 

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Johnny Dowd is an American alternative country musician from Ithaca, New York. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humor and the absurd in his work.

We have previously only seen Johnny Dowd at the Fingerlakes Grassroots Music Festival in New York, & we are looking forward to welcoming him to The Bunker for what will be a rare and exciting opportunity to see this audacious, rockabilly-punk, poet-songster in an intimate house concert format. He will be accompanied by his former Neon Baptist bandmate, Mike Edmondson, on keyboards.

“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.“ — Acoustic Magazine (UK)

“Gonzo hell-bound music from a true original.”­ —Andy Fyfe, Q Magazine

Details: 848 Walnut Drive., Ellwood City, PA
Doors open at 6:30 for a pot luck dinner (food contributions are welcome but not mandatory) followed by music at 8 pm
BYOB

Donations will be collected – $20 per person is suggested, but feel free to give more 🙂 100% of your donation goes to the band…Your support of live music is appreciated!

*Please help to spread the word about this event by inviting your music-loving friends!!

Hope to see you on March 11!
The Klines

COMMENTS:

Yay, it’s Johnny Dowd Day!
This is THE DAY… the day that Johnny Dowd comes to Ellwood City, specifically to our DEAR friends the Kline‘s house… their basement, aka The Bunker.
It’s a little chilly today but the roads are clear and dry with no precip in the forecast… and the environment in The Bunker is climate controlled… in the best ways possible, WARM and LOVING. This will fill your soul, with the best food, companionship and MUSIC/POETRY you could hope for.
Please come join us, you may never have another chance to experience anything like this!
JOHNNY Dowd!!

Larry Franklin

— 02/03/2017 20:15
We haven’t seen Johnny Dowd in several years, mainly because we haven’t been to Ithaca, NY, where we have always seen him perform. Nor have we his last couple of albums, which we *will* remedy next weekend. We do have most of his previous remarkable recordings… but there is just nothing like seeing and feeling him live and in person, it is a *very* unique experience. A vibe like I have experienced nowhere else. He’s very popular in Europe but not so much in The States, which I personally see as tragic. We first saw him fronting Neon Baptist at the first Great Blue Heron Festival. Anyone who knows us knows that our favorite band, next to The Grateful Dead, is Donna The Buffalo… Donna played several times each day at the first Great Blue Heron Fest, and we did immediately fall in Love with them, but I can’t honestly say that I remember very much of their sets from that festival… what they played, etc… but I do remember every second of that mind-blowing Neon Baptist set. We have seen Mr Dowd at every chance since then, even forgoing the Saturday night Donna The Buffalo sets at their home base festival, the Fingerlakes Grassroots Fest, just outside of Ithaca, where he is usually scheduled opposite them on another stage. And each and every time has been well worth it, I remember every set of his we have ever seen, even the most highly intoxicated ones. 🙂 We have made several trips all the way to Ithaca just to see him perform. Now I suppose he is an acquired taste, he is “different,” he is dark, and he is Pure Art. IMHO. Not “pretty” art, high art… dark high art to the extreme. Johnny Dowd has been compared to Nick Cave… probably because he is so dark. Johnny Dowd has been compared to Captain Beefheart… probably because of the unique ways he uses words and sound. Johnny Dowd has been compared to Tom Waits… I myself do that often when talking about him… because of his artistic sensibilities, temperament and taste. But he is just unique, and incomparable. As far as I know he hasn’t performed in the Pittsburgh area before, which makes next week’s show at Kline’s basement, The Bunker, a premiere of sorts. Do yourself a favor. Take a chance. We are *extremely* excited that he’s coming here to Ellwood City and we hope that all the wonderful open-minded music fans who frequent this fine venue, and YOU, join us and thoroughly enjoy this… character. You have never seen/experienced anything like it. Check out some of these You Tube videos, open your mind, and fasten your seat belt….

Gary Johnson

— 02/03/2017 20:15
I live in Cincinnati. If it wasn’t for a work commitment on March 11, I would drive the 300 miles to Ellwood City for this show. That’s how much I appreciate Johnny Dowd’s music. You fans of adventurous music in Ellwood City or places closer to it than Cincinnati owe to yourselves to attend. Johnny takes various musical elements and twists them into his own unique musical vision. On top of that, he is a very engaging performer with a fine sense of humor. See him if you can!

Larry Franklin

— 03/03/2017 17:32
Hey kids… can’t beat a recommendation like this… thanks, Gary!: “Gary Johnson: I live in Cincinnati. If it wasn’t for a work commitment on March 11, I would drive the 300 miles to Ellwood City for this show. That’s how much I appreciate Johnny Dowd’s music. You folks of adventurous music in Ellwood City or places closer to it than Cincinnati owe to yourselves to attend. Johnny takes various musical elements and twists them into his own unique musical vision. On top of that, he is a very engaging performer with a fine sense of humor. See him if you can!”

Judy Cs

— 03/03/2017 17:32
Gary Johnson, he’s playing a house concert in Buffalo the evening before. PM me for details if you’re not working.
Judy Cs
— 02/03/2017 18:29
quirk·y ˈkwərkē/ adjective characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits. “their sense of humor was decidedly quirky” synonyms: eccentric, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, unusual, strange, bizarre, peculiar, odd, outlandish, zany… Johnny Dowd, poet first, and musician, is an acquired taste. Do yourself a favor and acquire that taste. Check out this video from his European tour:

Larry Franklin

— 26/02/2017 22:57
I’ve mentioned before that Mr Dowd is much more popular in Europe than he is here, particularly in Sweden, Germany & The Netherlands… here’s a nice little article about him:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/5852ea02-04f4-49a9-ab8a-40555ac4c1d5

Susan Chikalla

— 23/02/2017 17:52
I’ll be in Wisconsin visiting family that weekend. Have a great time!!! Thanks for the invitation.
Milton Donald
— 23/02/2017 14:53
I hope folks int he Bunker will be prepared for something “different”. 🙂
Larry Franklin
— 23/02/2017 14:53
– this is going to be interesting. Most of Kline’s patrons aren’t very familiar with most of the bands they’ve had there but they’ve been very receptive. And positive. Of course most of the bands have been more acoustic, and many Dead-related. They have no idea what they’re in for! He will be by far the edgiest music they’ve had (it’s a pretty progressive town music-wise… I’m telling folks to think Tom Waits only edgier & darker) and by far the darkest. But, hey, WE know how good he is, let’s just hope minds stay open. I hope to get some of his music posted before the show so folks will have an idea what to expect (suggestions welcomed!), but I’m extremely busy and more than a little sick right now, so I’m not thinking clearly at all… we’ll get on that asap! 🙂
Milton Donald
— 23/02/2017 14:52
Been wanting to get to a Bunker show since you started. Maybe I’ll be able too make this one. Melissa has been wanting to visit Pittsburgh. I could warm up the stage with my song called… “Johnny Dowd”. Would be great to see y’all.
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