(fom) Thu 22 Sep 11 12:41
home page of the well -- I see that maybe once a year, being an oldschool picospan user. Facebook -- not sure if I've ever visited the FB Well page. Not sure what would lead me to do that. Is it a place where exclusive announcements are made? Added value beyond going to the actual Well? hosts of Inkwell in the circles they frequent -- Apparently our circles do not intersect, though I thought they did. gail, I suggest that the Well would be making a mistake to neglect picospan users. Perhaps we can discuss this elsewhere.
(fom) Thu 22 Sep 11 13:01
Anyway -- I must go out and find a copy of this book. I will have pertinent questions. Jon, will you be playing in the Bay Area anytime soon?
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Thu 22 Sep 11 18:43
Mekons at HSB Fest in Golden Gate Park on 30th Sept at 3pm Swedish American Hall that night too Tubby Brothers is a song about undertakers, chemical spills, friends & family dying, exotic locations in Baneswell, the sell off of the railways, going home, going on holiday in the 60s and driving oast the graveyard in Aberfan, watching Reggie Kray's funeral on the BBC news etc. There are some undertakers in Newport called Tovey Brothers and since writing this song I have made use of them and discovered they serve a very useful purpose.
X (joeyx) Thu 22 Sep 11 19:17
You'll have to try harder to scare this lot off, Jon. Sorry, I was away from the computer all day so I wasn't able to taunt you. Jon, tickets are secured for both City Winery and the much beloved Bell House. I'll be sure to say hello.
(fom) Thu 22 Sep 11 19:47
I probably will not attend HSB but will get tickets for the Swedish American Hall gig asap. (I looked on your site earlier and saw that listing.) Jon, we have never officially met (though I always try to say thank you and shake your hand after a performance, most recently at Starry Plough a few years back) -- but in August 1993 I had the privilege of chauffeuring Tony and Gary to your house a few times, and to Dave Trumfio's studio, while you were recording Killer Shrews. (I'm not a chauffeur, I just happened to be in Chicago with a rental car and a depressing family situation and it was fun to do that.) Later I was lucky enough to attend the record release party for I [heart] Mekons at the Lounge Ax. I have some questions in mind for this interview but am still trying to formulate them into coherency.
X (joeyx) Thu 22 Sep 11 21:02
Glad you found this, fom! Just the other day I was listening to that Pulsars record and wondering what Dave Trumfio was up to.
(fom) Thu 22 Sep 11 22:28
Look, here he is on LinkedIn: <http://tinyurl.com/3mnruhy> He's in LA now, still running Kingsize Soundlabs.
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Fri 23 Sep 11 06:11
Every summer Dave returns to Chicago from LA with his family and we go up to Lake Geneva WI where his parents run a B&B and we race around the lake in his motor boat drinking beer and "having a laugh". I was at the new Kingsize in Chicago the other night recording with Mike Hagler Dave's former partner.
X (joeyx) Fri 23 Sep 11 06:58
On your recent gigs with the choir, are you doing only SOR songs or mixing it up. What is your take on bands doing entire albums for a gig? I liked your anniversary shows with the Mekons in NYC where you did "eras" with the Sadies as the Mekons cover band doing another era.
X (joeyx) Sun 25 Sep 11 12:08
Jon, I promise I'm not stalking, but I saw someone post a photo of your son singing with you and the choir. It's really remarkable that you managed to involve your whole family in the SOR project. Do your kids take music lessons?
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Sun 25 Sep 11 21:27
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7nZRG3kBlY It was a big weekend I have to say - very emotional now I come to think about it and all the better for having family & friends close. My boys are both singers - Tommy's in the Chicago Children's Choir and Jimmy is in The Un-Gnomes an as yet to be revealed punk rock combo. It was such an amazing festival. Somewhere there's a photo of my youngest boy and Mavis Staples having a big hug. Didn't wanna be too precious so we do a bunch of tunes from Skull Orchard + Tom Jones covers and other singalongs like R U an Entertainer? a song I wrote with the Sadies -
Ed Ward (captward) Mon 26 Sep 11 00:31
Oh, man, the Hideout: the club that's #1 on my list. I met the folks who run it at SXSW some years ago and we had some good times running around to see acts, and then I reviewed one of their Workmens' Comp CDs, where their employees get to contribute to a compilation. If I'm not mistaken, they're both social workers, and there's a non-profit side to the club operation as a neighborhood social center. But the main thing is, they have good taste and seem to be good people.
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Mon 26 Sep 11 05:46
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-22/entertainment/ct-ott-0923-hideou t-main-20110922_1_dive-bar-hideout-tim-tuten this was in the tribune on Friday - yup this place is unique.
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Mon 26 Sep 11 05:56
I got pursued around SXSW by Tim & Katie back in the late 90s. They wanted the Wacos to play their bar, really badly. I thought they were nuts and I was right but what they've done over there by streets & sanitation (with their partners Jim & Mike) is quite remarkable. From the stage in the parking lot the Hideout itself looked so tiny across that sea of people; like a kid hiding round a corner.
Jon Langford (jon-langford) Tue 27 Sep 11 06:38
off on tour with the mekons this week so any other thoughts or questions etc. express them forcefully about now....
My free and simple demeanor set everybody at ease. (pdl) Tue 27 Sep 11 06:50
1. some of my all time favorite concerts have been mekons shows--especially one y'all played in austin in the early 90s in some club that is no longer there, i think it was the island 2. Alan Doughty is a fantastic bass player 3. Thanks a bunch for answering my questions and all the time you spent here
X (joeyx) Tue 27 Sep 11 07:31
Thanks again, Jon. I'll see you at the two NY shows. It's been fun!
Gail Williams (gail) Tue 27 Sep 11 10:00
Thank you so much, I learned a lot from the discussion, and got to turn some friends on to some sweet videos!
Ed Ward (captward) Tue 27 Sep 11 10:55
Yeah, thanks for dropping by. Sorry none of your extensive fan-base took the opportunity to chime in, but it's their loss. We sure had fun!
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