Jon Langford and Skull Orchard
Hometown: Chicago via Leeds
The L'homme de Renaissance of indie rock. (That's "Renaissance Man" for all you eating "Freedom Fries.") He's done it all in his time. For us, he's created lots of cover art, produced lots of records, lent his ham-fisted guitar stylings to recordings by the Old 97's, Kelly Hogan, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon, Jon Rauhouse, Alejandro Escovedo, among others, draws a comic strip, plays in the long running art/punk collective the Mekons, written a book, appeared as the backing band on This American Life and acts as a reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago's musicians looking for direction and reassurance in this vicious racket we call the music industry. Among the guiding forces in the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and the Waco Brothers and Wee Hairy Beasties. At any given time, he has several projects going. It tires us just trying to keep up. As nice as he is prolific. Sort of rare in the hyper-rarified environment of notoriety.
For More of Jon's Art, go to his page at Yard Dog in Austin, TX; home of the annual Bloodshot SXSW shindig. Stop by, say hi, and make sure you look at the ten years of Yard Dog/Bloodshot SXSW Photographs!
Live performances of "Nashville Radio" and "Over The Cliff" on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches.
"Nashville Radio," "Over The Cliff" and "The Country Is Young" performed live on the Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack
"Delilah" w/ Sally Timms on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioners' Last Songs: Volumes 2 &3
"Over the Cliff" on For A Life of Sin
"Sweet Kind of Love" and "San Antonio Rose" w/ Alejandro Escovedo on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' Salute to the Majesty of Bob Wills
"Brixton" w/ Chip Taylor on Down to the Promised Land
"The Plans We Made" duet w/ Sally Timms on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs: Volume 1
"Nashville Radio" on Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
"Take This Hammer" on Old Town School Songbook: Volume One
"California Blues" duet w/Alejandro Escovedo on Bourbonitis Blues
"Over The Cliff" guitar/vox on Old 97s Wreck Your Life
Hometown: Chicago via Leeds
Sally was born in Leeds, England. She grew up in the Yorkshire dales, sang in the church choir and performed in poetry recitals as a child. In 1985 she joined the Mekons as a full-time member and has regretted it ever since. Unfortunately, the only way out of the Mekons is in a box, so she's still there.
Known as one of the laziest women in show business, she frequently calls in favors from her more talented and successful friends so that she can dedicate more time to watching television and eating bananas. She has blonde hair, grey eyes, and appalling mood swings. Despite her fondness for off-color commentary on virtually every aspect of popular culture, she possesses a truly magnificent voice. She also has a soft spot for the little ones, as evidenced by her kiddie band, the Wee Hairy Beasties.
"I'll Be Seeing You" on Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack
Live performance of "Perfidia" w/ Jon Rauhouse on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches.
"Perfidia" w/ Jon Rauhouse performed live on the Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack
"The White Cliffs of Dover" on Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo
"Long Black Veil," "Homicide" and "Delilah" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 & 3
"Tennessee Waltz" on Straight Outta Boone County
"Right or Wrong" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills
"Glue" w/ Andre Williams on Down to the Promised Land
"The Plans We Made" duet w/ Jon Langford on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs: Volume 1
"Perfidia" on Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds" on For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records
"Hush Little Baby" on Rudy's Rockin' Kiddie Caravan
Hometown: Washington State via Leeds
Over the past two decades, Danbert Nobacon has established himself as a fiercely politicized voice, overtly using popular music as a forum for his subversive and revolutionary messages. Beginning in 1982 as a founding member, vocalist and keyboardist in the anarchist collective Chumbawamba, Nobacon and the group spent the â80s and early â90s touring incessantly, squatting in protest of exorbitant housing costs, and recording musical manifestos such as 1986âs Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records.
Chumbawamba broke through to unexpected mass success in 1997 with the worldwide hit "Tubthumper." The success of the single allowed them to use their newfound fame to advance their causes and directly engage multinational corporations in acts of dissent. This led to a string of high-profile acts of civil disobedienceâ"the group calling for the release of Mumia Abu Jamal during an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, for example. When the band sold their song for usage in a General Motors commercial campaign, they publicly donated $70,000 of the money to anti-GM activist causes. Perhaps most infamously, at the 1998 BRIT Awards Nobacon dumped a bucket of ice water on UK then-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, an act reported in news publications around the world.
Specifically concerned with anarchist and environmental causes, Nobacon has continued in this vein even after Chumbawamba went into hibernation in 2004 (the group continues to appear on rare occasions, most recently in February '07, celebrating its 25th year.) In 2005 he led a series of protest concerts against the G8 Summit in defiance of the Live 8 concert series. Inspired in part by an appearance at Jon Langford and Sally Timmsâ nautical-themed seasonal spectacular Here Be Monsters in late 2005, Nobacon began work on what would become Library Book of the World, tapping Langford and his Pine Valley Cosmonauts to join him at recording sessions in Chicago in summer 2006.
"The bulk of people have the complete wrong idea about Chumbawamba in the first place. The band wasn't just a one hit wonder that disappeared as quickly as they appeared. The band formed in the early 1980s as part of England's Anarcho-punk rock scene led by bands like The Crass." â"brokendial.com
"Danbert Nobacon is one of those crazy genius musicians. His earthy, impassioned voice casts a charming line, baiting and hooking willing ears to his message. Whether or not the message is understood isn't the pointâ"just that it's heard." â"Albuquerque Alibi
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