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Monday, August 5th, 2013
It's been a strange summer up her in the Great White North: cool temperatures and more rain than anyone can remember. But I haven't minded so much. Excellent sleeping weather and when it's not raining the air has been clean and the temperature has been perfect for biking around and enjoying our most amazing city. This is truly a great place to live (especially in the Summer). We have been off the road since May and it has given me a chance to to do a bit of fishing (no luck yet with the browns but the largemouth have been very game) and an opportunity to watch my team: the aggravatingly-horrible, ball-kicking-gong-show that is the Toronto Blue Jays. But mostly, we have been in our new studio (The Hangar) finishing off our next project, The Kennedy Suite.
The Kennedy Suite is one of those albums that is extremely difficult to describe. It's a rock opera, a musical, a song cycle, a melodic psychological exploration of the people, characters and events surrounding the assassination of John Kennedy. We didn't write it and we don't even perform all of the music on the album, but we are proudly putting our name to it and “presenting” it on our Latent Recordings label. It is one of the most intelligent, creative and moving piece of writing that I have come across in decades (ever since Jesus Christ Superstar entered my life at the impressionable age of eleven) and it is one of the most exciting and unique projects that we have been involved with in a long time. The narrative of the song cycle takes place over the course of the weekend of November 22 – 24, 1963. Starting with the Kennedys' arrival at Love Field in Dallas and ending with the President's funeral in Washington DC. Each song is written and sung from the perspective of someone, real or imagined, that had a connection to the assassination. JFK, Jackie, Ruby, RFK and Oswald are all represented as are: three sisters giddy with anticipation for Kennedy's arrival at Love Field; a motorcycle cop riding in the motorcade determined to protect the Presidential couple to make up for his own failure to save his own family; a police detective assigned to escort the suspect Oswald but caught up in a delusional reverie about his high school senior prom, and many other assorted characters. The Junkies (myself, Alan and Pete) along with our good friends Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson (The Skydiggers) perform as the band for most of the songs. Margo does a turn as Jackie Kennedy and delivers one of the most compelling and heartbreaking performances on the album (would you expect anything less?). Each song has a different vocalist and working with all of this talent has been the one aspect of this project that has been the most exciting and satisfying. Joining us are: Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Hawksley Workman, Doug Paisley, Martin Tielli, The Good Family, Jessy Bell Smith, The Screwed, Harlan Pepper, Lee Harvey Osmond, The Potion Kings and Ivy Mairi, as well as a large and varied assortment of musicians. As I said, it's a difficult project to describe. We have chosen to record and release an album that requires repeated listenings, a record that needs to be sat with and mulled over and that even needs liner notes to be fully appreciated. This is not a blueprint for success these days. But we have you and we know that there are enough of you out there that still want your music to challenge and inspire you.
We don't have a set date for the release just yet, but we are aiming for the end of October. We do have a very special concert planned for November 22 at the Winter Garden Theater in Toronto. It will involve most of the performers on the album. Tickets for that show will go on sale next week (I'll post more info about the show as soon as we have ticket info). We will be blogging a lot about the making of this album over the next couple of months and we will be creating a seperate website for it….so stay tuned. In the meantime here is the lyric for the song (Disintegrating) that Margo sings on the album. This is Jackie Kennedy (as imagined by the writer) sitting on Air Force One, heading back to Washington with the body of her husband, still wearing her blood-splattered clothes so that the world could see what had been done to her husband, wracked with survivors guilt and suddenly struck by the horrible realisation that maybe the bullet wasn't meant for him, but for her. As I said, it's an amazing piece of writing, crossing effortlessly between the literal, the historical and the figurative, ultimately inspiring, but not afraid to creep into those dark under-explored recesses of our thoughts and actions and to shine a little light on the complexities that make humans, human.
In glazed eyes and red stains
I’m thinking this has to be
The biggest case of “I told you so”
I know I’m being petty
But when Nellie turned and said,
“Can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you…”
I almost laughed before you put your hand on my knee
To stop me,
Please stop me
Like I couldn’t stop you
The young woman you waved to
For that moment I hated you
I imagined you dead and that I was finally free
And that’s when it happened
‘Did I will it to happen?’
Was all I was thinking as I
Held your head in my hands
This is a tight sleeve,
The fucking engines of this plane are shrill
My lips are bloodless
Please, stop me
Please, stop me
Like I couldn’t stop you
The face of that young aid
Glancing back over LBJ’s shoulder
Did I overhear him say, “Hey, I’ve got a sure-fire way to win a second term
Put a hit out on his wife
The sympathy vote would be a landslide”?
You weren’t really thinking that, were you?
Were they killing you?
Or were they just missing me?
And if you were in my place
Would you be…Disintegrating?
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
We are excited to announce that Lee Harvey Osmond's "The Folk Sinner" has made the long list for this years Polaris Prize. For those of you who don't live in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, the Polaris Prize is awarded annually in Canada to the artist with coolest facial hair, or the most tatoos….or maybe its for the best album voted on by those with the most facial hair and coolest tatoos. In any case, the winner gets a nice chunk of change and its always good to be recognized for a job well done…it's also a great album. If you haven't had a listen, please do so by going to the Lee Harvey Osmond website where you can listen for free.
You can find more info about the Polaris Prize here
Monday, May 27th, 2013
We here at Latent Recordings headquarters are proud and excited to announce the release of The Good Family Album by the newly minted, multi-generational, super-group, The Good Family. The band is a family affair essentially made up of two iconic Canadian bands: The Good Brothers and The Sadies. Fathers, brothers, mothers, uncles, cousins, nephews, sons and nieces abound in this band and the one thing that glues it all together is supreme musicianship. Folk, bluegrass, country and some good ole Southern-stomp blend together on the album to make up one of the most captivating traditional-styled albums that I have come across in a long time. You can listen to the album for free by clicking on the player below and if you like what you hear please do yourself (and the musicians) a favour and buy a CD or a download of the album. Enjoy.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
We will be broadcasting our 8pm (PST) show from Yoshi's in San Francisco tonight. You can watch it live (no replays) by going directly to the youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShowGotv?v=smGuitORAlQ
Enjoy the show.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
If you are a Westerner please note that our Nomad Tour is heading your way in less than a week. On April 17th we will be starting a week-long run of dates through Alberta and then heading north to Whitehorse, on to Victoria and then south in to Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Most nights we will be playing two sets with the first set dedicated to our just completed Nomad Series and the second set full of songs from our catalogue. If there is a song of ours that you have always wanted to hear us play, please email the title to us at JunkieInfo@aol.com and we will do our best to play it that night (make sure you tell us what show you'll be at). Check out our Tour Page for relevant venue and ticket info. It will be a while before we are back in this part of the country so we hope to see out there.
For those of you in or near Quebec City, we'll be heading your way on May 11th for a show at the beautiful Palais Montcalm.
Monday, April 1st, 2013
I'll be in Berkeley on Thursday night in conversation with the great Chinese musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou (who is featured on Renmin Park and wrote I Cannot Sit Sadly By Your Side). It could be interesting, it could be wierd, it could be enlightening, it could be uncomfortable, it will definitely be different.
So if you are in the San Francisco Bay area and are looking for something to do on Thursday night, drop on by and come up and say hello…..
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
In case you missed it, our main man, Jeff Bird has just released a new album on Latent Recordings under the guise of his band The Potion Kings. It's hard music to describe, but if you are a fan of some of Miles's eccentric early 70's electric wanderings you should feel comfortable in the hands of The Potion Kings. The band is made up of Jeff on bass, guitar whiz Kevin Bright, mad-man Randall Coryell on drums and percussionest Howie Southwood. It's a wild and wooly ride, just hold on tight and enjoy.
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
We head out tonight for a 2 1/2 week run through parts of the North and South East. We have lots of songs from The Nomad Series in our repetoire as well as dozens from our catalogue (including the entirety of Black Eyed Man and, of course, The Trinity Session). We hope that we see some of you out there and if you can't make it please follow along on the tour diary that we will be posting as we move along. Check out the tour page to see if we are coming close to your front door…..Northampton here we come.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Lee Harvey Osmond will be bringing The Folk Sinner to Toronto on March 22 for a concert at The Great Hall. I will be playing along as a guest musician as will Andy Maize, (Skydiggers) Oh Susanna, Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and Paul Reddick. You can get your tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004A4CE9A58985.
If you haven't had a chance to listen yet, please do so: http://latentrecordings.com/leeharveyosmond/
Here is some earlier, incredible, praise for the album:
“It’s far too early to begin compiling a best of 2013 list, but The Folk Sinner is a good start. Canadiana cottage-country weirdness at its finest.”
“…this is the first must-have record of 2013. …the music Bob Dylan would have made if he could sing and play guitar like Mark Knopfler.” Berkeley Place
“prime uneasy listening” exclaim – 8/10
“ a beguiling record … jazz, country and American folk music, all filtered through Wilson’s impressive vision and impeccable taste.” Americana UK – 8/10
“Sinners seek salvation. …nocturnal incantations and lamentations.” Sun Media – Four Stars
“ …gathers infectiousness with each play and shines a light on the many facets of LeE HARVeY OsMOND. Consequence Of Sound
“The Folk Sinner is destined to be an underground classic.” Baby Sue
“it’s hard to imagine anyone not finding something on ‘The Folk Sinner’ to help you fly right down the highway to wherever you’re headed.”
“Lee Harvey Osmond has just set the bar to an unthinkable apex for 2013 with the release of The Folk Sinner.” Spill Magazine
“The Folk Sinner is one of those rare albums that feels absolutely complete.” Grayowl Point
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
You can now check out the interview and video performance that Margo, Jeff and I did for the BBC program "Another Country" while we were in Glasgow last month. It will only be available for your viewing pleasure for another seven days.