Features
Ho damn ho!

Ho damn ho!

Christmas tunes with Farmer Jason and Brown Bird.

Ho damn ho. I ain’t a Christmas person. No trees, no carolling, no ugly sweaters with reindeer, none of it. However, I make an exception for Christmas music. For two days a year, I give in to the spirit, drink “special” eggnog and spin a few choice selections from my collection. This year I’ve found two new examples that could even defrost my icy Christmas heart.

Ho damn ho!

Christmas On The Farm With Farmer Jason

The over-the-top leader of Jason and the Scorchers Jason Ringenberg created “Farmer Jason” to perform for his own children, and it’s taken off- he won a Emmy for his PBS special It’s A Farmer Jason in 2009, and he performs regularly for children’s groups, with several albums and dvd’s geared to getting kids involved with nature and the environment. This Christmas season he has released Christmas On The Farm With Farmer Jason, and it’s a hoot. Farmer Jason might not be singing Hank Williams at 120 db ala the Scorchers, but Jason’s goofy charm and obvious connection with children makes this album a keeper. Kids will love his “Santa Drove A Big John Deere” and “Eat Your Fruitcake”, while “All I Want For Christmas (Is A Punk Rock Skunk)” will keep the parents smiling. Produced by Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper, and featuring a duet with Webb Wilder on “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, you won’t mind sharing this with your kids.

http://www.farmerjason.com

Ho damn ho!

The Brown Bird Christmas Album

Every year for Christmas David Lamb and Morgan-Eve Swain- aka Brown Bird, would record a few Christmas songs at home and share with family and friends. Sadly, David Lamb died from leukemia in April of this year, and partner Swain decided to release the songs as a way of “keeping David’s spirit alive”, and they certainly do. Brown Bird was a low-key, gothic-tinged folk music group, and these 14 cuts deftly show how talented the group was. From originals such as “The Old Church Bell” and “Seraphim and Stone”, to inspired covers of “Silent Night”, Tom Wait’s “New Year’s Eve” and even Jethro Tull’s “Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow”, Brown Bird’s Christmas presents are as intimate and warm as their other albums. I’m sure Swain finds her version “Blue Christmas” a bittersweet choice now, but this is a record of celebration and giving, and ends with a rousing “Zat You Santa Claus?”. I’ll probably revisit this collection again, because songs as great as these shouldn’t be rationed to a few spins at Christmas!

http://brownbird.bandcamp.com/album/the-brown-bird-christmas-album


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.