the new Mekons album DESERTED (2019)

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First studio album in 8 years? Don't see a US label as yet.

New Mekons album and tour in April 2019 - UK first then Europe then North America in July pic.twitter.com/sV5kjaDPWE

— The Mekons (@TheMekons) January 4, 2019

http://mekons.de/news/?p=887

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:43 (six months ago) link

They'll not stop, and credit to them for that.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:58 (six months ago) link

US tour in summer

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:59 (six months ago) link

Fingers crossed they hit the PNW

JoeStork, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 18:26 (six months ago) link

I am certainly not the one to tell these folks how to do their job, but I welcome a return to a studio environment. I hope it means the result will be a little less loosey-goosey and a little more focused. I'm not sure I've really returned to any of their albums post Natural.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 18:39 (six months ago) link

how many times have you seen jon Langford perform Josh ?
I would love to have him live near where I live and performing in local venues.
I saw him with the three johns several times in leeds back in the day and he was always excellent entertainment.
he seems to be very involved with the local Chicago scene with all sorts of bands.
and I love his artwork.

mark e, Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:32 (six months ago) link

i've probably seen the Mekons ~30x, and JL's other projects at least another 20-25

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:37 (six months ago) link

...even in Chicago once. Skull Orchard, i think.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:38 (six months ago) link

xpost A bazillion times, with Mekons, solo, Wacos, others, at benefits, kids shows, etc. I have two pieces of his art in my house. He's a treasure. Timms lives here, too.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:40 (six months ago) link

When I moved here in 1993 I thought, wow, Jon Langford is always playing! But now I take him for granted, alas. Though I never miss the Mekons, when they convene.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:43 (six months ago) link

ok, now I am jealous.
but ta for confirming what I had always expected to be the case.

mark e, Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:09 (six months ago) link

Wasn't Existentialism studio? Anyway I dug it: rough & slick in all the right-enough places. Also like Langford solo tracks fairly often, especially "Drone Operator." Somehow never have gotten into the Waco Brothers much, or tried to.

dow, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:19 (six months ago) link

my favorite Langford thing outside of the Mekons/Three Johns is definitely the (amazing) KatJon Band album, done with Katerina from The Ex.

sleeve, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:20 (six months ago) link

xpost Existentialism was recorded live in a theatre with a single microphone or something, iirc.

My/a fave Langford side album was (at the time) the Killer Shrews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfnH9sxCHCY

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:01 (six months ago) link

Love “big eye” from that killer shrews album

JoeStork, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:06 (six months ago) link

I wanna get into the Mekons. could one of yall take a stab at a CD80 or otherwise direct me on where to start

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 21 January 2019 03:15 (six months ago) link

Hmm I’d Fear and Whiskey is a classic but can be a little mystifying on first listen, Rock’n’Roll is great but maybe doesn’t showcase all their strengths, my CD80 or something close:

Orpheus
Ghosts of American Astronauts
Hard to Be Human Again
Only Darkness Has the Power
Oblivion
Slightly South of the Border
Thee Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Insignificance
Beaten and Broken
Millionaire
Hole in the Ground
Cast No Shadows
Mirror
Bob Hope and Charity
Tina
Space in Your Face
Memphis Egypt
Last Dance
Where Were You?

Not to mention Jon Langford’s contribution to Rudy and Gogo’s Cartoon Show: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KPMRxgnxQhw

JoeStork, Monday, 21 January 2019 03:40 (six months ago) link

thanks!

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 21 January 2019 03:41 (six months ago) link

on an album level as a starter course I'd recommend Rock And Roll, Curse Of The Mekons, So Good It Hurts, and maybe the debut (Quality Of Mercy).

sleeve, Monday, 21 January 2019 04:38 (six months ago) link

That's exactly right. Or the "Heaven And Hell" best of.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 03:28 (six months ago) link

"Heaven and Hell" best-of is great, esp. for such a catalog. But I say otherwise start with "Rock 'n' Roll," "Curse," "So Good It Hurts," maybe "OOOH." If you like those (who wouldn't?), go "Fear and Whiskey," "Edge of the World," "Journey to the End of Night." After that you can go deep with other albums, larks, side-projects and hidden gems. Like the aforementioned "Orpheus," which iirc made its debut on a bonus disc hidden in the band's art book. There are several types of Mekons songs/albums. Some that recall the folk-punk of the Clash or Pogues. Some that are kind of deconstructed folk. Some deconstructed punk. Some deconstructed folk-punk. Some experimental stuff. Lots of great lyrics and singing.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 04:32 (six months ago) link

aw man I don't wanna drive to Seattle but I just might

sleeve, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:50 (five months ago) link

more dates may come

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:54 (five months ago) link

That song is great.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

I haven't been interested in Mekons albums in a long time, much prefer Jon Langford's other projects. But this tune is damn good.

Anyone heard "It Is Twice Blessed", the Mekons 77 album they released last year?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 20:37 (five months ago) link

Just bought myself a ticket to see them in London for the first time. My dad bought Edge of the World, Honky Tonkin', So Good It Hurts and Rock 'n' Roll back when I was a teenager, then I bought The Curse of the Mekons myself. That's the last one I've heard and that was...over 27 years ago. Have I missed anything vital?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:11 (five months ago) link

I Heart Mekons is pretty classic as well, it gets spotty after that

sleeve, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:48 (five months ago) link

OOOOOOH!

So Greenhalgh will be on the tour, presumably?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 03:38 (five months ago) link

Don't see why not! I only saw them maybe once in recent years without him.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:03 (five months ago) link

Yes, Tom is touring with them and the US label is Bloodshot.

crustaceanrebelisback, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:26 (five months ago) link

thanks... i did see Bloodshot yesterday w/ the preorder info.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:32 (five months ago) link

Now here's a new one. They're playing here in mid-July - July! - and the show just sold out almost immediately. I know the Hideout is small, but still. I had set an alert and everything but had to step out for a bit, and that bit was apparently enough to miss out.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 February 2019 16:48 (five months ago) link

they just added three more shows, as per their FB page :)

sleeve, Friday, 1 February 2019 16:49 (five months ago) link

Not on sale yet, but yeah apparently that weekend.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 February 2019 16:56 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

It's a lovely, sad, sort of dreamy album.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 22:59 (four months ago) link

(Plus some rocking.)

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 23:09 (four months ago) link

out today?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 March 2019 17:36 (three months ago) link

Good, long Langford interview: https://thequietus.com/articles/26268-jon-langford-mekons-interview

I need to give the album more listens to wrap my head around it fully but at first listen it might be my favorite since OOOH! Great closer.

JoeStork, Monday, 1 April 2019 19:06 (three months ago) link

Funny:

Continuing this goth digression for a moment, isn’t the music of ‘Trouble Down South’ from Fear And Whisky lifted from ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’?

JL: It was written in 1982. When did ‘Bela Lugosi's Dead’ come out?

1979

JL: Then we definitely ripped off ‘Bela Lugosi's Dead’.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 April 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

And this might be an answer for the ages:

You’re a prolific and well-regarded artist, you play in numerous other bands and you certainly don’t make any money from being in The Mekons. Why are you still a Mekon?

JL: Because they're my friends.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 April 2019 20:04 (three months ago) link

Thanks for that, 'JoeStork'. Looking forward to finally seeing them this Friday.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:04 (three months ago) link

Saw them last night in Leeds, a gig promoted by John Keenan who promoted their very first show, and wants, according to Langford, to promote their last show before he retires; so as JL said, if they make it to Brighton tonight, he'll need to keep going for a while.
Great show, funny, emotional....first time I've seen a full Mekons gig in 24 years! (and 40 years since my first) Almost all of the same people, minus Debbie, and Mitch doing Where Were You? just as he did in the Rock Garden in Dublin back then.

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Thursday, 4 April 2019 07:30 (three months ago) link

i wanna get on the Mekons. where do i start? s&d? would have been in leeds last night if not for work.

meaulnes, Thursday, 4 April 2019 10:32 (three months ago) link

xp I was thinking of going to the Brighton gig tonight but I don't think I can :( maybe next time

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 10:39 (three months ago) link

What did they play.'sonofstan'?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 4 April 2019 12:58 (three months ago) link

i wanna get on the Mekons. where do i start? s&d? would have been in leeds last night if not for work.

Most people are probably going to suggest 'Fear & Whiskey' and 'Rock n Roll'. I don't know the former, but whenever the Mekons crop up on ILM people go on about it. The latter is good, but not necessarily typical.

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend listening to these songs:
Hello Cruel World, Oblivion, King Arthur, Sweet Dreams, Alone & Forsaken (off 'Edge of the World')
I'm Not Here (1967), Ghosts of American Astronauts, Fantastic Voyage, Robin Hood (off 'So Good It Hurts')
Pretty much everything off 'Rock n Roll'
Brutal and Lyric off 'Curse of the Mekons'

Obviously they've released lots more that I don't even know

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:06 (three months ago) link

As mentioned upthread, the "Heaven & Hell" best-of is a great primer.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:23 (three months ago) link

it's been really heartwarming to see all the pics Sally has been posting on FB

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 4 April 2019 14:23 (three months ago) link

"What did they play.'sonofstan'?"

Most of the new record, including two as the first encore, before Memphis, Egypt and Where were You? From memory, (not in order) Hard to Human, Ghosts of American Astronauts, Millionaire, the Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Last Dance, the one from the Bowery live record with the word 'Expiate' in it (Sally and Jon had a routine about this)Hole in the Ground (I think?) and that's all I can remember....

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:01 (three months ago) link

Listening to the new record now - great so far...

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:03 (three months ago) link

Album's great.
I can't wait until July, when I'll be standing in front of the stage as they tear it up in someone's backyard in Rhode Island.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:17 (three months ago) link

it's been really heartwarming to see all the pics Sally has been posting on FB
I love her selfies, which seem to always show just the top of her head.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:21 (three months ago) link

haha yes

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:22 (three months ago) link

This thread got me thinking about bands that have had long runs of consistently good albums, regardless of commercial success. I honestly can’t think of another group that has been so good for so long as The Mekons. They’ve been around for over 40 years and have been churning out generally excellent — and challenging — material for 34. (Some would argue even longer; “Where Were You?” came out in 1978, after all. For me, however, it really all started with Fear and Whiskey.)
For comparison’s sake, the Stones were relevant, IMO, from 1964 to about 1981 — 17 years.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:05 (three months ago) link

I would definitely argue longer, I love all of the early "Mk 1" lineup era especially the English Dancing Master EP

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:06 (three months ago) link

Yeah, you're probably right. I don't love most of their earlier recordings, but it's certainly edgy stuff.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:16 (three months ago) link

the Teeth/Guardian/Kill/Stay Cool double 7" is super great as well

I really wish they would reissue this:

https://www.discogs.com/The-Mekons-The-Quality-Of-Mercy-Is-Not-Strnen/release/996072

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:21 (three months ago) link

Yeah, it deserves a deluxe treatment gathering up all the non-lp material from that era.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:23 (three months ago) link

For comparison’s sake, the Stones were relevant, IMO, from 1964 to about 1981 — 17 years.

And fittingly, early Stone Dick Taylor was in the Mekons for the band's formative years of Fear & Whiskey through Rock 'n' Roll.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:55 (three months ago) link

Jesus, how did I not know that? Did he tour with them, too? I saw them in Providence, RI in 1987.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 19:16 (three months ago) link

Was very happy to see them play Fantastic Voyage.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 7 April 2019 17:51 (three months ago) link

xpost I think so?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:00 (three months ago) link

in my roughly 30 or so years of presenting artists, the Mekons stand out as a highlight - probably the nicest, most decent group of ppl i've ever worked with. Did a show with them in 90 or 91 while still in college, their US agent was someone I worked often with and knew I was a fan and so they actually made a US "tour" happen for me. I still have the T-shirt, '48 Hour Party'. They did a show in NYC Fri night, at my college just outside Philly on Sat, and then Hoboken on Sunday night. My show was the anchor to get the other 2 and they told me they flew over with empty suitcases to just go shopping.

Part of the 'shopping' happened after the show when the manager of the college bookstore who was also a huge Mekons fan and had known them personally for years opened up the place for them and they dove into the opportunity to grab books on critical theory, art history, etc

amazing show, and all just lovely ppl. Aa a fan I used to try to go see them elsewhere but then moved back to Ethiopia. Over a decade later I'm at a music conference in Rotterdam and bumped into one of 'em and we had a great moment.

I heart mekons!

H in Addis, Saturday, 20 April 2019 06:06 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

have my tkt for the 19th in Brooklyn

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 July 2019 14:02 (two weeks ago) link

Didn't get tickets to either of the ticketed shows here, but I'll probably seem them at a street festival in between. Possibly Madison, too.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 4 July 2019 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

Gonna be visiting NYC so wife & I got tickets to see em in Brooklyn July 19.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

Seattle on the 25th for me

sleeve, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

last time I saw them was... 1992? Heatmiser opened. Not a very good show iirc.

sleeve, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

I'm road tripping to the Madison show, can't wait.

geoffreyess, Thursday, 4 July 2019 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

Wasn't able to catch any of the shows, but apparently sounding same as they ever were/good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSc4b_f8xe4

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:23 (six days ago) link

so psyched for Seattle!

sleeve, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:25 (six days ago) link

i'll be the (mostly) bald guy asleep on my feet, curmudgeon

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 15:04 (three days ago) link

Seeing them tomorrow in a backyard in Rhode Island! Will be a sweat fest.

Jazzbo, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:06 (three days ago) link

X-post— Wife and I were watching the Brooklyn show from upstairs, near where longtime music fans Dennis & Lois were. I am balding too. Fun 2 hour show of old and new songs. In addition to shoutouts to Dennis & Lois , I heard Langford mention Ira and Georgia ( Yo La Tengo). I didn’t see them but I guess they were there.

Morb, hope you liked the show too.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 July 2019 05:24 (two days ago) link

I saw Ira in the downstairs bar immediately after arriving. (He was the sound engineer at Maxwells for the first Mekons show I saw in '86.) I stood on that little raised are right at the lip of stage left so I could lean against the wall when I got tired.

"I'm senile as well as arthritic." - Sally after skipping a verse of "Millionaire"

Jon suggested that on Saturday they would be "eaten alive by ticks in a swamp in Rhode Island."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:21 (two days ago) link

Hopefully SF will be a good relief for them from that, then. And the venue has AC.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:52 (two days ago) link

I love Greenhalgh's voice so much.

mick signals, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:52 (two days ago) link

always happy to hear "Chivalry"

as I think I've mentioned before, in the '80s he was the sexiest skinny bloke alive

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:07 (two days ago) link

"I'm senile as well as arthritic."

I hope Timms works this line into a lyric.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:25 (two days ago) link

also she said to Langford (grinning jokily) "I pretended for the longest time to hate you, and then I realized I really do hate you."

JL: "I'm a very hateable person."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:46 (two days ago) link

Those two are the funniest.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 July 2019 17:45 (two days ago) link

Looking forward to this

Great interviewing @TheMekons (alongside @DougHenwood & @lfeatherz) last night about punk antifascism in the 70s, musicians’ role supporting the epochal mineral strike, how to turn 300 years of English working class history into a pop song, the radical roots of country and more! pic.twitter.com/dJJMl1qLeZ

— ☭🕷️🐬The Antifada🐬🕷️☭ (@the_antifada) July 20, 2019

JoeStork, Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:05 (two days ago) link

whoa

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:21 (two days ago) link

Shot these last night — playing in someone's backyard on the hottest day of the year. Swamp Stomp 12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-en9id8EZJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOLJEeAkjQQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTeL5EgCiJk

Jazzbo, Sunday, 21 July 2019 12:45 (yesterday) link

That's awesome. I wish I got to see them this time around, though they do seem to have settled on a pretty consistent "hits" set. But what "hits"!

How many people were in the backyard?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:26 (yesterday) link

They sold 200 tickets, I believe.

Jazzbo, Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:55 (yesterday) link


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