Next up in the reissue series is Letter To Karen, from 2003. I made this record while home between tours with The Boston Post. We were descending into our ‘free-form thrash’ phase, and I reacted against that in my solo work by finding inspiration in country music and singer/songwriters (which, ironically, I’d spent my teenage years reacting against by getting into thrash and free-form music).
Until recently I've had an odd relationship with my back catalogue. I've discontinued most of my records on a whim, bounced between pseudonyms, and barely ever made anything properly or consistently available. Oh well. These days I have a new perspective on the music I've made - it's been messy, and I'd like to tidy it up a bit.
Over the next year or so I'll be editing, remastering, renaming, and re-releasing selections from my back catalogue. A bunch of it will be available digitally for the first time. And I know a bit about mastering now, so it'll all sound better.
To start things off, we're going back to a record I made when I was 17 years old. I was working the graveyard shift at 7-11, made this in my bedroom. Friends that helped were Cobra Ramone, who sings on track 4 and phones me on track 3; Shawn Everett, driver of the van where I recorded the radio preacher on tracks 2 and 5, you can hear Shawn groaning during the bit on track 5; Mike Gies, the whistler at the end of track 2, you can also hear him yelling behind the bagpipes in track 5; and Dave Politi, who shows up for a moment at the end of track 11.
The video for Prologue is made up of footage from the time during the recording of the album. See more about the record here.
My new solo album will be released on Feb 1, but you can download it now for pay-what-you-want at jongant.bandcamp.com with all proceeds from the month of January going to the Downtown Women's Centre in Los Angeles and the Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary.
From the upcoming album, Coming Into View, to be released in the new year.
To celebrate the release of the new book, You & Me, a launch party will be held in Calgary at Shelf Life Books on August 11th, at 7PM.
You & Me is a 70 page book of narrative illustrations available at Shelf Life Books, Avalanche Gallery and jongant.bigcartel.com
Travel The World (and other stories) is a collection of three series of narrative illustrations: Cowboy and Horse, This is the Place, and Travel the World. The book is 9" x 6", perfect-bound, 54 pages of B&W ink and water-colour drawings printed on 50 gsm paper. It's available online at jongant.bigcartel.com, as well as Shelf Life Books and Avalanche Gallery in Calgary.