July 13, 2011
I love Jonathan Richman. Here’s a picture I took on my iPhone last night at the first night of his three-night residency at the Make-Out Room. Jonathan Richman showed off his guitar prowess by playing extended and complicated riffs and even literally spinning his guitar around his body and stuff. He’s still got his amazing voice. He played two pretty long sets (maybe 45 minutes each?) and had a ten-minute break in between the sets that he announced by singing about it to the audience.
Before he went to take his first break, he fed off the super-stoked energy of the audience and called his drummer Tommy (Tom Larkins) back on stage to play a song about Mission Dolores park. It seemed like a spontaneous moment and maybe even an improvised song, although I don’t really know, but at the least it was an unfinished track. He broke down the many types that hang out at the park and how even the hipster-y of the hipsters might be getting sick of the park and how some people might have just become hipsters that morning before they walked to the park. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to a show before, where the musician made the audience barrel-over laughing.
After the first break, he played a great rendetion of his epic 11-minute “Bohemia,” where he talks about his snobby Harvard Square days and talking to the Velvet Underground. At the show, I ran into Anthony Atlas, who made us this really awesome mix of Jonathan Richman songs. We got to talking about the great debate of what night is the best night to see a performer when they do a residency. Well, I went on the first night, so I have a lot of defenses for why that would be the best night, like that JR is going to be the most invigorated, rejuvenated, excited and the most spontaneous. Although, JR mentioned how he was working out kinks on certain tracks and, of course, with practice comes perfection (or at least improvement). Well, my friend Peter is going tonight and we’re going to compare notes on the nights. If anyone else goes tonight or Thursday, please let me know or even send in a guest post about how awesome Jonathan Richman was and whether you’d advocate that it was the best night.
-Michelle

I love Jonathan Richman. Here’s a picture I took on my iPhone last night at the first night of his three-night residency at the Make-Out Room. Jonathan Richman showed off his guitar prowess by playing extended and complicated riffs and even literally spinning his guitar around his body and stuff. He’s still got his amazing voice. He played two pretty long sets (maybe 45 minutes each?) and had a ten-minute break in between the sets that he announced by singing about it to the audience.

Before he went to take his first break, he fed off the super-stoked energy of the audience and called his drummer Tommy (Tom Larkins) back on stage to play a song about Mission Dolores park. It seemed like a spontaneous moment and maybe even an improvised song, although I don’t really know, but at the least it was an unfinished track. He broke down the many types that hang out at the park and how even the hipster-y of the hipsters might be getting sick of the park and how some people might have just become hipsters that morning before they walked to the park. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to a show before, where the musician made the audience barrel-over laughing.

After the first break, he played a great rendetion of his epic 11-minute “Bohemia,” where he talks about his snobby Harvard Square days and talking to the Velvet Underground. At the show, I ran into Anthony Atlas, who made us this really awesome mix of Jonathan Richman songs. We got to talking about the great debate of what night is the best night to see a performer when they do a residency. Well, I went on the first night, so I have a lot of defenses for why that would be the best night, like that JR is going to be the most invigorated, rejuvenated, excited and the most spontaneous. Although, JR mentioned how he was working out kinks on certain tracks and, of course, with practice comes perfection (or at least improvement). Well, my friend Peter is going tonight and we’re going to compare notes on the nights. If anyone else goes tonight or Thursday, please let me know or even send in a guest post about how awesome Jonathan Richman was and whether you’d advocate that it was the best night.

-Michelle



July 7, 2011
Anthony Atlas of Nodzzz made us a mix! Gaga for Jojo is a compilation of Jonathan Richman tunes.
Last week I drunkenly asked Anthony Atlas of Nodzzz to contribute a mix for Night Fog Reader. I got an email from Atlas the next morning asking, “do you remember asking me for a mix last night?” I actually did, and was even more excited when he said he wanted to put together a collection of Jonathan Richman songs in honor of his upcoming shows at The Make-Out Room – it’s almost too perfect. I’ll let Atlas explain the rest:
"Rather than compile an array of songs from disparate artists, I thought I’d make a short selection spanning the career of one of my favorite songwriters, Jonathan Richman. His 30-plus year devotion to making this music inspires awe, and in my case, slight obsession. The mix then is arbitrarily brief, merely a sampling of songs I tend to have stuck in my head most often, or tunes I feel are his most poignant. A further attempt to describe what he does would be dubious. The most exciting thing would be to see him at the Make Out Room next week. Three nights by San   Francisco’s own Jonathan Richman." - Anthony Atlas
Jonathan Richman will perform at the Make-Out Room next week on July 12, 13, & 14. Details can be found here.  
download here
Tracklist:
1. Back In Your Life 2. The Mixer (Men & Women Together) 3. When She Kisses Me 4. Just About Seventeen 5. I Have Come Out To Play 6. I’m Young 7. At Night 8. Me and Her Got A Good Thing Going Baby 9. When Harpo Played His Harp  10. As My Mother Lay Laying 11. I Feel Alright
- Pedro

Anthony Atlas of Nodzzz made us a mix! Gaga for Jojo is a compilation of Jonathan Richman tunes.

Last week I drunkenly asked Anthony Atlas of Nodzzz to contribute a mix for Night Fog Reader. I got an email from Atlas the next morning asking, “do you remember asking me for a mix last night?” I actually did, and was even more excited when he said he wanted to put together a collection of Jonathan Richman songs in honor of his upcoming shows at The Make-Out Room – it’s almost too perfect. I’ll let Atlas explain the rest:

"Rather than compile an array of songs from disparate artists, I thought I’d make a short selection spanning the career of one of my favorite songwriters, Jonathan Richman. His 30-plus year devotion to making this music inspires awe, and in my case, slight obsession. The mix then is arbitrarily brief, merely a sampling of songs I tend to have stuck in my head most often, or tunes I feel are his most poignant. A further attempt to describe what he does would be dubious. The most exciting thing would be to see him at the Make Out Room next week. Three nights by San Francisco’s own Jonathan Richman." - Anthony Atlas

Jonathan Richman will perform at the Make-Out Room next week on July 12, 13, & 14. Details can be found here.  

download here

Tracklist:

1. Back In Your Life
2. The Mixer (Men & Women Together)
3. When She Kisses Me
4. Just About Seventeen
5. I Have Come Out To Play
6. I’m Young
7. At Night
8. Me and Her Got A Good Thing Going Baby
9. When Harpo Played His Harp
10. As My Mother Lay Laying
11. I Feel Alright

- Pedro

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