April 21, 2010 – 3:56 am

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Brooklyn 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, February 14, 2010. Very good audience recording.

When you are touted as the “Godfather of Punk,” now that’s a mighty tall order for anyone to fulfill. There was a time in the ’70s when The Modern Lovers were the next big thing. They were and continue to be an influential group; Roadrunner is constantly covered and these days Jonathan Richman is probably as visible on screen as he is on the live circuit.

Live, with or without a band Richman is equally beloved. Though there is something David Bryne-ish about his stage persona - with just his guitar (and Tommy Larkins on drums); witty wisecracks and engaging (some say quirky) tunes, one half expects Richman to bring out the big white suit next!

There are some shows that are considered earth shattering; some shows that define a genre or an epoch and then there are shows like this where it’s like spending an evening with an old friend, personal and endearing. After all, as Kenneth Partridge wrote in, Jonathan Richman is genetically wired to make people smile.

Music fan Darragh Bardon posted this on his blog: “The crowd goes mental when Jonathan strums the opening chords of I was Dancing in a Lesbian Bar and joins in at the appropriate moments, much to Richman’s obvious delight… Keeping time with percussionist Tommy does not seem to be a high priority. Strangely it seems suitable to Richman’s randomness. Tommy expertly changes rhythm to account for Richman’s impulsive little dances and cowbell solos. All of this proves highly amusing. Even more amusing is Richman’s constant claim to the audience is that ‘this is not a concert, you can do and say anything you want’.”

Thanks to mrsaureus for taping and sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

As mrsaureus commented: “My wife and I had seen him at Toad’s in New Haven 23 years ago, and not since, and I kind of lost track of him. As we were walking away from the venue an hour before the show toward a coffee shop, we passed him on 6th Street walking towards the music hall alone, carrying a guitar case. He was asking another couple if they lived around here. Just a cool thing.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. This Romance Will Be Different For Me (6.0MB)
Track 02. These Bodies (4.5MB)
Track 03. Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild (6.1MB)
Track 04. No One Was Like Vermeer (8.3MB)
Track 05. Let Her Go Into the Darkness (9.4MB)
Track 06. Cell Phone (2.7MB)
Track 07. I’m The One She Came For (8.3MB)
Track 08. I Was Dancing at the Lesbian Bar (10.6MB)
Track 09. Pablo Picasso (4.9MB)
Track 10. Celestial (9.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 11. Old World (3.5MB)
Track 12. A Winter Afternoon in Boston (2.1MB)
Track 13. Le Printemps Des Amoreux Est Venue (7.6MB)
Track 14. Es Como El Pan (6.3MB)
Track 15. When We Refuse to Suffer (8.9MB)
Track 16. My Baby Love Love Loves Me (5.6MB)
Track 17. Sa Voix Olive (5.6MB)
Track 18. Mr. Sorrow (6.1MB)
Track 19. Not So Much to Be Loved As To Love (8.5MB)

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  1. 5 Responses to “JONATHAN RICHMAN - BROOKLYN 2010”

  2. Actually there would be something Richman-like about Byrne… Jerry Harrison was in the Modern Lovers in 1971.

    Good thing he didn’t see the taper, he’s stopped shows and confronted tapers in the past (in a polite but firm way). I just think he wants everyone there to enjoy the show instead of documenting it.

    Dylan on Theme Time Radio Hour called JoJo “America’s Bertolt Brecht”.

    By Danny on Apr 21, 2010

  3. I was at a Jonathan Richman show years ago and he politely, but firmly asked somebody to stop smoking. Looking forward to hearing this. Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Apr 21, 2010

  4. Great post, thanks as always. Any chance of posting the BBC College Rock Hour with Jonathan Richman?

    By Ted on Apr 21, 2010

  5. I don’t usually like the sound of audience recordings but this is very good.


    By Ric on May 6, 2010

  6. Hey, some of these links work while others don’t - anyone out there have the complete set of files from this show?

    By hbm on Sep 5, 2017

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