Thursday, January 21

Ishkode! Ishkode! Jonathan Richman's new album from Blue Arrow Records in February

Good news via Debbie Gulyas of Blue Arrow Records in Cleveland, Ohio:

Jonathan Richman's new release is ISHKODE! ISHKODE!


CDs will be available to purchase on the Blue Arrow Records website February 8, 2016. LPs may be pre-ordered, but won't be available until April-May. 


Saturday, January 9


From the album Think About Mustapha, APC records 1994. Produced by Brennan Totten.

Thursday, December 17

Rockin' and Romance

Jonathan's Rockin' and Romance is available as a custom burned cd from Twin Tone Records. There is no booklet or artwork other than what is printed on the face of the cd itself. It sounds great.

Wednesday, December 16

My Favorite 2015 Christmas Stocking Stuffer for the Jonathan Fan

A split blue-black vinyl of The Modern Lovers.  I like how the designers picked up how key those two colors are. I had been collecting records since I was a kid in the 60s collecting 45s and I'd never seen blue and black done that way. Probably one of the reasons why that album stood out in my teenage mind. In addition to the fact that the music in the grooves was - well - Like No Other.  Don't know the history that album cover but I plan to research it someday. I bet it was some sort of art school joint.

Anyway if you don't have this album, or - gasp - have never heard it, I definitely recommend getting the properly-sequenced eight song original .. sans bonus tracks.  Bonus track reissues are pretty much the scourge of mankind.

On the Rareness of 'It's Time For'

While I wasn't looking, It's Time for Jonathan Richman, has turned into the most rare Jonathan Richman LP.

It is selling for high of $88 on the CD, and $60 on the vinyl. It was released on the British Portobello Road edgy punk label Rough Trade, apparently not very well because they didn't print enough copies.
The CD is supposed to be extremely rare but it was the first CD that I ever bought, before even owning a CD player.  The vinyl was released in nine countries, including Brazil and Greece.  The CD was only released in the USA.

It is certainly one of Jonathan's better albums.  My favorite track is probably "Corner Store".  That, along with "Neon Sign" and "Ancient Long Ago" definitely suggests that Jonathan is in a heavy-duty recherche au temps perdu mode (although that mode is present from "Old World" up through today's "They Showed Me the Door to Bohemia").

Here's all the nerdy details of the release:

Friday, December 4

box of rock

FYI:  Erin from Rockerzine lets us know in comments (see below previous post) that they’re offering a premium version of Rockerbox including Jonathan Richman’s single from Blue Arrow Records, ‘Keith’ b/w ‘The Door to Bohemia’


Friday, November 20

Work in Silence: Jonathan Richman interviewed by Arielle Mae Mullen

Thank you to Arielle Mae Mullen for kind permission to reprint this wonderful interview.  Earlier we heard from Roger Catlin who posted a great review of Jonathan Richman's appearance at the Andy Warhol Museum (read it again)This interview makes a good pairing.


August 23, 2015 
Original can be found here
First published in Synthesis Weekly

 Listen to the audio version (it's really good)

Jonathan Richman

On August 21, 2015 I was afforded the opportunity to interview musician Jonathan Richman in the backyard of his northern California home. I arrived at his house a bit nervous. I’d been wanting to interview him for a long time, and given the fact that he famously doesn’t do interviews, I wasn’t sure how it would go. Adding to my nervousness was the fact that I hadn’t prepared any questions. Normally I would have a list of talking points to hit, with a general outline to guide the conversation. But when I called the number on his business card and asked if he’d be willing to take a meeting with me, I hadn’t expected him to agree, let alone suggest we do it in fifteen minutes.

So there I was: really nervous, fairly unprepared, but mostly just excited. This is my first attempt at offering an audio version of an interview, and I’m so happy to make this one available to all of you. During the interview we sat outside in his backyard. A guitar sat on his lap and his two dogs at his feet. At one point one of them (who happens to be deaf), started barking pretty loudly, but other than that, the audio came out fairly clear. Jonathan graciously agreed to let me interview him, on the condition that I keep his answers unedited. Usually I’d make an effort to edit the transcribed interview for clarity or continuity, but his feelings being what they are about the subject, I felt it important to try to preserve as much of the original conversation as I could.

Jonathan has a gentle air that makes him appear almost cautious, but directly under the surface is a seemingly limitless supply of unfettered joy and creativity. Listening back to this interview, I can definitely hear that come through in his voice and the stories he tells, so I’m really happy to be able to share this with you. With that, please enjoy my interview with Jonathan Richman.