Monday, November 29

Vintage 1997

From: gh
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997
Subject: Re: Jokkmokk

> GH (the mad one) said there are no laundromats in Sweden.
> What about "Tvatt och check" on Storgatan in Jokkmokk?
> Funkiest wash place north of the polar circle.

I've been to Jokkmokk, but I didn't see a laundromat there. I
would be surprised if it was something there that can be
considered as a laundromat. The laundromat culture does not exist
in Sweden mainly as a result of the tradition with a free laundry
in the basement of all apartment houses.

Maybe it's a dry‑cleaner's?

Jokkmokk's greatest attraction though, is to count all the dead
reindeers on the road to Kiruna. I counted 22.

Being a tourist from Stockholm (1000 km south) I stopped or at
least slowed down for the reindeers, but the locals don't... Only
the Lapps do.

-- gh

Note: This is a vintage post from the old list.

Friday, November 26

Thursday, November 25

Song Club: I Eat with Gusto, Damn! You Bet


from Ramon's Jonathan Chord Pages

Jonathan Richman version - Lyrics (spoken poem)

Hello Everyone, it's time for poetry
I submit to you the following it's entitled:
"I Eat with Gusto, Damn! You Bet"
By one Jonathan Richman.

When I eat like I do it,
I use not fork nor spoon
No grace or culture to it
When I call my own tune.

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Has anyone seen JR do this live?

Tuesday, November 23

Review: Lincoln NE 20 November 2004

by grchereck:

I caught Jonathan's show in Lincoln, Nebraska this past weekend. (This was my 4th JR show, my 2nd at Knickerbocker's in Lincoln.) First of all, I should mention that sometime during the 2-year wait between this show and the last one my dad and I attended (in Kansas City, MO), I had told my mom that the next time I got an opportunity to see Jonathan, I would take her along...

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Sunday, November 21

Review: Space, Portland, 13 Nov 2004

Found via Google News:

Monday, November 15, 2004

Richman rewards fans, old and new


Copyright © 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc


Jonathan Richman

Where: Space

When: Sat., Nov. 13

Delving into Jonathan Richman's past is like taking a class in the history of new wave and punk. This guy had his hands in both movements back in the 70s and at 54 he is still a viable act that left an impressive crowd at Space wanting more on Saturday night.

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With thanks to Adam.

Jon Richman part 7

Jonathan listens mostly to folkies now; Jim Post, a Chicago songwriter who co-wrote "Reach Out in the Darkness" and a couple of other hits, Steve Forbert, NRBQ and the Nee Ningy Band, a local group.

I suggest that perhaps the success of Forbert, Ricki Lee Jones and Dire Straits means there's an audience which is getting tired of bands that scream, "Awright, rock and roll."

"I think you hit the nail on the head," Jonathan agrees. "When you boil it right down, to scream 'rock and roll' and to play rock and roll aren't quite the same thing. When it gets awful noisy I question how much people are playing rock and roll. The '50s stuff had a groove to it; they didn't have to overdo anything. The more heavy-handed things get, the less that original groove is there. That's why I like the '50s stuff best. They didn't have to try so hard. It was right there in the beat."

Like the line from "Party in the Woods," "Let's get on the floor, let's bump-rock some more."

"That's right," Jonathan says, "that's what I want. I stole that line from Elvis. 'Let's get on the floor, let's rock some more, let's have a party tonight.' " He laughs. "It's a direct lift. I never try to avoid it. I'd gladly pay the money if it's a matter of copyright. I just want to hear what sounds best to me."

to be continued

by Bill Flanagan Trouser Press November 1979

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Monday, November 8

It's A Thing He Has ...

by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman

When Jonathan Richman tours, people go a little crazy. He usually plays one date in an area and moves on to the next, leaving packs of rabid fans stomping individual feet and muttering naughty words. Last time he came through New Jersey Jonathan --

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Sunday, November 7

First Avenue

Moments and Memories
"Like being in a pinhole camera -- a huge black box. It was gross, and the ceiling (covered with sprayed insulation) was gross. It smelled bad. But the show -- Jonathan Richman -- gave me the happiest feeling I've ever felt."
Anna Bloomstrand, 25, Minneapolis
[published in Star Tribune]

Tuesday, November 2

album reviews

Some album reviews by Jonathan fan, Adam Kaplan.