Wednesday, December 30

Saturday, December 26

Vic Chesnutt, 1964-2009

Photo: Ben McCormick
Vic Chesnutt has died.

He is remembered here by Michael Stipe and others.

Thursday, December 24

Vic Chesnutt @ 40 Watt Christmas Party 12/16/05

Southern Shelter has the show files. We love you Vic.


Tuesday, December 22

Happy Holidays!

Ten songs of this decade that should be released someday (probably not in the next album). Most of your requests are here (sorry Jacob, I don’t have a good copy of Mr. Sorrow). In Spanish and Roman shows the sound quality is not great, but the other songs have very good sound.

· Cafe de la Danse, Paris, 25th October 2000
- J'aime Paris au mois de mai (Charles Aznavour cover)
- Barcelona

· The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 15th February 2002
- Haseemla Classica
- Winter is over for me

· Sala Azkena, Vitoria, Spain, 8th March 2003
- Camina y ven pa’ la loma (Trío Matamoros cover)

· Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, 27th October 2006 (Radio3 recording)
- Stupenda e misera cittá

· El Loco Club, Valencia, Spain, 3rd November 2006
- Partners in crime

· Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, 30th March 2009
- My Affected Accent
- Older Girl

· Big Mama, Rome, 25th October 2009
- Keith Richards

You can download them at: (Thanks nugrape)

(File name: Size: 77.19 MB, mp3 files)


Sunday, December 20

Jonathan Richman Live 81'-82'

Hi Jojo Land!

There have been many twists and turns throughout Jonathan Richman's career, and some of those twists and turns can only be found through some real digging.
My favorite period of Jonathan Richman's career is the early 80's. Of course if you asked me that question a few months ago I would have said the late 70's, or a few months before that the early 90's.

But anyway, the early 80's are possibly his most "mysterious" time period, because of the lack of recorded output. "Jonathan Sings"(my introduction to jojo) was recorded and released around this time period, but Jonathan has not been shy to discredit the release as "not the way we really sounded." I remember hearing about that, and then years ago when I met him at the Cats Cradle in North Carolina, he verified that he wasn't very satisfied with the album, but he LOVES the songs.

I put together a compilation and a corresponding website in dedication to the awesome shows that him and his killer band at the time were playing. Most of the songs are not available on any released album, and I also threw in some classics as well.


Jonathan Richman Live 81'-82'

ps to any long-time JR fans out there, do you have any stories, experiences, etc about this time period relating to JR? I wasn't even on this earth yet, and I think there must be more knowledge out there that deserves to be documented somewhere.

Trading Card

I no longer recall how I came to possess a Jonathan Richman bubble-gum card, but it was too cool not to share.

Tuesday, December 15

Songs for the new album?

For the new album Chimaerandi has hopes for "My Affected Accent" and "Older Girl". I think that it will be great to have “Stupenda e misera cittá” on the new record.

And, what about the Jojoblog readers? Which one will be your song for the new record?

Probably Jonathan will make a completely different song selection on the record. But it could be done a “live record” with 10-12 songs of your selection, and we'll upload it (on dimeadozen, or megaupload, etc) as a Christmas present for all the Jojoblog readers.

Request a song!

Wednesday, December 2

New album in 2010!

Can I get a hell yes? Hell yes! This is according to brooklynvegan, and Vapor's website backs it up! I have hopes for "My Affected Accent" and "Older Girl". Which means, if history is any indication, there's no way in hell those songs will be on the album.

In other news, those of you who are getting to enjoy the Jonathan Richman experience on this tour, consider sending me or any of my lovely comrades a review of the show! We love to hear about it.

I got too excited and almost reposted a video from a few days ago. Whoops a doodle. So here's a different one, of Jonathan doing his thing at the Makeout Room. Whenever I see him perform, I'm always reminded of that old song of his, "Just About Seventeen". I mean, he's obviously gotten older, but there is something about him that is completely ageless, that makes him come across as much younger than he actually is. Part of that, I think, is the fact that after all these years, he still doesn't seem bitter or jaded to the whole thing. 99.5% of the stories I've heard about him show him being a kind and decent person. Or maybe it's just the dancing. I don't know, but I enjoy it.