Happy birthday to Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman en Montevideo

His voice sounds like he has a cold. He sings like he’s singing each line for the first time — the phrasing is striking, you feel like you are standing with him as a particular thought occurs.

Happy birthday to the wonderful Jonathan Richman whose shadow looms large over A Head Full of Wishes, more of that down the page – but first here’s a lovely clip of the great man himself – Joanthan Richman and The Modern Lovers – I’m Just Beginning to Live

Have a great day Jojo. I love your chimes… they reel and they rock.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Back in Your Life (Jonathan Richman cover – live at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA – 19th March 1988)

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste (Jonathan Richman cover – live at Subteranea, London – 13th December 1989)

Dean & Britta

Originals: Back in Your Life by Jonathan Richman (covered by Galaxie 500)
Originals: Fly Into The Mystery by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (covered by Luna)
Originals: Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste by Jonathan Richman (covered by Galaxie 500)
Originals: Dance With Me by The Modern Lovers (covered by Luna)

Luna announce dates in the US and Canada for October

Luna 2015

Luna have announced the dates for their reunion jaunt around north America in October. The tour starts in Atlanta on 3rd October and wraps up in Los Angeles on 24th. Tickets are on sale now (or soon). There are a few gaps in the schedule so watch this space in case they get filled.

Video: Damon & Naomi playing The North Light in London

The North Light

Rough Trade have posted a very lovely clip of Damon & Naomi performing The North Light from their recent performance at London’s Rough Trade East. Sadly the video has embedding disabled so you’ll have to head over to Vimeo to see it – it is very well worth the click though.

Video: Damon & Naomi – The North Light live at Rough Trade East – 9th April 2015

You can see a few of my pictures from the show on Flickr.

Naomi Yang