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#Rocktober30 volume 05: Jonathan Richman

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

When I was scoping out possible events for #Rocktober30, I saw that Richman was coming to Toronto. I thought, “why not,” so after work one day, I headed to Queen and Bathurst and purchased myself a ticket to the show.

I’d never call myself a fan, but when I was looking for kid-friendly songs, and my friend Matt suggested Jonathan Richman’s “I’m A Little Airplane” I was hooked. His fun, poppy songs are a great, and that one CD that Matt sent me, plus the debut of the Modern Lovers are the only two albums I know.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zddXrElgdCo&w=450&h=259]

His live show is a lot of fun. It’s not too often you see an artist who is genuinely having a fun time on stage. He dances, he tells stories, he has fun. I didn’t know most of the songs, but that didn’t matter at all. Richman puts on a great live show, and is definitely worth the price of admission.

Music Monday

Whale Tooth’s “Hibernation Song”

Don’t back down like you always do. THE INBREDS WILL BE PLAYING IN KINGSTON IN JUNE!

Isobel Campbell sings “Time Is Just The Same”

Jonathan Richman is a little dinosaur.

January 2010, in review

In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of January…

Books I read (1/10 – 10%):
Animal Farm by George Orwell | Originally published 1945

Films I saw (11/52 – 21%):
It’s Complicated | Originally released 2009
Magicians | Originally released 2007
A Single Man | Originally released 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox | Originally released 2009
After Elizabeth II (Documentary, from CBC Doc Zone)
Crazy Heart | Originally released 2009
Brüno | Originally released 2009
Dan In Real Life | Originally released 2009
Men Who Stare at Goats | Originally released 2009
It Happened One Night | Originally released 1934
A Boy And His Dog | Originally released 1975

Albums I bought (7/52 – 13%):
Gene Clark by Gene Clark (vinyl) | Originally released 1971
The New Despair by The Gothic Archies (CD EP) | Originally released 1997
The Wayward Bus by The Magnetic Fields (CD) | Originally released 1992
Distant Plastic Trees by The Magnetic Fields (CD) | Originally released 1991
Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love by Jonathan Richman (CD) | Originally released  2004
Heartland by Owen Pallett (vinyl)
Mal De Mer by Ben Gunning (CD)

Shows I attended (5/52 – 9%):
Julie Doiron (w/ Will Kidman) @ The Cobourg; January 9, 2010
Krupke, Skip Jensen & Ginger & Irene @ Rancho Relaxo; January 15, 2010
$100 (w/ The Lonesome Ace Stringband & Stripmall Ballads) @ The Horseshoe Tavern;  January 22, 2010
Ben Gunning (w/ Allie Hughes) @ The Rivoli; January 29, 2010
The Dress Whites @ Bread & Circus; January 30, 2010