Philip Ross Jacobsen
My favorite concert memory is being at the Independent here in lovely SF for the tour Free Energy did with Titus Andronicus. The Monitor had just been released (and had been/is amaze-balls) so sadly the crowd was much more in the mood for sophiti-punk about the civil war. Everyone was standing with their arms folded tight like an Arcade Fire song. I see these people dancing and rocking out in a group and I think: “Well, they are clearly better than everyone here.” When I was greeted with high fives I knew I joined the right group. Totally unpretentious, not clique, and there to have fun. We’re all being goofy for a few songs when I realized that I was dancing with the members of Titus Andronicus. After the set I talked to some of the Free Energy cast. They were so cool, nice, and expressed gratitude that I was dancing and having fun. It left such a positive impression on me that now in my own band, Odd Owl (sorry about the plug) that I try to replicate how they made me feel included.
Good cover, too.
I like it. Makes me excited to hear a full album.
It actually reminds me of the Hold Steady “Modesto Is Not That Sweet.” In a good way.
It seems no one got the new Jonathan Richman album O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth. There’s a great song on it called “My Affected Accent” that should be a must for any Modern Lovers fans.
His last one, Becuse Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild, in 2008 was also overlooked. It’s too bad because that one had “As My Mother Lay Lying,” probably the most beautiful songs of the last ten years.