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Billy Bragg / Jill Sobule

Billy Bragg / Jill Sobule: livelive (2006)
Anti- Records

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I first heard about Billy Bragg when I was just getting into punk rock. Someone played me the song "A New England," and I thought it was really catchy, but dismissed him for the most part (this was in the early `90s). Skip forward about 7-8 years and I find myself moving from New York City to Baltim.


I first heard about Billy Bragg when I was just getting into punk rock. Someone played me the song "A New England," and I thought it was really catchy, but dismissed him for the most part (this was in the early `90s). Skip forward about 7-8 years and I find myself moving from New York City to Baltimore, MD. I was moving because I was in the process of getting a divorce, and on my trip moving all of my stuff out of our apartment into my apartment 3 states away, I found myself listening to Billy Bragg's Back to Basics CD. I'd had it for awhile, but never felt any connection to it until this trip. From that point on (August 2001) I found myself desperately trying to find more of Bragg's material. Years later the search has long been complete (I believe I have every CD he has ever recorded as well as a couple bootlegs), I hear about him coming to the U.S. and I get terribly excited.

This tour wasn't long at all; Billy started in Austin, TX and ended in Alexandria, VA last night. The whole tour consisted of 9 shows in 8 venues. Along with him he brought a singer/songwriter named Jill Sobule; my only exposure to her was the mid-`90s song "I Kissed a Girl,", so I went into it not expecting much and can easily say I was very impressed, if not completely blown away. I actually ended up on stage helping her hold a laptop so she could read the words to a Nelly cover. I tried to sing along, but I couldn't keep a straight face. If you get a chance, check her out.

Now let me say that I haven't been excited about going to shows in years. I am 25, and in this community/scene, that is definitely on the old side. Shows have definitely lost their fun/appeal over the years, but I have found myself actually excited twice now in the last month to see bands/performers (the first was the Smoking Popes), and now it was Billy's turn to totally floor me.

Bragg treated the stage more like he was a comedian than a musician. He told heartfelt stories about Rachel Corrie and funny stories about his kids and King Kong's "ghoulies" (my English-to-English dictionary believes he was talking about testicles). His set list included old songs, new songs, some Woody Guthrie covers and an encore of the entire Life's a Riot EP. When he was leaving the stage the first time, I asked if I could grab the set list itself, and he only said if I was fast, so I popped up on stage and walked over and grabbed it. After the show he waited around and met all of his fans, so I had him sign it and make it out to the record store (it will be framed soon). The night was amazing and definitely worth the 7-hour round-trip drive.

 

 
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itovertakesme (April 2, 2006)

thats funny i thought billy bragg was dead

Anonymous (April 2, 2006)

Sobule had another minor hit with her song Supermodel from the Clueless soundtrack. Glenn's Army covered it on their Major Threat EP in 2001.

Anonymous (April 2, 2006)

This show was quite stellar, Jill Sobule farted out loud two songs into her set, that was beyond amusing...

OverDefined (April 1, 2006)

Yeah, you know me but only on the phone.

Blacklisted.

Cleans.

adamvms (April 1, 2006)

"Jill Sobule's hit was "I Kissed A Girl."

And when Bragg's talking, it's "goolies"."

In the review i mentioned the song "I Kissed A Girl"

and thanks for the spelling correction b/c i was clueless

plasticplastic do i know you? ha

OverDefined (April 1, 2006)

This reviewer is an awesome dude and does awesome things.

skajester (April 1, 2006)

Jill Sobule's hit was "I Kissed A Girl."

And when Bragg's talking, it's "goolies".

lushj (March 31, 2006)

Jill Sobule has a really funny, clever song called "Heroes," check it out...

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

i like billy bragg, those albums with him and wilco playing woodie guthrie songs are pretty fantastic.

skolarx (March 31, 2006)

you're 25 and went through a divorce a few years ago? thats pretty harsh. get married right at 18?

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

you know i remember things about billy bragg most of you younger guys won't. when billy came out he was touring with the smiths and sort of liked by those guys and taken under their collective wing. he was like a shot in th arm to punk because it was the dylan meets strummer/clash meets the seemingly clean cut passionate smiths...a cool look and a great batch of songs. i saw him with michelle shocked and it was a great show although michelle shocked was very annoying. anyway, there wa a time when he was the man and looked at as a promsing new star in the same way dylan and springsteen once were. now i kinda like him but i also like a million other more interesting things so his presence isn't as fresh now...

adamvms (March 31, 2006)

"You're fucking 25 years old, not 45. I'm 27 and feel more excited about music now then I ever have."

i guess to clarify i will give a little other info... i am still into music and have totally devoted my life to it... i own a record store and an aspiring small label that i have been working on for the last 6-7 years... i still go to shows all the time and have free shows in my store every weekend... i guess what i was trying to say is just that after going to shows and being a part of the scene for about 12-13 years now it is really hard to impress me and it just seems as if most bands are playing the same tired/trite shit without any real thought involved, SO it was really inspiring to see someone that actually has something to say...

darkstarm (March 31, 2006)

"You're fucking 25 years old, not 45. I'm 27 and feel more excited about music now then I ever have."

How you gonna tell the man how to feel?

adamvms (March 31, 2006)

damn... scanner

adamvms (March 31, 2006)

If i can get to a scaner I will post the setlist

and thanks to the editor for making my review readable ha

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

yeah, I read to the point where you said you havn't been excited about a show for "years". yeah, give up now, this is a rediculous statement, there are plenty of absolutely great bands and if you're not excited to see ANY ofd them, then you shouldn't be writing for a news site. You're fucking 25 years old, not 45. I'm 27 and feel more excited about music now then I ever have.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

hey i'm 25 don't tell me i'm old

SalsaShark (March 31, 2006)

What an awesome review. I really enjoyed that read. So glad to see that there are "older" people who can still enjoy shows so much.

Now, the question is, are you going to post his setlist or not? :-P

sickboi (March 31, 2006)

Jill Sobule? I remember that broad....what was her single?

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