Ishkode! Ishkode!, is named for the Ojibwa word for “fire” (Richman loves languages) and single “Wait! Wait!” is a Valentine and a half. It’s not for nothing that people cry at his shows, honestly and freely and without hesitation or shame. You might, too, and you’ll be happier if you do.
Jonathan Richman is an institution, and if you need something solid to hold onto right now, well, that’s kind of what he offers. Yes, let’s remember his original band, The Modern Lovers, whom he led through a debut record that captures a certain species of adolescence with awesome depth and detail. But if you stopped there, then you never really got started with Jonathan. On album after album, he somehow rediscovers and renews his own personal kind of rock & roll, where innocence and nostalgia and love and loss and joy are less emotions than forces of nature. His newest,