JON BRION Live At Tonic, 8pm (2005)

Live At Tonic, 8pm (2005)
One-Man Pop Band, Live On Stage

Multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion’s one album with The Grays earned him his well deserved cred as a quality popster, while his high profile film scoring (Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia) and production work (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple) has paid the bills. But, it’s Brion’s sprawling live pop marathons at Largo (nearly) every week in Los Angeles that have sealed his legend. Brion – as a one man band using loops to layer various instruments live on stage – takes requests and puts his chops on the line to deliver a highly entertaining pastiche of pure pop’s present and past. When in town for the Tribeca Film Festival, Brion took his act to New York’s Tonic for two shows on April 27th. This 8pm performance comes to us from the sorely missed Brion resource blog, Fairfax Avenue. As you can hear below, there are some sound issues with this recording’s rather tinny sonics, but considering that no two Brion shows are ever alike, these tapes are a valuable chance to appreciate Brion’s process in front of an audience. Listen to Jon’s Lennon-esque vocal on “Why Do You Do This To Yourself.”

You Don’t Know What Love Is (8:56)
Love Of My Life So Far (4:08)
I Was Happy With You (12:29)
Ruin My Day (5:38)
Same Thing (8:52)
Why Do You Do This To Yourself (3:29)
(requests) (1:12)
And Your Bird Can Sing (5:03)
I’m Further On (8:41)
Trouble (8:40)
Waterloo Sunset (9:58)
Controversy (7:21)
Punch-Drunk Love / Here We Go (6:23)
Just Fooling Myself / So I Fell In Love With You (10:12)


  • Paul McClelland
    June 12, 2009 - 23:06 | Permalink

    This cut would not have been out of place on the Elvis Sun sessions from 54…in between 'tomorrow night' and 'harbor lights'…wonderful recording and performance…Paul

  • Capt. Willard
    June 13, 2009 - 01:01 | Permalink

    HA! Didn't hear that before you mentioned it… but, yeah.

  • W
    April 17, 2011 - 12:21 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

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