Sondre Lerche and JBM Pics from Mercury Lounge, Tuesday, 27 July 2010


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A few days late to post, but at least I got the pics up.  I was shocked to see that this show had not sold out.  I guess that was to be expected, when you’re up against The National, The Flaming Lips, and The Black Keys all on the same night.  But hey, Sondre Lerche for $10, on at 9:30 pm at the Mercury Lounge?  That trumped everything.

Below are some shots from the night, including headliner JBM.

Just before starting Red Flag, Lerche had some tuning issues, but was kindly assisted by headliner JBM with all the technical blah blah blahs.  Visibly nervous from the beginning, Lerche rambled on during half of his set in an endearing manner that made you just want to go “awww…”   With genuine sincerity and humorous anecdotes the crowd laughed along and empathized with his nerves.

Also helping him out during a couple of songs, on violin, was K. Ishibashi of Jupiter One.

Throughout the night, Lerche’s vocals seemed to intentionally go off key, then playfully get back on key before the end of his breath, well done!  During Modern Nature, Lerche brought on stage singer/songwriter Dawn Landes.  They recounted an incident that happened in the park, a few hours earlier about some kids yelling at them to stop and an irritated stranger who spat on Dawn, while they were practicing this piece.  Shame on you mister jerk off!

Performing a new song Dear Laughing Doubters, Lerche joked around that whenever he performed this song, which is featured as the closing track for Dinner for Schmucks, he was contracted to mention Dinner for Schmucks, which…”opens in theaters Friday.”

Lerche’s set ended with a new song Domino.

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Below are shots of JBM (Jesse Marchant)

Melodically folksy with some Dylan-esque vocals

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