Posted in music | pictures on November 10, 2010

words & photos by Chris Gersbeck

Bob Mould

The Rock Shop in Park Slope is building a reputation for booking relatively well known acts despite its modestly sized concert space. The last time I was there was for the secret Dean Wareham playing Galaxie 500 show, which was pretty great, so I hopped at the chance to make it down there for former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould. Apparently I have a sort of "take what I can get" attitude towards bands that refuse to reunite.

Former Come guitarist and Codeine drummer Chris Brokaw opened the show, playing a 40-minute set of somber acoustic songs. By the style of his music you'd find it hard to believe that Brokaw was also once the drummer for GG Allin-his songs were often melodic and generally mellow, but never uninteresting. Brokaw noted the influence Zen Arcade and New Day Rising had on him as a musician in the 80's, played a couple more songs and finished his set shortly thereafter.

I confess that I've always been a bigger fan of Grant Hart's contributions to Husker Du than Mould's, but that's not to say Mould hasn't written his share of classics. Beginning his set on acoustic guitar, Mould soon switched to electric, reminding us of his trademark distortion and howl of a voice.

Rotating between solo material, Sugar and Husker songs (often by request), Mould was in good spirits throughout the night, joking with the crowd about the NYC Marathon, his admiration of Best Coast and his upcoming memoir. Hearing him play classics such as "Something I Learned Today", "I Apologize" and "Celebrated Summer" made it easy to remember why Mould is an oft-cited influence. At the core of these punk anthems was solid songwriting, and they are no less perfect songs when played solo by the man himself.

The Rock Shop show (11/7) was one of three NYC shows for Bob in a week. The other two were at City Winery (11/4 with Lenny Kaye and 11/4 with Marshall Crenshaw). More pictures from the Rock Shop below...

Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Bob Mould



Comments (19)

I guess we know now that there is somebody in the world other than Grant Hart and Grant Hart's mother who prefer Grant Hart written Husker Du songs.

Posted by Jaguar | November 10, 2010 1:55 PM

all the best songs on new day rising are grant's

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 1:58 PM

Chris Brokaw played guitar in Come.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:03 PM

I guess that depends on which songs you consider best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:03 PM

thanks, i knew he played guitar in Come, just only added drummer after Codeine...

Posted by chris | November 10, 2010 2:16 PM

hard to believe mould is 50

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:17 PM

grant hart ruined husker du.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:56 PM

"Don't wanna know if you are lonely" and "Sorry Somehow" are both excellent Grant-written songs on Candy Apple Gray.

Posted by Dan | November 10, 2010 4:02 PM

Both Bob and Grant are great. No need to take sides. It's been over for years.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 5:32 PM

true, but saying that anything on New Day Rising (fun Grant songs included) is better than Celebrated Summer, I Apologize, Powerline, 59 Times the Pain, Plans I Make, and New Day Rising itself is...geez. come on. The one Hart song that is as great is Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill.

Set list from the rock shop? winery?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 8:46 PM

your setlist is 'calm down'

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 12:22 AM

Bob Mould
The Rock Shop
Brooklyn, NY USA

[Total Time 1:27:35]
01 [introduction]
02 Wishing Well
03 Hear Me Calling
04 See A Little Light
05 [banter]
06 No Reservations
07 Thumbtack
08 Hardly Getting Over It
09 [crowd/banter/tuning]
10 Sinners And Their Repentances
11 I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore
12 [banter]
13 Life And Times
14 The Breach
15 Paralyzed
16 [banter]
17 Standing in the Rain
18 [banter]
19 In A Free Land
20 Something I Learned Today
21 Hoover Dam
22 Your Favorite Thing
23 The Act We Act
24 I Apologize
25 Celebrated Summer
26 [encore break]
27 If I Can't Change Your Mind
28 Makes No Sense At All

Tracks 01-08 Bob Acoustic
Tracks 10-27 Bob Electric

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 2:30 AM

This was the best show of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 12:38 PM

Good News for Modern Man > Black Sheets of Rain.

there-I said it.............

Posted by smack | November 12, 2010 2:34 PM

Workbook >Intolerance

Sugar>Nova Mob

so did I.

Thanks for the setlist.

Standing in the Rain! Hasn't played that in around 19 years.
Always odd how he has ignored Warehouse aside from No Reservations in the solo shows. Some of his best songs are on that one.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2010 8:39 AM

though he still plays the same songs in his solo set as he has for many years, this time it looks like that was totally ok because he simply made the set longer than usual and added a bunch of songs that have not been heard for some time - indeed, more Warehouse songs would be welcome.
And I've never seen In a Free Land or Something I Learned Today on a solo setlist (that is, totally solo, not "solo band.")

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2010 4:14 PM

Standing in the Rain was a request from someone in the audience, and Bob only did about half the lyrics. The rest of the songs seemed to be from his prepared list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2010 5:09 PM

figures. there's a tape from McCabe's Guitar Shop from 1991, where someone requests the same song, and the same thing happens. great song - he should learn it sometime. he wrote it and all...

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2010 7:04 PM

waiting for the first Greg Norton solo acoustic your....folky renditions of From the Gut and Everytime.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 10:06 PM

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