Concert Recommendation: Jill Sobule, Abbey Pub, Sunday, August 24
To many, Jill Sobule is remembered as a one-hit wonder with a lesbian
novelty song, 1995's "I Kissed a Girl." I had the good fortune of
seeing Sobule for the first time mere hours before the video premiered
on MTV; in introducing the song, she talked about working with Fabio
and avoiding revealing the song's subject matter. It was a particularly
fruitful opportunity because I was exposed to the breadth of her
songwriting, not just her one popular song. Her characters include the
popular high school classmate turned porn star, the anorexic
workout-obsessed woman at the health club, an elderly acquaintance with
a fascinating past and a deluded mind. With cheerful pop melodies, she
mines the minutia of life:
One of these days and it'll be real soon
I'm gonna kick some ass
Gonna clean my room
Sobule has a new album out tomorrow, The
Folk Years 2003-2003, available only at her shows and on her web site.
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze headlines the evening. He should be
interesting, but it means enduring Jeffrey Gaines in the middle of the
bill. Having suffered through too many his sets when living in Philly,
I can only say Jeffrey Gaines, Our Loses.
Jill Sobule plays with Jeffrey Gaines
and Glenn Tilbrook at the Abbey Pub,
3420 W. Grace, 773.478.4408, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 24.