Street Anarchy Acoustic Punk Poetry: Paul Baribeau
Who? Paul Baribeau
What? Blood honest acoustic Punk
Sounds Like? Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeffrey Lewis (without the jokes), The Mountain Goats, almost everything from Plan-It-X records
THe first time you hear Baribeau, you think “damn, what’s so special about this? Just a guy with a guitar.” At least, that’s what I thought. I listen to quite a lot singer-songwriters and Baribeau didn’t really strike me as special.
But good music sometimes needs to grow onto you. The second time (and every time after that) his songs really moved me. He is not very poetic (contrary to the title of this blogpost), but he is blood honest (at last that’s how I perceive it). I don’t know if Paul’s life really is so sucky like in the song ‘Never Get To Know’, but it sounds to me as real. In a way, you can say it’s a bit the early Daniel Johnston without the Piano and the psychosis.
Paul Baribeau – Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen cover)
You can order his albums ‘Paul Baribeau’ and ‘Grand Ledge’ on his MySpace. Especially Grand Ledge is amazing.