plasticsoul2001 at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 26 02:01:11 PST 2004
I'm new to Jandek and the list and thought that I would take a minute to say
hello and introduce myself. My name is Steven and I live in the Los Angeles
area. My introduction to Jandek was via a recent issue of SPIN magazine and
an article about the Jandek on Corwood documentary. I work nights a
hospital and regularly have long stretches of time with nothing to do. One
night last week I decided to spend my free time learning about Jandek.
The Jandek story hooked me immedicately. My first reaction to the music
from Ready For the House was "what the f**K?" It's like nothing I had ever
heard before in my life. It was like my mind had to come up with a new
equation in order to attach what I was hearing to my preconceived concept of
what music is "supposed" to be. Then I found a few later recordings like
"The Cat That Walked To Shelbyville", "Lavender", "Nancy Sings" all of which
are gorgeous. From the reading I was doing it seemed to me that "Blue
Corpse" was on the top of many a Jandek fans list so I did something that I
don't do. I downloaded it from Soulseek. (I'm an indie musician myself and
I try to buy CDs whenver I can). But being so intrigued by what I was
hearing/reading I just couldn't wait for a mail ordered CD to hear it. In
the two or three days that I have had "Blue Corpse" I have probably listened
to it 5 times from start to finish.
I also ordered the Jandek on Corwood doc which arrived in the mail Thursday.
Great, great, great film! Although I had no idea what to expect from the
last 10 minutes of the film, I must say that I completely didn't expect what
I got. Sorry to be so cryptic but I'm not sure who on the list has seen the
film and I don't want to ruin it for anybody.
While reading through the discography section of the tisue website and
looking at the album covers I realized that I had seen quite a few of them
ages ago at a place called Rhino Records in Clairmont California. It must
have been sometime in the late eighties. I remember thinking the covers
were a bit odd but intriguing. Unfortunately they didn't intrigue me enough
for me to purchase them and now it looks like I'm going to have to spend a
small fortune for them on eBay! In reading some of the mailing list
archives there was some discussion about the vinyl vs the CD sound quality.
Is it really drastic? I will most likely end up getting the CDs from
Corwood as well as seek out the vinyls so I guess it doesn't really matter
Okay...rant and ramble ended. Looking forward to learning more about the
group members and the oddity that is Jandek.
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