[Jandek] Portland Show
andrewmorgansenior at gmail.com
Fri Apr 21 15:53:39 PDT 2006
Went to the Portland show last night (I live in Seattle and took the
afternoon off... yeah!). I must admit that I only own a few Jandek
albums and identify closely with a few songs but am pretty new to his
catalog as a whole. Being from Houston (moved to Seattle two months
ago) I've always been entranced by the man, the myth, etc. I went to
the show expecting to be impressed simply by him being there and
playing. But what I didn't expect was to be completely FLOORED by the
Sam and the drummer were phenomenal in conveying the songs in a more
accessible fashion. The song featuring "Thank God I'm Alive" was a
revelation. Rich, full bass lines and outright SICK drumming.
Rhythmic, engaging and a rounded out songs. They were almost poppy,
definately hooky and I left the theater humming Jandek. The girls
were a great surprise, and who doesn't love a beloved man trying his
best to ignore a standing ovation?
It was also good to see him smile at end of a few songs. And he had
totally good stage presence. From the pictures I've seen of other
shows he looked like a statue. But he was contorting his body and
really getting into it. Great!
I hope Corwood releases this on CD. I've been to countless shows in
my life and can honestly say that last night's performace changed the
way I view live music. Man...
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