[Jandek] A fan from Australia
railfan93111 at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 12 04:47:49 PST 2006
How's everything?:) I hope that everyone is well. Just wanted a big thanks
to everyone for their descriptions of the Indy shows...so jealous:) (but in
a good way, y'know...lol). I live in Australia myself so got no hope of
seeing the Representative unless I actually fly over to the US. Are there
any other fans from the land of Oz on the list? Just interested:) Thanks
again to everyone.
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>Subject: jandek Digest, Vol 54, Issue 258
>Date: 11 Dec 2006 21:00:31 -0800
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> 1. Indianapolis Saturday (Joshua Harris)
> 2. a couple photos (Jeremy Frey)
> 3. Indianapolis (Danen D. Jobe)
>From: Joshua Harris <pinholga at yahoo.com>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] Indianapolis Saturday
>Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 06:50:58 -0800 (PST)
>I've lurked on this list for a while, but after seeing
>that show I really wanted to write in and say hi. This
>show was put together by friends of mine, so I flew
>out from Boston just to see it (okay, and to see
>friends too...) I thought the musicians were all
>superb. The flute/glokenspiel (George "Sparky" Smith
>(no relation ;) player caught some slack in some of
>the post-mortem discussions I heard, but I felt that
>he transported the music into some very interesting
>places. He did quote some jazz standards, "Ain't
>Missbehaving" for one, which was weird and a little
>uncalled for, and he didn't really gel with the rest
>of the band, but I feel his impression on the dynamic
>was overal positive. If I had to pick a star of the
>show that doesn't live in Texas, it would definitely
>be the drummer, Nathan Vollamar. At times he played
>off the Corwood Representative, and at others it was a
>back-and-forth with the very smooth bassist. He was
>center stage and provided balance to the music from
>his pivot-point. The Bassist, Lester "Lammy" Johnson,
>had a very smoothing effect on upright, but
>occasionally dipped into Corwidian chaos at times on
>the electric. I could barely hear the the viola most
>of time. While there is a certain tendency to think of
>any woman involved in a Corwood production as
>"Nancy"-ish, I didn't really hear that.
>As for the songs, I was caught up in the beauty of it
>all a lot, although I did notice a lot about breakups,
>uneven relationships and rain. The Janitor came back
>(I thought he was dead!)
>Overall, I feel very confident saying that this was
>the best concert I have seen in my life, well worth
>traveling halfway across the country to see.
>I was one of the two official photographers there, I
>shot film so it will take me a bit of time to get my
>stuff together. I'm not sure exactly what my rights
>are with it, so my plan is to get it all developed,
>make contact sheets, send them to Corwood and ask.
>With permission, I'll probably set up a flicker
>account or something and post it to the list.
>I also went to Dannen's reading in Indy. For those who
>haven't met him, he is one of the nicest people I've
>ever met. Picked up a few books and did a little
>reading on the plane ride. Very impressive so far.
>Oh well, I've probably rambled enough here for now.
>Far better writers will chime in, I'm sure.
>"Blessed are the sociable, that say stupid things
>And get close to their neighbors"
>Joshua A. Harris, pinholga at yahoo.com
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>From: Jeremy Frey <falcon_156 at yahoo.com>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] a couple photos
>Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 12:09:07 -0800 (PST)
>taken with my near-dead cameraphone after the show
>Have a burning question? Go to Yahoo! Answers and get answers from real
>people who know.
>From: "Danen D. Jobe" <djobe at uark.edu>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] Indianapolis
>Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 14:39:47 -0600
>Where to start? Instrumentally this was like nothing I've seen. This has
>been discussed some already, but I think the thing that stays with me is
>how well it all combined. The extraordinary rhythm section laid down a
>rolling, bluesy back that stayed consistently through the show. On the
>other side was the jagged Godin fretless (glad to have finally seen it in
>action) and the bold counter of the viola. Between the two worlds strode
>the flute and glockenspiel.
>Quick aside: before the show proper started we could hear the flutist
>playing "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from offstage. I started
>imagining the band coming out in tutus and dancing across the stage. Now
>THAT would've been different.
>The female vocals were soulful and at times jazzy. They were in four songs
>(or was it five?), two of which were in a row. Interestingly, her songs
>often seemed like responses to his songs (I know he wrote all the words,
>but I mean figuratively). He had a song about watching "yellow, pink, and
>green things" come up from the ground. She responded by seeming to be that
>thing in growth. Later, he had songs imagining a wedding and a domestic
>life that didn't work - she seemed to be the angry bride. The last song
>seemed to leave the earth entirely, with her voice trilling out the word
>"moon" and imagining a type of escape. His number before that I'll describe
>Her vocals changed throughout: er first number was a rhymed, country-like
>song, another was spoken word, others yet (like the last song) I couldn't
>His lyrics, for the most part, were among the most expressive I've ever
>heard. If people often point to areas within the catalog where Corwood has
>left much vague, the vagueries have vanished. That's not to say that we're
>getting a life story, just that the images themselves are deep. The opening
>number (which has a LONG instrumental passage) painted pictures of a figure
>(could this be the same "other-self" from the Toronto show?) rising out of
>a creek but being "filled with sand." He described forest scenes and
>grappled with lost loves and the "shadow figure" throughout. As others have
>mentioned, the music shifted around from intensely brutal to atmospheric to
>even funky and two with a sort of country lilt.
>The last four numbers may be among the best, and most chilling, of the
>catalog. He discusses leaving a bride-to-be (I got the feeling that the
>marriage hadn't happened) pregnant with child, choosing career over
>domestic life "working in a factory, family surrounding me." He talks about
>"talking to her father" who asks him to leave. He leaves Indianapolis on
>his motorcycle and never looks back. My God.
>This leads to an imagined wedding, and ultimately to the last two numbers.
>His final vocal begins with reading a philosophical book that leads him
>into an intense dream. Suddenly, the words "leave me alone" rise in that
>ghostly voice, punctuated by the increasing instrumentation. The words are
>returned to, and at the end of the song (PERFECTLY!) The flutist threw down
>his sticks. The smile from Corwood tells me that this was just fine. I hope
>it was captured on the DVD. Then the female singer did the last number,
>escaping from earth.
>In this show there was no comforting final number (like "Shadow of the
>Clouds" or the last song in Chicago) trying to find peace with a God or
>significant other. Yet it felt complete. It was a taxing show emotionally -
>the subjects were heavy but, again, descriptive - though so moving that the
>effort is rewarded. Will be glad to have this on disc so I can listen to
>the parts separately. As one whole it was astounding. And the surroundings
>were perfect - the gorgeous cathedral with the candles and lighting that
>matched the colors of the stained glass. This will be beautiful to look at
>when the DVD comes out.
>I might also mention that the sound crew deserves serious credit. The mix
>was perfect, and the vocals floated over the music allowing the lyrics to
>be understood. The microphone seemed to catch no distortion at all.
>I must also say what a wonderful place I found Indy to be. So very
>welcoming - enjoyed meeting some at both the Luna reading and Bloomington.
>I was also most pleased about a guy in Bloomington who came to my reading
>last night having never heard of either Jandek or me - just saw the flyer
>and was curious. He bought a book and then ran next door to Landlocked
>records and bought every Jandek CD they had. That made me feel good.
>Sorry if this email is disjointed at all - drove all night from Bloomington
>back to Arkansas and back to school today. My God was it worth it. The man
>is working at his peak. Atlanta here I come!
>I'd love to hear more Jandek music with a vibraphone.
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