[Jandek] thoughts on Newcastle Sunday
Carlin, Steven J
Steven.Carlin at mottmac.com
Tue Mar 7 01:15:01 PST 2006
"I think his body of work stands up against almost anything else out
there, on the level of a John Coltrane or Sun Ra or Miles Davis!"
The award for the most deluded statement on this mailing list goes
From: stacey graham [mailto:staceygraham at gmail.com]
Sent: 07 March 2006 02:15
To: jandek at mylist.net
Subject: [Jandek] thoughts on Newcastle Sunday
Just my initial thoughts upon receiving the new double disc live set
from Aquarius Records online:
1) That guitar sound he gets sounds like a digital effects box with a
phasing (or very slow chorus) and digital delay. Too clean to be
effects pedals. That swirling sound, after about 3 or 4 songs starts to
numb the mind the very same way as smoking ditchweed does. I mean that
in the best possible way, by the way...
2) The crowd noise fades between songs. I wonder why? I'm sure there
were reasons, like he wished to alter the running order of the songs or
3) The cover looks like another photoshop job. A castle with lush
green lawn against a white sky. Too white. The edges of the castle
look trimmed off and set against a pure white background. I'm going to
tint mine with some watercolors tonight.
4) Man he's depressed. At least on side one.
5) Sound is pretty good. The drums and bass get lost sometimes in that
never-changing guitar swirl. I can only compare it to the other live
set I have (his first appearance) where you can hear the bassist doing
his Holger Czukey from Can imitation, up and down and up and down.
I don't believe how some people say that he is oblivious to his audience
out here in the world, at least not any more. He has to know how rabid
a following he has by the reactions at his gigs, at the respect and
obvious love his audiences are showing towards him and his music. I
think his body of work stands up against almost anything else out there,
on the level of a John Coltrane or Sun Ra or Miles Davis!
Minneapolis MN USA
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