JANDEK: Live (past shows)

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Glasgow 2004

Jandek played his first ever live set at the Instal festival in Glasgow, Scotland on October 17, 2004. He sang and played guitar, joined by Richard Youngs on bass and Alexander Neilson on drums. The performance was not publicized beforehand or even identified as it happened. Many of the people in the room didn’t know until later what they had witnessed.

Here is an official statement from the festival organizer, followed by commentary from one of the other performers.

from Barry Esson

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 19:16:24 +0100

I contacted Corwood Industries some months ago and, following a
lengthy dialogue during which several assurances, both personal and
professional were made, Corwood were happy to send a representative to
the festival to perform with Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson.  Out of
respect to both those assurances and the individuals involved, we will
not be commenting further, nor confirming or denying any of the purely
speculative assumptions about the event currently circulating.

Given the nature of this situation, we hope that the above is not
taken as being deliberately taciturn.  Simply, the event, [and certain
performances at it], were built on trust, a trust that we are not keen
to betray.

I hope that people will respect this and realise that it is in
everybody’s interest to allow the artists in question to continue
their practice in what ever way they see fit.

from David Tibet

Date: Mon Oct 18 10:24:28 PDT 2004

I can absolutely confirm it was JANDEK live at 5pm on Sunday 17th at
the Instal Festival put on by Barry Esson.

He played for an hour with Richard Youngs on bass and Alex Neilson on

The whole show came about after 7 months of secret negotiations and
was done on the basis that Jandek’s name was not used in ANY of the
publicity at ANY time.

It was absolutely amazing--JANDEK was happy and relaxed and looked
great and as Godlike as it comes.

Date: Tue Oct 19 06:08:03 PDT 2004

this is David Tibet again with some more information for you.

1)JANDEK was absolutely not announced; part of the deal was that
no-one would be informed who was playing, just that there was a
mystery guest.People turned up at 5 and someone near my wife said:
‘There is someone impersonating Jandek on stage.’ Then he said: ‘F**K!
It IS Jandek....’

2) He played for an hour, and used the lyric stand that I used (that
was bought for me) the night before.The band rehearsed just once,
earier the same day.They were stunning, stunning, stunning--and I do
know as I am a MASSIVE fan and have every single vinyl, every CD and
even the bar-code/non-bar-code variant release.

3)He never referred to himself as JANDEK--the word was not used at ANY
time. He was there as ‘a representative from Corwood Industries.’

4)He did not stay in the same hotel as any of the bands, who did not
know he was playing either.

5) He did not attend the festival, except briefly, when SIX ORGANS OF
ADMITTANCE were playing.He didn’t go for meals or drinks with any of
the bands, and didn’t attend the post-show party at the hotel. The
only person who speok to him was the band and the promoter and his

6)There are lots of other bits I could add, but can’t as they are
confidential.  .. but maybe they will come out later. Or not.

The performer

Photos taken at the show (see below) clearly depict the same man shown on Jandek’s album covers. This finally settles the question of whether the individual on the covers is really the same one making the music.

He’s tall and dressed all in black, including a black hat. He looks very thin; thinner than the album covers show. He looks to be in his fifties, as you would expect.

Charles Gillett made this image comparing the left ear on the cover of Somebody in the Snow to one of the live photos:

Gillett comments: “Looks like a match to me.”


Not long after the show, an unauthorized audience recording of the set started floating around the net in MP3 form (it was originally recorded to minidisc).

In April 2005, Corwood released an official live recording of the concert as Glasgow Sunday. It consists of eight songs, totaling just over an hour. It is not from the same source as the MP3’s and the sound quality is higher.

The set was also videotaped by two cameras, with Corwood’s permission. In June 2006, Corwood released a DVD edition of Glasgow Sunday.


David Keenan’s review of the festival, devoted mostly to Jandek’s set, was published in the Scottish newspaper the Sunday Herald and is available online at http://www.sundayherald.com/45538.


For firsthand accounts and discussion of the show, see:

For further accounts and discussions, see the archives of the Jandek mailing list.


Many people have commented that when they learned Jandek had played a live concert, it was a “disappointment”, or words to that effect.

Well, sure. I know what they mean. But can’t understand not also being elated. He’s Jandek, he can do whatever he wants — including crawl out of the hole he’s been hiding in for 26 years and slay the imaginary Jandeks in all of our heads. I’ve always opposed the tendency of some to treat him as a mythical idiot savant rather than as an intelligent adult human being making consciously crafted art. It’s not a question of courtesy, but of accuracy. So if his stepping onto the stage can help change that, then more power to him. Death to “Jandek”, long live Jandek.

The change began in 1999 when he started reissuing his old albums on CD and assented (in a sense) to the Texas Monthly interview. He’s opened up even further since then, answering many of people’s mailed or phoned questions, helping with the documentary, sending me press clippings, and so on. I’m as shocked as everyone that this concert happened, but in retrospect it seems like a logical development. And the way he went about it is certainly very much in character.

One of the things that the Jandek on Corwood documentary makes clear is that the first Jandek LP was the only “pure” one, in the (limited) sense of having been produced without reference to response from an audience, and ever since then he’s been in a feedback loop where his output is definitely sustained, if not shaped, by attention from fans and reviewers, attention that he both rebuffs and thrives on, in a single dynamic.

If anything about the news initially gave me pause, it was that Jandek is playing with established figures from the avant music circuit, rather than by himself (or with the people who play on his records, although presumably that wasn’t really a possibility). Certainly the last thing I’d want to see happen is for Jandek to end up in an endless series of celebrity matchups and collaborations on the festival circuit. It’s not just that Jandek has been separated from his audience all these years; it’s also that he’s been completely independent of the whole outside musical world. This latter independence was as central to me as the former.

The recording of the show, though, shows this particular rhythm section to be an excellent fit. The choice worked, and Glasgow Sunday sits proudly alongside other Corwood titles.


The lyrics from the show have been transcribed by Joe Henry; see the lyrics page.


All photos (except the few uncredited ones) are copyrighted by their photographers and are used by permission. You can click on most of the photos to see a high resolution version.

photos by Mark Connelly

There are five color photos (four of Jandek, one of Richard Youngs) at http://photo.conn75.com/music/instal_04.php.

photos by Bryony McIntyre

McIntyre is the official festival photographer for both Instal and Music Lover’s Field Companion.

If you go to http://www.musicloversfieldcompanion.org/ and click on “Jandek’, there’s one black and white photo from 2004.

And if you go to http://www.instal.org.uk/ and click on “Programme” and then on Jandek, there is one color and one black and white photo from the 2004 show, plus photos from the more recent shows.

photos by Heather Leigh Murray

These photos may not be reproduced elsewhere.

photos by Hoody

The photographer can be reached at eyes_of_blackness@hotmail.com. He also has pictures from all the other acts that played at Instal.

photos by Keiko Cummings

photos by Andria Tibet

photos by unknown

If you know who took these, please tell me so I can credit them properly.

Gateshead & Glasgow 2005

Jandek played his second and third live shows ever in the U.K. in May. Unlike his first show last fall, these were publicized in advance, though it wasn’t announced whether the performances would be solo, trio again, or what.

Gateshead (May 22)

The first show was at the Music Lovers’ Field Companion festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday, May 22. (Gateshead is in the far north of England, across the River Tyne from Newcastle.) Information about the festival is at the festival website, http://www.musicloversfieldcompanion.org/. The other performers included Keiji Haino and Takehisa Kosugi. The festival was curated by Barry Esson, who also curated the festival where Jandek played in 2004. “Music Lovers’ Field Companion” is the name of the last piece in John Cage’s 1961 book Silence.

Jandek played electric guitar and sang. He was accompanied by Richard Youngs on electric bass and Alex Neilson on drum kit.

My own mailing list posts about the show:

Here are other firsthand accounts from the Jandek mailing list:

Glasgow (May 23)

The second show was the following night, Monday, May 23, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland. Also on the bill were Taurpis Tula, Keiji Haino, and My Cat Is An Alien. Jandek played first.

Jandek played piano and sang. He was accompanied by Richard Youngs on bowed double bass and Alex Neilson on drumkit and other percussion (including bowed cymbals).

My own mailing list posts about the show:

Here are other firsthand accounts from the Jandek mailing list:

Elsewhere on the net, there are threads about the shows at:

Here are reviews that have appeared elsewhere:

David Keenan, in his review of Glasgow Sunday for Volcanic Tongue, wrote, “The second Glasgow show, performed the night after the Newcastle one, saw Youngs switch to acoustic bass and Smith to piano and vocals and while it wasn’t as sonically interesting as the dates that preceded it, it arguably raised the emotional ante even further.”

If there are any other discussions or reports out there, please let me (or the whole Jandek mailing list) know about them.

Recordings (official)

Both shows are now available from Corwood as double CD’s, Newcastle Sunday (Newcastle is the larger city right across the Tyne from Gateshead) and Glasgow Monday. The latter set is subtitled “The Cell”.

In November 2006, Corwood released a DVD edition of Newcastle Sunday.

Recordings (unofficial)

A recording of the Gateshead show was posted to Usenet in July 2005 and subsequently floated around on file sharing networks. It’s not quite complete; the last song and the ending of the song before are missing. The files are in MP3 format (VBR, around 192 Kbps) and the accompanying technical info says “Sony ECM-719 mic -> Sony MZ-N710 MD -> SoundForge -> LAME version 3.90.3 MMX.”

Later, a second audience recording begin circulating. It comes with the following note: “This is an alternative audience recording... unfortunately it’s also incomplete, being only 9 tracks rather than the 11 of the other recording in circulation — it is however a rather louder recording (from second row, right of stage), with much better bass, and includes entrance onstage and the silence that followed (Track 00, 3:08), as well as the pin-drop silence of the audience between the first and the second song (Track 02, 2:12) while Jandek stood, motionless, while his guitar was retuned (or possibly restrung, although I saw no signs that he had broken a string during the first song) — both of these silences felt intrinsic to the performance at the time...this is made available for reference purposes only, and will hopefully become redundant once the official CD release becomes available.”

No audience recording of the Glasgow show ever surfaced.


Here’s what The Sage Gateshead looks like:

Official photos taken by festival photographer Bryony McIntyre are at http://www.instal.org.uk/. Click on “Programme” and then on “Jandek”. In addition to two 2004 shots, there is one color and one black and white photo from Gateshead and one great color shot from Glasgow of Jandek seated at the piano — the only recent photo where he doesn’t have his hat on.

Here some unofficial photos taken on Sunday. Click on any photo to see a higher resolution version.

Austin & New York 2005

What’s been announced

There are or were dates in four U.S. cities:

date city venue info tickets on sale? price
Aug. 28 Austin, TX Scottish Rite Theatre site SOLD OUT $27
Sep. 2 New Orleans, LA Dixon Hall,
Tulane University
site CANCELED $20
Sep. 6 New York, NY
Anthology Film Archives venue SOLD OUT $25
Sep. 7
(two shows, 7:30 and 9:00)
New York, NY
ISSUE Project Room venue a few left?
(in person at Other Music)
$20 each
(but see below)

All of the shows were arranged by Barry Esson, in association with promoters and venues in the individual cities.

According to a news item in The Wire, “All three dates will feature the Corwood Industries representative backed by a pick up group put together from local musicians.”

The canceled New Orleans show had two other acts on the bill: MV/EE Medicine Show (the initials are for Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) and Christina Carter (of Charalambides). At Anthology in New York, it’s MV/EE & the Bummer Road and Loren Connors (aka Loren Mazzacane). The promoters in Austin did not announce other acts; the wording of their site (“Jandek will perform for the first time in the US... The performance will begin at 7:30pm”) seemed to imply there wouldn’t be any, but you couldn’t tell for sure.

Tickets for the New York show at Anthology were sold at Other Music and online. The online tickets sold out just minutes after going on sale on August 10th. Anthology’s website now says “All tickets are 100% SOLD OUT!!!! Thank you for the high volume of interest in the event.” Another page on the same site has the following:


If you are a ticket-holder for the Jandek live performance, please note the
following advisories.

***JANDEK WILL PERFORM FIRST. Please arrive punctually to the gig (we
recommend 6:30).***

Tickets are will call only, so please bring your ID (everybody) and
the credit card with which you purchased your tickets (online buyers
only). WE CANNOT ADMIT patrons who are not able to provide a
corresponding ID or credit card.

Recording equipment is strictly prohibited.
Cameras/photography are strictly prohibited.

Note the bit about Jandek performing first. He also played first at all of the U.K. shows. (Well, in Gateshead he played first in the main hall.)

Because of the forced cancellation in New Orleans, and because the New York show at Anthology sold out so quickly, another night of New York shows was added for the following night. The venue is ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn and it holds approximately 100 people. Each show is $20, but a limited number of discounted tickets for both shows were sold for $35. About half the tickets were released for sale at Other Music, the rest through TicketWeb. TicketWeb sold out the same day (Friday), but a reader stopped by Other Music on Tuesday afternoon and there were still a few tickets left for the 7:30 show.

Although both new shows are on the same night, according to the press release “the content of both of these performances will be different.” (An announcement from Other Music says “the two shows will have different sets lists.” It also names the musicians he’ll be playing with, although I don’t think that was supposed to have been public.)

photo: Ha Lam

What happened: Austin

The Austin show went off without a hitch. It lasted about 90 minutes without a break. There were no opening bands.

The representative from Corwood Industries sang and played electric guitar. A light from the side of the stage cast his twenty foot tall shadow on the side wall, or rather on the objects covering the wall, objects that are never far from Jandek: curtains.

He was backed by three young local musicians, Nick Hennies (drumkit), Chris Cogburn (drumkit), and Juan Garcia (electric bass). Hennies lives in Austin and is a member of the Weird Weeds and the Austin New Music Co-op. Cogburn is a Austin-based improvisor who has played with Dave Dove, Joe McPhee, and others. Garcia lives in Houston and plays improvised music.

The show was videotaped by two camera operators. One camera was on a tripod in the balcony; the other was on the shoulder of a roving operator who sometimes got quite close to the singer. It seemed to be a “shoot”, not just bare documentation.

The crowd was silent after the house lights dimmed, and kept silent as the band took the stage, but there was enthusiastic applause after each song, and a standing ovation at the end, although we didn’t all stand up until after Jandek himself had already left the room.

Musically, the biggest development since previous shows was in the guitar. Jandek’s guitar playing was front and center at this show; he brought his live guitar style to a whole new level. He was playing more confidently, more variedly, and with a lot less reverb and effects, so everything he played stood out clearly. He was playing across a wider pitch range and playing a lot more “lead” guitar, not as much “rhythm” — to the extent that you can apply those terms to his unconventional playing.

The backing band did a fine job. The two drumkits often blended together in my ears, but when the players were distinguishable, it was because Cogburn used a lot more unconventional playing techniques (rubbing cymbals with his drumsticks, and so forth) and unusual sounds drawn from the post-jazz improvised-music tradition, while Hennies kept it simpler and blended into the group sound more. While Garcia’s playing was never busy, he’s a more mercurial player than the serene and imperturbable Richard Youngs we heard on the U.K. shows and recordings. Garcia seemed to attract Jandek’s attention and the two of them got lot of good back-and-forth going between bass and guitar, particularly during some instrumental sections in the three or so louder, more aggressive songs, when the whole band was digging in, rocking out, kicking up a fierce, choppy racket, irregular but propulsive, The Rocks Crumble/Interstellar Discussion style.

Jandek rarely played guitar and sang at the same time; his right hand would stop, or slow down and strum just lightly, leaving a lull to dramatically frame each line or two of lyrics. (You can hear this on the earlier live recordings as well.) He’d lean in close to the mike to deliver each line, always forming the words carefully so they were clearly audible. Apparently he didn’t want us to miss a word, having written them especially for the occasion.

Yes, all the lyrics were new. He beat himself up pretty hard: he’s “an ugly man, not beautiful,” in fact “the sorriest human being ever,” his body is “decrepit,” his soul “anguished,” his mind “forever forgetting.” He’s “a failure,” “stricken, forsaken,” “six feet under.” The best he can say is “It gives me pleasure to be in pain” — every cloud has a silver lining? He claims in the first song that “I don’t care about girls/ I don’t care about boys,” but he’s just trying to convince himself; the “you” in many songs is a woman, although others might be addressed to his god instead, as when he’s “on my knees begging to you... I see you in all the glory you are.”

The songs were abstract, interior or interpersonal, occasionally metaphysical, with few concrete images or objects. At the Gateshead show there were barstools, worms, guns, neckties, telephones, feet, tattoos, snowmen, and smoke; in Austin there was only a pillow, a few empty chairs, and the police.

All the lyrics I jotted down are at http://mylist.net/archives/jandek/2005-August/001737.html.

Here are some reviews of the show that have appeared online:

And here are some firsthand accounts from the Jandek mailing list:

Recording (official)

The show is now available from Corwood as a double CD, Austin Sunday. There is now also a DVD edition.

Recordings (unofficial)

A fairly good quality audience recording of this show circulated via BitTorrent in lossless FLAC format. It’s 13 tracks and fills two CD’s. The accompanying info says “Source: Sony ECM-909a > Sony TCD-D8 DAT; Lineage: DAT master @ 48kHz > PC (minor remastering) > .WAV @ 44.1kHz > .FLAC; Transfer: TCD-D8 > POC-DA12P > Creative SB0270 (USB) > Adobe Audition 1.5 > FLAC Frontend; Recorded, transferred, remastered, and uploaded by: Mr. Fang... Please purchase the official recording of this show when it is released by Corwood.&rdquo

What happened: New Orleans

The New Orleans show was canceled because the city was evacuated due to Hurricane Katrina. Barry Esson issued the following statement on August 30:

due to the unfortunate situation in New Orleans, the performances by
Jandek, mv & ee medicine show and christina carter have had to be
cancelled.  it is our understanding that tickets to that show should
be refunded.  details on this should be available from the local
promoters website soon: www.wtul.fm/jandek/

we’re sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause,
please be assured that we have done all that we can to make this show

There was a web site for the show.

photo: Hiroyuki Ito

What happened: Manhattan

Jandek played first, before the supporting acts. Jandek himself sang and played keyboards, specifically two Korg Triton synthesizers set up one above the other, both set to sound like electronic organs. He was backed by Loren Connors (aka Loren Mazzacane Connors) on electric guitar, Matt Heyner on double bass, and Chris Corsano on drumkit.

The lyrics I was able to jot down are at http://mylist.net/archives/jandek/2005-September/001790.html. The songs formed a loose suite, with reoccurring phrases and themes. The overarching theme was depression. (I say loose suite because it wasn’t as unified as the suite “The Cell” performed in Glasgow; this wasn’t as much a single unified work, either lyrically or musically.)

An interview with Loren Connors about playing with Jandek in Manhattan and Glasgow is at http://www.furious.com/perfect/jandek/lorenconnors.html.

Here are reviews of the show that have appeared online:

And here are some firsthand accounts from the Jandek mailing list:

Recordings (unofficial)

An audience recording of this show exists, but was never, to my knowledge, in general circulation.

Recording (official)

The show is now available from Corwood as a double CD, Manhattan Tuesday, subtitled “Afternoon of Insensitivity”.

photo: brooklynvegan

photo: thefader.com

What happened: Brooklyn

The performance space was old silo next to a 19th century bridge over a sluggish canal. The silo had been remodeled to have two floors and the performances were upstairs. All 100 or so of us sat huddled together on the wooden floor inside the round concrete wall. Only a line of white tape on the floor separated us from the area where the instruments were set up, so the front row of people were sitting right at the musicians’ feet.

The audience entered from an exterior stairway. I thought that’s how the band would enter also, but instead the helpers at the venue cleared a space in the audience and pulled a rug aside, revealing a trap door which they lifted and the musicians emerged like vampires from a crypt.

Each set lasted about 75 minutes.

For the first set, Jandek sang and played a black solid body electric guitar, backed by Matt Heyner on electric bass and Chris Corsano on drumkit.

For the second set, Heyner switched to double bass. Jandek switched to an unusual guitar of a kind I haven’t seen before, a hollow body fretless acoustic/electric guitar with a blond wood face. I think it was a Godin Multiac Nylon Fretless SA; can anyone confirm?

Before each set, Barry Esson announced that the additional shows had been scheduled because of the cancellation in New Orleans. In reference to the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, he said that “some of the material tonight is in tribute to that“ (first set) and “the emotion behind this event is in tribute to New Orleans” (second set).

Both sets of lyrics were varied collections, not a tightly linked suite (like “The Cell” in Glasgow) or a loosely linked suite (like the previous night in Manhattan). One song explicitly mentioned New Orleans, and some others were about it as well — how many exactly depends on the listener’s interpretation. One song paired some of the most storming music of the night with the nearly shouted refrain “He doesn’t care at all” — perhaps a reference to our president?

The lyrics I was able to jot down are at http://mylist.net/archives/jandek/2005-September/001810.html.

Here are reviews of the show that have appeared online:

And here are some firsthand accounts from the Jandek mailing list:

Brooklyn Vegan’s review includes photos.


No audience recording ever circulated. Both sets are available from Corwood as a four-CD set, Brooklyn Wednesday.

Glasgow & London 2005

Jandek is playing live in two U.K. locations:

date city venue info tickets on sale? price
Oct. 14 & 16 Glasgow, Scotland The Arches site now (online) £12 (Fri)
£16 (Sun)
(festival passes also available)
Oct. 18 London, England Saint Giles-in-the-Fields site now (online) £10

The Glasgow shows are part of the Instal festival, where Jandek played his first-ever show in 2004. The festival is curated by Barry Esson. Jandek’s set Friday is the main one; Sunday is a “additional, short performance” that was announced only a week beforehand; it “features new collaborations.”

The London concert is being put on by the Upset The Rhythm collective in association with the festival. Chie Mukai and another act to be announced will open.

photo: John Kilbride

What happened: Glasgow

On Friday, Jandek played a full set with his “usual” trio with Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson. He played the same fretless guitar he used for the second set in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, Jandek played two short sets. The first was Jandek on vocals (both spoken and sung) and harmonica, accompanied by Loren Connors on guitar. For the second, Jandek played drums in a trio with Heather Leigh Murray on lap steel guitar and vocals and Alan Licht on electric guitar.

An interview with Loren Connors about playing with Jandek in Manhattan and Glasgow is at http://www.furious.com/perfect/jandek/lorenconnors.html.

Here are firsthand accounts of the shows from the Jandek mailing list:

Here are reviews that have appeared elsewhere:

And here are a few camera phone photos of the Friday show by John Kilbride:

And two by Brian Doherty:

Here’s a photo by Shane Cullinane of the second set on Sunday:

Recordings (unofficial)

Two different audience recordings of the shows are in circulation, one poor quality, the other much better.

Recording (official)

The shows are now available from Corwood as two single CD’s, Glasgow Friday and Glasgow Sunday 2005.

photo: Thorsten Sideboard

What happened: London

Here are firsthand accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere:

Two photos by Thorsten Sideboard, one of the setup before the show and one during, are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sideb0ard/53997181/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/sideb0ard/53997185/.

A medium quality audience recording of this show is in circulation. There are eight tracks totaling 65 minutes. The accompanying technical info says “Sony ECM-719 mic -> Sony MZ-N710 MD -> SoundForge -> EAC -> LAME version 3.96.1” and “Recorded & transferred by pjc.”

Hasselt & Helsinki 2005

Jandek played live in two European locations:

date city venue info tickets on sale? price
Nov. 12 Hasselt, Belgium Kunstencentrum Belgie site no online tickets; perhaps by phone? €10
Nov. 19 Helsinki, Finland Avanto Nightclub site now (online) €15
(festival passes also available)

The appearance in Belgium was put on by (K-RAA-K)3. Reportedly the theater is fairly small.

The appearance in Helsinki was part of the Avanto Festival, “Finland’s annual event of non-conformist audiovisual art.” The documentary Jandek on Corwood was also be screened, at the Kiasma Theatre at 11:30am the same day.

photo: Michaël P

What happened: Hasselt

This was a solo show. Jandek played piano and sang.

Here are firsthand accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere:

There are photos at:

No recordings of this show have surfaced.

photo: Mikko Rikala

What happened: Helsinki

Jandek played piano but did not sing. He was accompanied by a Finnish harpist, Iro Haarla.

A four-minute-plus excerpt from the show was released on a compilation CD called Avanto-festivaali 2005; see discography. No recordings of the full show have surfaced.

Here are firsthand accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

Here are accounts of the show that have appeared online:

Here are two photos of the show by Leila Tapaninen:

Houston 2006

Jandek made an unannounced surprise appearance with Loren Connors and Alan Licht at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House in Houston on March 10, 2006. The venue is a Quaker church that is sometimes used for concerts; the show was sponsored by Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening Institute.

According to the promoters, this was not a “Jandek’ performance per se, but just the representative from Corwood Industries sitting in with Connors and Licht. After Connors and Licht played as a duo, the representative joined them onstage, playing bass on one long piece and harmonica for on shorter piece. The bass was a Godin fretless acoustic/electric bass, the same make as the fretless electric guitar he played in Brooklyn, and presumably the same instrument he played on the recent bass albums.

Here are firsthand accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

photo: J. Martin

Portland 2006

Jandek made his first ever west coast USA appearance at night four of the Jackpot Records/Clinton Street Video Film Festival, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR. Tickets were $15.

Jandek sang and played electric guitar (the normal, fretted kind) and was accompanied by Sam Coomes (bass) and Emil Amos (drums); their names were publicized in advance. Coomes plays in a band called Quasi with Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney; Amos is a member of HolySons and Grails. For one song, the band was joined by two backup singers, Liz Harris (of Grouper) and Jessica Dennison (of The Hoofbeats). They sang the refrain, “Whose mister is this?”

Here are firsthand accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

photos by J. Martin

Camber, Bristol & Glasgow 2006

Shows were announced in four cities, one of which ended up being canceled:

Camber: May 14 as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, on the day curated by Devendra Banhart.

London: This was originally announced for Tuesday, May 16th, Jandek “with special guests”. But on May 4th, it was announced that the show has been cancelled. No reason was given.

Bristol: Wednesday, May 17th at the Cube Microplex. Two shows, 7:00 and 9:00. Tickets were £10. The show was promoted by Qu Junktions. Their website described the two shows as “one with a trio and one with a duo”. The trio was announced as Matt Heyner (bass) and Chris Corsano (drums); the duo was to be with one of those two, not known which.

Glasgow: Thursday, May 18th at Mono. Doors opened at 9:00, show at 10:00. Tickets were £4 at the door. The capacity of the venue is about 300. Barry Esson described the event as a “special low key Jandek performance”. Volcanic Tongue let it be known in their newsletter that it would be a trio show with Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson.

What happened: Camber

Jandek played electric guitar with his by-now-customary U.K. trio with Richard Youngs (electric bass) and Alex Neilson (drums).

Here is an account of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

photo by Nicolas C

see http://www.flickr.com/photos/84544214@N00/146800305/

photos by Danny Saul

What happened: Bristol

Jandek played electric guitar and was joined by Chris Corsano (who previously played with Jandek in New York) on drums and a new collaborator Mick Flower, from Vibracathedral Orchestra. During the first set Flower played electric guitar. For the second set, he played the “shahi baaja” (a kind of electric Indian dulcimer). Both sets were trio sets, instead of one trio and one duo as announced. I don’t know why Flower replaced Heyner.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

photos by Caacrinolaas

26 in all; see http://www.flickr.com/photos/caacrinolaas/sets/72057594138291474/

photos by Matt Cotsell

photo by Danny Saul

photo: John Kilbride

What happened: Glasgow

Jandek played electric guitar with his by-now-customary U.K. trio with Richard Youngs (electric bass) and Alex Neilson (drums).

Here is an account of the show from the Jandek mailing list:


photos by John Kilbride

Toronto, Chicago & Seattle 2006

Chicago 2005 (canceled)

A Chicago show was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2005. It wasn’t announced until two days before. Here’s the announcement the venue (the Empty Bottle) sent out:

Acid Mother's Temple cancel, JANDEK mysteriously appears --
Unfortunately, due to complications relating to some visa issues, ACID
MOTHER'S TEMPLE have had to cancel their September 22nd appearance.
Unbelievably, mysterious cult legend JANDEK has agreed to perform
instead. This is, holy shit, as big as it gets folks. Perhaps the most
enigmatic man in music, JANDEK has been, mysteriously, issuing albums
for nearly thirty years with nary a word to the outside world. In a
bewildering twist, JANDEK made his very first live appearance last year,
unannounced to the larger world of course, and done so with no advanced
fan fare. He has since agreed to only a handful of live performances, so
one can't be sure when to expect the next. JANDEK will open the show on
Thursday September 22nd performing promptly at nine. As we've said, it
doesn't really get much more exciting than this. Tickets purchased for
ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE will of course be honored.

The next night, this appeared on the Bottle’s website:

Additionally, due to some hurricane issues, JANDEK has now had to
cancel as well.

A few days later the Bottle’s newsletter stated:

Hurricanes suck -- Breaking news: So, as quickly as JANDEK confirms, he
now has had to reschedule due to Hurricane Rita. As many of you know,
ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE were forced to cancel yesterday due to some border
related issues, but in a surprise move mysterious cult figure JANDEK
agreed to replace them in a rare (and we mean rare!) live appearance.
Sadly, JANDEK was issued evacuation papers this morning due to the
pending hurricane and is now unable to travel. (We're currently working
on a rescheduled date now as we speak and are hoping to announce this

Several people received orders and/or correspondence from Corwood fairly soon after the hurricane, so they must have weathered the storm just fine.

No new Chicago date was announced for quite some time; in May 2006 I inquired about it by mail and Corwood responded, “No news.” Only a few months later, new shows were announced for the fall, including a Chicago date.

video still from forthcoming DVD

Toronto 2006

The announcement

From promoter Gary Topp:

Korg Synthesizers, JANDEK
String Bass, ROB CLUTTON
Percussion, NICK FRASER
IN PERSON  7pm September 17
The Centre of Gravity, Toronto, Canada
1300 Gerrard Street, just east of Greenwood
doors 6pm
Adv tix $27 in Toronto
and worldwide at www.ticketweb.ca

My impressions

Topp announces that the show is being recorded, in both audio and video, for Corwood, so “no flash photography” please — a relaxation of the usual no-photography-at-all policy?

Jandek takes the stage in his usual garb, except his shirt’s a lighter shade than usual. He’s looking sharp as always, face an expressionless mask. He tests the mike over his keyboards with the tap of a finger; looks like we’ll get some vocals tonight. (After Finland, you never know.)

We knew to expect the Korgs. Smaller model above, full size below, just like at the Manhattan show a year ago. Same backing instruments as Manhattan, too: electric guitar, double bass, drums. (Later, guitarist Nilan Perera switches to acoustic.) Nick Fraser’s drums aren’t assembled into a drumkit; they stand individually, forming a low semicircle around the drummer. (Does he always set up that way? It calls to mind the one-drum-at-a-time drumming style heard on some of the 1980’s LP’s.) He’s on the floor, no drumstool.

Glances are exchanged; everyone’s ready. It’s dark out in the audience and the stage is bathed in blue light. For a moment the room is silent.

When the first keyboard notes ring out, my heart sinks a little; I don’t much care for the new-agey synth preset Jandek’s chosen. Sonically, it doesn’t fit. But I’m mollified when he starts playing the upper keyboard too and I hear the same somber church-organ tones we heard in Manhattan, a sound well suited for funereal blues or just for a funeral.

The mix favors the vocals; he doesn’t want us to miss a word. The other musicians deploy their improvisers’ arsenals of special effects on their instruments during the vocal passages as well as the instrumental interludes; this works better when it’s not competing with the vocals. There are some excellent somber, murky, intense instrumental sections, with Jandek officiating at the organ.

Perhaps you’ve heard Glasgow Monday, aka “The Cell”. At that show in early 2005, Jandek introduced a new vocal style: half spoken and half sung, breathy and hushed to match the gentle piano music. In Manhattan last year, and again here tonight, he’s adapted that style for use with louder backing music; still spoken/sung, but lower, more forcefully, changing to a wail or a moan here and there for emphasis. But it doesn’t much resemble the “spoken word” records. On Put My Dream on This Planet, he’s a man talking to himself whom we accidentally overhear; live, even though he never looks at us, I feel we are being addressed. He’s completely mastered this new vocal style; the text was delivered with perfect poise and control, as if every inflection were rehearsed.

Musically it’s the sequel to Manhattan, but lyrically it’s like ”The Cell”. He’s even more direct now about recovering from an illness. He mentions “the sickbed” several times, and describes his travails there. “Afraid to die/ Afraid to live... Chemicals/ I destroy myself and live/ Unexpected revelation... Rising out of your own ruin... Germ warfare/ kill or be killed/ Story of cellular survival... Something must live on... He destroyed himself/ he continued anew.” (Sounds like chemotherapy to me.)

Did you notice the switch from “I” to “he” in those lyrics? He switches like that several more times and it puzzles me, but any doubt that “he” and “I” are the same person are erased when he sings, “He carried his art/ on his bones/ skin stretched over/ apparel hanging/ stick of a man...” But why the different pronouns?

The division between “he” and “I” emerges as the dominant theme of the evening: “He sprawled about the bed at night/ waiting for the dawn/ At times I watched him/ Was he really me?... He spoke, I listened/ He moved, I watched.” As this split emerges, “I” is determined to take charge: “I decided to make him/ do what I wanted/ I grew tired of the years of regret... The moment had simply arrived/ Bursting through all the blockades/ The whoosh of a torrent... I took responsibility/ He was mine...”

“I” wants to take control of his own life by controlling “he”, but “he” doesn’t always fall in line. “Why can’t I just kill him?” asks “I”. “I crucify the thing he was/ I let him suffer/ He died for me” -- the double meaning here, referencing Christ, is unmistakable. (Later, too, there is a line comparing recovery from illness to rising from the dead.)

In bed, our hero waxes metaphysical: “The sensation of mathematics/ His thoughts took on an abstract isolation/ They resembled geometric lines...” But then, when he feels well enough, he returns to the everyday world: “I walked for hours/ navigating the city.” He sees people, buildings, cement, fire hydrants. He witnesses “the march of sex.” “I” even complains that “He forgot me in the panorama.”

The show lasted over 90 minutes — Jandek had a lot to tell us. This was not stream of consciousness, but a carefully structured tale, with its back-and-forth between indoor and outdoor, city and nature, death and resurrection.

So, this was the third in Jandek’s series of unified evening-length lyrical presentations, after “The Cell” and whatever the Manhattan suite was called (“Depression”, perhaps). He seemed to draw on and contrast the darkness of the latter with the hope and peacefulness of the former, all in a single work. (Perhaps the heaven-and-hell synth settings reflect this.) Another powerful and intriguing set of lyrics, for sure. I wonder if Jandek was making music during the period of illness and recovery that he describes...?

In New York, the heavy downer night (Manhattan) was followed by a night of amped-up catharsis (Brooklyn). So that means I’m ready to rock out in Chicago on Wednesday. No, scratch that — I’m ready for anything.

More info

The audience size was 250. The show was captured by five video cameras. The show will be released on DVD by Corwood as Duality of Self. Some details on the production are in the Internet Movie Database at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0902294/.

Other accounts

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

Chicago 2006


Wednesday, September 20 at the Empty Bottle, as part of the Adventures in Modern Music festival (put on in collaboration with The Wire) where Jandek was supposed to play in 2005 but had to cancel.

Tickets were sold for $15 at the Bottle’s site. Nothing has been announced about backing musicians. We were told Jandek would play first, “a special two hour set”.


No announcement was made beforehand. Jandek played electric guitar (fretted) and was joined by Chicagoans Josh Abrams on electric bass and John McEntire on drums. The band walked through the audience to reach the stage. They played for about 80 minutes.

A few songs in, during a break some wag in the audience shouted “Where have you been, man?”, which made Jandek smile.

The show was videotaped by a single stationary camera.

Jandek’s guitar had the same clean and sharp sound we heard in Austin and Brooklyn, not the heavily effected sound of Glasgow and Newcastle. Driven by the very propulsive rhythm section, this was the hardest rocking Jandek show to date. This was about as exuberant as Jandek gets. The blues-style lyrics tended to be simple and fairly brief, leaving lots of room for improvisation by the trio. The first couplet of the night was “I saw you in your red skirt/ I wonder where you left your shirt.” One song was about a man (a coworker?) who “talked about money/ talked about drugs” and bragged about his strip club visits. Several songs were about jail (sequels to “Locked Up” from Newcastle Sunday). He closed with a gentle love song: “I love you/ simple and true.”


McEntire is a rock drummer known for his work in Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Bastro, and Gastr del Sol. He owns Soma Electronic Music Studios and has produced records by Stereolab, the Red Krayola, and others.

Abrams has one foot in Chicago’s free jazz scene and the other in the post-rock groupings around the Thrill Jockey label. He’s usually heard playing double bass. He was a member of The Roots before leaving Philadelphia for Chicago. He has backed Sam Prekop and now plays with Town & Country. He’s led a quartet for a CD on Delmark Records and released two solo albums on Lucky Kitchen. His new sample-based solo project Reminder has a CD out on Eastern Developments. Abrams is often heard playing in jazz ensembles with Nicole Mitchell, David Boykin, Matana Roberts, Jeb Bishop, and others.

Other accounts

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

photos by Chad Radford

Seattle 2006


Friday, October 27 at On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St, showtime 7:00pm, no opening act. Tickets were on sale for $20 from the On the Boards site and by phone. The lineup was to be the same as at the Portland show earlier this year.


As expected, Jandek played electric guitar and sang, with Sam Coomes on bass, Emil Amos on drums, and Liz Harris and Jessica Dennison on backing vocals. The backing vocalists were onstage throughout, rather than only appearing during one song as they did in Portland.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

photo: Joshua Harris

Indianapolis 2006


The show was announced for Saturday, December 9th at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The lineup of musicians wasn’t announced until the day before the show.


The show listed a little over two hours. Jandek sang and played his white fretless electric Godin guitar that he used once before for the second set in Brooklyn. He was backed by Liz Janes on viola and vocals, George “Sparky” Smith on flute and xylophone, Lester “Lammy” Johnson on bass, and Nathan Vollmar on drums.

Janes records for the Asthmatic Kitty label; here is their bio for her. Smith is described as a “local improviser” (reader, please send me more information if you have it). Vollmar is a member of the bands Half-Handed Cloud (also Asthmatic Kitty) and Vollmar.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

Here are more photos:

photos by Joshua Harris

North America 2007

Atlanta 2007


Jandek will perform at the Academy of Medicine auditorium on Saturday, February 17, 2007, doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. The show is all ages. Tickets cost $27.50 (plus service charge) and went on sale November 17 via Ticket Alternative.

Matthew Cowley describes the venue here.


Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

Here are more photos:

More links coming soon. For now, see the mailing list archives.

Richmond 2007


Jandek will perform at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, March 11, 2007, 7:00pm. The show is all ages; the venue can hold approximately 150 people. The show is presented by Beats Ugh Lee (aka Tim Strange) and Patchwork Collective.

Strange writes on the Jandek mailing list, “This will be a very ‘unique’ Jandek experience... I can’t say why, but you will not be disappointed!” He also writes, “please e-mail me at raindog at usa.com with any questions you may have about the event or traveling to Richmond and I will get back ASAP.”

Tickets cost $25 (plus service charge) and went on sale on January 12 via Ticket Alternative. (Day of show tickets, if any are available, will be $27.)


Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

Here are more photos:

More links coming soon. For now, see the mailing list archives.

Austin 2007


Jandek plays SXSW on Saturday, March 17, 2007, from 7:00–8:15pm at Central Presbyterian Church. No further details were initially announced. The venue has a capacity of about 400.

SXSW will also present the world premier screening of Duality of Self, the forthcoming DVD of Jandek’s September 2006 concert in Toronto, shot by a five-camera crew.


For now, see the mailing list archives. Details and links coming soon.

Manhattan 2007


Jandek plays at the Abrons Arts Center on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 8:00pm.

Tim Foljahn (bass) and Pete Nolan (drums) will back the representative from Corwood on guitar and vocals. Foljahn is best known for his work with Two Dollar Guitar; Nolan, for Magik Markers.

Originally Jim White (of the Dirty Three) was supposed to be the drummer, but he canceled a few days before the show and Nolan was substituted.

The show is being presented by Tonic. The venue is at 466 Grand St. (at Pitt) on the Lower East Side. Tonic’s site describes it as a “wonderful and comfortable theater setting”. Admission is $20. TicketWeb is now sold out of online tickets, but some tickets may still be available from the venue box office (call 212-358-7504 between 2:00 and 6:00 pm) or at Other Music at 15 E. 4th St. (cash only).


For now, see the mailing list archives. Details and links coming soon.

photo: John Pham

Boston 2007


Jandek plays at the Institute for Contemporary Art on Friday, June 8, 2007, at 7:00pm.

The representative from Corwood Industries will play bass guitar, the first time he’s done so on stage. He’ll be backed by Jorrit Dijkstra (alto sax, lyricon), Greg Kelley (trumpet), and Eli Keszler (percussion).

The show is being presented by the ICA and The Critique of Pure Reason (aka Stacie Slotnick). See http://www.thecritique.org/jandek.html for full details, including information on ticket sales.

Pre-show press:


The show sold out. The representative, seated, sang and played a Godin fretless electric bass guitar.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

Press reviews:

And accounts from elsewhere online:


Montreal 2007

Jandek plays the Suoni per il Popolo festival on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at 7:00pm.

The venue, La Sala Rossa, is at 4848 St. Laurent in Montreal. The Corwood rep will play a Godin fretless electric guitar (as before in Brooklyn and Indianapolis). The backing musicians will be Jean Derome (saxophone), Ray Dillard (drums, percussion), and Loren Robert Carle (harpsichord).

Tickets are $18 CDN in advance or $20 CDN at the door. Ticketing info (including E-mail contact address for questions) is at http://www.casadelpopolo.com/suoni/tickets.htm.

The festival as a whole runs June 1 through 26. Also on the schedule: The Ex, ICP Orchestra, Henri Chopin, Phill Niblock, the Nihilist Spasm Band, and much else.

Fort Worth 2007

Jandek plays at the Rose Marine Theater at 1440 North Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, July 21, 2007, at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $23. They will be available online soon from ticketalternative.com and from two record stores, Good Records (Dallas) and End of an Ear (Austin). (At the stores there is a $1 service charge, online $3.)

The Corwood rep will sing and play harmonica, backed by Susan Alcorn (steel guitar), Ralph White (fiddle, banjo), Ryan Williams (bass), and Will Johnson (drums).

There is an official MySpace page for the concert at http://www.myspace.com/jandekinfortworth.

Grinnell 2007

Took place on October 6 at Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the campus of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Doors at 7:00, music at 7:30. The show was ticketed, but tickets were free. About 300 people attended. The Corwood rep played piano but did not sing. He was backed by Jennifer Wohlenhaus (oboe), Skye Carrasco (violin), and Olivia Muzzy (double bass). (Israel Neuman was the originally announced bassist but according to organizer Daniel Furuta, he was replaced “due to circumstances beyond our control”.)

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

From elsewhere on the web:

Europe 2007

Sat Nov. 10 @ Paradiso (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Sun Nov. 11 21:00 @ Voxhall (Aarhus, Denmark). Tickets 130 krone (about US$21).

At both shows, the Corwood rep will be backed by Alex Neilson on drums and Phil Todd (Ashtray Navigations) on bass and keyboard. The shows are promoted by Qu Junktions.

North America 2008

San Francisco 2008

Jandek played at Café Du Nord on Saturday, January 12, 2008, in the Swedish American Hall performance space above the café itself, at 2170 Market Street. Doors at 7:00, music at 7:30. Tickets were $25 through TicketWeb. The show was all ages and general admission. There were more tickets than seats, so attendees were advised to arrive early in order not to have to stand in back.

No lineup details were initially announced, but it came out later that the rep would be backed by Tom Carter (of Charalambides) on bass and Ches Smith (of Xiu Xiu and other projects) on drums.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

And here are accounts of the show that have appeared elsewhere online:

Austin 2008

Jandek will play at Central Presbyterian Church (the same venue as a year before) as part of the Signal to Noise Magazine Showcase at SXSW on Saturday, March 15, 2008. Jandek goes on first, at 7:30, and will play for approximately an hour. The showcase runs until 1:00am; the other artists featured are the Nameless Sound Youth Ensemble, Christina Carter and Shawn McMillen, Space City Gamelan, and The Weird Weeds.

The lineup will be the same as the Fort Worth concert in July 2007: the Corwood rep will play harmonica and sing, backed by Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Ralph White (kalimbas, fiddle), Ryan Williams (bass), and Will Johnson (drums).

The church is at 208 E. 8th St. If you don’t have a SXSW pass or wristband, admission is $15. Doors open at around 6:45. The venue seats about 400.

Philadelphia 2008

Jandek will play at the German Society of Pennsylvania’s Barthelmes Hall, 611 Spring Garden Street, at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Tickets are $25 (plus fees), available online from etix.com. Or you can avoid the online fee by purchasing tickets from one of these record stores: Record Exchange, Beautiful World, and Tequila Sunrise.

Inquiries may be directed to philly.saturday@gmail.com.


"Jandek: Psychology and Art"
April 11: 4 pm, early showing, 7:30 pm, second showing.
Temple University, Tuttleman 105 (13th St & Montgomery Ave).

This presentation provides a psycho-theological and literary overview of
the Corwood corpus. Themes of the songs will be explored via existential
and analytical psychology, and a discussion of mystical states of
consciousness.  After a brief introduction, we will delve into
particular songs, focusing on the live performances published on Corwood
DVD's, projected here on the big screen.  Speculations, controversies,
and questions will be raised, and audience discussion encouraged.  Prof.
Christopher Anderson (Psychology, Temple U.) will present the papers on
Jandek.  The showings are to be nonidentical.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Ann Arbor 2008

Jandek will play a free concert at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The show was booked by Brendt Rioux and is sponsored by WCBN (88.3 FM, University of Michigan) and UMMA.

The venue holds 650 people. Admission is free; there are no tickets or reservations. Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8:00.

The Corwood representative will be backed by Christian Matjias (harpsichord) and James Cornish (trumpet).

Inquiries may be directed to manager@wcbn.org.

Europe 2008

Dublin 2008

Jandek will play a solo acoustic concert (vocals and guitar) on June 13, 2008 at the Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets will be available from the gallery beginning in early May.

From June 6 through July 24, the gallery will also be displaying an exhibition of Jandek album covers (including vinyl LP’s and projected images). In association with the concert and exhibit, a hardcover book will be published containing essays and images.

London 2008

Jandek will play on June 15, 2008 at The Nave in London, England at 1 St. Paul’s Road. Doors open at 8:00; music at 8:30.

Tickets are £12 through wegottickets.com. The listing there says “Note that you may bring your own alcohol to this event but please be respectful of both the space and the performers.”

The concert is being presented by Unluck Recs. Inquiries may be directed to unluckrecs@gmail.com.

On June 13, Unluck announced that Jandek would also play at Cafe Oto on Monday, June 16, opening for Flower/Corsano/Heyner.

North America 2008, continued

Denver 2008


Jandek plays on Friday, July 25, 2008 at the Bug Theatre at 3654 Navajo Street in Denver, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30; showtime is 7:30pm. The theater's capacity is about 150.

Tickets were sold from Ticket Alternative for $25 plus a small surcharge.

The concert is being presented by Danen Jobe and the Rhinoceropolis gallery. The show’s official webpage is on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/jandekindenver.


The lineup was announced only in the days leading up the show. The rep sang and played electric bass (fretted this time; his bass in Boston and Ann Arbor was fretless). I didn’t see if it was another Godin. He was joined by Brittany Gould on wordless vocals and effects, Kevin Richards on electric guitar, Karl Zickrick on electric guitar and bass, and Andrew Lindstrom on drum kit. The event was captured by a three camera video crew.

Here are accounts of the show from the Jandek mailing list:

Columbus 2008

Jandek will play on Friday, October 10, 2008 at the Wexner Center for the Arts at 1871 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The show is at 8:00 and will last approximately 90 minutes.

The Corwood rep will be joined by C. Spencer Yeh on violin, Derek Dicenzo on electric bass, and Ryan Jewell on percussion.

Tickets have not yet gone on sale (as of July 15).

The concert was booked by Adam L. Fleischer.

Gainesville 2008

Jandek will play on Monday, December 1, 2008 at the Hippodrome State Theatre at 25 SE 2nd Place in Gainesville, Florida. The show is at 8:00 (doors open at 7:00). The hall has 268 seats.

Organizer Michael Goldman describes this as a “rock oriented show”. The Corwood rep will play bass and sing, joined by Rob Rushin (http://www.robomusic.net/) on guitar and Chad Voight (of Ancient River) on drums.

There is a Myspace page for the show at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=418549342.

Tickets are $16.50 from http://www.ticketalternative.com/ or $18 at the door.


Portugal 2009

Jandek will play on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Fundação de Serralves in Porto, Portugal, from 22:00 to 24:00.

The Jandek on Corwood documentary will be screened the day before the concert.

Chapel Hill 2009

Jandek will play on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 7:00pm at Gerard Hall in Chapel Hill, North Carolina .

Tickets are available online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/onlineSale?action=selectPerformance&searchType=venue&performance_id=919410. Advance tickets are $20 (plus a $2.84 fee per ticket); admission the day of the show will be $22.

The concert is being organized by Tim Strange and Billy Stines.

No further details have been announced yet (as of January 29th). Check the Jandek mailing list for updates.

New Orleans 2009

Jandek played at Tulane University in New Orleans on Monday, March 16. The rep played piano but did not sing. He was accompanied by Sheila Smith on theremin.

Houston 2009

Jandek played two shows in Houston, on April 5 and May 3.

New York 2009

Jandek played a free show at NYU on April 23.

Northern Ireland 2009

Jandek will play four consecutive dates across Northern Ireland, July 19–22. This is the first-ever Jandek tour. See here for details.

On July 21, Jandek will play a free in-store performance at 1:00pm at the HMV in Belfast (Donegall Arcade, Castle Place).

Brooklyn 2009

Jandek will play at ISSUE Project Room at 232 3rd St. in Brooklyn on Sunday, September 6 at 8:00pm.

The representative from Corwood will be backed by Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Shahzad Ismaily (electric bass), and Ryan Sawyer (drums).

The opening act is Path of Least Resistance, the trio of Ryan Sawyer, C. Spencer Yeh, and Nate Wooley.

See http://issueprojectroom.org/2009/08/04/jandek-with-ryan-sawyer-susan-alcorn-shahzad-ismaily-ryan-sawyer-c-spencer-yeh-nate-wooley-trio/ for full details and online ticket purchase.

Tilburg 2009

Jandek will play at Paradox as part of the Incubate festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on Saturday, September 19. See http://incubate.org/2009/act/115/Jandek for details.

Washington D.C. 2009

Jandek will play at the Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 26, at The Velvet Lounge. See http://dc-soniccircuits.org/?page_id=373 for details and online ticket purchase.

The festival program that day runs from 2:00pm until 2:00am and includes more than a dozen other artists. I imagine Jandek will go on last, but I don’t know for sure.

Vienna 2009

Jandek will play at B72 in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday, October 14th. See http://www.b72.at/?b72=programm&pid=3192. The Corwood rep will be joined by Eric Arn and DD Kern.

Nashville 2009


Jandek will play at The Basement in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, October 30th.


The originally announced drummer was Tim Barnes, but he was unable to appear and was replaced by Adam Gold.


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