[Jandek] Jandeks 2nd glasgow set

Danen D. Jobe djobe at uark.edu
Mon Oct 17 19:54:04 PDT 2005

I know I'm taking up valuable space in people's in mail by sending this, but I got to say it:


I mean, W O W.

I hope you all know how lucky you are to have seen that.  Sounds transcendent!


----- Original Message -----
From: Shane Cullinane <shanecullinane477 at yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, October 17, 2005 7:32 pm
Subject: [Jandek] Jandeks 2nd glasgow set

> a few quick notes on jandeks 2nd set of gigs at instal
> this year... for a start he was the 4th act on. he
> played 2 short sets. the first lasted about 20 mins
> approx and was a duo with loren mazzacane connors on
> guitar and jandek doing a spoken word piece over it.
> he was very calm and relaxed in his delivery and his
> voice was very clear and warm. the first section
> started off with (and im probably mixing stuff up
> here) jandek describing his arrival at a convention or
> party where some lady tried to work her charms on him.
> she was getting nowhere with him but there were lots
> of other men there so it didnt matter...  it then
> started getting very surreal with jandek recalling how
> he started to realise everyone was a prisoner in this
> place but nobody else realised. at the time i
> interpreted this section as some sort of political
> commentary but i have no idea really. loren mazzacane
> was playing very subtle textures on the guitar, very
> varied throughout but always very subtle and mostly
> very quiet though often quite distorted too. it was a
> match made in heaven! everything he played was just
> perfect and they each seemed to be in tune with
> eachother. after the first spoken section jandek
> produced a mouth organ and played that for a few
> minutes. it was very slow and calm and peaceful, and
> loren started picking out a short melody. it was
> really amazing and really beautiful! the second spoken
> section was addressed directly to somebody and was
> more personal. this second person had a heart attack
> and jandek carried this person to the car and drove
> them to the hospital. there was talk of holding
> eachother and feeling like he could hold the person
> forever. i wish i could remember the lyrics better!
> this stuff was amazing!! there was then another
> instrumental section similar to the first. the third
> spoken section covered similar territory to the
> second, though half way through jandek started singing
> the words  really gently and loren MC dropped away for
> a while. he was singing melodically although there was
> no real melody as such. loren came back in slowly and
> the lyrics wound up (i think) with a repeat of the
> lines about feeling like he could hold this person
> forever. there was another few minutes of mouth organ
> and guitar and then it was over. it was one of the
> best things ive ever heard! loren looked like he
> really enjoyed it and was grinning away, though jandek
> just got on with getting ready for the second set
> which featured alan licht on guitar, heather leigh of
> charalambides/scorces/tarpus tula on pedal steel and
> jandek on drums. the kit consisted of three toms and
> two cymbals - two toms and a cymbal to jandeks left
> and the other cymbal and tom to his left, and he
> played them quite rythmically with mallets. this was a
> very full on set, heather was flailling away at the
> pedal steel and doing a lot of wailing, and alan licht
> was belting away too. they built up an unrelenting
> wall of noise that reminded my a lot of pink floyds
> "saucerful of secrets". it was a fun set, and was
> really loud and rocking, it went on a little longer
> than it really needed to but it made a nice follow up
> to the first set which was the better of the two.
> shane.
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