[Jandek] First NYC show

Jason Cooley jasonx12 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 7 09:23:47 PDT 2005

"Emotionally drained" were the first words out of my
mouth when the show ended.  

The drummer was Chris Corsano, one the finest
musicians in the world.  He plays with a number of
outfits, one of them being Six Organs of Admittance,
which is interesting since they were the only band
that Jandek watched when he in Ireland last year.  The
guitarist was Loren Mazzacane-Connors, another
excellent musician (although I don't know what the
whole holding his head in pain thing was all about). 
I don't know who the stand-up bassist was, but he was
great as well.

The songs were slow and sad.  There seemed to be a few
connecting themes, one about occupying yourself,
another being straight-up depression.  The music was
pretty hypnotic and for the most part was startling
gorgeous.  I think the second song performed was more
than twenty minutes long.  There were some walkouts. 
The representative from Corwood Industries did not
acknowledge the audience.  

I was just too tired to hear any more music after
Jandek finished.  Loren was laying down some great
stuff with Alan Licht, but I had to get out of there. 
I was sad that I didn't get to meet any of you.  Oh

--- Scott Bateman <batetoon at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Jandek played the ORGAN. Sounded just like the one
> on
> Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale." Prog-rock
> Jandek is here. It was unbelievable.
> Lyrics were heavy, about nothingness, depression,
> etc.
> I have never felt so emotionally drained after a
> concert. And everyone leaving the theater seemed to
> feel the same way.
> The guitarist, who had been playing some wonderful
> feedback washes over Jandek's organ playing, stopped
> playing for the last two songs, and started holding
> his head as if he were in a great deal of pain--I'm
> guessing toothache or ear infection, or maybe he
> just
> had his wisdoms out that day but wanted the show to
> go
> on. The music sounded just as great without him, and
> the bassist even seemed to pick up the slack,
> getting
> a little flashier in his playing; in fact, he was
> downright hypnotic for the last track.
> The drummer was quite good and kept breaking out
> little percussion science experiments, like bowing
> the
> side of a drum (!).
> The man himself was guant--he's the least corporeal
> human being I've ever seen; the lighting sometimes
> made it appear he had no eyes or mouth and was
> carved
> out of wax.
> I hope to god this becomes an album--there is
> in Jandek's body of work that sounds like last
> night.
> It was completely unprecedented. And Amazing. It'll
> be
> among my favorite Jandek albums if/when it comes
> out.
> Scott Bateman
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