[Jandek] A fan from Australia

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Fri Dec 15 04:13:26 PST 2006

There sure are!
And yes, I appreciate the descriptions too (:

>From: "Feigin Boris" <railfan93111 at hotmail.com>
>To: jandek at mylist.net
>Subject: [Jandek] A fan from Australia
>Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 23:47:42 +1100
>Hi all:)
>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)
> >Hi all,
> >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.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Josh
> >
> >---------------------------
> >"Blessed are the sociable, that say stupid things
> >And get close to their neighbors"
> >     -Jandek
> >
> >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
> >   http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/6760/indyre0.jpg
> >   http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/5470/indy2ea2.jpg
> >
> >
> >
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> >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 
> >(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 
> >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 
> >below.
> >
> >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
> >categorize.
> >
> >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 
> >left much vague, the vagueries have vanished. That's not to say that 
> >getting a life story, just that the images themselves are deep. The 
> >number (which has a LONG instrumental passage) painted pictures of a 
> >(could this be the same "other-self" from the Toronto show?) rising out 
> >a creek but being "filled with sand." He described forest scenes and
> >grappled with lost loves and the "shadow figure" throughout. As others 
> >mentioned, the music shifted around from intensely brutal to atmospheric 
> >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 
> >"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 
> >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 
> >returned to, and at the end of the song (PERFECTLY!) The flutist threw 
> >his sticks. The smile from Corwood tells me that this was just fine. I 
> >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 
> >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 
> >were perfect - the gorgeous cathedral with the candles and lighting that
> >matched the colors of the stained glass. This will be beautiful to look 
> >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 
> >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 
> >back to Arkansas and back to school today. My God was it worth it. The 
> >is working at his peak.  Atlanta here I come!
> >
> >Danen
> >
> >I'd love to hear more Jandek music with a vibraphone.
> >
> >
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