[Jandek] seattle jandek impressions
revme at comcast.net
Sat Oct 28 16:31:21 PDT 2006
I concur with pretty much all of this. I wrote a review on my
journal if anyone's interested: http://revme.livejournal.com/293397.html
But yes -- that was an EXCELLENT show, and I'm also a rather newish
fan. Rather, last night was the final step in being a Jandek
Appreciator to a Jandek Fan.
Although I actually _liked_ the bassist, heh!
On Oct 28, 2006, at 12:23 AM, p g wrote:
> I don't make it out to shows much, but this was a must see. On The
> Boards here in Seattle was a great venue to see Jandek perform...a
> performance art space rather than a club setting. My wife and I
> sat in the front row, in front of the Representative From Corwood
> Industries. He was all dressed in black, which seems to be his
> uniform. He is amazingly gaunt, thin.
> The band was guitar, bass and drums with two back up singers. What
> struck me the most was the interplay between the drummer and
> Jandek. They both had a great sense of dynamics, and really played
> off each other. I thought Sam Coomes' bass playing for the most
> part was very distracting and annoying at times. He seemed to be
> disconnected, too loud and had little dynamics or variation in his
> playing, a lot of plodding through and over the others. I kept
> trying to image the music without the bass in the mix at all. He
> didn't strike me as much as an improviser.
> The back up singers were both awesome, each doing solos as well as
> chorus stuff. I loved how they sung in that deadpan Jandek way, as
> well as singing off key with other. The entire thing, the whole
> band would be just off kilter, off key and it just sounded amazing
> and surreal.
> I kept wondering about how Jandek works with musicians the day of
> the show, like how they structure the set, work out the music etc.
> I understand that he writes lyrics the day of the show. One of the
> songs referrenced Queen Anne Ave, the street the venue is located
> near. One of the funniest parts of the show, was Jandek basically
> throughout the show doing a little slo-motion boogying around
> movements, getting into playing. He'd turn his back and kind of do
> this slow motion walking/stepping thing. He has a great stage
> presence, but also blends with the musicians well.
> Overall, I didn't know what to expect, but it was really great, my
> wife and I loved it. I love seeing a show like this, in that kind
> of quiet atmosphere. Jandek is amazing and so completely unique.
> I loved his guitar playing and lyrics/voice. I currently only have
> Chair Beside A Window and Ready For The House, but after this
> performance, I'd like to hear some more recent recordings.
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> jandek at mylist.net
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