[Jandek] Toronto Show Report
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Sun Sep 17 21:19:01 PDT 2006
Just a quick recap: Jandek played for about 1hr. 45 min. tonight. He started
at exactly "7:15" (maybe a few minutes late). He was on Korg Synthesizers as
advertised and the songs had a rather clam, dream-like feel to them and they
were mostly long pieces. The lyrics were grim as usual. Many references to
the "sick bed," a second self, long walks, rain, death.... a few lines stood
out, "I destroyed myself just to be anyone," and "He spoke, I listened, he
moved, I watched," and "I wanted to kill him!"
I was at the New Castle show and this was nothing like it, although I felt
the same at the end: exhausted, sore, intrigued, enlightened, elated,
curious, hypnotized, etc.
The musicians he played with tonight were excellent. The percussionist knelt
on a blanket while he played. The bass man played a strong stand-up and the
guitar player made use of some interesting tools.
I noticed a number of people get up and leave about halfway through and then
again with a song or two left.
The venue was wonderful.... a lot of character. They sold popcorn. Many
First song and last song were instrumentals. Jandek's face was completely
expressionless all night long. He seemed very focused. A good sized crowd
I went with my sisters who listen to top 40, and they said the enjoyed the
show (although I am pretty sure at least one was just tying to be nice).
Maybe more later. I am sure others have much to say.
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