[Jandek] Re: jandek show in Portland, OR 4/29

Andrew Consiglio blustary.days at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 22:30:13 PDT 2010

I'm going to the Jandek show in Portland next week. This will be the first
time I've seen the Rep live. It's going to be an extra special show because
Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth is collaborating with the Rep for this show!
I'll follow up with a review of the show; and hopefully the Rep gets the
same backing band together as the last Portland show (Sam Coomes of Quasi
and Emil Amos from Grails/Om.)

On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM, <jandek-request at mylist.net> wrote:

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> Subject: [Jandek] Jandek in Australia
>  Yea, cheers for posting:)
> I was at the Sydney show (the first one). Jandek totally rocked! Cheers to
> Heathen Skulls for bringing the Rep out:)
> Cheers,
> Boris
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> From: Danen Jobe <danen1970 at gmail.com>
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> Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:14:36 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Jandek] More details on Canticle of Castaway
> I would agree that this album continues the internal stream of
> consciousness approach of the last few studio albums (or "series of dreams"
> which I like fine). There's an interesting leap if you take "London Tuesday"
> and play it back to back with "Dream of Blue Icicles." "London" so deals
> with fame and consciousness, of - for God's sake - facing those fans
> straight on with nothing but an acoustic guitar and calling them out and
> asking who in the world they are. There's a similar technique, of course, on
> "Austin" but "London Tuesday" is even more bare in the sense of
> artist/audience. So with "Icicles" we get something utterly different - a
> plunge into the psyche of this guy complete with visions. He's come close to
> this on a few earlier albums, yet so many Jandek LPs are actually about the
> EXPERIENCE of the world, of the feel of feet on concrete and the places he's
> gone and relationships he's had and people he's known. So this sequence
> seems to wander further into the psyche, distancing itself from the outside
> world, and I often feel that the "you" he's confronting is himself (again, a
> "dual personality" theme has been consistent of late. I recall that the
> Atlanta show is a vivid experience of this self confronting self and
> wondering who's real. Can't recommend that enough, and we're not that far
> from a release! Whoo hoo!).
> This record feels on the harsher side, which sometimes contrasts with some
> of the other studio albums between "Icicles" and this one. "Not Hunting for
> Meaning" suggested a movement towards this but still the half an hour of
> "Don't Go Out" is jarring, and reminds me of nothing so much as Baudelaire
> without the eros and intestines. This guy really DOESN'T WANT TO GO OUT but
> this sentiment is used to greatly accentuate the blues of the guitar, which
> is veers between a Delta feeling and clashing, black-key tonality. I might
> add, as well, that I recommend experiencing this whole and not reading the
> lyrics first (though they come in handy after - thanks!). Just let it waft
> over you and then wait for release.
> That release doesn't come on this album. No funny song or quiet, dreamy
> song as on some of the earlier records. This jarring acoustic stream moves
> into an even MORE jarring acoustic track, the utterly caustic "You Weren't,"
> which is "short" at 6:51 but feels longer (the other songs, curiously, feel
> much more compact). This leads to the other, weirder acoustic track "Boys
> Like Blue" which again carries the listener into this dark and dreamy place.
> Ultimately, I'm curious as to where this series is going. Thus far this
> instrumentation is consistent (though the playing style moves around the
> blues/ballad/brutal canon) in a vocal/acoustic sense. Perhaps an album will
> alter this? Perhaps we'll begin to see new themes? I recall the shift in
> focus between the albums around "A Kingdom He Likes" and "Khartoum"/"What
> Else Does the Time Mean?" These albums are another shift from those, and
> show no signs of abating. It would be easy, I think, for Corwood just to
> rack up concerts and release those only, but the studio albums are good and
> interesting and I hope the listeners, at least, are getting them as well.
> Danen
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 8:31 PM, <jbswafford21 at tntech.edu> wrote:
>> After a couple of spins, the new album fits perfectly with the last few
>> studio
>> albums sonically and lyrically...  first song "Don't Go Out" is 29 minutes
>> and gets
>> pretty intense around the 17 minute mark as the guitar starts getting
>> thrashed... vocals sound a murky when compared to the last couple of
>> releases
>> especially win the line of "You move and you're dead..." vocals kinda
>> bottom out
>> or clips or something... second song "You Weren't" shortest song on the
>> album
>> clocking in at 6'56'' highlight of the album for me...most upbeat song on
>> the
>> album musically and with the phrasing of the lyrics...Ithe last one "Boys
>> Like
>> Blue" mentions different types of personalities and what colors represent
>> them..."City men like grey, black and blue... Countrymen like green, brown
>> and
>> red, tones of the earth...I like the theory someone posted on here about
>> the last
>> few studio albums being a "series of dream albums"... this one continues
>> that
>> feel as the lyrics make references to dreams and have a distorted
>> descriptive
>> feel to them kinda like a dream... two thumbs up... like I said, cover is
>> a B & W
>> head shot of the Rep... looks like the background has been possibly whited
>> out... kinda reminds me of The Living End sorta except he's much older and
>> smiling...
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