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simon silverdollar
08-06-2005, 07:50 PM
ok, i picked up a jandek album the other day ('The Door Behind'), just out of curiosity, and to keep my hand in with the non-grime stuff.
but fuck me! it's unlistenable, isn't it? does anyone really spend time listening to this? or does he just appeal to people because of he's the archetypal outsider-artist, cult-music figure, merits or otherwise of the music be damned?

incidentally, if you want to buy this album off me after i've given it such a glowing review, i'm open to absolutely all offers, so PM me. i just want it out of my house, really.

09-06-2005, 08:35 AM
someone sent me the jandek "movie" a documentary about him.

it's all super-serious interviews with other people (i ought to be careful as ive only watched 15 minutes of it, and maybe it erupts into a carnival of colour and interest ;)) shots from cars over drizzly/misty mid-american plains, his kind of slightly bland/vapid strumming in the background....

hes almost like the perfect device for projecting emotion onto, the cult leader who refuses followers. when i think of him other artists like loren mazzacane connors, r stevie moore and steven stapleton come to mind, the obscurantist "toilers" who put out zillions of limited edition records. and i cant help but reflect that, in the face of the ultra-bland music (weak tunes, moaning voice, plain guitar- OK i know thats a bit harsh/dry) that its this nurturing of a cult thats been his success-point.

what his diehard fans will make of his "outing" (suddenly on stage performing) will be amusing. probably awe and delight followed by disappointment and rejection.

09-06-2005, 01:10 PM
i bought one of his lps ages ago, cos i was well into Forced Exposure and they used to go on and on about him.... and was totally non-whelmed. definite case of cult-building and legend-inflation.

09-06-2005, 02:22 PM
i have "somebody in the snow" and its excellent. great guitar playing.

10-06-2005, 12:28 AM
i saw him play in glasgow last week and it really was incredible. no guitar, Jandek played 12 meditative piano pieces from a suite called "The Cell". he was accompanied by bowed double bass drone and some excellent percussion. i've never liked any of the recorded stuff i've heard from him.