HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.
The end times are here kiddies. Thats right, the signs of the apocalypse are mounting. It's only a matter of time. First, Brian Wilson went back and finished Smile. And now... this.
For those of you that don't recognize the man in the photo, That is Jandek. Jandek played live at a festival in Scotland over the weekend. For those of you who know who Jandek is, allow me to reiterate this. JANDEK PLAYED LIVE.
Here are Mp3's of the final 3 songs of his 8 song set - so far as I know, noone has identified these yet. If anyone has titles, please toss 'em my way:
Now. For those of you who don't know who Jandek is. First off, the magnitude of Jandek playing live, is to Brian Wilson finishing Smile, as the completion of Smile is to Usher rereleasing his latest album. It's THAT BIG A DEAL to folks who are concerned with Jandek. Who is he? Jandek is a dude from Houston who, for over 30 years has been making music, and releasing it himself, under his own Corwood Industries label. He has NEVER performed live. NEVER allowed himself to be photographed (other than his own album covers), and NEVER consented to an interview. A bit of the mystery came down earlier this year with the release of the documentary Jandek on Corwood (Buy the DVD!), but for the most part, he was still a pretty damned reclusive figure. And then, in Scotland this weekend, he performed. The music live, just like on record, is trying to listen to. It's not for everyone. But the desolation of the sound - the sparseness of his guitar playing, the shuffling and thuddering floorboard percussion. The howled vocals - alwsy sung, no matter how off key, never surrendering to his shortcomings, is 100 % Jandek. This is no hoax. And now, one must wonder, is The End of it All not a signal of retirement, but of a return? or, really in Jandeks case, a first coming?
For more Jandek information, the definitive resource can be found here.