Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Watch out Gnarls Barkley...

Massive hat-tip to Ian for drawing my wandering attention to Jandek, a slightly unusual chap who's playing Devendra Banhart's day at the first ATP weekend. This is what Ian turfed up to explain the incomprehensible stuff playing out over his stero:

"He literally plays one dissonant chord throughout the entire album on his out-of-tune acoustic guitar, only picking at the strings differently for each track, (though sometimes he does not bother)."

His biog on Wikipedia begins "Jandek is a musician, presumably from Houston, Texas." A highly comic use of the word 'presumably' you've got to admit, especially for something as grounded in fact as an Encyclopedia. Meanwhile a comment on him on Allmusic reads "he's not afraid to laugh at himself once or twice either". Which is just as well, cause I certainly am.

4 Comments:

Anonymous ian said...

Apparently no one knows who this guy is and he's never played a live show before. They say each of his thighs is as thick as a horse's belly, narrowing to a calf as thick as the belly of a foal.

4:37 PM  
Blogger alex bkbk said...

ian, he has played shows but theyre always spontaneous and hardly ever announced. I rememeber once seeing a photo of him in Careless Talk Costs Lives, accompanying an article about how he suddenly turned up and everyone nearly collapsed. The last announced show with him i heard about was put on by Upset The Rhythm in London late last year and his name was actually on the flyer as well as a picture of the young Jandek, looking really really sketchy.

I havent even heard any of his music but find the whole story really compelling...

10:54 PM  
Blogger John said...

So does he sing or what? Just picks a guitar and is fat?

Very hep. Emperor's New Clothes?

6:22 PM  
Blogger dan hancox said...

i think the emperor's new clothes thing is what seems so fascinating.

the idea that people buy into this shit is just amusing to begin with, then as a paradoxical follow-up, the idea that they might actually have a good reason to buy into this shit (cause, yknow, it's actually really good!) is much more amusing. and worthwhile.

9:43 AM  

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