Saturday, October 8, 2011

Jandek (!!!)

Ethereal, Shambling, Half-Decomposed Blues 

"Some have described Jandek as the sort of musician who was destined to be a cult phenomenon, though it's quite remarkable that he's managed to attract any following at all. Jandek isn't an artist who has covered his tracks so much as he's struggled to avoid leaving any -- he releases his own albums, he only sells them by mail order, he doesn't talk to the press, he doesn't sit for photographs, and the rare few who've communicated with him can't even get him to admit he is Jandek (he prefers to identity himself as "a representative of Corwood Industries," the name of his self-run record label). This tends to fit the nature of his body of work, which is curious at best, frequently off-putting, and obsessively personal -- Jandek's recordings are dominated by spare, atonal guitar figures, mumbled vocals sometimes punctuated by fevered howls, self-abasing lyrics, minimal chord structures, and chaotic accompaniment (when there is any). However, while Jandek isn't interested in developing a warm relationship with his audience, his commitment to his muse is impressive -- Jandek released more than 45 albums between 1978 and 2006, with no signs that he intends to stop any time in the immediate future."
-Mark Deming (AllMusic) [Emphasis Added]

This is only a portion of his entire catalogue, picked based on a rating system found here. My personal favorites tend towards his early works, but by no means exclusively.

this is getting a bit time & space consuming so here are the albums I have not listened to yet, sans the album art.

For! Further! Reading! 


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