Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jandek - Chair Beside A Window (1982)

I think this record is a pretty good primer to the enigmatic Jandek; of his 60+ albums, this may be the most accessible (it's my favorite). Then again, I only have about five, so I should amend that to say "this is my favorite of the five I have". There. Anyway; here's some quick background on the man:
Jandek is the musical project of an outsider musician who operates out of Houston, Texas. Since 1978, Jandek has self-released over 60 albums of unusual, often emotionally dissolute folk and blues songs without ever granting more than the occasional interview or providing any biographical information. Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form of folk and blues music, often using an open and unconventional chord structure. Jandek's music is unique, but the lyrics closely mirror the country blues and folk traditions of East Texas. The name "Jandek" is most commonly used to refer specifically to the main—often sole—performer, rather than to the project. - from Wikipedia

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