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Houston, United States

Jandek is a musician, presumably from Houston, Texas. Since 1978, he has self-released 77 albums of unusual, often emotionally dissolute and songs.

Jandek plays a very strange and frequently atonal form of and music, often using an open and unconventional chord structure. Jandek’s music is unique, but his lyrics closely mirror the and traditions of Eastern Texas.

Barely a handful of people claim to have contacted Jandek, whose steadfastness in anonymity is legendary. Without any conventional attempts at promotion, he releases albums through his own record label Corwood Industries, which is addressed at a Houston post office box. Fans can write to Corwood for a typewritten catalogue and order Jandek’s albums, usually at inexpensive prices. Jandek’s work has been available on vinyl and on compact discs. Many of his albums feature pictures of the same young man (seen above) at various ages; in light of Jandek’s live performances it is almost entirely certain that the person featured on the album covers is Jandek himself.

Jandek’s first album, Ready for the House (1978), was first accredited to a band called “The Units” but it was obviously a solo work. Jandek presumably plays acoustic guitar and has recorded much of his work apparently unaccompanied (assuming that the person singing is also the person playing guitar). However many other songs feature female vocals and/or different male vocalists.

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  • Nimbie

    V came here to say it. And The Dead C and Sun City Girls.

    3 Nov 9:53am Reply
  • helvettt

    Really cool if you have Fushitsusha and Les Rallizes Dénudés as similar artists.

    21 Oct 3:40am Reply
  • brootaljared

    mad respect for this guy but the music is just too atonal for me.

    19 Oct 5:34pm Reply
  • pimkach

    respect this guy

    7 Oct 2:12pm Reply
  • regash

    Joyful.

    11 Sep 7:15pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    no, this is just his infamous last.fm page.

    30 Aug 8:49pm Reply
  • SignoftheHammer

    @Xhi - I agree. Ghost Passing and Song of Morgan were both interesting (and quite relaxing to listen to imo), but I hope Jandek is done with the very long piano themed albums. Maybe the next release is a 6 CD spoken word album?

    28 Aug 5:07am Reply
  • interhole

    so this is the infamous jandek

    22 Aug 11:15am Reply
  • Xhi

    puh, "ghost passing" is quite a challenge. often sounds like there's an airplane in the distance, slowly falling down to earth with jandek on board, playing some notes on his old wooden piano. sounds interesting.

    20 Aug 1:20pm Reply
  • c2j9h

    Also, 0795 - Hasselt Saturday

    15 Aug 2:19pm Reply
  • c2j9h

    RainyWoods, If you're looking for piano and vocal, order Corwood 0785 - Glasgow Monday.

    8 Aug 2:54pm Reply
  • RainyWoods

    I want to order three, maybe four records from Corwood Industries but i'm having such a hard time deciding what to go for that I was thinking of just clicking on the ones with the prettiest album covers and hoping for the best. I think i'll definitely go for "Your Turn to Fall" as I actually found myself enjoying a song I heard from it. I would say to recommend me his most accessible album but that would seem like the wrong idea with this guys music, kinda beside the point. What would be an interesting place to start would be a better question? Does he have any records with both piano and vocal? I'm interested to hear how he plays piano but I don't think I want to jump in on his nine disc set just yet. The mystery of this guy certainly has me intrigued.

    4 Aug 2:25pm Reply
  • VulpeculaX

    This is the purest thing I ever heard,

    29 Jul 2:21pm Reply
  • kkjjnjjjj

    more piano music like the beginning?

    20 Jul 8:29pm Reply
  • blueuniform

    i wonder how it is that the same open tuning can still be enjoyable over several albums

    12 Jul 2:50am Reply
  • xDirtHarry

    i have no words for describe u

    11 Jul 10:58pm Reply
  • kkjjnjjjj

    does anyone have or know where I can find the first part of the wire interview?

    25 Jun 6:18am Reply
  • SignoftheHammer

    Corwood accepts PayPal now!!! YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!

    6 Jun 3:24am Reply
  • men_voi

    dis nigga kray

    20 May 2:22pm Reply
  • CadenMoran

    JADNEK gonna go #big on SNL tongiht with davie letter man gonna reefer the #KKKUSH like a born again XStain dont smke pot lolol make way for CADEN MORAN

    4 May 10:22pm Reply
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