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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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  • ilhammaulana

    Jandek Jelek

    28 Feb 7:02pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Um par perfeito para noites de insônia...obrigada Jandek.

    27 Feb 6:23am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Jandek has been playing live for a while now, so "Jandek is a hoax" is a somewhat dated theory.

    17 Feb 10:54pm Reply
  • sigridwallinahl

    I have a friend who looks just like Jandek does on the cover of Six and Six. He says Jandek is a hoax.

    21 Jan 6:51pm Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    Freak

    21 Jan 6:48pm Reply
  • vladekas23

    Will check those out. Thanks.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    I think, as a Jandek neophyte you're *supposed* to have Interstellar Discussion, Follow Your Footsteps (it rules), the one that has 'Message to the Clerk' (don't remember the title), Modern Dances (it also rules), You Walk Alone, The Living End (I'm not a fan but still) and The Beginning. Also the infamous Put My Dream on This Planet, if you're interested in *phases*. Khartoum maybe.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vladekas23

    Right, so I'm getting into Jandek properly now. Dude's released a lot though. I've heard Chair Beside a Window and Ready for the House, both of which I'm still figuring out, but it's definitely impressive. Have Blue Corpse and Glasgow Monday ready as well. What else should I get? To sort of get familiar with different phases and stuff (don't really know how much the music changes). Full band stuff would be fun. Piano stuff, all sorts of things. Does someone maybe want to guide me?

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • greeniscolor

    b mine

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

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

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • helvettt

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

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • brootaljared

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

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • pimkach

    respect this guy

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • regash

    Joyful.

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

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

    30 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • interhole

    so this is the infamous jandek

    22 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • c2j9h

    Also, 0795 - Hasselt Saturday

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • c2j9h

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

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
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