Kendra Steiner Editions

July 7, 2012

Jandek, live in Houston, Thursday 12 July 2012, the “punk show”

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 9:07 am

Jandek is becoming a semi-regular performer in his hometown of Houston, which is great.  First, there was the “funk show” at Rudyard’s. Then the solo concert at the Menil. Then the “techno show.” Now the Representative From Corwood will be playing with a bass and drums rhythm section on Thursday 12 July 2012 at Mango’s Cafe at 403 Westheimer in Houston, in what’s already being called “the Jandek punk show.”

The Representative from Corwood: electric guitar and vocals

Kevin Bogart (from Boston): bass

Justin Clay (from Houston): drums

The Jandek performance will be at 8 pm sharp. Admission is $7 cash (no advance tickets)

Mango’s Cafe,  403 Westheimer (at Taft), Houston, Texas

Following Jandek, will be a number of other sets:  performances from various DJs, experimental electro project Pulse Rifle, post-punk solo act The Bailout Bureau, and surf-rockers The Escatones

The July 12 show is the July entry in the monthly ‘Sound and Vision’ showcase

This will certainly be a very different show from the recent Austin performance which featured viola, clarinet, and vibraphone. Just a bass-drums rhythm section rooted in punk.  One of the things I’ve always admired about Jandek, since he began doing live performances, is the way he throws himself totally into a new situation with each concert, with new instrumentation, new lyrics, and (usually) new musicians. If he chose to, he could easily do regular concerts of  “classic Jandek material”  and milk his established reputation. But instead, he does the opposite: he puts himself into unfamiliar situations, outside of what one would think is his comfort zone, and he meets the other artists halfway.  In this way, he’s very much like an itinerant free-improv musician, taking his saxophone or cello or laptop from town to town, meeting a group of diverse, free-thinking musicians at each stop, and just letting what happens happen. This is what the Representative From Corwood does, and it’s what makes every live performance a special and historic event.  I’m sure this “punk show” will be one that’s discussed passionately after the fact and for a long time. Hope you all can make it. HOUSTON. THURSDAY. 12 JULY. MANGO’S CAFE  on WESTHEIMER. 8 PM.

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