Although the artist known as Jandek has emerged some from his decades-long shroud of mystery since performing publicly for the first time in 2004 at a Scottish music festival, an appearance by the reclusive outsider-musician still entails a high degree of secrecy – and excitement.
The five musicians tasked with backing the Houston experimental folk artist – who has released over 60 inscrutable homemade albums since 1978 on his own Corwood Industries label – at the Flywheel in Easthampton, Massachusetts, didn’t meet Jandek until an hour-and-a-half-long rehearsal on the day of the show.
Their identities had been kept strictly under wraps – even representatives of the Flywheel arts collective didn’t know who would be appearing onstage – fueling speculation that perhaps one of western Massachusetts’ prominent indie rockers (Thurston, Kim, J?) would be there.
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