Posted in music | pictures on October 10, 2011

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Jens Lekman
Jens Lekman

A little more than halfway through Jens Lekman's sold-out show Wednesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Swedish singer-songwriter delivered the kind of magic moment that has made him so adored, even on the scale of a cult favorite.

During a delicate solo version of "Black Cab," the notes he plucked on his acoustic guitar gently twinkled and ascended into the ceilings of the sanctuary. He sang in a dour deadpan during the song's downtrodden beginning ("I wanna sleep in my bed / I wanna clean up my head /Don't wanna look this dead /Don't wanna feel this dread") and elevated to a stirring falsetto for the song's hopeful climax ("So I say turn up the music / Take me home or take me anywhere").

It's one of Lekman's best songs -- sweet, funny, touching, disarmingly straightforward and delivered without a trace of irony. He splits the difference between Stephin Merritt's pop-savantism and Jonathan Richman's aura of childlike wonder. That's the combination that has made him so lovable and approachable, the kind of person you want to sit with cross-legged on a couch while drinking tea.

Throughout "Black Cab," the audience -- and even Lekman's drummer -- sat in rapt silence. The 30-year-old crooner recognized and acknowledged the significance of what happened.

"That song found a home here in this synagogue," he said at its conclusion, sounding as genuine as always.[Washington Post]

After DC, Jens Lekman toured his way over to NYC and he plays his third Music Hall of Williamsburg show in a row tonight (10/10). Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic opens. Geoffrey O'Connor of Crayon Fields opened the first two nights aka last night and Friday (10/7). Here are some pictures from the first NYC show. They continue below....

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Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

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Comments (17)

set times?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 2:42 PM

Last night opener was at 9, Jens at 10.
Not sure if they even sold out of the tickets the box office had.
People trying to unload spare tickets were fuct.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 2:51 PM

that guitar looks too big on him.
he needs a ukelele.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:02 PM

I don't get the hype about this guy. Sorry. Heard a few songs and was underwhelmed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:08 PM

I really like Jens, but the opening act was shit, and I bummed he only played for an hour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:11 PM

This is lawyer-rock!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:17 PM

Opening act was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:38 PM

yeah, singer-songwriters from iceland and sweden always seem to amaze in the states. Alexei Murdoch is better than all of em

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 3:59 PM

Ivan Putski is better than Alexi Murdoch

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:19 PM

I went to Friday night and it was almost the exact same set, down to the between song banter, as the Brooklyn show last winter.

Sup with that, Jensy?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:50 PM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:56 PM

That shirt is pretty cute

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 11:29 PM

What the heck is lawyer-rock!?!? I'm thinking about going to law school and want to do as much as I can to get ahead before I start, so fill me in please. Thank you.

-Don

Currently listening to: The Bone Doggers - "Dogger Style"

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:30 AM

http://youtu.be/P2-qjx-fHHM
From Sunday night's show. I loved it.

Posted by Michele | October 11, 2011 4:56 PM

I can't wait to see Jensy at the Aladdin in Portland. I've been dancing around to "Black Cab" on my computer for too long!

Posted by Mary | October 10, 2012 4:36 PM

VERY NICE THANKS

From Sunday night's show. I loved it.

Posted by Dora | November 3, 2012 1:48 AM

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