Entries tagged with: Jens Lekman

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Marla Hansen @ Pianos, NYC - BV CMJ, Oct 20, 2007 (Bao Nguyen)
Marla Hansen @ Pianos

She plucks that viola in precise patterns–repeated notes, a syncopated chord, a countermelody–as the only accompaniment for her gentle, transparent voice, which has an undercurrent of Celtic melancholy. The songs are sparse, meditative and utterly involving. In “Talk To Me,” as she plucked two alternating notes an octave apart like a slowly ticking clock, she sang, “I wish you could talk to me/You turn away, and it breaks my heart.” There’s a sense of timelessness in that song–and no setup time necessary. [Jon Pareles, NY Times]
Marla Hansen's resume keeps getting cooler and cooler. In addition to all the Jay-Z/The National/Kanye West/Sufjan Stevens stuff we already knew about, I just realized that she helped perform Jonny Greenwood's "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" as part of the Wordless Music Orchestra the other day, AND she'll be playing as a member of Jens Lekman's band on his upcoming European and U.S. tours. Tonight (Jan 21, 2008) she plays solo at Union Hall. Lauren Smith is also on the bill.

Cinematic Orchestra @ Webster Hall, NYC - Sept 26, 2007 (CRED)
Cinematic Orchestra @ Webster Hall

In the name of not procrastinating, I would like to report that The Cinematic Orchestra are returning to NYC on April 23rd to play Music Hall of Williamsburg, and I hope to make it to their show this time. Tickets are on sale.

Also, tickets for Jens Lekman's upcoming Webster Hall show are on sale.

Jens Lekman playing in the parking lot (CRED)
Jens Lekman

The upcoming Jens Lekman dates have been announced. He'll be at SXSW on March 13th and Webster Hall (again) on April 5th. Check out the take-away shows Jens recently did for the amazing La Blogoteque. All dates below...

Continue reading "Jens Lekman - 2008 Tour Dates, Take-away shows"

Jens Lekman and Owen Pallett, Dec 2007, Ireland (CRED)
Jens Lekman and Owen Pallett

If you live in Chicago or DC, you can already get your tickets. Check out a video of Jens singing with Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), below....

Continue reading "Owen Pallett's friend Jens Lekman is coming back to the USA"

Jens Lekman @ Triple Rock, Minneapolis - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman to Pitchfork: Well, I really have to ask. First of all, thanks so much for the review. I was really very flattered about that. You know, I heard something about the "8.0 club" a long time ago. Oh You're So Silent got 8.6. Everyone kept telling me, "Oh, you're in the 8.0 club now," which was kind of intriguing to me because it literally means that all these festivals and all these distributors want to have your record. It sort of puts wheels in motion.

And then when I got this review, I was like, "9.0? I wonder what that means." The day after, my frequent flyer card was updated from ivory to silver. I just wanted to check if you had something to do with that. I was thinking, "Oh, the 9.0 club" [laughs].

Tune in to KEXP (part of the NPR Music network) right now - Jens is about to perform live in their studio. Jens recently played a bunch of NYC shows, and he has a few more North American tour dates left. For more Jens, check out the BrooklynVegan Mike interview from 2006.

a view from the inside @ Webster Hall - Oct 27, 2007 (CRED)
Jens Lekman

Have you ever noticed that little room behind the glass over the right of the stage (stage left) at Webster Hall? Have you ever wondered what those people were doing up there, who they were, if they were wearing clothes, or anything else wild and crazy like that? Have you ever wondered if they could see you staring up at them while they pushed their various body parts against the glass, blatantly smoked cigarettes, danced around, or just generally looked like they were having a good time while the real show was going on right below them? I wondered all of this during the Jens Lekman show at on Saturday night. Well, now thanks to the power of Flickr, we can get a glimpse of exactly what was going on up there on Saturday night....

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DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - You Are The Light (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - The Death of This Summer (a mix) (MP3)

So, I ended up seeing Jens Lekman AND Danzig on Saturday night. I found out on Saturday that Jens was going on at 9:00, and that Danzig wasn't starting until 10:30, and if it weren't for the fact that Nokia Theatre is all the way up in Times Square (which is also the busiest spot on Earth on a Saturday night), I probably would have seen all of both of them. Instead I just missed the first few songs of Danzig - not a big deal (but more about that later). Jens was so good.

Jens @ Webster Hall, Oct 27, 2007 (CRED)
Jens Lekman

Then I went to see Jens again on Sunday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Unlike at Webster where Jens was playing with a full almost-all-female-dressed-in-white band, at Music Hall it was just him and a bongo player. I think Music Hall was my favorite of the two shows. At Music Hall he was more free to do what he wanted, the sound was amazing, and the songs sounded tight and sometimes a bit improvised (which makes sense since there were way less instruments). He played with some backing tracks and used a loop pedal, and though he was new to the pedal ("I'm no Andrew Bird"), I think he did a good job with it. He played two encores, covered a Red House Painters song, and one by Paul Simon. He sang a bit in Swedish (I think it was Swedish), and he was hilarious (as always - and as he was at Webster Hall). All in all Music Hall just felt more special.

Jens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Oct 28, 2007 (CRED)
Jens Lekman

After the show - as promised - he played some more on a nearby roof...

We went to the roof of 151 Kent Ave, around the corner from the venue. It was freezing, he played like 4 songs and said then his hands were too cold. Someone gave him some finger less gloves and he played two more songs. Then someone brought pizza! Ha ha and it was perfect cause the man was starving. He might have played one more song. [Eduardo]
Jens on a roof in Brooklyn - Oct 28, 2007 (CRED)
Jens Lekman

I wasn't one of the few at the roof show (didn't totally realize it was happening or I probably would have tried to go). Stupidly or smartly (you decide), I was instead enjoying the warmth and vegan-friendly tacos over at San Loco with a bunch of friends who had also just watched the show. I wouldn't even mention this part, but it's worth noting because as we were leaving San Loco around 1am (around an hour after the Music Hall show ended), a still-hungry and completely-alone Jens Lekman walked in the door to San Loco. "Great show!", we told him. He said "thanks", and asked us if this place was good. We said yes, and someone told him he should get the Guaco Loco. He said he would, and then we went home. More photos below....

Continue reading "Jens Lekman @ Webster Hall, MHOW & on a roof - pics"

DOWNLOAD: Danzig - Blood & Tears (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - A Higher Power (MP3)

Jens LekmanDanzig

I want to go see Danzig at Nokia Theatre really bad on Saturday (Oct 27). I want to see Jens Lekman at Webster though really bad too. Neither is a once-in-a-lifetime situation - I see Danzig almost every time he's here, and I saw Jens this summer in Norway, and I can see Jens again on Sunday at Music Hall (but that's solo). hmmm.

Well, the decision might be made for me anyway. Danzig fell off the stage at a show in Baltimore Tuesday night, played in an arm sling Wednesday night in Philly, and completely cancelled tonight's show in Worcester, Massachusets (Oct 25). No word yet on whether he'll cancel any more shows. All tour dates, and a video of him getting back on the stage after falling, below....

Continue reading "DANZIG fell, hurt himself. show Saturday? or JENS Lekman?"

DOWNLOAD: Lykke Li - Tonight (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shugo Tokumaru - Young Folks (PB&J Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave It (MP3)

Lykke LiPeter Bjorn and John, Shout Out Louds, and Lykke Li are all from Sweden. Shout Out Louds play Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (Oct 25), Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow, Maxwell's on Saturday, and then they continue their North American tour (with Johnossi - also from Sweden). Björn Yttling (Bjorn) produced Our Ill Wills - the new Shout Out Louds record out on Merge. 21-year old Lykke Li (real name = Lykke Zahrisson) sings the girl parts on that record. Lykke Li just came out with her own EP as well. It was also produced by Bjorn. Bjorn and Lykke are here in NYC working on her full length album - which also explains part of the reason Peter and Bjorn have been around town. Lykke Li was the girl singing the the girl part on "Young Folks" at the CMJ show at Galapagos. Lykke Li is playing her own two shows - a free one at Knitting Factory on October 29th, and a not-free one at Mercury Lounge the next day. Bjorn will probably be at those shows to help her out. Maybe Bjorn and Lykke will also both be at the three NYC-area Shout Out Louds shows to help them out too. Lykke and the Shout Out Louds tour Europe together in November and December. One further connection all these artists have: Bud Fox manages Shout Out Louds, Johnossi, Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and Bjorn. Peter plays Joe's Pub on November 19th. Who knows where the hell John is.

In related news, Sweden's Jens Lekman is also playing two shows this weekend.

Sweden in NYC, 2007'
Oct 25 - DJ Bjorn @ Hiro Ballroom (info)
Oct 25 - Shout Out Louds @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 25 - SOL @ afterparty @ Lolita Bar
Oct 26 - Shout Out Louds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 26 - SOL afterparty @ Union Pool (w/ DJ Bjorn)
Oct 27 - Shout Out Louds @ Maxwell's of Hoboken
Oct 27 - Jens Lekman @ Webster Hall
Oct 28 - Jens Lekman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 29 - Lykke Li @ Knitting Factory
Oct 30 - Lykke Li @ Mercury Lounge
Nov 19 - Peter @ Joe's Pub

Lykke Li may be the new Annie or Sally Shapiro or Robyn (who Bjorn has also produced and who Bud Fox also works with), or something 'Swedish pop star' like that. All tour dates, and Lykke's video for "Little Bit", below.......

Continue reading "Lykke Li (from Sweden) Bjorn (without Peter & John) Shout Out Louds (tonight) --- Tour Dates, MP3, Video"

Jens LekmanTickets are on sale for a Jens Lekman "solo" show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 28th - it's one day after he plays (not solo) at Webster Hall. This is the best news since Richard Hawley's Bowery show. More Jens dates at his website.

DOWNLOAD Jens Lekman - The Opposite of Hallelujah (MP3)

Night Falls over KortedalaJens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala hit #1 on the Swedish pop album charts, and finally gets a US release tomorrow. AOL is streaming it for free right now.

Indie music fans have plenty of worthy choices among the week's releases. I can strongly recommend the Fiery Furnaces new disc Widow City, Enon's Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds, Doveman's With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, Beirut's The Flying Club Cup, Band of Horses' Cease to Begin, and Scout Niblett's This Fool Can Die Now.

A must-have reissue for Viva Voce fans this week is the double CD release of Lovers, Lead the Way/The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, completely remastered with bonus tracks. Other notable reissues include three discs by Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, two by the Sun City Girls, and Enon's Believo!

For your winter holiday mix CD needs, the Smithereens follow their full album cover of the Beatle's Meet the Beatles with Christmas With the Smithereens.

Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week? What should I avoid? What are you picking up?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

The video is not that exciting, but I still love him...

Continue reading "VIDEO: Jens Lekman - Sipping on the Sweet Nectar"

The best thing happened the other day at the Oya Festival in Norway. Because Lily Allen called out sick,....

Lily Allen w/ doctor's note
Lily Allen with doctors note

...Jens Lekman was called in to replace her!

Jens Lekman - Øyafestivalen 2007
Jens Lekman @ Oya 2007

No offense Lily (and feel better), but I've been dying to see Jens again, and he was so, so good....but more on Oya later - I have so much to catch up on now that I'm back - including a full four-day recap and tons of pics.

Jens Lekman will visit the U.S. this Fall. I can't wait.

Lily Allen will play some shows (if she gets better, AND works out her Visa issues). All of her tour dates below....

Continue reading "Lily Allen is sick. Jens Lekman is awesome."

DOWNLOAD: Marmoset - Black Cab (Jens Lekman cover) (MP3) (info)

Jens Lekman

All the Internet buzz lately surrounding new music by one of my favorite Swedes Jens Lekman has been getting me pretty excited to hear the new album (Night Falls Over Kortedala - out October 9 on Secretly Canadian), and to see Jens again live. Now I'll have the chance again on October 27th @ Webster Hall - no tickets yet. Stream the first single on the new album 'Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo', HERE or HERE. All tour dates, and more album info, below...

Continue reading "Jens Lekman - 2007 Tour Dates & new album"