Ready for the House

Jandek - Ready for the House
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Based on 1 review
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Based on 19 ratings
August 31, 1978 / Release Date
LP / Format
Corwood Industries / Label
Avant-Folk / Genres
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The Devil's Interval.

Jandek is crazy. Of course he is. Because if he is sane, it means that the world has lost its mind.

It all started with a name. Jandek? It's hard to know his origin, it sounds a bit Scandinavian, doesn't it? Ah, he's American? Sterling Smith, you say? Well, well, well. An album title now. "Ready For The House". I had listened to the Happy Mondays recently, so it wasn't a bit of House music that was going to scare me. I was joking (badly), I thought I was ready. ... read more
I think it's brave and avant-garde, but in terms of looking to this for the same emotional retreat as I do with artists like Swans, Robert Ashley, Andy Stott, The Caretaker, etc, I never come to this. I don't find myself ever wanting to listen to it, even when I feel I'm in the right mood for it. Because there are other artists that accomplish soundtracking those numb, distant, vacant sociopath days so much better.
Jarring, atonal guitar chords paired with eerie, apathetic vocals and an unsettling record cover to boot, this is straight up one of those records you'll end up hating or loving at repeated listens. Certainly a unique musical experience but not for the faint-hearted.
One of the most unsettling things ever put to record. Atonal acoustic guitar sung over by an equally tone deaf vocalist. I have no idea what he's singing about to be honest but with song titles like "Naked in the Afternoon" I think I'd prefer not to. There really is nothing out there quite like Jandek, and I'm not sure whether that's good or bad.
A interesting take on serial killer-core type beat but overall too repetitive to earn a higher score. Noteworthy just for helping with the early lo-fi scene.
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Added on: October 20, 2016