Jandek on Corwood (2004)
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Even by the standards of underground and avant-garde music, Jandek is a man who has pushed the notion of deliberate obscurity to the outer limits. In 1978, an album called Ready for the House appeared, credited to "The Units" and released by Corwood Industries, a nascent label out of Houston, TX; a collection of spare, haunting songs dominated by atonal acoustic guitar and murmured (or mumbled) vocals, Ready for the House received cautiously enthusiastic reviews by the very few writers who
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Ostensibly a documentary about a reclusive enigmatic outsider recording artist, Jandek on Corwood is actually a revealing portrait of outsider music nerds.
Fascinatingly, [Director Chad Freidrichs'] film becomes less about biography than the passion of cultish obsession.
The eerie documentary Jandek on Corwood lays out all the evidence that this musician is a genius, at least in keeping his fame fresh through a minimum of publicity.
Chad Friedrichs's doc has too many rock-crit talking heads, too often saying the same thing based on scant information -- a clumsy portrait of the artist that inadvertently serves as a mirror of the critical faculty itself.
Director Chad Friedrichs works around Jandek's never having revealed his identity by interpolating shots of the PO box and rocks on the beach with the talking heads of fans, critics, and journalists, and lots of Jandek's wistful, haunting music.
Not the year's best documentary, but it's the one most likely to stick in your mind for days.
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