Everyone give a warm welcome to our new contributor, Ira Rat. –ch
For those of you unfamiliar with the “legend” of Jeff Magnum, a quick look around online will find people calling him anything from indie rock’s J.D. Salinger to the second coming of Jesus. Well, alright, so I’m the one saying these things. Honestly though when you realize how many of this man’s veracious fans devour anything he merely glanced at you might just begin to get a sense of reverence that flooded the Hennepin theater on February 4th.
When it was announced that Jeff would be touring for the first time since 1998’s “In An Aeroplane Over The Sea” I was only slightly less shocked than when I heard that Jandek was going to start doing live shows a few years ago. Early bootlegs of recent live performances’ shakiness not-withstanding I promptly bought the tickets the second that they went on sale.
Saying that Jeff hasn’t lost anything in the intervening years would actually be a disservice. The intensity that he has built up in these songs during his hiatus is astounding. Even going so far has playing the previously unreleased song Little Birds as though he was channeling the holy spirit like a Pentecostal preacher.
All said for once the exorbitant price-tag for the show is well worth the experience.