If you’ve been looking for an introduction to the work of world-famous recluse Jandek, now might be your time.
Portland, Oregon’s Jackpot Records (in association with Corwood Industries) is prepping a deluxe box set featuring three of Jandek’s earliest records; 1978’s Ready for the House, 1981’s Six and Six, and 1982’s Chair Beside a Window. The box set, simply titled Jandek, will be limited to 500 copies worldwide and is an exclusive Record Store Day 2013 release. The package includes the three albums on heavyweight vinyl (presumably 180 gram), a hand-numbered hardbound slipcase, three 24”x24” posters, and a full Corwood Industries catalog insert.
With fans ranging from Thurston Moore to John Darnielle to Mandy Moore, Jandek managed not only to remain pretty much faceless for most of his career, but incredibly prolific. With over 70 albums spanning the course of 35 years, this box set is, as far as I can tell, the first not to be released outside of the Corwood Industries label.
Side note: if you want more info on the mystery that is Jandek (unfortunately, the internet killed the fun of “solving” a mystery) as well as other outsider music, I’d recommend Songs in the Key of Z by Irwin Chusid (check your public library or your local book retailer for more info).