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Jens Lekman Gets Nominated For Grammys, Sings Solo

You read it right: Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman is getting some Grammy love! You probably missed his name on yesterday’s nomination list because, it wasn’t on yesterday’s nomination list. Before you start tipping your cap to NARAS’s unexpected show of taste, let’s clarify: it’s not the Stateside Grammy, it’s the Swedish one: In the land… More »

By: Stereogum / December 7, 2007 - 3:23 pm

Jens Lekman @ Webster Hall, NYC 10/27/07

“So I am Jens Lekman, and you are New York City. It’s nice to meet you.” From the start of Saturday night’s set at Webster, Jens led his seven-deep, white-clad backing band (six women and one DJ dude, as at Bowery last year, headlining the Beirut gig) in a show of great tune… More »

By: Stereogum / October 29, 2007 - 7:02 pm

Jens Lekman Covers Paul Simon

Jens Lekman dropped by WNYC to chat with Soundcheck host John Schaffer and strip his “Burt Bacharach meets Donna Summer” sound for a solo acoustic performance. Jens discusses real life inspiration for his character sketches — e.g., “Shrin”‘s Iraqi immigrant barber and “Postcard”‘s beloved Nina (Jens is still close with her lie-detecting foddur). The Swedish… More »

By: Stereogum / October 19, 2007 - 1:33 pm

Jens Lekman Covers Arthur Russell

Cello-wielding one-man disco Arthur Russell has received an amazing amount of indie-realm (and otherwise) attention these past years, long after his AIDS-related death in 1992, due largely to the excellent reissues/issues by super NY label Audika. The visionary Downtown composer sang in a lovely, ghostly tone that at a distance may feel topically unlike the… More »

By: Stereogum / October 5, 2007 - 9:36 am

New Jens Lekman Video – “Sipping On Sweet Nectar”

This charming man, he’s got a way with his words. Jens’s Night Falls Over Kortedala ode to his remembrance of things past is paired with this here short excursion piloting the TF-FUN, a red propjet he takes high in the sky while reminding himself to get perspective: “Take a sip and let it wet your… More »

By: Stereogum / September 21, 2007 - 9:31 am

New Jens Lekman Live Video – “The Opposite Of Hallelujah”

We’ve been upfront about our love for Jens Lekman’s Night Falls Over Kortedala, so we were more than happy to stumble upon a video of the silent one performing “The Opposite Of Hallelujah” on Swedish television. Looks like it was recorded just two days ago for Studio Virtanen. No idea what the text at the… More »

By: Stereogum / September 7, 2007 - 4:10 pm

Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala

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By: Stereogum / September 5, 2007 - 2:49 pm

Kanye And Jens Lekman Learn To Love The Dan

Epistles of love for the Dan are nothing new to these parts, so quite obviously the Becker/Fagan freaks ‘n’ geeks in us perked up upon hearing Kanye had plans to appropriate the Steely ones on his recent quest to sample every song we’ve ever held dear. Who knows the backstory, but it probably came dow… More »

By: Stereogum / August 20, 2007 - 10:09 am

Premature Evaluation: Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala

Jens Lekman’s pretty deft at making folks weak in the knees with his charming blog tales and soulful, smart (and often silly) Swedish croon. On his third album Gothenburg’s most important non-melodic death metal export may also cause a bit o’ swooning with his newfound (relative) self-control: Night Falls Over Kortedala doesn’t include Calvin Johnso… More »

By: Stereogum / August 17, 2007 - 4:42 pm

New Jens Lekman – “The Opposite Of Hallelujah”

You’ve been around Jens’s not-so-silent stylings long enough to know how he works: deft wordplay, wry wit, dressing his misery in breezy throwback pop. The excellent Night Falls At Kortedala has plenty more Lekmanic (think we just coined that) novelties to enjoy (case in point: “Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo” and the previously released… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2007 - 12:36 pm

New Jens Lekman – “Friday Night At The Drive In Bingo” (And Night Falls Over Kortedala Album Art)

“Gonna gather up a few of my friends,” sings Jens Lekman on the first single from the forthcoming Night Falls Over Kortedala, which is just he did for his third LP, rounding up Frida Hyvonen and El Perro Del Mar to guest on the Swede-pleasing record. The record’s also the not-so-silent Jens’s sonic goodbye card… More »

By: Stereogum / July 25, 2007 - 6:28 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2006 Photos

That Pitchforkmedia must be doing something right; 19,000 people a day hit up their Festival for 18 hours of music over two days, despite some serious heat and humidity. Whether that’s a testament to the awesome lineup or the show-going tenacity of hipster nation, we heard the weekend was well run and chock-full of indie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2006 - 1:45 am

Jens Lekman’s Department Of Forgotten Songs

Jens Lekman’s Department of Forgotten Songs is “a repository of demos, unreleased and hard-to-find material beloved by friends, fans and everyone at Secretly Canadian.”

A few choice cuts, w/ commentary by Jens…

“Do Impossible Things”
“(from the first demo i sent to SC) this is probably my first attempt in using samples, i… More »

By: Stereogum / December 22, 2004 - 9:22 am

I Hear He’s Big In Scandinavia

Catbirdseat points us to an MP3 from the new Jens Lekman EP.

Jens Lekman – “You Are The Light”

Recommended if you like Stephin Merrit or Belle & Sebastian.

Jens’ first full-length When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog is being released by Secretly Canadian on 9/7.

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By: Stereogum / August 18, 2004 - 1:19 pm
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