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Friday, December 10, 2010
Jens Lekman played three intimate shows in the US. The first one poolside at LA's Sky Bar and the other two nights in a row at Brooklyn's, The Green Building. Which is an intimate and lovely space on Union Street by The Gowanus Canal which has started hosting more public events.
We caught the last of his three shows. He played a bunch of new material and a good balance of stuff from Night Falls Over Kortedala and Oh You're So Silent Jens. Jens was accompanied by a live drummer who introduced as his friend Charlie Hall from Philadelphia. He played a great set which slowly ramped up in energy from his sad folk songs to his more danceable tunes at the end which included more live drums and disco keyboards.
He played the beautiful song "At the Dept. of Forgotten Songs" which blended right into an amazingly slow and delicate version of "Black Cab." He played another old classic "Maple Leaves."
Some of the newer songs were great one about stalking Kirsten Dunst called "Waiting for Kirsten," another great one called "I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots" and another to explain why he has become a jeweler and made the key hanging around his neck called "Gold Key."
Jens opened the show with an acoustic version of "Sipping On The Sweet Nectar" and closed the show with happy more upbeat disco version from the album. He left the stage and treated fans to an encore of a few more tunes and ended with "And I Remember Every Kiss."
Words and Pics by Kevin Serra