October 08, 2007

Jens Lekman: Interview + Tour Dates + Video

Jens Lekman, who releases his latest record, Night Falls Over Kortedala, tomorrow, spoke to Pitchfork about his tour, bringing samples to life on stage, flying planes, and playing badminton to Christina Aguilera remixes. Here's an excerpt:

So, can you fly a plane? How did that video come about?

Jens Lekman: I didn't know that I could fly a plane but apparently I could. I was over in Iceland for Iceland Airwaves, do you know that festival? It's in Reykjavik in October or November, and I was recording with Benni Hemm Hemm. All of the sudden there was this noise coming from outside the studio. We were out in the country somewhere. Benni got up and went out and started yelling at this guy, and I walked out and there was this red propeller plane making loops above the house. And apparently he was doing that all the time and [Benni] was sort of pissed of at it. But it was really beautiful, this sight of a red propeller plane flying across the Icelandic landscape, you know?

I was going to Iceland to play at another festival in August, and I told Marcus about the idea. Would that be even remotely possible? He said "Yeah, well, let me check with my friend." He had one friend in Iceland, and it turned out that her uncle owned two propeller planes, one which was exactly the same as the one I had seen. So it was really destined to happen. And they would do it for just the fuel, basically, and some sandwiches. So we were up there flying, and, yeah, I was flying a plane, it was very majestic.

Here's the rest of the interview.

The Opposite of Hallelujah
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo
Black Cab
You Are The Light

VIDEO: "Sipping On The Sweet Nectar"

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Jens Lekman MP3s

10/23/07 Bloomington, IN - Jake's
10/25/07 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/26/07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10/27/07 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/29/07 Boston, MA - Paradise
11/01/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom w/ Dave Fischoff
11/02/07 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium w/ Dave Fischoff
11/03/07 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club w/ Dave Fischoff
11/06/07 Seattle, WA - Nectar
11/07/07 Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
11/09/07 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
11/10/07 West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
11/13/07 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater solo w/ Sarah Jaffe
11/14/07 Austin, TX - The Parish solo
11/15/07 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder solo
11/16/07 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn solo
11/27/07 Manchester, UK - Sacred Trinity Church
11/28/07 Leeds, UK - Holy Trinity Church
11/29/07 Sheffield, UK - The Plug w/ Josh Rouse
11/30/07 Manchester, UK - Academy 2 w/ Josh Rouse
12/01/07 Glasgow, UK - QMU w/ Josh Rouse
12/03/07 Gateshead, UK - The Sage 2 w/ Josh Rouse
12/04/07 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms w/ Josh Rouse
12/05/07 Bristol, UK - Academy w/ Josh Rouse
12/07/07 Oxford, UK - Academy w/ Josh Rouse
12/08/07 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 w/ Josh Rouse
12/09/07 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Josh Rouse
12/11/07 London, UK - The Luminaire
12/12/07 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans

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