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Jens Lekman at Bowery Ballroom (March 18, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 28th 2017

Jens Lekman has done it again with his increasingly joyful new album Life Will See You Now, which was released in February via Secretly Canadian. Late last year we saw him test out some new songs during his most memorable solo show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a show which he admitted was a part of a tour around major cities in order to raise funds for a much larger tour for the new album this year.

Well here we are, and Jens has been hard at work touring the new album, bringing the tour to New York for a pair of dates, including Bowery Ballroom on March 18, which I caught (he also would played MHOW and a solo show at Rough Trade). Both Bowery and MHOW featured a hushed opening performance from Lisa/Liza.
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Jens Lekman at Music Hall of Williamsburg (November 6, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since Jens Lekman last released a full-length album, 2012’s I Know What Love Isn’t, released via Secretly Canadian. He’s gearing to release its long-awaited follow-up in 2017, and in early November he embarked on a few U.S. tour dates to share some new songs. He brought the show to New York on November 6 for a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The show served as a way for Lekman to not only share new material, but also to raise funds for a full-band tour for the new album. This version of the tour was just him and an acoustic guitar, until the first encore where his old bandmates joined him for Sipping on the Sweet Nectar”, and “A Postcard to Nina,” two favorites from his classic album Night Falls Over Kortedala.

It was a great night of music and stories about many of the new songs, which all sounded great and were hilariously true, in typical Jens fashion.

Find photos from his set and the setlist posted below, along with shots of opener Emmy The Great
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[new]: Jens Lekman – Regarding A Package

By Will Oliver, April 30th 2013

Jens Lekman just finds way to keep busy. He always seems to be releasing new material no matter if he has any scheduled releases planned. He’s definitely caught up with the times.

His latest song is “Regarding A Package”, a contribution to ESOPUS magazine’s themed audio compilation “Customer Service”, where artists penned songs about experiences with customer service.

Lekamn took on the task, and wrote a bout various odd things that fans had sent them, that got detained by Australia customs before he ever got them. One of the packages included a dead bird.

Jens’ side of the story:

When I was living in Melbourne I used to get some really weird (but occasionally really fun) packages from some fans who had been able to track down my new address. There were packages with food, dust, wooden sculptures, fluids, bottled air from Ohio and on at least one occassion – a dead bird. Sealed in a plastic bag apparently but still a dead bird.

I say apparently because Australia has some of the strictest quarantine rules in the world and I only heard about it from the customs. Most of this stuff never reached me, sometimes the package would show up with a note notifying me what was missing and why it had been removed. Most times I had to call the customs and talk to them, this started taking up a lot of time.

That’s not really a story worth a song I thought to myself. Until Esopus magazine asked me to write something on the theme ‘customer service’. Listen to ‘Regarding A Package’ here.

Listen below via LB4YB.

Jens Lekman – Olivia & Maddy

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2013 — with 4 comments


After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, Jens Lekman’s pianist Jonas was stranded in New York with no way to catch a flight from Boston in order to make the bands west coast tour in time. That’s when Jens took to social media asking if any fans would drive Jonah from New York to Boston. He offered them not only cash, but also that he would write a song about them.

True to his word, Jens wrote a song about the two girls who helped save his tour with “Olivia & Maddy.” How can you not love Jens?

[mp3]: Jens Lekman – Olivia & Maddy

Jens Lekman is returning with a new album titled I Know What Love Isn’t, his first album in 5 years. Yeah it’s been that long since Night Falls Over Kortedala came out.

“Erica America” is the lead track from the album, which will be out September 4th via Secretly Canadian. It’s trademark retro-romantic beauty from Mr. Lekman, who wastes no time reassuring us that he is back. It’s available to stream below.

[new]: Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2011

Good old Jens Lekman has given us a free download of the title song from his upcoming EP, An Argument With Myself. He shared the song on his website, along with this message:

In the case “Jens Lekman vs. Jens Lekman”, we will look closer at the evidence presented – the photo I had carried in my breastpocket for a whole year, the pressed honeysuckle, the wind so rich on summer and so sweet – how are these things connected and why are they relevant?

It’s trademark swoon vocals from Jens showing a dancier side. It’s sounding oh so sweet, in Jens Lekman fashion.

[mp3]: Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself

An Argument With Myself drops September 20 via Secretly Canadian.

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