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    Swede Return: Jens Lekman takes Music Hall of Williamsburg (Night one)

    Jens Lekman’s been on the road, but he hasn’t neglected his fans on his “small talk” blog:

    “Currently I am on the road and I won’t have time to reply to e-mails. But I made a little FAQ for the most common questions:

    Q: Can you get me into the show somehow, maybe you have a guestlist I could be on?
    A: No, I couldn’t even get my mum into the show if I wanted to.

    Q: It’s my friends birthday the day of your show, can you do a shout-out / sing happy birthday etc etc?
    A: That’s really sweet, I wish I had friends like you. But I get this question maybe 20 times per day, so I’ll have to say no to all to be fair. Instead, take your friend out to the show, have an excellent time and then make pancakes in the morning.

    Q: What is this topic of the month thing?
    A: The topic of the month is the compulsory main subject of your e-mail when you write to me. If you wanna talk about something else you will have to make associations, find reference points. This is mainly because I see our communication as an exchange, not a service, so there needs to be some groundrules to keep it consistent and creative.

    Q: What is the topic for October?
    A: The topic for the month of October is “Highways”

    That delightful exchange was only a snippet of the self-deprecating humor and charm that Jens brought to the first of three sold out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The always adorable Jens showcased songs from his latest EP, An Argument With Myself, including the title song and “Waiting for Kirsten”, an ode to stalking Kirsten Dunst in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Jens also played crowd favorites from previous albums Oh You’re So Silent Jens and Night Falls Over Kortedala.  “I Saw Her At The Anti-War Demonstration” and “A Sweet Summer’s Hammer Hill” ensued infectious hand claps.

    Jens then got nostalgic about his three months living by McCarren Park and how everyone says how great Brooklyn and New York is.  Unfortunately, Jens’s time ended with him taking the Q train to Coney Island for a lonely walk in the cold of November.  He did say he was growing to love Brooklyn again, which lead into his dedication of “The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love ” to the broken hearts.  He stripped down “Black Cab” beautifully to his voice and the slowed down strum of his acoustic guitar.  The rendition might even rival the one he performed for the Black Cab sessions.  “The Opposite of Hallelujah” was an interesting set up with only his drummer Addison Rogers.  Jens pushed a few buttons on his drum machine to create horn players.

    Jens returned for not one, but two encores.  Turning the encore into a session for deejay Lekman, he mixed in Ten City’s “That’s The Way Love Is” which caused a dance party.  Opener Geoffrey O’Connor joined in on the encore goodness as well.  For the final tune, it was just Jens under the spotlight crooning “Pocketful of Money” with the audience backing with lulls of “You set my heart on fire.”

    Still haven’t gotten enough of your Jens’ fix?  How about you write him at smalltalk@jenslekman.com, but remember “only personal matters”.  (He) reads all and responds to most.

    Set list
    Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
    An Argument With Myself
    Waiting for Kirsten
    I Saw Her in the Anti-War Demonstration
    A Sweet Summer’s on Hammer Hill
    I Broke Up A Fight
    The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love 
    You Were in My Dreams
    Black Cab
    Golden Key interlude
    The Opposite of Hallelujah

    *Encore*
    That’s The Way Love Is (Ten City cover)
    Sipping on the Sweet Nectar

    **Encore 2**
    Maple Leaves
    Pocketful of Money

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