Even when he doesn’t have a new album out, that Jens Lekman fellow sure does keep busy. In addition to contributing music to Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It (“And in the end what I make my money from is talking to Drew Barrymore about monkeys,” Lekman said of meeting with her about the film.), the Swedish troubadour just announced a short series of shows at Chicago’s Empty Bottle to ring in 2010.
Although the proper New Year’s Eve show has already sold out, the venue tells Paste that there is a possibility of an earlier NYE show being announced soon (the one that sold out will find Lekman performing as 2009 becomes 2010), and that the best bet for fans is to stay tuned to EmptyBottle.com for more details. Additionally, Lekman will play Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 at the venue. Although it’s unclear how many more potential Chicago shows there will be, the Smalltalk section of Lekman’s website seems to indicate there will not be others outside the Windy City for a while. “Come celebrate the end of the greatest decade ever,” Lekman writes. “This is a one stop show, there will not be any more shows outside Chicago.”
It’s a good thing, too, because the time not spent playing tons of shows will afford Lekman the opportunity to work on the follow-up to Night Falls Over Kortedala, an album that took the #21 spot on Paste’s 2007 year-end list. Or perhaps that’s just wishful thinking on our part.
31 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
1 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Empty Bottle
2 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Empty Bottle