Following their first such enterprise Naked in the Afternoon from 2000, which featured contributions from the likes of: Low, Bright Eyes, Amy Denio, Retsin, and Gary Young, amongst many others. For this new collection there are sterling contributions from a wide range of 22 fine contemporary artists, including: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, The Mountain Goats, Brother JT, Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple, Rivulets, Dirty Projectors, Six Organs of Admittance, Eric Gaffney, Okkervil River, Pothole Skinny, Lewis & Clarke and many others.
The last couple of years have seen the star of the reclusively mysterious Jandek rise in a significant way. The release of the 2003 documentary film Jandek on Corwood was an accurate evocation of one of independent music's most individualistic, challenging, and productive artists. Jandek did his first public performance unannounced with no advance publicity or introduction at the Instal.04 Festival in Glasgow in 2004 as "a representative from Corwood Industries". 2005 sees the release of the sublime second Jandek tribute album, as Jandek himself continues to release new material; nearing forty albums at this writing.
From the first notes of Jeff Tweedy's ethereally beautiful opening rendition of "Crack a Smile", it is obvious that Down in a Mirror is going to be something very special. The overwhelming majority of the contributors are remarkably faithful to the original songs; while expanding upon, and infusing them all with their own distinctive personalities and sensibilities.