Posted in music | pictures on January 25, 2011

photos by Ryan Barkan

Daniel Johnston

"On Saturday, the singer/songwriter/artist Daniel Johnston turned 50 and he celebrated with a couple of personal appearances in Austin. After a short visit to Waterloo Records, Johnston turned up at his famous "Hi, How Are You" mural (at the corner of 21st and Guadalupe, across from the University of Texas campus).

Well-wishers sang him "Happy Birthday" then Johnston pulled out an acoustic guitar to sing a few of his own songs. Then he posed for a few photos with fans and that was it. Happy Birthday, Daniel." [30 Days Out]

The Songs Daniel played were "The Last Song" and "Mean Girls Give Pleasure". Later that night, Dan appeared on his own birthday radio show which you can still listen to at his site. Wilco, Mates Of State, and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney are among those you can hear giving Dan birthday wishes on the streaming show. Meanwhile, Dan's Kickstarter project to raise money for a comic book has already gone past its $10,000 goal, but if you still want to give, they're still taking money. More pictures from the party at the wall on Saturday, below...

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Comments (14)

Wow looks like maybe 50 people showed up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 9:51 AM

This man really likes his sweats.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 10:05 AM

yeah there wasn't a big turnout, but it was exactly promoted. I wouldn't have found out if I didn't read this.

Posted by Travis | January 25, 2011 10:41 AM

That's 50 more than at 9:51's funeral

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 10:43 AM

^ you're an idiot. I am writting that because I am shocked he didn't have a larger turnout. Grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 10:58 AM

10:43 Dude you really are an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 11:46 AM

not as much of as asshole as whoever graff'd that blue hat and cig on the alien.

or Baja Fresh - though they since lost the franchise on that corner so that their awful sign isnt the alien's header anymore

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 12:29 PM

I remember when the former Baja Fresh was a record store called Sound Exchange. The dude who ran that place was the most sour, unfriendly dude I've ever seen run a record store.

Anyway, the folks who put this together couldn't 1) paint over the blue graffiti, or 2) make sure the birthday banner above it didn't fall down? Amateur hour.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 12:36 PM

dude looks like he is an 65 year old nyc union plumber.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 12:37 PM

They're having problems with people tagging that wall with the most retarded shit ever..

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 1:08 PM

what a belly! what an anti-semite!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 4:11 PM

on top of everything else, he seems to have lost his teeth...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 8:03 PM

hi, how, are you a racist?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 9:05 PM

He's the most kind soul who walked on earth

Posted by Si | December 5, 2011 8:22 PM

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