Posted in music | pictures on March 19, 2012

photos by Tim Griffin

Daniel Johnston @ The Belmont on 3/13
BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

"A packed house of fans and well-wishers turned out to the Belmont Lounge Tuesday night for an official South by Southwest showcase to celebrate the release of Daniel Johnston's new graphic novel, "Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness." The event, which was hosted by Brooklyn Vegan, included performances by Built to Spill, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, R. Stevie Moore, Kimya Dawson and Johnston himself. Alex Maas of Black Angels, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Irish folk singer Foy Vance all each performed Johnston covers before the renowned songwriter took the stage.

Nearly all who performed had some accolades to offer Johnston, the legendarily troubled outsider artist-turned-indie rock darling whose notoriety was cemented by Kurt Cobain when the Nirvana frontman famously wore a T-shirt of the cover to Johnston's album, Hi, How Are You?. [Hollywood Reporter]

We kicked off SXSW in style Tuesday night, our first of three official BrooklynVegan showcases at the Austin festival this year, with six hours of music including "special guest" Caveman who we couldn't announce due to another show they had to play that night. Dinosaur Feathers began things right at 8pm.

It was all in celebration of "Space Ducks" which is out now as a Boom Comics graphic novel, and as a FREE iPad app you can download now, new Daniel Johnston music and tributes included (the soundtrack will get a physical release in a few weeks). Props to the team at Wieden + Kennedy for helping Daniel create something so cool with his art, and to Search Party, Primary Wave, Strike Team, Eternal Yip Eye Music, all the artists who played, and everyone else that helped us make the Tuesday night show and comic happen.

Almost everyone on the bill covered a Daniel Johnston song, and many came back to join Daniel on "True Love Will Find You in the End." Jeffrey Lewis, with help from Kimya (collectively they are the Bundles), debuted new song "Space Ducks" which Jeffrey wrote for the app at our request. New DJ-inspired songs are unlocked after you work your way through the Space Ducks galaxy. There are also songs in the app, co-curated by Search Party, by Deer Tick, Eleanor Friedberger, Lavender Diamond, and others.

Built to Spill closed down the outdoor show beautifully; it was just too bad that Austin has a 2am curfew...

Co-headliners Built to Spill couldn't begin their set until 1:15, and frontman Doug Martsch vowed to "play until they make us stop," which was going to be 2:00 regardless. It's a common rock show cliché, but true to their word, they kept going until the Belmont's people had to get on the sound system to tell them to stop, prompting a chorus of boos. But the elder indie statesmen were still able to cap it off by driving through an extended version of "Conventional Wisdom," effectively ensuring everyone would still be going home happy." [IDSNews]
Here's a set of pictures from the special evening (and we have a second set coming soon on BV Austin. UPDATE: here they are). More below...

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Daniel Johnston

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Dinosaur Feathers (pic not by Tim)

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Caveman

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

R. Stevie Moore

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Jeffrey Lewis

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Kimya Dawson

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Will Sheff

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Foy Vance

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Alex Maas of The Black Angels

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Motopony

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Daniel Johnston

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

Built to Spill

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

BV Official SXSW Showcase @ The Belmont on 3/13/2012

More pictures from this show HERE.

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Comments (27)

Can't decide who looks worse, Daniel Johnston or Kimya Dawson.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 12:45 AM

12:45am. I would like to see you wake up inside of an elephant's ass

Daniel J should be bankrolled by the State of Texas. Gov. Perry should make t-shirts for him to wear and work his merch booth too.

Posted by Bat(!) | March 19, 2012 12:56 AM

Alright, Danny Boy!

Posted by Gina | March 19, 2012 3:03 AM

Looks like Doug Martsch is on his way to becoming Daniel Johnston.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 8:43 AM

anti-semite

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:00 AM

Worse than cancer!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:02 AM

Radiohead sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:15 AM

EWWW
Jeffrey Lewis and Kimya Dawson combo sounds like the worst thing ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:18 AM

Daniel Johnston is an ugly, fat Peter Christopherson.


Doug Martsch is a grandpa now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:19 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:34 AM

Old people suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:35 AM

Scorcese demands his eyebrows back

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:38 AM

jeffrey lewis is supremely talented.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:39 AM

jeff lewis is worse than cancer

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:01 AM

Kimya Dawson and Daniel Johnston are the reason that our health care premiums are so high.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:32 AM

But, what I want to know is did Daniel Johnston talk about the JEWS?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:33 AM

someone needs to tweeze their eyebrows stat!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:38 AM

Daniel Johnson - the white Wesley Willis.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:53 AM

10:33: He did, but only for a little while. They had to cut it short, so as not to appear all Farrakhan-ish.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 12:33 PM

Jeffrey Lewis is an ANTIFOLK God.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 6:41 PM

Worse than Hitler!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 8:17 PM

Daniel Johnston should do an album with Brian Wilson. They can call it "Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut ...."

Seriously, that pair made you stop for a minute and imagine what it would sound like ...

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 8:53 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 9:57 PM

someone needs to tweeze their eyebrows stat!

Posted by Game | March 27, 2012 6:51 AM

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Posted by miniclip | August 31, 2012 3:33 AM

I respect your content, greetings :)

Posted by chatvoice | October 24, 2012 1:12 PM

daniel is great

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 3:43 PM

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