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Thirteen bands were scheduled to play the BrooklynVegan / Agency Group day party in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Twelve ended up playing - one of them twice. I think the story is that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who had a zillion other shows also scheduled during the SXSW week, got confused about what their set time was. For that reason (and traffic), they showed up too late to go on in their slot. Instead, The Wheel, who was our last-minute addition as opener on the inside stage, immediately went outside and played a second set on the larger outdoor stage in the late band's place. We got at least one "boo" when the "scheduling mixup" was announced, but what could we do? (sorry!) It was awesome of the Wheel to fill on a moment's notice. Hopefully the people outside enjoyed him after they got over the awkwardness. I didn't watch his second set, but he sounded amazing inside.
Due to overlap on the two stages, it was hard to see everyone that played the party. The most painful two decisions were Cursive or the Wrens, and These Arms or Snakes or Daniel Johnston. I think we originally had it worked out a little better in terms of that, but the main stage started to run late. I went back and forth and caught pieces of as much as I could (and all of Daniel).
Thanks to everyone who came!
Leia managed to catch 8 of the 12 bands (she missed The Wheel, Avett Brothers, New Villager and Au Revoir Simone). Her pictures are below...
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DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Honey I Sure Miss You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Your Grievances
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This free BrooklynVegan show takes place on two stages at Radio Room in Austin, Texas this Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2009 from noon-6pm. Set times, more info, and answers to (hopefully) all FAQ's below...
I pre-ordered copies of Kimya Dawson's long-awaited children's album, Alphabutt for all my young nieces, nephews and children of friends and encourage you to do the same. It's a work of genius for the kids from one of my favorite singer-songwriters who definitely understands what children want.
Beyond these discs there is a multitude of good music available tomorrow. From what I have already heard, I can recommend Angela Desveaux's The Mighty Ship, Calexico's Carried to Dust, Damien Jurado's Caught in the Trees, Don Chambers' Zebulon, Fujiya and Miyagi's Lightbulbs, Jesu's Why Are We Not Perfect EP, Mogwai's Batcat EP, Parenthetical Girls' Entanglements, and Portastatic's Some Small History (a b-side and rarities compilation).
What new music releases can you recommend this week?
Crossing the Line, an innovative exhibition featuring original prints and provocative recordings by prominent artists and art world figures, including Eric Fischl, Daniel Johnston and Andy Warhol, will open at the June Kelly Gallery on Saturday, June 21. The works will remain on view through August 1.You'll notice that the previously-listed Daniel Johnston "art event" coincides with the opening date of this exhibition which is one day after Daniel plays Warsaw. Stay tuned for more details on that. Read more about the art exhibition HERE.
Organized by Jeff Gordon, who has been producing original sound recordings of leading visual artists since the early 1980s, the exhibition also highlights Connie Beckley, Ivan Karp, Carter Ratcliff and Path Soong. Beckley, Fischl, Johnston and Soong contribute prints to the exhibition.
Gordon says that in all but one of the recordings "the human voice becomes the instrument of insight, information, humor, poetry and memory."....
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Honey I Sure Miss You (MP3)
Once upon a time, way back 1993, Daniel Johnston painted a large mural of a frog known as Jeremiah the Innocent (which is a Three Dog Night song) on the side of the Sound Exchange in Austin Texas. The image became an icon and has spun into a t-shirts, tanks and onesie franchise. And now the image has gone 3D! Produced by At Arms, they retail for about $99 and are in limited runs : Green (250 pieces) White (350 pieces) Yellow (250 pieces). You can contact the store Cardboard spaceship to reserve one once they are released. [ToyCyte]They're already on sale.
As previously posted, Daniel Johnston is playing Warsaw in Brooklyn (again) on June 20th. Tickets are on sale. In July he'll be touring Europe with "the following play as backing players and support acts: Sparklehorse, Scout Niblett, Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Jad Fair (Half Japanese) and James McNew (Yo La Tengo)." His last NYC show was at Highline Ballroom. All tour dates below....
A good reason to visit Philadelphia in June. Tickets are on sale. Info below...
photos by Ryan Muir
NYC band Spanish Prisoners opened the show at Highline Ballroom, AND played some songs as Daniel's backing band. I was curious to know how that all came about, so I asked Spanish Prisoner frontman Leo Maymind about it before the show. He said....
I've always been a big fan of Daniel's music- it has a very innocent quality to it that attracted me to it. I saw that he was coming to New York and I got in touch with the venue, and we arranged the show so that my band, Spanish Prisoners, could open and back Daniel up for his set as well. This is something he's done in the past with previous tours, so it just worked out really well.More photos from the show below....
...we're only backing Daniel at this one show (as of now). We're going to be doing 5 or 6 songs with him, and he may be doing some solo, and some with his own guitarist.
I actually chose the songs we're doing with him from a list of possible songs. We rehearsed them on our own and are going over them with Daniel quickly at soundcheck. It's definitely an off-the-cuff sort of thing, so it'll be interesting and loose.
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DOWNLOAD: Razor Love (Neil Young) (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston) (MP3)
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Brooklyn/Massachusetts-based trio Mobius Band is not unfamiliar with the EP format. They produced four separate EP's before their first LP, "The Loving Sounds of Static," was released in 2005. Now, on the heels of the bands sophomore LP "Heaven" comes a new twist on an old theme - a free covers EP of love songs recorded in Massachusetts, and just in time for you and your sweetie (or perhaps your ex) to celebrate Valentine's Day.Mobius Band leave on a tour of Europe with Editors next week. Those dates below...
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo releases Alone - The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo tomorrow, but the release I am picking up is another side-project, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's score for the film, There Will Be Blood.
The Daniel Johnston tribute disc, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered has been remastered, and is a must-have for any fan of the singer-songwriter. The double disc release includes one disc of covers as well as a disc of the original songs. The covers:
"My Life is Starting Over Again", Teenage Fanclub with Jad FairAre you picking up any new releases? Have I left any noteworthy albums off the list below?
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances", Clem Snide
"Impossible Love", Gordon Gano
"Living Life", Eels
"Walking the Cow", TV on the Radio
"Good Morning You", The Rabbit
"Sorry Entertainer", Calvin Johnson
"Devil Town", Bright Eyes
"Dream Scream", Death Cab for Cutie
"True Love Will Find You in the End", Beck
"Go", Sparklehorse with The Flaming Lips
"Blue Clouds", Mercury Rev
"Love Not Dead", Thistle LLC
"Like a Monkey in the Zoo", Vic Chesnutt
"Dead Lovers Twisted Heart", Starlight Mints
"Story of an Artist", M. Ward
"The Sun Shines Down on Me", Guster
"King Kong", Tom Waits
Daniel Johnston @ Spiegeltent, NYC - Sept 4, 2007
Daniel Johnston was in good spirits, smiling and interacting with his friends for the night. At one point during the set, DJ had the crowd sit down while he played a couple songs on the Baldwin stage left. His good friend, Brett Hartenbach, joined him for a good portion of the set on acoustic guitar.[Fresh Bread]* There's Mexican music at Joe's Pub
* Peter Bjorn & John are at Maxwell's
* A nobel prize-winning scientist is at Union Hall
* Arctic Monkeys are playing Summerstage with Voxtrot
* White Williams is at Mercury Lounge w/ Plasticines
* Perry Farrell brings the Satellite Party to Irving Plaza
* Against Me!, Matt & Kim & David Dondero hopefully play Williamsburg
DJ @ Spillers Records, Cardiff, July 16, 2007 (CRED)
Daniel Johnston has gone from total recluse to touring machine. He was just here in NYC in May, and he'll be back on September 4th to play the Spiegeltent. Tickets are on sale. New video, and more tour dates below....
There was no way I was going to pass up a big vegan dinner cooked by Isa Chisandra that included an open bar and a Man Man show (true - I'm not the biggest man man fan, but still). That was until I found out I could instead catch a short set by Daniel Johnston - and still have time to see Man Man on top of it. The Daniel Johnston show was in this loft-office-production-company space in SOHO that fit about 125 people. Luckily there was free food there too, but sadly it mainly consisted of cocktail weiners and macaroni & cheese - aka nothing I could eat. On the way there I passed Fred Schneider of the B-52's going into the Antony-Nico Muhly-Final Fantasy $600 Kitchen performance that Lou Reed was also at to honor his wife/girlfriend Laurie Anderson. Kitchen co-sponsor and Daniel Johnston fan David Bowie was at neither performance.
Daniel played for about 30 minutes - an acoustic set with Brett Hartenbach (who also played with him acoustic at Warsaw). The whole thing was being taped - part of some new series for something (not totally sure what). I was also supposed to interview Daniel after the show - hopefully to clear up the air, but that ended up not working out. Maybe there's nothing to clear up (Interview still might happen though). Happy, and moved, yet conflicted and disappointed, I left and walked over to Man Man. It was just a few blocks away in Chinatown.
It was around 9:15, and Man Man was going on at 9:30....WRONG - a big sign on the door said that Man Man doors weren't opening until 10:00. After killing some time in the area while simultaneously getting tireder and tireder, I came back a little after 10:00 to find that doors were still not open, and there was a huge line going in two different directions. I gave up and went home.
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Impossible Love (MP3)
Sorry for the last minute notice on this one. Daniel Johnston is playing a private acoustic performance tonight in SOHO in NYC (May 23). The event, which will also have some of Daniel's artwork on display, runs from 7-9 pm. It's invite-only, but I have two pairs of tickets to give away to two people who email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM right now (subject: Daniel) and tell me what famous rocker wore a Daniel Johnston t-shirt during his performance at the 1992 Video Music Awards? Include your first and last name for the guestlist. Two winners will be picked at random at 4:15 pm (today - May 23) and emailed the location.
If you can't make the show, I also have one copy of "the Devil and Daniel Johnston" DVD to give out. Just mention in the email that you want the DVD instead of the tickets.
This will also actually be Daniel's second private NYC performance on this tour. I heard he played a conference room on the afternoon before the Warsaw show.
Oh, and in case you were wondering - Daniel has not been in NYC since last week. In fact, he just arrived back to NYC from Europe today. While there he played 3 shows in the UK (including ATP), and one in Belgium. For a guy who just recently couldn't travel at all, he's really turned around.
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Funeral Girl (MP3)
Daniel Johnston played his second of two NYC shows last night (May 16, 2007) at the Highline Ballroom (part of the High Line Festival). I wasn't there, but I did go to the first show at Warsaw the night before (May 15). Apparently I picked the right show.
We were treated to a beautiful performance by Daniel at Warsaw - two sets (one acoustic, one with a band, neither the Nightmares), two one-song encores, and a happy, cheerful, and loving Daniel Johnston. I'm serious about the loving part too - especially in light of the Nazi stuff that I'm sure everyone is wondering about. Daniel seems to have two jokes that he tells at every show. He told the one about a man being sentenced to death for trying to commit suicide, and then at one point - almost sadly, but still smiling - he told us how he didn't have anything to say at that moment because one of his jokes has been censored. He said the press wrote about it, and his dad and brother yelled at him - so he couldn't say it anymore. I was both happy (not to have to hear the 'joke') and sad at the same time. Here was this amazing man talking about being censored, and he was even so cute when saying he can't say it anymore because he was yelled at by his dad. Other times during his set he wished us all to live forever and true love. During the censored joke he told us to think about the funniest thing we could think about instead (or something like that) - this way we would laugh even without his 'joke'. Again - I don't think anything about Jews going to a concentration camp is funny, but I won't hold it against him.
That all said, I've asked sometimes BV-contributor Nick Brassbonanza to write a review of the Warsaw show, and I received a really disappointing letter from someone who went to the High Line show. Both of those, and more pictures from Warsaw, below.....
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Walking the Cow (MP3)
To be continued....
I knew Roky Erickson was playing a free show this summer, and I had heard Alejandro Escovedo was too, but it wasn't until I saw it in writing yesterday that I realized the two legendary Austinites are playing the same free show! June 2nd @ Castle Clinton. Many, many, many more free NYC events now UP AT THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL SITE.
The Pipettes are playing Highline Ballroom in NYC on June 5th. Tickets are on sale. Daniel Johnston's May 16th show at the Highline Ballroom is sold out, but tickets are now on sale for a second show on May 15th at Warsaw in Brooklyn.
According to a news item on their website, the Pipettes were very honored to be written about by Perez:
Also were honored with a mention on PerezHilton.com! [The Pipettes' official website]...though their MySpace blog entry is a little more cynical:
The girls met Perez Hilton, whom I've heard a lot about, though I think the girls were less overwhelmed by his presence than our manager and tour manager, he seemed a really cool guy though, great pink hair. [The Pipettes' MySpace]I wonder if Perez would ever want to hang out with Daniel Johnston.
They could talk about if Daniel meant what he said or not.