The only major arena rock concert I went to was Iron Maiden on the Fourth of July. People were shooting bottle rockets and throwing M-80s into the crowd all night
A band like Arcade Fire has a hell of a lot more in common with Katy Perry than it does with Daniel Johnston.
This is the greatest hidden music you’ll encounter all year. Five hundred songs, and I haven’t yet found one I don’t think is less than magical.
“I didn’t listen to pop music growing up,” he reveals. “If I listened to music, it would be something classical”
“Most music critics are reading other music critics to find out what they should like”
The problem with Brisbane appears to be an overload of the creative process: there are too many folk being creative and not enough people satisfied with being consumers
In response to a request from a friend on Twitter, I’ve collected together some of my more recent writings about Jonathan. And from tomorrow, you can listen to an incredible early demo of ‘The Morning Of Our Lives’ over here. ——————————————————————————————————————————– (from Plan B #18, originally printed in The Stranger) I first heard Jonathan Richman […]
Winston Echo. He makes Daniel Johnston sound like Daniel Johnston. He makes Clive Pig sound like Clive Pig. He makes Lesbo Pig sound like Lesbo Pig. (See what I did there?) He makes Ivor Cutler sound indubitably like Ivor Cutler. And so on. He doesn’t like folk making jokes along the lines of “Is there […]
OK. Day two of my tribute to becoming Australian, and this group have significance for me. I’m sure my pal David Nichols can remind me of this, but when he found himself at a loose end for those crucial 12 hours in London on a stopover back from Olympia, WA to Melbourne in 1985, and […]
I’ve heard a lot of Daniel Johnston’s music in my life. And I mean a lot. My iTunes folder lists 560 songs by him, and I’m not sure that’s even the majority of it. I dunno. It seems that whenever I press “shuffle” on my iPod Touch it invariably throws up one of Daniel’s songs […]