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    rosa
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    Hey everybody,

    Just got back from seeing Daniel Johnston perform. He only played for about 20-30 minutes but it was well worth the $10 to see such a great talent and songwriting legend. He was so sweet. At one point someone shouted out "I love you Daniel!" and he said "We love you too- I’m schizophrenic, you know".

    I was able to snap some (hopefully) nice pictures; when I finish the roll, I’ll be happy to share copies with anyone who’s interested. Just send me a PM & let me know.

    xo
    Rosa

    #68113

    Hansione
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    </font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font>Originally posted by rosa:
    <strong>Hey everybody,

    Just got back from seeing Daniel Johnston perform. He only played for about 20-30 minutes but it was well worth the $10 to see such a great talent and songwriting legend. </strong></font><hr></blockquote><font>The Strokes played for 50 minutes, and I know people on this board feeling robbed! <img> <img>

    So this Johnston guy is worth checking out when he comes to europe?

    #68114

    buckingham rabbit
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    hey rosa,

    didnt a band called fields of gaffney open for him–aka eric gaffney, ex-member of sebadoh? i know he lives in sf…

    #68115

    Hansione
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    Rosa,

    I did’nt know this icon was still performing (due to his illness). Must have been great to see him live!

    #68116

    rosa
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    Hey br, sorry to hear the sun is hurting your eyes, but glad to hear you made it to SoCal okay. Eric was the first opener (along with two other groups, Azure Ray and Dave Dondero). It was just him playing an electric guitar and programmed keyboard. He sounded pretty bad. He was drinking a lot of wine on stage. People seemed excited to see him, though.

    We used to work together at Tower, but have both since gone our separate ways. He went to work at Amoeba for a while; last time I saw him he was working at a shoe store on Haight Street. He always seems frustrated; never quite happy. Ah well.

    When Daniel Johnston played, I got kind of mad because the audience kept shouting things at him. It was mostly young kids (and I’m not even that old, which says something) who wanted to hear Speeding Motorcycle and Casper. They would shout out song titles and he would say "Sorry, I don’t know that one." People thought he was joking but he really doesn’t remember certain things. I rather wanted to throttle a few flannel-clad necks.

    But overall it was a wonderful show. If you’re not familiar with his music, you might not totally get it. He played a beat up old guitar with nylon strings, and read his lyrics off of sheafs of paper on a music stand. He really writes the sweetest, simplest songs. To quote the show program, "Most songwriters would give anything to have written one song as good as any Daniel Johnston song, and he has hundreds."

    For more info check out the official site . The Stress Records site is good too.

    xo
    Rosa

    #68117

    SG
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    Rosa-if you see Kathy McCarty`s album Dead Dog`s Eyeball around check that out;it`s all Daniel Johnston songs done really well;Sorry Entertainer,Like A Monkey In A Zoo,Walking The Cow is all on it,great album.
    I don`t have any of Daniel`s albums but will problably find something around someday.
    Sparklehorse does a good cover of Hey Joe and A Camp(Nina from the Cardigans,Mark from Sparklehorse) does a cool take on Walking The Cow.

    #68118

    Bucky Ramone
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    </font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font>Originally posted by hansione:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font>Originally posted by rosa:
    <strong>Hey everybody,

    Just got back from seeing Daniel Johnston perform. He only played for about 20-30 minutes but it was well worth the $10 to see such a great talent and songwriting legend. </strong></font><hr></blockquote><font>The Strokes played for 50 minutes, and I know people on this board feeling robbed! <img> <img>

    So this Johnston guy is worth checking out when he comes to europe?</strong></font><hr></blockquote><font>I think it would be a lot nicer to see 20 to 30 minutes of pure genius/talent (and some madness), than to see a band just play their songs just like the cd….

    (by the way, H., I don’t feel robbed, the ticket was for free after all, and the show was good, but I think you would feel robbed if I had paid 100 euros on the black market…..)

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