Daniel Johnston - Is and Always Was (new album / tour dates / MP3)

by Eleanore Catolico

1 October 2009

 

Daniel Johnston
Is and Always Was
(Eternal Yip Eye Music / High Wire Music)
Releasing: 6 October

On the precipice of the October 6th release of Daniel Johnston’s newest album, Is and Always Was, we can feel our beloved indie hero’s presence flaring up more and more in mainstream culture. Just the other day I saw “Hi How Are You?” T-shirts stacked to the 9s at my local Urban Outfitters. Apple also seems to be riding the Johnston wave by developing an iPhone game featuring his art and music. Johnston has teamed up with big league music producer Jason Faulkner, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Air, and Paul McCartney. How will the commodification of Johnston’s once-upon-a-time esoterica affect the way we listen to his music now?!

Well, breaking away from lo-fi is a very interesting move by Johnston, since lo-fi is so in vogue as of late. Listening to Is and Always Was’ lead single “Freedom”, you don’t lose any of the music’s swing and romp. Exhale everyone, it still sounds like him! The production values just give the song more depth and a little oomph.

SONG LIST
01 Mind Movies
02 Fake Records Of Rock And Roll
03 Queenie The Doggie
04 High Horse
05 Without You
06 I Had Lost My Mind
07 Freedom
08 Tears
09 Is And Always Was
10 Lost In My Infinite Memory
11 Light Of Day

Daniel Johnston
Freedom [MP3]
     


  
TOUR DATES
09/03/09 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/04/09 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
09/05/09 - Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
09/07/09 - Calgary, AB @ Knox United Church
09/08/09 - Edmonton, AB @ Meyer Horowitz Theatre
10/02/09 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/13/09 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/14/09 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
10/15/09 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/16/09 - Montreal, PQ @ UK Fed
10/17/09 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
10/22/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
10/23/09 - San Diego, CA @ Caines
10/24/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre

 

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