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

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.


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]



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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