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« on: October 11, 2006, 05:08:40 PM »

Ive never really discovered any musician in any way really similiar to DJ.
when i first heard his music it blew my mind because i'd just never heard anything like it before.

-Does anybody know of any musician in any way similiar to DJ
that is any artist who's music has some of these characteristics :
 -quirky and odd lyrics
 -lo-fi recorded
 -high pitched voice
 -experimental with instruments
 -an indepth and intriguing personality
 -a childlike quality to his voice and lyrics
 -a modern day genious
 - suffers from a mental dissorder
 -one man band
 - extremely personal lyrics

 Artists  i would consider anyway possesing similiar characteristics are
-Bjork
-Neil young
-Cocorosie
 
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2006, 11:00:56 AM »

While not as artistic or poetic, you might include Wesley Willis in Daniels catergory of ideosyncratic songwriters.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2006, 07:03:51 AM »

Actually, there's NOBODY like Daniel Johnston.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2006, 10:37:07 AM »

Anyone here ever heard of Klaus Beyer? Apparently, he's a "54-year-old mildly retarded German man who is obsessed with the Beatles" who is the subject of a short documentary called "The Other Universe of Klaus Beyer" -- and "toured" the USA with Daniel & Jad Fair in 1999* (?!?)

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*(This info comes from the latest Alamo Theatre calendar; all I know is that the guy didn't appear with Jad & Dan at their Austin gig that year.)
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2006, 11:06:57 AM »

Anyone here ever heard of Klaus Beyer? Apparently, he's a "54-year-old mildly retarded German man who is obsessed with the Beatles" who is the subject of a short documentary called "The Other Universe of Klaus Beyer" -- and "toured" the USA with Daniel & Jad Fair in 1999* (?!?)

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*(This info comes from the latest Alamo Theatre calendar; all I know is that the guy didn't appear with Jad & Dan at their Austin gig that year.)

I've MET Klaus Beyer and I wouldn't say he's any more retarded than you or I...

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Klaus Beyer and Jad Fair were the two opening acts when Daniel played his legendary Volksbuhne show in Berlin June of 1999. To my knowledge he's never toured the US. In Germany he's known primarily as a filmmaker and I think all of his films (or at least most of them) are either about or inspired by The Beatles.

He also lives with his elderly mother and has an uncanny facial resemblance to Daniel.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2006, 11:46:14 PM »

jandek has some of those characteristics, and is also really amazing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jandek
definitely worth checking out
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2006, 12:13:57 AM »

-quirky and odd lyrics
-lo-fi recorded
-high pitched voice
-experimental with instruments
-an indepth and intriguing personality
-a childlike quality to his voice and lyrics
-a modern day genious
- suffers from a mental dissorder
-one man band
- extremely personal lyrics

You can't really compare anyone with Johnston -- but if you haven't already heard of Jeff Mangum or Neutral Milk Hotel (his band), you'd probably like them.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2006, 01:38:06 AM »

Does anybody know of any musician in any way similiar to DJ
that is any artist who's music has some of these characteristics :
 -quirky and odd lyrics
 -lo-fi recorded
 -high pitched voice
 -experimental with instruments
 -an indepth and intriguing personality
 -a childlike quality to his voice and lyrics
 -a modern day genius
 - suffers from a mental disorder
 -one man band
 - extremely personal lyrics

Lindsay Buckingham (if you count Stevie Nicks as a mental disorder)

Seriously, though, if you like LB/Fleetwood Mac, try to find Craig Ross' "Dead Spy Report" album from a few years back - it has that Buckingham sound circa "Tusk" (I think so, anyhow). Craig, if you were unaware, plays on many of the tracks on the Daniel Johnston albums that Brian Beattie produced.

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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2006, 10:13:20 AM »

"Some of Jandek's allure stems from his small but devoted fan base that includes Sonic Youth, Kurt Cobain, Mike Watt, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Low, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes and K Records founder Calvin Johnson. In the '80s and '90s most fans stumbled into the world of Jandek after hearing his music on college radio or freeform stations like WFMU, but as the twenty-first century approached Jandek was just as likely to catch fans through the internet. An "unofficial Jandek website" was founded by Seth Tisue in 1997. tisue.net/jandek It includes complete descriptions of each album and concert and the archives of the Jandek Discussion List. Perhaps ironically, Smith himself claims to never use the internet at home."


some strange resemblances there...
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2006, 11:03:06 PM »

yes, i think another reason jandek is so interesting is how mysterious jandek is. his music is perfect for listening to at night.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2006, 09:59:42 AM »

While not as artistic or poetic, you might include Wesley Willis in Daniels catergory of ideosyncratic songwriters.

umm. what?
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2006, 08:03:28 AM »

The Moldy Peaches

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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2006, 12:53:38 AM »

Actually, there's NOBODY like Daniel Johnston.

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2006, 05:05:05 PM »

What's taken for genius today astounds me. Is pain a vaild substitute?
To quote someone I know, "His tears form a mask of wisdom, blinding every one into sight, to see what is not there."
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2006, 11:03:22 AM »

so you think it's the pain that makes Daniel so great? For me it's his melodies after that comes he's very unique way of deliver his songs. The pain itself is not what comes first to my mind when I think of Daniel's work, it's just as much humour and how he manage to be so direct. But ofcourse, pain is a big part of it but not at all what makes Daniel's music so great.
I somehow have the feeling you only know Daniel from the documentary. It showcases he's life but not so much his art. It's only a small part that is shown there and personally I don't think his best stuff were included eventhough I think the movie itself is great.
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