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1  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Serious Stuff -- Read This! on: October 04, 2013, 10:16:51 PM
Any news on the ebay auction... did I miss it?

Nope -- me and my gf have both been under the weather, as they say. Hopefully in the next week I'll be caught up on things to the point where I can do some Ebaying.

FYI, the items included in the benefit auction will include:

1) a copy of the Rhythm Rats' 1986 LP Equipment Check, including Daniel Johnston cover art [] and and an artful cover of his song "Speeding Motorcycle" (which I'm almost positive is the first DJ cover tune ever pressed on
to vinyl).

2) a copy of their 1987 cassette-only album (the title escapes me at the moment) which includes their cover of Dan's song "Broken Dreams".

3) [as long as it doesn't violate Ebay rules] a copy of a cassette the Rats gave me, including a bunch of stuff they recorded with Dan for the "Big Big World" EP (1988), and the tape he originally sent them, playing songs and making suggestions for which ones he thought they might like to add to their repertoire.

   -- notdan

(I'll be sure and post a heads-up here shortly before I do the auction.)
2  General Discussion / News Talk / Serious Stuff -- Read This! on: September 06, 2013, 11:23:19 AM
Yes, some of you already know much of this info -- this is a paraphrased set of comments I made in response to a Youtube video for "Hard Times". (For the record, despite the title, my "Bangkok" post contains real news as well).

OKAY – THIS IS SERIOUS, PEOPLE! Are you still keeping the faith in regards to the eventual release of the Daniel J./Rhythm Rats album December Blues (originally solicited for a 2006 release!)  Well, the real key figure in album is Rhythm Rats lead guitarist Will Indian, who is currently in the waiting line for a liver transplant. It's not difficult to search around the web and find how you can donate to Will's health needs. I'm about to Ebay a couple of related items to help, and I'll probably also share some donations to my upcoming crowd-funded vinyl EP w/Dan: "Backed By Popular Demand". So keep an eyeball out for that!

BTW: If you haven't noticed, the Reaper has followed Dan in recent years: in addition to his elderly mother Mabel and a nephew (son of brother/tour manger Dick Johnston), he lost his good friends and recording partners Jason Nightmare (latest album "Death of Satan" by Danny & the Nightmares) and Mark Linkous (last album "Fear Yourself); also his touring guitarist and best friend recently  required benefits to help pay medical bills for a brain tumor and a smashed leg, respectively. (I won't even mention the tale of Dan's former manager being left for dead by a neighborhood axe murderer!)

   So... If you EVER want to hear the great (trust me!) DECEMBER BLUES album, 1/2 recorded in 1986 & 1/2in 1999, [Tracks: December Blues*/ Big Big World/ Hard Times/ I Stand Horrified/ Good Look/ Stinker/ Was/ Worried Shoes/ Suspicious Minds/ Broken Dreams/ Wicked Will/ What I've Seen/ Speeding Motorcycle] plus all four songs from the live 1997 “Not? Daniel Johnston!” comeback show I set up with Brent Grulke (also R.I.P.) of SXSW, put yr $ where yr ears are!!!

   not dan
3  General Discussion / News Talk / How Do They Greet Daniel In Bangkok? on: September 03, 2013, 07:37:01 AM
Brother Dick Johnston sent me this link -- really cool news about Dan's frog mural:


(NOTE: The real neat part is hidden toward the end of the article. What a crap editor!)

   -- notdan
4  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Death of Satan on: August 06, 2013, 05:29:54 PM
I would like a t-shirt with the front cover of "Death of Satan".

I saw a copy in a local record store the other day, so it's officially out.
And, yeah, it does have a cool cover.

This was in the same store where I saw the CD in the metal box entitled The Story of an Artist. It was NOT the 6-CD set, but a single disc from I think it was 2008, including around a dozen songs (they all seem to be previously released material) and an interview track. Inside it has a card indicating this was the regular edition, and there also was a limited edition of 68 (?) copies with an autographed print included.

I can't find any reference to this CD online. Anyone know what's up with it?

  - NotDan

PS: I have no fresh news about if/when the December Blues CD will ever come out, but Rhythm Rats guitarist Will Indian is waiting for a liver transplant (For details go here: http://willindian.wordpress.com/). I sent him a note suggesting he look into releasing the album as a benefit along the lines of this one:

5  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Death of Satan on: July 09, 2013, 06:26:30 AM
Let's see if I have the whole Danny and the Nightmares discog correct...

First, there was the self-titled debut 1999 CD, produced by Jason Nightmare and
self-issued on Eternal Yip Eye, featuring the following tracks:

1 World Without Rock and Roll 
 2 Ta Da 
 3 No Escape From Love 
 4 Why Die 
 5 Baby Back 
 6 Born to Rock 
 7 I Killed Satan 
 8 Love is for Losers 
 9 Bad Cat In Town 
 10 Lonely Heartbreak
 11 Love is a Ghost 
 12 Adventures of God as a Young Boy 
 13 Wild Thing   
 14 Rat Race of the Dead 
 15 Long Ago Far Away

The zine Cool Beans #14 came with a free compilation CD including the Nightmares performing "Human Cannonball" by the Butthole Surfers. When Daniel sent a batch of additional demos to the zine’s staff, they apparently “misinterpreted” this gesture as permission to release and sell a new Nightmares CD of their own; the result was the unauthorized  2002 EP The End Is Near Again. Cuts on this one include:

1 Natzi
2 (untitled)
3 The Séance
4 Return of the Butthole Surfers

The 2nd full-length album, Freak Brain, was again produced by Jason and came out in 2005 on Sympathy For The Record Industry. Tracks include:

 1 haunted house
 2 the lord loves you
 3 twilight zone love
 4 freak brain
 5 jesus boy
 6 see satan die
 7 lucifer tonite
 8 happy valentines day
 9 souvenir
 10 soldier
 11 pretend you're dead
 12 hell chick of rock n roll

. In 2007 a 7" single was released in Spain on Munster Records, which was "recorded by God Knows Who At God Knows Where", featuring the cuts:

1 Death of Satan
2 Monster Mash

(Pix of DoS 7": http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1426064)

Demos for the full-length Death of Satan also were distributed privately among friends of the band members.

Finally (not including the new album being discussed here), there’s a brand-new promo-only CD on Sinedin Music (apparently connected with Munster) which is called ¡La fiesta es para todos! and includes the Nightmares track “Satan Don’t Care”.

  -- notdan

Just for the record (no pun intended) here's some excerpts from private messages I got from Jason Nightmare [aka "ghost jr."] between May 2008 and November 2009 about the Death of Satan album. I've cut out some potentially controversial portions of his writings, since Jason is no longer here to say whether or not he would want me to share those particular comments:

> i've always thought you cool, ken. afterall, you did give us a half ass decent review for
> [the first Danny & the Nightmares CD], one of the ****tiest albums ever made.

> regarding [Death of Satan], i think [Daniel's management?] wants to "self
> release" it,  which none of us are too thrilled about. Danny wanted Alternative
> Tentacles
, who [we sent] demos and stuff and now [are] just sort of stringing them
> along, which is unfortunate. Jello Biafra's interested in releasing it. I just don't
> know how interested I am in having him release it.

> [There was also a] 7'' that was released on Munster Records last year.
> I have a ****-load of them left collecting dust here.

> let's talk about Hitler with the public,
> J.Nightmare
6  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: It has been so long.... on: July 04, 2013, 03:16:28 AM
So let's bring this place back to life.  Anyone else excited that the long awaited Danny and the Nightmares album Death of Satan is about to be released?

My feeling would be "bittersweet" on that one.

Who's putting it out?

  - notdan
7  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: It has been so long.... on: June 18, 2013, 04:30:32 PM
hi! how are you all?


So, how did YOU find your way here?

Best plan I can come up with is, unless and until the link is fixed, for those who know how to get here to contact any ex-regulars whose actual email addressses you know, and tell them it's "http://www.hihowareyou.com/messageboard" without the "s'".

And then they can tell two friends, and THEY can tell two friends, and so on, and so on...

   -- notdan

(I have a Daniel-related "crowd-funding" project due to go "live" soon, so believe me, I want to be able to contact as many Dan-fans as I can, man!)
8  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: It has been so long.... on: June 14, 2013, 09:57:36 AM
I'm not sure what happened.

Really? It was only because I sort of accidentally followed your recent Piano Van post through a "back door" into here that *I* finally figured out what happened!

Long story short: If you're on the main www.hihowareyou.com page and you click on forum, it sends you to http://www.hihowareyou.com/messageboards aka the "Server Error: 404 (Not Found)" page.

In actuality, we are at http://www.hihowareyou.com/messageboard <---(NO "S"!) Therefore, every single fan who has tried to access the forum via the main page in the last year or so has failed to do so. Not exactly conducive to increasing the virtual population of the board, eh?

Anyhow, after you "led" me here, I sent Dick Johnston a message similar to the one you are reading. So far, it appears that any effort to make that "S" scar go is proceeding at a snail's pace. I need to contact him again about something pretty quick, so I'll ask what's the plan.

  - ndj
9  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: SXSW Comic Book Release on: March 14, 2012, 11:47:28 AM
Saw the Space Ducks release gig last night. Hefty merch table, with CDs & LPs, the book, T-Shirts, post cards, stickers, pins, posters, and even a Space Ducks Video Game!

Performance was very reminiscent of the '97 comeback: Four songs backed by rockin' backup band; large, energetic crowd, relatively chatty Daniel in fine voice.

Set List:

Hobby Horse (?)
Rock This Town
Speeding Motorcycle
True Love Will Find You In The End

  -- notdan
10  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: SXSW Comic Book Release on: March 05, 2012, 06:05:16 PM
Anybody have details, like the time Daniel is playing, on the Space Ducks launch party during SXSW?

Sure would like to attend if at all possible.

I think the NEWS page over at rejectedunknown.com is gonna be your best info source about that, so keep checking there, but if you miss launch party for any reason, I can tell you that Austin Books (as seen in The Devil & Daniel Johnston) has been in contact with Dan's management regarding the possibility of an unofficial appearance/signing/whatever during his time in Austin for the official comic book release. Give them a call before SXSW Music ConFest begins if you can't otherwise succeed jin your goal...

  - Not Daniel
11  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: What do you think were some of the rare Beatles bootlegs Daniel has? on: February 25, 2012, 03:41:50 PM
A post? I thought this place was actually SHUT DOWN for remodeling or somesuch!
I was wondering which ones you think they might have been?

It pretty much comes down to whichever ones he's come across. Believe it or not, he has more QUEEN boots than anything else -- I mean, I never even realized there WERE Queen bootlegs before I saw Dan's freakin' motherlode! Like, the whole point of Queen is their polish, precision & production, don't you think?!? Queen bootlegs would be full of half-finished demos and poorly recorded live gigs, I would imagine...

Specifically getting back to Beatleboots, I can speak for Daniel in highly recommending the M&M sessions CD. because I made him a copy of the copy that I got from Mick Gray (Alan Moore's inker on 'Promethea'), and Dan swooned over it for about a year!

M&M are better known as Paul McCartney and Declan MacManus, and the bootleg CDs comprise the complete demos for what SHOULD have been the Beatles' new songwriting team -- this stuff easily compares favorably to anything penned by the original Lennon/McCartney duo.

Read about it in detail here:


This looks like a good alternate place to get it:


And here's the basic info:

The McCartney/McManus Collaboration [Vigotone Recs. 1998]
2-CD set + slipcase/24 page booklet.
SONGS: The Lovers That Never Were /25 Fingers /Tommy´s Coming Home /
So Like Candy /You Want Her Too /Playboy to a Man/Don´t be Careless/
My brave face/Veronica/One after 909/Mistress and Maid (live)/Pads, Paws
and Claws (live)/Shallow Grave/My Brave Face/That Day is Done/Back on
My Feet/Step Inside Love/Hey, You´ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

  -- Not Daniel
12  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Austin show June 19 on: June 13, 2010, 03:51:01 AM
I can't get it to work -- I get a dead link even if I go through the mohawkaustin.com website where the poster is supposed to be up at.

 - notdan
13  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Roky Erickson new album on: May 04, 2010, 02:32:11 AM
I just have to have a copy of Roky Erickson singing "The Right Track Now" if there is a FAN who can point me at the CD with the best version I'd appreciate it.

This probably won't help you at all, but I'm pretty sure that this was the record I used to have with a really good version of the song you seek:

Roky Erickson "Acoustic EP" -- 1988 bootleg 45rpm 7-inch record in fold-out poster sleeve. Contains four songs and an interview snipped from a 1980 documentary.

Also, Shout Factory has a 2-CD best-of set with a version of the song by Roky Erickson & Clementine Hall; I don't know if it's particularly good or not.

If you're really desperate, you might wanna call Casey Monahan, who among other things compiled and edited the 316-page compendium of Roky's lyrics OPENERS II that was published by Henry Rollins. Casey's work number is (512) 463-6666.

(Don't worry, it's OK to call him there -- his job is to answer questions like yours! He's the head of the Texas Governors' Office Music Information Department.)

  - notrok

14  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Beam Me Up! on: April 29, 2010, 01:44:34 PM
Could you be any more distasteful?  Wow.

Didn't mean to offend -- it was one of those "hit-send-without-thinking" moments.

I've removed the comment from my post, but I can't excise the quote from yours,
so that's up to you.

  - notdan
15  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Beam Me Up! on: April 25, 2010, 08:46:22 AM
> Sarah Drove Around In Her Car (short spoken thing)

The above title is more appropriately referred to as "Worried Shoes II" -- or at least it contains most of the lyrics to WS2. In its original 1986 incarnation with the Rhythm Rats backing up Dan, it is easily one of my very favorite Daniel Johnston recordings -- even though objectively I would have to admit that the "standard" lyrics to "Worried Shoes" are in fact superior.

As such, it's an extra-sad shame that this cut is so uninteresting. Well, we can all continue to keep those fingers crossed for the eventual release of the DanJ/RRats long-ago completed December Blues album, which is already around 2 years late... AH, WELL!!!

BTW: It maybe was just my computer, but I found this to be a dead link:


(It works now when I click it off my own follow-up, though... how strange!)

  - notdan

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