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Two Posthumous Daniel Johnston Releases Announced

Thursday, 16 January 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: David Fair

Two posthumous Daniel Johnston releases have been confirmed.

'Chicago 2017' will be the first to arrive on January 31 through dBpm Records. It features live recordings from his 2017 performance with Tweedy (the band) during his last tour paired with audio from a session at The Loft, Wilco's studio in Chicago. Profits from the sale of the record will be donated to the Hi, How Are You Project

Following that will be 'It's Spooky'. Johnston's 1989 collaborative album with Jad Fair will get a limited edition reissue on April 10. It's been restored and remastered by Kramer, who frequently collaborated with them both. 

The album was originally put out on Fair's label, 50 Skidillion Watts Records, followed by a CD reissue via Jagjaguwar in 2001. Fair said:

"I first heard Daniel in 1985. Half Japanese had a show in Austin and Daniel’s manager Jeff Tartakov gave me a tape of 'Hi How Are You?'. I loved it and began corresponding with Jeff and Daniel.

"A few years later I was in NYC to take part in a recording session of Moe Tucker's at Kramer’s studio Noise New York. Daniel was at the studio, and he and I became friends. Daniel recorded two songs with lyrics I wrote. He recorded “Do It Right” for Moe’s album, and “Some Things Last A Long Time” for his album, '1990'.

"Soon after his time in NYC, I invited him to my home and we had a week to record the songs for 'It's Spooky'. Daniel and I recorded and mixed the album in seven days time. I consider Daniel to be a genius. I’ve never met anyone else like him. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. I’m very happy to have it released again and it’s sounding better than ever thanks to an amazing mastering job by Kramer."

Daniel Johnston died of natural causes on September 11, 2019 aged 58.

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