Daniel Johnston

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Beck rambles his way to a sweet Daniel Johnston finale at epic SXSW show

"Jesus, I just looked at a clock. I've been playing for a LONG time." It was 10 minutes till midnight when Beck realized just how far he'd extended his Saturday acoustic show at ACL Live on the last night of South by Southwest showcases around town. The crowd was already well aware: Around an hour earlier, when he kept forgetting the words to his song "Hollow Log" and started making up new ones, we'd realized that this footloose performance was also becoming an endurance test.
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No Comply Celebrates 15 Years With Another Exclusive Capsule With Daniel Johnston And Vans

Back in 2019, No Comply of Austin, TX tapped renowned artist and fellow Austin native Daniel Johnston for a capsule with Vans, highlighting the artist’s signature illustrations on the Era and Slip-On. Later that year, Johnston would tragically pass away, leaving a gaping hole in the Austin community and a void in the global arts and culture scene. A year later, No Comply would honor the life and work of Johnston with a second capsule, furthering his Hi, How Are You Project to ignite the conversation around mental well-being.

Vans Skateboarding Reunites with No-Comply and Daniel Johnston

The collection features a Vans Skate Half Cab, Vans Skate Grosso Mid, Vans Slip-On Trek, plus apparel and accessories. Courtesy of Vans. Locally grown in Austin, Texas, No-Comply Skateshop celebrates 15 years with the release of their third exclusive collaboration with Vans Skateboarding. No-Comply is honored to have its endeavors represented by the art and memory of Austin legend Daniel Johnston. A portion of the footwear sales will benefit the ‘Hi, How Are You Project’ and its mission to encourage open conversations around mental health.

Plato III blends rap, indie & a Daniel Johnston cover on debut single for Polyvinyl ft. Mike Kinsella

Abilene, TX artist Plato III (aka Ryan Silva) cites both Black Star and Modest Mouse as core influences, and you can hear that coming through in his unique hip hop/indie rock crossover. He just signed to Polyvinyl, and his release for the label is the two-song single "Give 'Em Hell" / "It's Alright, It's Okay," which also includes a partial cover of Daniel Johnston's "Spirit World Rising" that features his Polyvinyl labelmate Mike Kinsella (American Football, Owen).

Daniel Johnston art appearing on cover of limited Batman comics

Illustrations by the late Daniel Johnston will appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of DC's Batman comic. Three variants of Batman #121, featuring his drawings of Batman, Superman and Orion, are being made by Austin Books & Comics in cooperation with Electric Lady Studios and The Contemporary Austin, and will be available March 1. They are available for preorder now.

The City of Austin Celebrates Musician and Artist Daniel Johnston With a New Mural

Last Saturday afternoon—on what would have been Daniel Johnston’s 61st birthday—The Contemporary Austin commemorated the late, great musician and artist with the debut of a new mural in his honor on the exterior wall of the downtown museum. The work was created in response to the popularity of the exhibit inside, Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams, and the limitations placed upon it. The mural features some of the beloved characters Johnston began creating in the early 1980s as art for the cassette tapes he handed out to customers at the McDonald’s near the University of Texas campus, where he worked.

The Contemporary Austin Unveils a Daniel Johnston Mural

The Contemporary Austin will unveil a mural featuring iconic images from Daniel Johnston’s artwork on January 22, the late artist’s birthday, which is officially Hi, How Are You Day in Austin. Mr. Johnston is best known as a musician who recorded low-fi songs and often used a chord...
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Claud talks about connection to Daniel Johnston and Austin at ACL Fest

Bedroom dreamers wilting in the sun, let Claud transport you back under the covers. The mononymous singer-songwriter stood alone on the cavernous Vrbo Stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, but the space never swallowed them or their emotive pop confessions. Wearing a Texas Stars jersey with an...
Austin Chronicle

"Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams" Tells the Story of an Artist

Daniel Johnston was easy to underestimate. His songs were mostly simple tunes that covered the same territory – love, redemptive and unrequited; his own pain; his lost love Laurie – over and over. He'd record them on cassettes in the basement of his parents' house, so they sounded ragged and raw, and his only way to distribute them was to hand them out personally to passersby on the Drag. His artwork consisted of simple cartoons in which Captain America, Casper the Friendly Ghost, boxers, devils, and ducks made frequent appearances, in images as rough and random as the ones daydreaming kids doodle in composition books during boring school classes.

Daniel Johnston exhibit at The Contemporary Austin

The community is invited to learn more about the life of the late musician and artist in the first museum retrospective of Johnston's work. FOX 7 Austin's Tierra Neubaum has details on that and the ongoing dialog surrounding mental health.
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Daniel Johnston exhibit opens Saturday at downtown museum Jones Center

Saturday brings the opening of "Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams" to The Contemporary Austin's downtown museum space the Jones Center. The exhibit connects the late former Austinite's music and artwork through a mix of "concert posters, hand-made tapes, and Johnston’s notebooks to vinyl records, comics, and toys from his vast collections," according to the museum's website. Also included is a piano that Johnston owned.