With his first album since 2009 due for release this month Daniel Johnston is set to be catching a lot of limelight…first the release of Space Ducks is out on April 29th through Feraltone (read our earlier news item here). The album, which is a soundtrack to his comic book of the same title features tracks from the likes of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jake Bugg, Die Mason Die, Eleanor Friedberger, Deer Tick and Fruit Bats. Listen out for the album in our radio playlist. And to top this he has now announced a special live show at The Barbican, London in June to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his acclaimed Hi, How Are You? album. He will be joined by a selection of special guests including Jeffrey Lewis, Emmy the Great, Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and more (to be agreed).
In addition, Johnston will release an exclusive limited edition vinyl of Space Ducks for Record Store Day; there will be 400 copies only.
A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career that includes over 20 albums – including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio, Johnston was also the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” which won the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award. A long-time and dedicated fan of comic book, Johnstons drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his “Hi, How Are You?” record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana’s exploding popularity.
The physical release of the soundtrack includes an edited 24-page version of the cartoon.
To order Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness, written and drawn by Daniel Johnston, click here: http://www.hihowareyou.com/store/shop/spaceducks/
Daniel Johnston with Special guests: Jeffrey Lewis, Emmy the Great, Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) + more TBA
7.30pm / £20-25