Iconic lo-fi singer and visual artist, Daniel Johnston has passed away at the age of 58 after having suffered from a heart attack, his former manager manager Jeff Tartakov confirmed to The Austin Chronicle. Johnston’s sincere and simple music, which was primarily recorded on homemade cassettes, was beloved and influential.
Jeff Feuerzieg directed a documentary about Johnston’s life in 2005 called The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Around the same time, he created his own record label, Eternal Yip Eye Music where he released his last album through Space Ducks: Soundtrack, in 2012. In 2018, the city of Austin honored Johnston by naming January 22 “Hi, How Are You?” Day.
Daniel Johnston has announced his final set of live shows for this fall. Johnston will play dates backed by bands that “he has influenced,” in cities distinct to those artists. Jeff Tweedy & Friends will join Johnston in Chicago, for example. He also has shows with Built to Spill in Portland and Vancouver, the Preservation All-Stars in New Orleans, and the Districts and Modern Baseball in Philadelphia. For each show, Johnston’s band will create the setlist, and each night will begin with a screening of the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Find the full itinerary below. \
09-28 New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theatre !
10-04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater @
10-20 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre $
11-08 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall %
11-10 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue Nightclub %
! with the Preservation All-Stars
@ with the Districts and Modern Baseball
$ with Jeff Tweedy & Friends
% with Built to Spill and others