Wed, Nov. 12, 9pm EST - 'Yip/Jump Music' by Daniel Johnston

If you're looking for a polished album with a high production value, this is definitely not the album for you.  However, if a cassette recording of a guy singing his heart out while pounding away on a chord organ is appealing to you, then you're in luck.  Yip/Jump Music to me is the definitive albums of Daniel Johnston's career.  

Sprinkled with such classics as "Speeding Motorcycle", "Casper the Friendly Ghost", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievences" and "King Kong", to name a few, this 1983 recording is absolutely both painful and terrific.  I'm hooked every time I hear the opening line of the brilliant first track, "Chord Organ Blues".  "Everything's big in Texas, you know it is!!!"  

Is Daniel Johnston for everyone? No, admittedly he is not. Some don't like his low budget and often out of key songs, chock full of errors and background noises.  But what he lacks in production value and polish, he more than makes up for in authenticity and humanness.  When you hear him singing about his woes, you feel as if you're in the room with him being a good friend and letting him vent about his heartbreaks.  And his openness is comforting in a way.  He puts it all on the line and I can't help but truly respect him for allowing himself to be so open and vulnerable.  He's not making music to make money, he's making music because he needs to.  His soul is crying to vent and the music is his best outlet (though he does draw too).

I hope you can join me on Wed, Nov 12, for "Album Night" featuring Yip/Jump Music, so you too can be drawn in by Daniel and his "Chord Organ Blues"!

62 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock NY

    Hi Everyone - Just a few prep notes for tonight's experience. 1.) My usual (i.e. boring) reminder: Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event to make sure that you are seeing all the comments as they are posted. 2.) Here's some links to the lyrics for tonight's album: http://www.rejectedunknown.com/discography/albums/yipjumpmusic.htm This is the correct link for the lyrics to 'Casper the Friendly Ghost'. The link on the above page takes you to the wrong song. It's good for all the others though http://www.rejectedunknown.com/lyrics/Song/casperthefriendlyghost.html Welcome to "Album Night" and thank you for joining!

    Hi Everyone - Just a few prep notes for tonight's experience.

    1.) My usual (i.e. boring) reminder: Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event to make sure that you are seeing all the comments as they are posted.

    2.) Here's some links to the lyrics for tonight's album:
    http://www.rejectedunknown.com/discography/albums/yipjumpmusic.htm

    This is the correct link for the lyrics to 'Casper the Friendly Ghost'. The link on the above page takes you to the wrong song. It's good for all the others though
    http://www.rejectedunknown.com/lyrics/Song/casperthefriendlyghost.html

    Welcome to "Album Night" and thank you for joining!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, here's some links you can browse if you've shown up a few minutes early. We'll be kicking off in less than 15 minutes

    Btw, here's some links you can browse if you've shown up a few minutes early. We'll be kicking off in less than 15 minutes

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hey guys! i have to admit i've never listened to this guy. just checked out those links and i'm not sure what i'm in for! but i guess i'll find out soon :)

    hey guys! i have to admit i've never listened to this guy. just checked out those links and i'm not sure what i'm in for! but i guess i'll find out soon smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome aboard Sarah. Brace yourself for something you've never heard before! Lo-fi at its finest! We'll be kicking off momentarily

    Welcome aboard Sarah. Brace yourself for something you've never heard before! Lo-fi at its finest! We'll be kicking off momentarily

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy ny

    yo

    yo

  • John T

    John T NY

    I'm with you Sarah. Never heard of Johnston or the album so tonight will be a first for me.

    I'm with you Sarah. Never heard of Johnston or the album so tonight will be a first for me.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome John T and Teddy boy. Thanks for turning up!

    Welcome John T and Teddy boy. Thanks for turning up!

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    say when

    say when

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Yip/Jump Music' by Daniel Johnston. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Yip/Jump Music' by Daniel Johnston. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Everything's big in Texas, You know it is!". Great beginning! That's him referring to his relocation to Texas from his home in West Virginia.

    "Everything's big in Texas, You know it is!". Great beginning! That's him referring to his relocation to Texas from his home in West Virginia.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hi John, does Daniel play all the instruments?

    Hi John, does Daniel play all the instruments?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yes, John T. He plays all the instruments. It's really just a cassette recording of him playing. There's no studio. I think i read that it was recorded on his brother's boombox that cost about 50 bucks

    Yes, John T. He plays all the instruments. It's really just a cassette recording of him playing. There's no studio. I think i read that it was recorded on his brother's boombox that cost about 50 bucks

  • John T

    John T NY

    You weren't kidding about lo-fi. Definitely a DYI feel to the album.

    You weren't kidding about lo-fi. Definitely a DYI feel to the album.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    The other lyric that refers to his relocation was the "I think I might have made a big mistake o o o" part which comes after the opening line

    The other lyric that refers to his relocation was the "I think I might have made a big mistake o o o" part which comes after the opening line

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    He was a huge fan of the Beatles

    He was a huge fan of the Beatles

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    On the surface he just sounds like (and is) a guy recording himself playing in a garage. But some of his lyric writing is pretty impressive.

    On the surface he just sounds like (and is) a guy recording himself playing in a garage. But some of his lyric writing is pretty impressive.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    He's now moved to guitar for Sorry Entertainer

    He's now moved to guitar for Sorry Entertainer

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hard to classify his sound. Alt folk blues??

    Hard to classify his sound. Alt folk blues??

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Speeding Motorcycle" -one of his live staples. Classic DJ Not sure what to say about his genre. I'd buy into the alt folk blues though.

    "Speeding Motorcycle" -one of his live staples. Classic DJ
    Not sure what to say about his genre. I'd buy into the alt folk blues though.

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree John. His lyrics are interesting and together with his voice adds a very bluesy and a deep sense of loneliness.

    I agree John. His lyrics are interesting and together with his voice adds a very bluesy and a deep sense of loneliness.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    My itunes library has the genre from everything from Unclassifiable to Alternative & Punk. I think I may have assigned the Unclassifiable

    My itunes library has the genre from everything from Unclassifiable to Alternative & Punk. I think I may have assigned the Unclassifiable

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, he actually has a lot of songs about heartbreak, mainly one girl that he fell in love with in highschool who went on to marry an undertaker. we haven't hit those songs yet, but they're a theme throughout his early cassette recordings

    yeah, he actually has a lot of songs about heartbreak, mainly one girl that he fell in love with in highschool who went on to marry an undertaker. we haven't hit those songs yet, but they're a theme throughout his early cassette recordings

  • John T

    John T NY

    This looks like one of his earlier albums. Does anyone know if his music still sounds the same?

    This looks like one of his earlier albums. Does anyone know if his music still sounds the same?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    this guy's a little weird. what instrument is that that he's pounding away on? i do like his sincerity though. he's courageous to put out these recordings

    this guy's a little weird. what instrument is that that he's pounding away on? i do like his sincerity though. he's courageous to put out these recordings

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    Do yourself a favor!!! become your own Savior!

    Do yourself a favor!!! become your own Savior!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    he's playing a chord organ. he knew how to play piano, but when he moved to Texas to live with his brother he just played whatever he could get, which for this album was a chord organ. though he did learn to play some guitar too, as featured earlier "And don't forget to forgive and forget". He had a religious upbringing in WV, which is another theme you'll see through his music

    he's playing a chord organ. he knew how to play piano, but when he moved to Texas to live with his brother he just played whatever he could get, which for this album was a chord organ. though he did learn to play some guitar too, as featured earlier

    "And don't forget to forgive and forget". He had a religious upbringing in WV, which is another theme you'll see through his music

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, Teddy boy. more religiousesque reference, in a way

    yeah, Teddy boy. more religiousesque reference, in a way

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    i'm not sure how he got the two voices at the end of 'Danny Don't Rapp'. assume one was prerecorded and then played during the performance on another player, but that's just a guess

    i'm not sure how he got the two voices at the end of 'Danny Don't Rapp'. assume one was prerecorded and then played during the performance on another player, but that's just a guess

  • John T

    John T NY

    Danny Don't Rapp has gone from humorous to haunting in under three minutes. But Sweetheart adds a nice melody in just the nick of time.

    Danny Don't Rapp has gone from humorous to haunting in under three minutes. But Sweetheart adds a nice melody in just the nick of time.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John T- in response to your earlier question, he does have newer material that is more traditionally recorded in a studio. but it still has a Daniel Johnston feel to it. Not cassette sounding, but more of his musical style and singing

    John T- in response to your earlier question, he does have newer material that is more traditionally recorded in a studio. but it still has a Daniel Johnston feel to it. Not cassette sounding, but more of his musical style and singing

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    if you can make it through his a cappella song King Kong, you can make it through the album. his pronunciations of words is not necessarily always on target

    if you can make it through his a cappella song King Kong, you can make it through the album. his pronunciations of words is not necessarily always on target

  • John T

    John T NY

    Thanks for the heads up John. King King is definitely tough to get through.

    Thanks for the heads up John. King King is definitely tough to get through.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Tom Waits did a pretty good cover of King Kong. his version is not a cappella

    Tom Waits did a pretty good cover of King Kong. his version is not a cappella

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    he definitely has some darker moments, which I think is part of what turns some people away. but within his repertoire there's still some great stuff. and it's different than almost anything else out there which is appealing in a way too

    he definitely has some darker moments, which I think is part of what turns some people away. but within his repertoire there's still some great stuff. and it's different than almost anything else out there which is appealing in a way too

  • John T

    John T NY

    I have to admit that he is so naked with his emotions and personal lyrics that each song draws you in and makes you listen closely.

    I have to admit that he is so naked with his emotions and personal lyrics that each song draws you in and makes you listen closely.

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    I feel like the dark stuff is like a car crash...so painful, you can't look away.

    I feel like the dark stuff is like a car crash...so painful, you can't look away.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I totally agree John. Coming up, "Worried Shoes" is lyrically one of the highlights of the album. Karen O and The Kids did a cover for the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack too.

    I totally agree John.
    Coming up, "Worried Shoes" is lyrically one of the highlights of the album.
    Karen O and The Kids did a cover for the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack too.

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    if anything, I feel like it hurts getting his music out there because its so hard to categorize him

    if anything, I feel like it hurts getting his music out there because its so hard to categorize him

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree John - a uniquely different artist. Reminiscent of Skip Spence's "Oar" (original member of Moby Grape) - an album that I have returned to over and over again for almost 40 years!

    I agree John - a uniquely different artist. Reminiscent of Skip Spence's "Oar" (original member of Moby Grape) - an album that I have returned to over and over again for almost 40 years!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, probably the two biggest things that help "launch" daniel were Kurt Cobain wearing his t-shirt on MTV and the documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". He's definitely not for the masses, but the word spreads

    yeah, probably the two biggest things that help "launch" daniel were Kurt Cobain wearing his t-shirt on MTV and the documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". He's definitely not for the masses, but the word spreads

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree "Worried Blues" is a great song and definitely the highlight of the album so far. One to play over and over again afterwards.

    I agree "Worried Blues" is a great song and definitely the highlight of the album so far. One to play over and over again afterwards.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Teddy Boy - your car crash comment was perfectly timed during "Almost Got Hit By A Truck"! I hear what you're saying

    Teddy Boy - your car crash comment was perfectly timed during "Almost Got Hit By A Truck"! I hear what you're saying

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John - I'm going to have to check out Skip Spence's "Oar". I've never heard of it before

    John - I'm going to have to check out Skip Spence's "Oar". I've never heard of it before

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    I definitely need to rip the Worried Shoes cover onto my mp3 player

    I definitely need to rip the Worried Shoes cover onto my mp3 player

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    So I can cry myself to & from work....its unbelievably emotional these lyrics

    So I can cry myself to & from work....its unbelievably emotional these lyrics

  • John T

    John T NY

    The organ's droning sound has become so addictive that I felt let down when "Dead Lover" came on. I guess that means the music is growing on me.

    The organ's droning sound has become so addictive that I felt let down when "Dead Lover" came on. I guess that means the music is growing on me.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Don't worry Teddy boy, "Rocket Ship" will pick you up. That's assuming you're not crying more after Dead Lover's Twisted Heart... He's not afraid to put two downers back to back. Guess he has no choice though

    Don't worry Teddy boy, "Rocket Ship" will pick you up. That's assuming you're not crying more after Dead Lover's Twisted Heart... He's not afraid to put two downers back to back. Guess he has no choice though

  • John T

    John T NY

    The drumming on "Rocket Ship" sounds like Moe Tucker on "Sister Ray" to me.

    The drumming on "Rocket Ship" sounds like Moe Tucker on "Sister Ray" to me.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, John, Daniel will definitely draw you in if you let him! you should check out the documentary if you have a chance, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". I believe it won a sundance award about ten years ago. It gives you a lot of background in Daniel's life and what was going on with him when he recorded these cassette albums in the 80's

    yeah, John, Daniel will definitely draw you in if you let him! you should check out the documentary if you have a chance, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". I believe it won a sundance award about ten years ago. It gives you a lot of background in Daniel's life and what was going on with him when he recorded these cassette albums in the 80's

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    interesting. i've never heard any Daniel and Velvet Underground comparisons. I can see what you're saying though

    interesting. i've never heard any Daniel and Velvet Underground comparisons. I can see what you're saying though

  • John T

    John T NY

    I will definitely check out the doc - I remember hearing about it but had no idea what or who it was about.

    I will definitely check out the doc - I remember hearing about it but had no idea what or who it was about.

  • John T

    John T NY

    The VU comparison might seem like a reach but early VU were primitives much like Daniel.

    The VU comparison might seem like a reach but early VU were primitives much like Daniel.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    well, i've continued to stick it out and am finally starting to warm up to daniel johnston. i wish we had more than a couple of songs left. each song paints more and more of a picture of who he is.

    well, i've continued to stick it out and am finally starting to warm up to daniel johnston. i wish we had more than a couple of songs left. each song paints more and more of a picture of who he is.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I really like the closing track "I Remember Painfully" too. Though not necessarily a classic of his, I really enjoy it and the pain it expresses. Admittedly I sometimes have to laugh when he sings the opening line "I remember how we looked at the embryo in the jar together"

    I really like the closing track "I Remember Painfully" too. Though not necessarily a classic of his, I really enjoy it and the pain it expresses. Admittedly I sometimes have to laugh when he sings the opening line "I remember how we looked at the embryo in the jar together"

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Years later I was hitchhiking and that mortician picked me up Then he said to me, he said “good luck”"

    "Years later I was hitchhiking and that mortician picked me up
    Then he said to me, he said “good luck”"

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And there you have it, 'Yip/Jump Music'.

    And there you have it, 'Yip/Jump Music'.

  • Teddy boy

    Teddy boy

    Danny don't rap...gnite guys

    Danny don't rap...gnite guys

  • John T

    John T NY

    Thanks for selecting this album John. It was not something I would have come to on my own but was worth hearing and experiencing. He has a very distinctive and ultimately engaging style.

    Thanks for selecting this album John. It was not something I would have come to on my own but was worth hearing and experiencing. He has a very distinctive and ultimately engaging style.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks everyone for showing up: Sarah, Teddy boy and John T. This is probably the weirdest album we've listened to thus far in the "Album Night" series, but I thoroughly enjoyed discussing it with you guys. Daniel is certainly unique, to say the least. But I really like a lot of his stuff, with this album probably being my favorite

    Thanks everyone for showing up: Sarah, Teddy boy and John T. This is probably the weirdest album we've listened to thus far in the "Album Night" series, but I thoroughly enjoyed discussing it with you guys. Daniel is certainly unique, to say the least. But I really like a lot of his stuff, with this album probably being my favorite

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    No problem John. I'm glad I had a chance to introduce you to something new. I appreciate your continued support for "Album Night"!

    No problem John. I'm glad I had a chance to introduce you to something new. I appreciate your continued support for "Album Night"!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    What's next? "Album Night" will be back in 3 weeks, not the usual 2, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. At that time we will listen to an album entirely different from tonight (though that could apply to almost any album in relation to 'Yip/Jump Music'). "Album Night" will return on Wed, December 3 with 'Giant Steps' by John Coltrane. See you then!

    What's next? "Album Night" will be back in 3 weeks, not the usual 2, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. At that time we will listen to an album entirely different from tonight (though that could apply to almost any album in relation to 'Yip/Jump Music').

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, December 3 with 'Giant Steps' by John Coltrane. See you then!

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