Jason Falkner Don’t Mind: Daniel Johnston

falknerlogo2Even though he likes to pick and chose his projects carefully, Jason Falkner has had an amazing run of recording dates—both on solo albums and as a sideman with the likes of Beck, Air and Paul McCartney—that would turn most musicians pea green. And Falkner has also been a crucial part of critically lauded releases by ’90s indie-rock heroes Eric Matthews, the Grays and Jellyfish, as well as getting his feet wet with original Paisley Underground cult combo the Three O’Clock. Falkner has a stellar solo set due out this summer called All Quiet On The Noise Floor that threatens to pass his previous solo release, I’m OK, You’re OK (from February), like a slow runner being lapped on the bases by a real speedburner. Falkner is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with him and our 2008 Jellyfish feature.

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Falkner: I recently had the pleasure of producing Daniel Johnston‘s latest record, Is And Always Was, and though I was a fan of his early-’80s cassette output, I honestly hadn’t kept up with him throughout most of the ’90s to the present. I am amazed at his constant and seemingly unconscious need to create. He has volumes of songs in his bulging notebook, and I suspect there are quite a few of these notebooks laying around. He naturally walks the tricky line of childlike innocence and wisdom that so many others attempt but end up falling into their pool of pretension. He is a true artist.

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