Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New all time favorite song I'm totally serious.

Now it is "True Love Will Find You in the End" by Daniel Johnston. I finally got to see The Devil and Daniel Johnston tonight, a nicely done documentary about the searing tragedy of mental illness and the power of music to make hipsters want to help you through that illness. But they play that song toward the end, and it's the saddest song of all time and you want to take that little song home and adopt it so that you can tell it to play itself over and over for you.

What a movie that is, though. I feel like I want to send him a check or something now. My favorite part is when he has moved to a small town to get a handle on his problems and a couple of fans who have no idea he is living there drive by a guy being attacked by dogs so they help kick the dogs away and then they say "are you Daniel Johnston?" And he says "yeah, do you know who I am?" And then they all start a band. Yes, the world is that small.

19 comments:

Oden, Miles said...

--you hadn't heard it before, or it's placement in the film finally convinced you?

I loooved "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". The reason I subscribed to eMusic a year or so ago, is because they had all of his original mix tapes available for download.--Also, there's a fantastic two-disc "best of" comp that came out a few years back called "The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered"--disc one is the best of tracks--and then disc two has every fucking artist ever doing covers, Beck actually does a pretty solid cover of "True Love..."--but my absolute favorite is Tom Wait's take on "KING KONG". Seriously, you have to check it out--otherwise, I'm just going to be forced to burn it for you.

-Miles

POST SCRIPT: Man. The plane crash. The woman out the window. Crazy stuff.

Oden, Miles said...

POST POST SCRIPT: There's also a Leonard Cohen documentary out there right now ("I'm Your Man"). I haven't made it all the way through it yet, but what I have seen is pretty bitchin' badass.

Mr. Hill said...

For a long time, he's been a guy that I've only owned stray tracks from here and there because his discog is so vast I didn't know where to start. So, thanks for giving some direction there.

The plane crash! The woman! Impossible things.

sarahjane said...

i have to say that my favorites are clem snide singing "don't let the sun go down on your grievience" and bright eyes singing "devil town."

Mr. Hill said...

Watching this movie, it became apparent that Conor Oberst almost completely lifted the frail warble of Johnston's earlier voice. At least that's how it sounded to me. I guess I'm still undecided on that kid, but I do like the version of Devil Town he does on the disk you gave me.

sarahjane said...

don't get me wrong, I don't like Conor Oberst one bit, just the song. we still need to lend you heartworn highways, huh?

Mr. Hill said...

Oh good--I'm glad we can talk freely about that now. That guy drives me nuts.

I've got to get that DVD from you, yeah. Maybe this weekend.

LetsGoThrow said...

I liked Conor quite a bit when "I'm wide awake..." came out but now I can't stand the guy.

Mr. Hill said...

Fickle.

LetsGoThrow said...

Whiney.

Mr. Hill said...

I can only assume you're referring to Oberst.

Oden, Miles said...

When did this become a Conor Oberst shitfest, geez?--You guys sure do know how to honor Johnston--by word-raping a little boy. I mean, sure Conor sucks ass---but let's all be honest, in no way is it his fault that the "indie music machine" decided to saturate him and his "music" to the point that heads explode. I mean...I thought we were all pretentious enough that we would all be gentleman and ignore that he even exists...

Mr. Hill said...

Well, Sarah started it.

LetsGoThrow said...

Hill, I left the comment vague on purpose. I do know that the corporate music machine ruined my appreciation of Oberst. It was hat and some girls I met on my America road trip; ah, good times, good times.

LetsGoThrow said...

PS: I am absolutely pretentious enough to like Oberst when no one did and then immediately reject him when he became semi-mainstream (read: when Time magazine featured him)

sarahjane said...

why am i getting blamed for your "bright eyes" whining? all i said was that i didn't like him one bit--a nice, respectable sort of insult. you all had to take it to the next level.

Mr. Hill said...

Good, then you agree that you started it.

Oden, Miles said...

Holy Schlamoley!

Ryan said...

Well, you have not disappointed me before with recommendations, Mr. Hill, so I will be sure to get around to checking this out...