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Daniel Johnston
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Daniel Johnston

I Killed The Monster

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1. Dot Allison...Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievances
2. Daniel (Danielson) Smith & Sufjan Stevens ...Worried Shoes
3. Joy Zipper ...Held The Hand
4. Kramer...Bloody Rainbow
5. R. Stevie Moore ...Cathy Cline
6. Kimya Dawson ...Follow That Dream
7. Lumberob ...Honey I Sure Miss You
8. Jad Fair & Kramer ...True Love Will Find You In The End
9. Rope, Inc. ...Tears Stupid Tears
10. Jack Medicine ...Blue Skies Will Haunt You From Now On
11. Chris Harford ...Going Down
12. Mad Francis ....Rowboat
13. Jeffrey Lewis ...The Adventures of God as A Young Boy
14. Major Matt Mason ...Mind Contorted
15. Toby Goodshank ...Now
16. The Dick Panthers...Go Fast And Go Some More
17. The Sutcliffe's ...Foxy Girl
18. Kickstand ...Cosmic Kid
19. Emily Zuzik...Love Wheel
20. Mike Watt ...Walking the Cow
21. Tess ...It's Over


I Killed the Monster marks the triumphant return of Shimmy Disc, reborn for the 21st century as SECOND SHIMMY. After a five-year hiatus, Kramer returns with a brilliant twenty-one song compilation of tunes written by his good friend and celebrated American music legend DANIEL JOHNSTON, whose classic LPs 1990 and Artistic Vice were produced by Kramer in the late 1980's at Kramer's legendary Noise New York.


Daniel's sadly engrossing life story was recently made into an award winning documentary. THE DEVIL & DANIEL JOHNSTON, which won Best Director and Best Documentary at last year's Sundance Festival. I KILLED THE MONSTER features standout tracks and performances by some of indie music's brightest stars including Daniel Smith & Sufjan Stevens, Mike Watt, Jad Fair, Chris Harford, and Dot Allison. Kramer himself delivers one of the most startling tracks on this release, Daniel's masterpiece BLOODY RAINBOW.


Few artists have been where Kramer has been, or worked with the variety of artists he has. This debut release on the new Second Shimmy label marks Kramer's unmistakable prowess as one of his generation's most celebrated producers / arrangers and the birth of a new era of great music to come!


"Underground legend, and fellow "outsider artist", R. Stevie Moore turns in one of the weirdest, most intriguing songs I have heard in ages. Sung in a rich Country and Western croon with music by way of Angelo Badalamenti, the Residents, and Yello, "Cathy Cline" at times sounds like two records being played simultaneously. By turns jaunty and sinister, it features the (punning) ghostly echo of the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" in its "Here she comes..." refrain, an eerie transmission from the simpler more straightforward era of early rock n' roll. Like many of Johnston's original recordings, it is completely and utterly unique, the work of someone divorced from all cultural fads and trends."
- John Dover - PopMatters


"Sufjan Stevens and Daniel Smith joining forces to cover Daniel Johnston? Pitchfork boner alert!! But seriously, these two are among 20-odd artists performing Johnston tunes on the new tribute album, I Killed the Monster, due October 10 via venerable New York producer Kramer's Second Shimmy Records."
- Pitchfork


"The album starts with former One Dove singer Dot Allison's hauntingly sublime cover of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievances'. It is a gorgeous affair and a perfect opener for the 20 tracks to follow. Sufjan Stevens and Daniel Smith follow with "Worried Shoes' . "
- Popsyndicate.com


"I Killed the Monster proves that practically everyone loves the guy's songs, this one tends toward the obscure. Jad Fair, Mike Watt, and Sufjan Stevens are the biggest names here, and the recordings are predictably quirky - from a couple of lo-fi takes mimicking the songwriter's MO to Kramer's own acid trip through "Bloody Rainbow" to Watt's groovy "Walking the Cow," which is unlike any version I've heard of this much covered song."
- San Antonio Current.


"Daniel Johnston tribute album entitled "I Killed the Monster" its filled with many of Daniel's real friends performing his songs... features the most awesome cover of "Held the Hand" by Joy Zipper. It's just a great comp." - KJHK staff favorites for 2006 eerie transmission from the simpler more straightforward era of early rock n' roll. Like many of Johnston's original recordings, it is completely and utterly unique, the work of someone divorced from all cultural fads and trends."
- John Dover