"The Electric Ghosts Daniel Johnston and Jack Medicine"
March 2006 Important Records
Self Titled Release

Tracks 1-6 Produced by Mad Francis
Track 7 Produced by Kramer
Track 8 Produced by Paul Rubenstein

Kramer: www.kramershimmy.com
Mad Francis: www.madfrancis.com
Paul Rubenstein: www.ubetar.com

Produced in conjunction with:

Sweetheart (Frito Lay)
Goodbye To That Girl
Pain In My Heart
Summer Jazz
Another F*cking Song About the Rain
Rowboat (Fruit Loops)
Blue Skies Will Haunt You From Now On
Scary Monsters


"On ELECTRIC GHOSTS, Jack Medicine (aka producer Don Goede) and Daniel Johnston find new ways to create the sad and joyous effects that have made Johnston one of the most acclaimed outsider musicians in America. Johnston's voice still wanders tenderly around the melodies, but its rougher, whinier edges have been smoothed over. There are synthesizers and pianos and, on "Sweetheart (Frito Lay)," the smoothest blues guitar this side of Chess Records, but the layers of instrumentation are subtly syncopated throughout to complicate even the bounciest songs. The result is not exactly lo-fi, but certainly off-kilter--a new collection of loopy pop songs that Johnston's fans will recognize instantly."

"Daniel Johnston, in typical anti-careerist fashion, chose the eve of the theatrical release of a major documentary on his life and the midst of a major upswing in his career as a visual artist to release this odd little record (rather than a definitive career collection, although several fine reissues of his early works and an excellent tribute and compilation are now all available). What we get is a nicely recorded (with Kramer production!) album of collaborations with longtime tour manager and talented singer/songwriter Jack Medicine. Daniel is listed as the songwriter or co-songwriter on most all of these tracks, but only about half of them seem like full-fledged Johnston originals, as Medicine wrote some lyrics and takes the mic on a few. The Johnston-led tracks contain a few gems, the band and production nicely compliment his songs, and Medicine is not half bad either, with a fine '60s rock aesthetic reminiscent of early Donovan." [JM]

"Now, don't you run away hollerin' "WTF!" if you haven't a clue what we're talking about. You should know that there's not only a big ol' documentary film on the man, but also a big ol' exhibit of his art that's making its way around the U.S and Europe. To boot, there is new music! Whoo hoo! The Electric Ghosts are indeed Daniel Johnston and his buddy (and bandmate in Hyperjinx Tricycle) Jack Medicine. This is a remarkably polished and produced album (and not just by Johnston standards and expectations). It actually sounds like a long-lost Young Fresh Fellows record. Nonetheless, listen a little closer and those Daniel-isms peek through. Y'know, his unmistakable combo of bare-hearted love-sick sentiments and untethered dream/nightmare storytellin'. So good! As has become the custom over the years, you just wanna hug each and every tune including their cover of Bowie's "Scary Monsters"! Produced by Kramer (of Bongwater and Shimmy Disc fame)."

"With a film about his life expected to ring some critical bells next year, 2006 sees the rebirth of Daniel Johnston. Widely accepted as the Œgodfather of lofi¹ Johnston¹s champions include Sonic Youth, Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits and David Bowie among many others. The songwriter and artist has been through a number of troubling moments in his life, but has always somehow managed to get through it and bubble in and out of popularity. These recordings were made with his producer and tour manager Don Goede (Jack Medicine) as they toured for three years in America. Over the course of more than 100 shows the two became close friends and that friendship is reflected in this stunning collection of classic rock music. Surprisingly Œhi fi¹ for Johnston, his quirky vocals are still intact, but the production is up a few notches and inject the songs with a vigour very rarely heard in his work. Anyone curious about what the outer realms of American rock music should really sound like owes it to themselves to check out The Electric Ghosts (so titled after many late night conversations about whether ghosts were spiritual or electrical anomalies)." -Boomkat

"di Stefano Solventi
Per quanto si tenti d¹incastonarlo in un "progetto", Daniel rimane un diamante pazzariello. Anche perché in un modo o nell'altro finisce sempre per lavorare assieme a personaggi non proprio regolari (vai a capire il motivo). E' il caso stavolta del produttore Don Goede, alias Jack Medicine, sicuramente in possesso di tecnica e visione "professionali" però anche uno sciroccato mica da poco, con tutte le sue ossessioni folk e psych da Hitchcock in sedicesimi (vedi l'organo vetroso e la chitarra a galoppo di Goodbye To Thath Girl) e quei rantoli blues-wave che mandano Bryan Ferry a sferragliare disincanto tra brume Nick Cave (come in Blue Skies Will Haunt From Now On). Insomma, la coppia è ben assortita e pare altrettanto ben rodata. L¹energia scalpita e scorre, anche se lungo una specie di binario del quale restano ben distinguibili le rotaie, i parti dell'uno da quelli dell'altro. Per dire, pezzi come Sweetheart e Pain In My Heart sono senza alcun dubbio johnstoniani ­ quel tipico zuccherino malfermo, intossicto e struggente - mentre in quella Summer Jazz che sembra trascinare gli Eels sul sentiero spigoloso e arguto del lo-fi pavementiano, il buon Daniel sembra entrarci poco o nulla. Poi però c'è una clamorosa cover della bowiana Scary Monsters che rimette tutto a posto ovvero manda tutto all'aria: un Johnston versione invasata alle prese con devoluzioni horror-punk, mutazioni pop infantili, ipnotiche propaggini esotic-psych ed electro-dark, insomma la caricatura di un delirio fumettistico proprio come c'era da augurarsi. Se infine consideriamo la ghost track - nove minuti e passa di melodioso russare, sorta di goliardico corrispettivo sonoro dello Sleep di Warhol - ecco che anche gli spiriti elettrici sono serviti. E noi con loro." (6.4/10)

"Daniel Johnston & Jack Medicine offrent leurs fantômes électriques.
Après près de 26 ans passés dans l¹univers de la musique, plus d¹une trentaine d¹albums à son actif, des reconnaissances ouvertement affirmées par, entre autres, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Sonic Youth et Tom Waits, l¹icône Daniel Johnston, père de la lo-fi, est une figure incontournable de l¹indie-rock. C¹est, cependant, dans la quasi indifférence que vient de sortir, ces jours-ci, son nouvel album, The Electric Ghosts. Fruit d¹une collaboration entre Johnston et son tour manager Don Goede (fondateur du groupe Hyperjinx Tricycle) prenant pour l¹occasion le nom de Jack Medicine, The Electric Ghosts tire son nom de plusieurs nuits passées à parler de l¹esprit du monde. Cette paire avait commencé l¹enregistrement dès 1999 à l¹occasion de tournées incessantes, entre les concerts et les chambres d¹hôtels. Son trackliting comprend 8 titres dont une reprise du Scary Monsters de David Bowie. Tous les détails en cliquant ici."