ALBUM REVIEW: Dables – Dables

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It’s been a long-time coming, but the full-band debut of Dables is finally here. For those unfamiliar with Dables, it was originally the solo project of Fountain Inn musician and Daniel Johnston worshipper, David Walker. Over the past several years he had been quite prolific as a solo artist, but eventually his desire to make a louder noise led him to forming a full band incarnation with Cody Blackwell and Jake Garrett both trading off bass and drum duties.

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1.Livin’ in The Basement
2.Meditations by DAN
3.Bangin’ My Head on The Mic
4.Hacky Sack With Kittens
5.Lazy and Proud
7.Oreo Brownie
8.God Knows Why
9.I Threw Up Off The Porch
11.Drunk Ass Nigga
12.Those Fuckers Lied About The Weed
13.Bubblegum and Kicking Ass
14.Disco Amoeba
15.Cody’s Moving Back to Town
16.I Drank a Beer
17.Get Off Yer Phone
18.Nancy Botwin
19.Some More Stupid Shit
20.John Lennon’s Uncircumcised Penis
21.Concerto in D Minor ala Sid
22.Vaseline Groove
23.Super Anal Party
24.Obama is Black
25.We Don’t Need No Drummer
26.Pure Fucking Agony

I decided it’s time to get back to the reason I made this blog. To write about each and every release I’ve ever put out in chronological order. I’ve already wrote about Free Emerald State’s Volume 1 (my first cd), Dables’ Slacker Pop, 14 Songs, Pretty Ugly, Closet Monster’s Smoke Pot Kill Your Family (another old band of mine), and DAN’s first album Magic Mountain.  If you want to read about any of those, just put dables in the search box on my page because they are all rather old blog entries.

ANYWHO, here is the second release from my old band DAN, titled “Grandparents Forever”. It came out in January of 2010 on my self-run label Slacker Pop Records.

Here are the album credits:
David Walker - guitar, etc.
Clayton Marks - bass, etc.
Sid Shurer - vocals, etc.

Our buddies who helped:
Tucker-background vocals on “Lazy and Proud” & “Some More Stupid Shit”
Shelby-background vocals on “I Threw Up Off The Porch” & farts on “Disco Amoeba”
Cody-voicemail on “Cody’s Moving Back to Town”
Brittany-background vocals on “Super Anal Party”

Basically this was just a continuation of our first album Magic Mountain, although we moved away from a punk sound, going more for a psychedelic sound and trying harder to write funnier songs. The whole idea was to write short songs, usually only with one or two riffs, that just get straight to the point and hopefully would both rock and be funny. We were basically just trying to entertain ourselves. Not really a whole lot else to say about this album.

“Livin’ in The Basement” is probably my favorite DAN song, and it’s about how Sid and Clayton lived in Sid’s parent’s house basement, where we recorded about 95% of this album (the rest was recorded in my bedroom at my house). 

“Bubblegum and Kicking Ass” is another one of my favorites and is basically just a They Live reference.

“Cody’s Moving Back to Town” features a voicemail my friend Cody Blackwell left me informing me that he was moving back to Fountain Inn after living in Savannah, GA for the past 2 and half years. I recorded the entire song by myself. I was stoked that he was moving back and shortly after he came back, we formed the current lineup of Dables.

“John Lennon’s Uncircumcised Penis” was inspired by the cover of John Lennon’s Two Virgins album.  It is also the most played & downloaded song on bandcamp and it brings my site a lot of traffic. People looking for pictures of John Lennon’s dick I guess. Not surprisingly the second most played/downloaded song is “Super Anal Party”. Go figure.

Immediately after finishing this one, we started working on another album that was going to be called Honey Berry Surprise (named after a blunt wrap) but it never got finished. We played two shows as DAN. One house show that went ok, and one show at The Hangar in Greenville that was awful.  My guitar’s input broke on the first song and I had to borrow someone else’s and the sound was horrible and there were maybe 10 people there. That’s about all there is to say about Grandparents Forever. I hope you listen to it and laugh as much as we did while recording it.

INTRODUCING: Un_Scene (Music of a Different Flavor) First Show

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Many of our readers are probably familiar with Greenville gangsters and pranksters, Din of Thieves. But what they may be unfamiliar with is lead singer Caleb Riley’s ambitions outside of the band. In addition to many solo and collaborative electronic projects, Riley has also been planning his own venture into the arts, and hosting events under the name “Un_Scene”. Their first gathering is this Friday February 3rd at The Artistry in the West End of Greenville. Musical acts will include David Walker of Dables, and Leigh Steinhouse of Romancing The Devil. We caught up with Caleb Riley to discuss the details of the event, and most importantly if there was going to be alcohol provided!

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SHOW PREVIEW: Benny Blackwell Benefit at Radio Room/Chi Cheng Benefit at Ground Zero

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With the holidays just around the corner, ’tis the season to give. And if that’s one things bands from the Upstate have showed in the past few years it’s their compassion for different causes and their ability to rally others for it as well. With that being said, tonight is no different both in Greenville and in Spartanburg.

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John The Revelator - Stagnant Water(2011)

Available on the internet for the first time, and for free download for a limited time only, local legend John The Revelator aka Jake Garrett, the drummer for Dables, brings you his latest solo album and I think it rules. He recorded it on my Tascam Portastudio in the course of two weeks when I let him borrow it. LISTEN OR DIE!!

Happy New Year! Look forward to these in 2013...

Well it’s a neaw year so that means New shows, new music, and good times. First keep your eyes and ears open for a New album which should be out in Feb. or March. It is a split album done with our friends Dables. Also we don’t have too many shows booked yet, but we’ve been working on some new tracks and hope to go to the Jam Room Studio to record our 2nd album. THis will likely happen in the Summer and MAY, be released late this year. Hope everyone enjoyed 2012, and get ready because we’re going to help make 2013 one hell of a year. -MJM


OK so sure I over indulge when it comes to putting chemicals in my body. I smoke weed daily and dable in other things on occasion. U may post videos or what not of me taking bong rips but that’s as far as it would go. I sure would not be posting pics if me holding bags if Meth or post videos of me smoking Meth or pictures or videos of heroin use. Come on people use common sense. When the popo is knocking at your door tumblr may be the reason why.

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Nuestra América y la identidad

Nuestra América y la identidad

Pedro Godoy Rebelión Se concibe nuestra America como simple expresión geográfica o un fenómeno históricocultural. Si se apuesta a lo segunda opción es dable aludir a la identidad común. La niegan desde ángulos aparentemente opuestos, pero con un común denominador cosmopolita, el liberalismo y el marxismo. La tesis liberal se centra en la dupla individuo y humanidad. El marxismo disuelve el…

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Dables - Pretty Ugly - 2010

Dables - Pretty Ugly
2010 Slacker Pop Records
all music written, performed, and recorded by David Walker 
track 15 is a Daniel Johnston cover

1.Pretty Ugly
3.Did You See?
4.Sober and Bored
5.Hang Around
6.Live Forever
7.An Exercise in Isolation
8.An Exercise in Stupidity
9.This is Nothing
10.Loop 3
11.Mind’s Gone Blank
12.An Exercise in Laziness
14.She Don’t Dig Me
15.True Love Will Find You in The End

Time to get back to what I created this tumblr for, which was blogging liner notes for the CDs I have released as Dables in order. This is Pretty Ugly, my 4th album and definitely the first Dables album most people heard because shortly after it came out is when I started performing regularly. During this era, 2009-2010, I was still performing solo, but instead of just playing improv noise or electronic music, I started playing songs more songs from my albums using a set up similar to Ween or Big Black. I played electric guitar and sang while my Tascam Portastudio was plugged straight into the PA, playing the pre-recorded bass and drum machine parts. I played my first “electric” show this way in December 2009 in Fountain Inn, SC at a house party with Coma Cinema and it went over extremely well. I played mostly songs from the “14 Songs” album, and a few from this disc.

Released on February 3 2010, this album was conceived as a concept album to mix pretty pop songs with ugly noise songs. The idea was to go back and forth, first track being a pretty pop song, the next being an experimental or weird/off-putting/ugly noise song. The cover illustrates this concept with combining the beauty of a sunflower, placed in an ugly toilet. That is also actually my real toilet, from my parent’s house, with plastic flowers inside of it. I took the picture and sent it to my friend Victoria Ferrer, who runs The Black Lodge, a subculture get together at various local clubs. She edited it for me, writing the text on it and coloring the background around the toilet black, and turning the flowers red instead of yellow, and I think she did an absolutely fabulous job and I love her for it. My friend/occasional-partner-in-crime with Slacker Pop Records Micheal Keller, of the band Satan in Bondage, helped me put together the inner artwork including the lyrics, and he paid to help me print and make over 50 physical copies, and he helped distribute it so I also owe a huge thanks to him.

Listening back to this album reminds me of what was going on in my life at the time. I was working at a Kangaroo Express gas station, and came in one day to find out my store manager and good friend Russell Folk had committed suicide the night before. I was extremely shocked and upset by this and I ended up walking out on my shift, and quitting the job on the spot. It was my first day back from a two week vacation and I couldn’t handle the responsibility of having to be the one to tell customers who came into the store who were asking me, “Where’s Russell?" all day so after about an hour of my shift, I just up and left. I went home and wrote "Song For Russell”, which didn’t make it onto this disc but ended up on a future one called “Stuff Volume 2”. I spent the next two weeks frantically recording songs to help escape from the depression caused by the death of such a close friend. I had known Russell for over 2 years, and saw him about 5 times a week and we had become very close. This disc is most definitely dedicated to his memory, and I recorded it as therapy to help cope with my first experience of death. Besides my great-grandmother, who I wasn’t very close to, Russell was the first person I knew well to die. I still miss him very much, and this disc will always remind me of him. Anyways, on to the songs themselves.

‘Boredumb’ is one of the most popular Dables songs. It has been performed at every single show since that first electric show December 2009. Funny that this one is such a fan favorite because it took me less than hour to write and record it to completion. However this song is sort of a loose rip-off musically of Flies on My Dick by Ween. It has minimal guitar, slow, plodding drum machine, monotone vocals, and quirky lead guitar breakdown just like that song does. Although I like to think I did my own thing with that formula and I wouldn’t say this song an out-right rip-off, just inspired by the formula of Ween.

'Sober and Bored’ was the first track recorded for this album and the title and music itself was inspired by The Boredoms.

'Hang Around’ came out extra poppy because The Beatles remasters had just came out and I was listening to them non-stop and wanted to do a song with “doo-wahs” vocals on it. Besides a short, sloppy, semi-solo on the song “Who Are You?” from Slacker Pop, this track was the first “real” guitar solo I ever put on a song and I’m still pretty proud of it and I think I nailed it on the second take. Prior to this, I was pretty opposed to doing guitar solos.  Never performed an electric version of this song live before, but I’ve played it at acoustic shows several times.

'Live Forever’ was my attempt to emulate The Melvins, although it sounds little like them. The odd lyric “I want to lick your knees” was inspired by a porno I saw where a girl was blowing a guy and said “I wanna lick your knees” and proceeded to lick his kneecaps for a few minutes. I thought that was odd and hilarious so I put it in this song. The lyric “I want to see the end cause you know it will start again” means that if a person were to live forever, they would witness the collapse of civilizations and empires, only to see them get rebuilt and start again.

Along with a fellow local band Hollow Body, 'An Exercise in Isolation’ as well as portions of 'Boredumb’ was later put on the soundtrack to local independent film, “WTF?”, a horror/comedy film made by Firefly Ink Productions about a group of people on a road trip who’s car breaks down and the person who picks them up off the side of the road who proceeds to slaughter them. Clips of the movie are available on youtube.

'This is Nothing’ was a jab at the poor work ethics of my fellow bandmates in my side-project DAN, about how they wanted to play shows really badly, but weren’t dedicated enough to practice regularly. Needless to say, DAN broke up about 6 months after Pretty Ugly came out after only playing 3 shows together, all but 1 were a disaster. Although we eventually made up and became friends again, after another year or so we fell back into the same drama and currently haven’t spoken to each other in a while, but if either of them happen to read this, I have no hard feelings toward Sid and Clayton and I think the music we made together in DAN was some of the most creative and interesting songs I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m proud of the recordings we made together and I wish them luck with their recent project, Zelda Zonk. 

'Loop 3’ is the third installment of tracks I create using my Boss Loop Station. The first one was on '14 Songs’, and the second was on 'Stuff Volume 1’. This is probably my least favorite and is definitely the laziest one and in hindsight should’ve been left off this album entirely. Loop 4 appears on the most recent self-titled album.

“She Don’t Dig Me” was the last song recorded for this album. This song was lyrics written probably 2 years prior that I never put music to. I lifted the vocal melody of this song from Get Me by Dinosaur Jr, although in the end it turned out  Listening back to it, the audio quality on this track is embarrassing, and I remember being very frustrated with mixing it, and eventually giving up and just releasing it as-is, with several glaring technical mistakes, that hopefully nobody can notice but me. 

'108’ was an older recording, recorded shortly after finished 14 Songs, but was saved for this release. At 9 minutes and 32 seconds it is the longest track I have ever recorded.

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This is “Can’t Not” by Dables. A short, odd, instrumental EP I finished today for my friends in the UN_SCENE: Music of a Different Flavor group on Facebook. Definitely not your usual Dables collection, full of sludgey, shoegaze, minimalist noise hard rock. More or less. Anyways, it’s free and is the first in hopefully 3 EP’s I hope to finish by the end of winter. RAWK. ROLE. ALL NIGHT LONG!

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Dables - Can’t Not EP
Slackerpop Records 2012

Magic Mountain
  • Magic Mountain
  • DAN
  • Magic Mountain

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The next release I put out on Slackerpop Records was in the summer of 2009, my new lo-fi psychedelic punk band, DAN’s first album “Magic Mountain”.

Stream it or download it for free from soundcloud.com right here:


  • The impetus for this was I had recently got kicked out of cousin’s house, rather violently, and asked to never come back. So I did the logical thing: moved back in with my parents out in Fountain Inn which sucked. Living with my parents pretty much killed my ability to record anything because they wouldn’t put up with the loudness for too long, so I started spending a lot of time at my buddy Sid’s house, hanging out in the basement of his parent’s house, where we could be loud most of the time so I started jamming with him and his roommate Clayton. They were two unemployed stoners, living rent free, so it was perfect for me to come over pretty much anytime I wanted and smoke up and play music. “The Basement” was a stinky, cat-infested, no air conditioning, hippie dungeon. At least 50 different people came through that place and got fucked up and jammed with us during the 2 years that they lived there in whence we recorded 3 full DAN albums. The original idea was that each song should be short, maybe one or two riffs, and be over before the listener can realize that we suck. DAN is three stoned guys armed with a tascam 8 track, a drum machine, and a few guitars and microphones who strive for the most obnoxious sound they could possibly make. It’s dirty punk rock with all the fat cut out. It was our excuse to get high or drunk as hell and try to make each other laugh, the quality of the recordings wasn’t so important as the desire to just play and joke around trumped it. So from July-Aug 2009 we had cranked out 25 tracks of hippie punk madness. The most amazing one to me is the last one “Television Rots The Mind Yet Again”, in which all we did was hold a mic up to the tv and flipped the channels and the result was amazing. The cover of the CD is from a magazine Pantene Pro-V Shampoo ad, just zoomed in on the boobs. It’s a parody of both bad advertising, and bad album covers, like bands that put women all over the covers of their albums, we figured we’d take the next step and just have some giant cleavage and nothing else. Designed to both be a parody and to offend at the same time. When we put it up on myspace in fall 2009, I added a few things to DAN’s biography that I will include here:

(From http://www.myspace.com/drunkassnigger - Posted in Fall 2009 - Check out the DAN myspace for pictures or lyrics)
Let me clear some shit up right now, DAN is not anyone in the band’s name. We are not racist in ANY way, shape, or form. That’s fucking stupid to think that. The name is a parody of bands who give themselves “badass” or “fucked up” names and actually has a short story behind it. DAN is an anagram for Drunk Ass Nigga. Let me explain! David Walker used to work in a gas station and one of our regular customers was a black man named Angus. He and David were pretty close friends and one time they got to talking about music, Angus said to David, “You should name your band after me!”. Since they both had a twisted sense of humor, David replied, “What? The Drunk Ass Niggas?”. Angus replied, “You better let me join the band so yall don’t get your cracker asses kicked!” They both had a good laugh. After telling this story to Sid and Clayton they agreed it was a funny idea that no one would get and would generate a lot of discomfort, so they shortened it to DAN. Get it? Yeah, we don’t either…

It all started mid 2009 when a local freaky musician, known as Dables got together with the punk/funk/lofi psychedlia weirdness of The Albino Porch Monkeys and over many bong hits and beer cans, potato chips, and camradrie, the three guys: David Walker, Sid Id, and Clayton Marx decided to form a new band.

This brings us to the two DAN mission statements:

1.) We aims to piss you off. We want you howling at the sky in anger and turmoil after listening to DAN. We want to upset the rest of your day with horribly catchy racket that you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try. We want your ears to bleed and we play LOUD AS FUCK.

2.) We aims to write whatever the hell we want. If we want our songs to be 6 seconds long, then by god we will write a 6 second song about titfucking. We heed to no religion, sex, orientation, race, or culture. We hate them all and we thank those who don’t laugh at themselves sometimes are assholes! We will never be censored for any reason, despite those who may think so. They can go eat cock and enjoy it! We will write whatever kind of genre we will feel like, we will fart in microphones and call it music if we see the need to do so, which is a good idea and we should put fart songs on the next album.


  • We were also working on filming “Magic Mountain: The Movie” which was going to be a music video for every single track on this album, and we got about 15 of them done, but due to a falling out with our cameraman/editor Michael Keller, he refused to finish the videos or let us have copies of the 15 that were already done. We hope he still has this footage and that someday we, or at least I, David, can make amends with him and let the past be the past and let our art that we worked on together so hard be seen by the world. If you know him, tell him we are sorry and we would love it if he would post the DAN videos on the internet again, to celebrate our old friendships and for the sake of DIY art. The videos were great and hilarious but have only been seen by a few people, hopefully one day we can change that and even FINISH Magic Mountain: The Movie!! WE STILL HAVE HOPE!

DAN - Magic Mountain
2009 Slackerpop Records
1.Quantity Over Quality
2.Waffle House
3.God, Jews, and You
4.Adam Sandler is A Punk Bitch
5.All We Did Was Cry
6.The Duke of Huffing Paint
7.Soda Came Out My Nose
8.I Love God
9.Gay Balls
10.Track 10 (This is)
11.All My Heroes Overdosed on Drugs
12.The Naked Ugly Truth
13.Pittsburgh Massacre
14.Token Reggae Song
15.Puck Feter Frampton
16.Zach’s a Bitch
17.You Put Me on The Spot
18.Never Goin’ Outside Again
19.Playing With A Bag of Weed in My Pocket
20.Les Go Get Hi
21.Stuff and Things About Items
22.Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide
23.The Following Bands Suck
24.Tree Squirrel
25.Television Rots The Mind Yet Again

all music and lyrics written, performed, and recorded by dables, sid, and clayton
our drum machine Dr. Rhythm held down the beat for us.
recorded entirely in sid’s basement during July-August 2009 in Simpsonville, SC

our buddies who helped on “Magic Mountain”:
Jeremy-we used his expensive 7 string guitar on tracks 7 & 8
Adam,Zach,Justin,Shelby-made vocal noise on track 16
Keller-inspiration for the bands featured in Track 23
Brittany-moral support during Track 25, possible vocal noise on track 16 no one can remember if she was there or not!
T-weed supply on entire album, direct inspiration for Track 19

2009 - Dables - Stuff, Volume 1

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Download it for free at: dables.bandcamp.com


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This album is a compilation of leftover songs and recordings done during the 14 Songs sessions that I thought didn’t fit well on that particular disc and was the last thing I recorded when living in Greenville with my cousin Kenny. It starts with “The Results of Boredom” split into 2 parts. This was the last thing recorded during these sessions and was really just a musical experiment done out of boredom, hence the title(which I got from a poem I wrote when I was a teenager and later became the name of this blog-kind of a summary of how Dables started in general, the results of being bored) and me playing with the loop pedal and an attempt to layer as many dissonant guitar parts as I could.  Only part 1 is an actual “song”, written rather hastily with lyrics literally describing my day(woke up, ate some cereal, smoked a bowl, and wrote the song) and a few stolen lines from Butthole Surfers songs. It goes straight into part 2 which is pretty self-indulgent noise.
“Everything Is” was an old recording of a Neutral Milk Hotel song. “Whalesong” was supposed to be part of a split EP I was doing with my friends The Albino Porch Monkeys, but I could never come up with a vocal melody for it so it ended up on this disc with no vocals. “Zero Amounts of Shit” is a really old Dables song, and I tried to do an electric version of it that came out pretty shitty but I put it on this cd anyways. “Loop 2” is a guitar loop, the second in on ongoing set of loops that I create, so far there have been 4. “Happy Go Lucky Me” was recorded in two takes just as a warm-up, and I wasn’t going to release it but I liked the solo at the end so I put it on this cd. It’s a old 1950’s song that I heard in the John Waters movie Pecker and as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to learn how to play it. “Jam With Kenny” is exactly that, me and my roommate Kenny were just fucking around late one night, drinking and recording silly shit and this one of the 2 or 3 songs we did that night and essentially the only listenable one. Also it was one of the 5 or 6 songs, along with a few from 14 Songs, that were recorded before the robbery that I luckily had backed up on my laptop so I felt it was necessary to put it out since not many tracks recorded before the robbery survived. Tracks 9-11 were done in a single evening with my friends The Albino Porch Monkeys whom in the next few months formed a band with called DAN. Those tracks were the first time we recorded together and were songs written by them, except for a Butthole Surfers song, that I played drum machine on and recorded at my house. “Thighfatslap Jamboree” was a free form jam that we were wayyyy too stoned during but I thought it was hilarious, if barely listenable, so I tacked it on this disc too, mainly just to make Sid, Clayton, and Keller laugh.  This definitely isn’t my favorite Dables album, and even though it’s just leftover recordings and partly unfinished jams, it is what it is, and hopefully someone out there will at least find it humorous.

Dables - Stuff Volume 1
1.The Results of Boredom, Part 1
2.The Results of Boredom, Part 2
3.Everything Is
5.Zero Amounts of Shit (demo)
6.Loop 2
7.Happy Go Lucky Me
8.Jam With Kenny
9.The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave
11.Thighfat Slap Jamboree

–Slackerpop Records 2009–

all music written, performed, and recorded by David Walker
except for…
Track #3 written by Neutral Milk Hotel
Track #7 written by Paul Evans
Track #9 written by Butthole Surfers

Tracks #9-11 are by The Albino Porch Monkeys:
Sid-vocals and other stuff
Clayton-guitar, backing vocals
Keller-bass, backing vocals
Dables-drum machine, guitar, backing vocals, production

Dables Plays Daniel Johnston LIVE

Dables live at Suite 8 in Greenville, SC April 2011.

Dables Plays Daniel Johnston is a Daniel Johnston tribute performed completely in the character of Johnston, culled from his 80’s-early 90’s famously awkward and weird acoustic shows. Clean shaved, skinny, shaggy hair, wearing his own t-shirt, and promoting himself by full name constantly, Johnston was known for being extremely nervous on stage and talking awkwardly about his religious beliefs, or apologizing profusely after messing up lyrics to his songs, sometimes ending them early out of frustration. He would play the guitar a little too hard sometimes, or miss notes while singing and occasionally flub a lyric or two, and every now and then really appear that he’s about to have a nervous breakdown right before your eyes, normally after he thinks he played “badly” in his mind. He often bows after songs, and says the titles and usually the year or album they are from and always kept his sets very short, 5-6 songs tops.

David Walker of the Greenville, SC grunge folk act Dables, tries to recreate all of this to maintain the awkward, emotional, yet funny and entertaining performances of Daniel Johnston.