Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Plea to Jason Falkner

Since the release of the new, Jason Falkner-produced
Daniel Johnston record, I have been thinking a lot about one of my biggest power-pop heroes. Falkner has been in great bands like Jellyfish and The Grays, played with legends like Paul McCartney, Air and Beck and put out legendary solo albums like 'Presents Author Unknown'. So, why haven't I been able to purchase new music by him since the 'Bliss Descending' EP way back in 2004?

Falkner has actually had two full-length pop albums since then, 'I'm OK... You're OK' in 2007 and 'All Quiet on the Noise Floor' earlier this year, but both were released in Japan on Noise Recording Records. I have been waiting a loooong time for 'I'm OK... You're OK' to be released domestically, and we have been promised several times that it is about to come out. The last date we were given was early August 2009. When that date passed, we were told it would be out by the end of the year. Well, 2009 is rapidly coming to an end, and my patience is growing thin. As for 'All Quiet on the Noise Floor', Falkner has asked his American fans not to buy the Japanese import and wait for the domestic release. Record sales here, he argues, will help with the expense of touring the United States. Jason, I'm not sure I can wait years for this one. For those of you not familiar with his work, here's why. Listen to these gems. Then get in line like the rest of us.

Jason Falkner - I Live (mp3) (from Presents Author Unknown)
Jason Falkner - Holiday (mp3) (from Can You Still Feel?)
Jason Falkner - Eloquence (mp3) (from Everyone Says It's On)
Jason Falkner - The Neighbor (mp3) (from Bliss Descending)
Jason Falkner - Hurricane (mp3) (from I'm OK... You're OK)


troy said...

Did you hear the tracks when Noise McCartney had them up on their Myspace page? Really excellent. Hope he gets that one released here soon.

Brian said...

Hey Troy. The only way I have heard anything from All Quiet on the Noise Floor was by opening the audio samples on Amazon. How Michael Scott! Imagine me clicking to listento 30-second snippets over and over again. How lame. Like you, I'm so ready for a proper release.

robokok said...

Hear Hear!

I couldn't agree more with the sentiments expressed here by Brian.
This way Mr. Falkner will never get any sales whatsoever in the US.

Cheers from Holland!

Anonymous said...

i'm okay has just come out on cobraside in the states on both cd and lp....hes getting a deal together for noise floor very soon