New Song : B.A. Johnston : Taste The Shame

Here’s a smiler to end the week. I’m not really sure what to make of Hamilton, Ontario’s B.A. Johnston. A Canadian cult hero (so I’m told), he’s more droll than Jonathan Richman, and more self aware than Daniel Johnston. I prefer to think of him as the Leonard Cohen of the local foodcourt. Produced by Paul Linklater (The Pinecones), Johnston’s new release, Thank You For Being A Friend, is a desperately romantic pop culture mélange that runs the gamut from sweet to decidedly creepy, often within one breath. According to his bio, the last six years have witnessed B.A. alternating between touring Canada in his mom’s prized minivan, and squatting in her basement, but don’t think for a second that our corpulent, Canadian Bojangles doesn’t dream big. Nope, in true high school yearbook fashion, Johnston declares that the future will witness him finally wearing a suit, driving a car built in this century and finding a girl who “doesn’t view him as some kind of kryptonite.” Sounds like a shoo-in for Most Likely To Succeed.

MP3 :  B.A. Johnston – Taste The Shame

  • jeff

    August 21, 2010 [ 6:35 pm ]


  • Today In Music News: Mon Aug 23 «

    August 23, 2010 [ 3:25 pm ]

    […] Basement-dwelling troubadour B.A. Johnston is preparing to unleash his upcoming album, Thank You For Being A Friend, upon unsuspecting audiences — check out a preview track. […]

  • Nicole

    September 17, 2010 [ 3:48 pm ]

    I feel like this post accruately sums up both the album and artist. The Leonard Cohen bit was a nice touch. Go get the album – you won’t regret it.

  • Is The Leonard Cohen Of

    March 2, 2011 [ 10:21 am ]

    […] And there are many, many more examples: Mike Johnson is (was?) apparently the Leonard Cohen of the early 2000s,  Merle Haggard is the Leonard Cohen of Country, Anais Mitchell is the Leonard Cohen of our time, Mark Allen is the Leonard Cohen of Living Love songs, and B.A. Johnston is the Leonard Cohen of the local foodcourt. […]

  • Ego Martini

    November 11, 2012 [ 10:17 am ]

    I would add – Ween of the north-country.

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