Duquette Johnston Review + Giveaway


I’ve not done a record review post in a loooong while. Having no time to sit and relax with an album is one thing, but also I like to wait for interesting and smaller release gems too. Not that I think I’m some record finding wizard – it’s just that with so many reviews out there, who needs to hear another person talking about some big budget crusher, right?

Anyway… My reviews are biased since I only talk about stuff I like, and I feel like a music review is more about finding leads than anything. I’m giving you a lead about this cool fellow named Duquette Johnston and you follow up by listening to some samples and deciding a coolness level for yourself.

Granted, I’ll be honest and say you should take my word without question… Rabbit Runs A Destiny is a standout record. Things start off with a cool, low driving track, Heart Is Breaking. It’s a great start as the album rolls into some heavier songs, like the title track and then meanders back to some slower, more deliberate songs. I typically like the sad stuff, and even though this isn’t a sad record, there’s some real solidly heavy ones… Cherry Blossoms is a favorite.

So another biased angle to this review is a bona fide give-away. I’m buying the record for you, but Duq was gracious enough to send a t-shirt to the winner too. Just comment with a hello or maybe a new album you like and I’ll choose a random number and count out the commenter. Be sure to include your email addr where necessary and I’ll contact you after the drawing end, on January 28th. Open to everyone, I’ll pick up the international shipping too. Good luck!

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67 Responses to “Duquette Johnston Review + Giveaway”

  1. Scott says:

    This is excellent! Thanks for the opportunity. Have you heard the most recent John Vanderslice LP, Dagger Beach? Really top notch stuff. His cover album of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs is also incredible … very experimental, yet it totally holds together. Both are really nice quality vinyl pressings, too.

  2. Kenny says:

    Thanks for posting this review. I had not heard of Duguette Johnston before and I am digging what I have listened to so far. Really love the wood & faulk website and your work! As far as new music that I am listening to

    Night Beds – Country Sleep
    Fallen Rivers – Amelioration


  3. Tam fuller says:

    Hey! Looking forward to checking this album out. If you haven’t already heard it – The War On Drugs new song Red Eyes is fantastic. Not sure the new album name but their last release Slave Ambient was killer too. Have a great day!

  4. Hampton says:

    Was looking for a new listen. Thanks!

    I have been stuck on Southeastern by Jason Isbell lately.

  5. joey says:

    I’m still sticking with The Snake The Cross The Crown as some great music. Perfect for driving down the mountains after hikes. I also dig your bias reviews. Keep em coming.

  6. Steven K. says:

    ooohhhh heeeeyyyyy *wiggles foot and waves*

  7. Daniel Watkins says:

    Very cool, thanks for a heads up on someone I hadn’t heard. Pretty vinyl too :-)

    I’m interested in the drawing. centuryhouse at yahoo dot com

  8. James Hillman says:

    Sounds like a good record. I’d like to check it out.

  9. Sean Curran says:

    Thanks for posting this, I appreciate your suggestions.

    Also, what turntable is that?

  10. Fred says:

    I am glad to see Duq getting some notice.

  11. Steve Gray says:

    What a lovely sounding record and the added bonus of the actual physical object looking equally as lovely…always important in my book!!

  12. Alan says:

    Heya Matt. Thank clear vinyl looks amazing. I’ve been listening to the Microphones, the Glow Pt. 2, a lot this winter. I would definitely recommend it to you.

  13. MikeF says:

    Love this album and Duquette is a great guy. So much I like about this album. The writing, the “simple but right” production (very hard to do), his voice… One of my 2013 favorites. Did a nice interview with him too last year http://ourscatteredwords.com/2013/09/20/duquette-johnston-songwriting-interview/

  14. James says:

    The cover and album look great. Sampling the album over on that itunes thing has led to a productive morning as well. Cheers! (well done, Duquette!)

  15. Marcus says:

    Everything is better on vinyl. Going to check him out right now.

  16. Josie says:

    Firstly- what a cool giveaway this is!
    Secondly- Ten Stories by MeWithoutYou is blowing my mind.
    Thirdly- thank you for making such glorious things all the time.
    Crossing fingers!

  17. Adrian says:

    The cover looks amazing! I hope it sounds just as good.

  18. Jordan says:

    Sounds like an amazing record! Vinyl is always great.

  19. Enoch says:

    This sounds great! I just recently received “Shields” by Grizzly Bear on vinyl, and it’s been playing non-stop! Great listens, both of ‘em.

  20. Heather A says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Love being introduced to new music!

  21. I’m so happy to listen to some new music. Thanks for introducing him to us!

  22. Brandon Jones says:

    Hey dude, nice review. I’ll be sure to check him out.

  23. Rocko says:

    One new album sampling a week is my new ambition. Thanks for kicking it off. The Lil’ Smokies out of Missoula are solid.

  24. Benjamin says:

    Hello from France !

  25. Ron Schulz says:

    Definitely look forward to checking this out, love all your work and taste in products so Im sure ill enjoy this as well

  26. Kevin says:

    But is this record so good that you could airbrush a Viking riding a dragon and fighting Gollum on the side of a Good Times van?

  27. corgimas says:

    vinyl rocks……so nice to have around!!!! but i do not use it as much as i should!

  28. Would love to hear this album. When we moved from Southern Oregon to Portland last year we somehow managed to lose a few boxes along the way (or maybe they were accidentally donated to goodwill, shhh). With that my favorite Sam Cooke album Live at the Copa disappeared and I’ve been meaning to pick up another copy, its next on my list!

  29. Breanna says:

    Such great music! And probably the coolest vinyl I have seen in a while.

  30. Christakis says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for the lead!

    I’ve had Shakey Graves – Roll the bones on repeat. It’s not on vinyl yet, but he’s got his 7” live EP. “the waters” out.

  31. Casey says:

    love some duquette.

    my favorite album from 2013 was typhoon’s white lighter, if you haven’t given that a listen, definitely check it out.

  32. Caroline says:

    I just recently bought The National’s Trouble Will Find Me on vinyl, and I love it.

  33. Steve says:

    Whoa this is amazing.

    Just got my turntable on Xmas

    My favorite is,
    Wavves – afraid of hights have you had a listen? Real deep and dark

  34. Pascal says:

    awesome record! love it! thanks for the review!

  35. Mei says:

    I just got a U-Turn Orbit and i’m starting my vinyl collection. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  36. ascentury says:

    I’ve been into Rodriguez after seeing “Searching for Sugar Man”, a documentary about him. Check it out.

  37. Jessica says:

    Hi whaddda great competition win! i love it x

  38. Helen says:

    Beautiful vinyl giveaway you’re posting – thanks!

    The album Dream Cave by Cloud Control has been in heavy rotation with me lately. Originally from Australia and now based in the UK, the four piece reportedly recorded this album in caves in the English countryside in order to achieve the desired acoustic.

  39. Bobby says:

    Awesome opportunity, it’s such a joy discovering new music.

  40. Bruce says:

    Nice looking turntable, pro-ject or music hall? Glad to see we’re picking back up on the vinyl.

  41. Mike says:

    What an awesome looking album.

  42. michael says:

    Such a soothing song and video.
    Gorgeous looking album, would love to add it to my collection.

    I actually heard of Duquette Johnston from a friend out here in Toronto. You should check out his band they’re awesome.

  43. Ross says:

    Yes! This is wonderful.

  44. Vee says:

    This is awesome – I’m glad for the review and the opportunity to hear new-to-me artists!

  45. James says:

    Hey! Thanks for the info and inspiration! Stoked!

  46. Pedro Glez B says:

    Your blog is awesome!

  47. Alex says:

    Hey Matt
    It’s Alex. I bought the north westerner 20 a couple weeks back – I picked it up at the cabinet shop in your building. I love it. It’s instantly become one of my favorite things. Keep up the excellent work and thank you.

  48. Kody Myers says:

    So good! Love the sound..he has an original sound for sure! Would love to have this in my collection

  49. James Aasen says:

    Raw sound, I like it.
    Love your craft too.

  50. Joe Cafferty says:

    Southeastern by Jason Isbell has been dominating my record player lately. Thanks for introducing me to something new.

  51. Gus says:

    Boom! Bring it on…haven’t acquired any new vinyl in quite some time.

  52. Warren says:

    Music has been a big part of my life since I was born. There are so many albums I have heard and enjoy. I wish I could have all the music I like on vinyl. I don’t know how many records I have but it’s a lot. If I had to pick one to play right now I would put on “the Doors.” I have a first pressing I bought in SoCal a long time ago.

  53. brandon says:

    I would like this. pick me.

  54. This looks awesome! Hope to give it a listen at some point.

  55. Brodie says:

    Love this album, crossing my fingers. Check out Shakey Graves – awesome sounding guy.

  56. Keith says:

    Love it, will buy even if I don’t win!

  57. STEVE-O says:

    Great sounds, check Kurt Vile and the Violators!!

  58. Hoping to win, birthday is the day after the winner is announced.

  59. Nick Cochrane says:

    I agree with some of the other posters, sounds like good stuff. I was looking for something new and a bit more organic that most of the over-processed hits out there so it looks like I may have found something that I was looking for.

    The artwork and clear vinyl are quite nice also.

  60. Matt Pierce says:

    Okey, winner drawn randomly… Congrats Steve Gray.

  61. Drew says:

    This is a great giveaway and a cool way to promote a great artist. I agree with “Ten Stories” and “Shields” as some others have pointed out. I’d add Washed Out’s “Paracosm” and Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” (for the old school vibe).

  62. Kat says:

    Thanks so much…I’m in need of a little musical inspirational, but sadly, I have none to give back right now.

  63. james says:

    if steve hasn’t claimed it, i got dibs :P

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