Monday, April 2, 2018

Jason Falkner - Biography & Discography

There is this kind of musician who is writing, releasing records and performing his own music for more than two decades - but misses the aim that is chart success? The one who creates stunning music and don't get any recognition by public, but by his loyal fans? One of them is Jason Falkner.

To sum it up: he may be one of the most underrated musicians of the last two decades. What a pity!


Falkner started his musical career with a band called The Three O'Clock but soon he joined a new band of his former bandmate (Roger Joseph Manning Jr.) - Jellyfish. After the success of the first record (Bellybutton) he left the band and said he'll be never again a band member again (where he was clearly wrong).

His solo career started in 1996 with Presents Author Unknown, followed with the fabulous Can You Still Feel?. I recommend to listen to Can You Still Feel? from start to finish - there's no filler song, no low point.


2001 was a good year for loyal fans: two collection of rare songs and demos were released: Necessity: The 4-Track Years and Everyone Says It's On. Falkner also put a collection of Beatles songs, performed as lullabies, the title says it all: Bedtime With The Beatles (the follow up was released in 2008).


In 2002 a full album of unreleased material surfaced in the internet - it was called Eloquence, in 2004 he had the phenomenal Bliss Descending EP out.
His latest two records (I'm OK... You're OK and All Quiet On the Noise Floor) had only a release in Japan. Three years (THREE YEARS!) later I'm OK ... You're OK was finally out in the US and Europe. All Quiet On The Noise Floor didn't have this fortune.



Jason Falkner solo - discography:
  •  Presents Author Unknown (1996)
  •  Can You Still Feel? (1999)
  •  Necessity: The 4-Track Years (2001)
  •  Everyone Says It's On (2001)
  •  Bedtime With The Beatles (2001)
  •  Eloquence (2002) - never officially released!
  •  Bliss Descending (EP) (2004)
  •  I'm OK... You're OK (2007)
  •  Bedtime With The Beatles 2 (2008)
  •  All Quiet On the Noise Floor (2009)

Since 2009 Jason Falkner stopped his solo career and became producer, session musician and performed with several bands:

  • Jellyfish – Bellybutton (1990) 
  • The Greys - Ro Sham Bo (1994 - with Jon Brion- vocals, guitar)
  • Susanna Hoffs - Susanna Hoffs (1996 - bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion, organ, drums )
  • Brendan Benson - One Mississippi (1996 - co-writer) and Lapalco (2002 - co-produced, backing vocals)
  • Eric Matthews - The Lateness of the Hour (1997 - electric guitar, bass, piano, drums, co-producer
  • Chris Cornell - Euphoria Morning (1999 - bass)
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Brian Reitzell - Logan's Sanctuary (2000 - guitar, lead vocals, bass)
  • Air - 10 000 Hz Legend (2001 - bass, he also toured with the band), Talkie Walkie (2004 - bass)
  • TV Eyes (Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Brian Reitzell) (2001)
  • Aimee Mann - Lost In Space (2002 - bass)
  • The Blondes - The Blondes (2002 - producer)
  • Travis - The Invisible Band (2001 - keyboards, backing vocals on the B-Side "Killer Queen")
  • Pugwash - Almanac (2002 - vox continental, vocals, guitar)
  • Lisa Loeb - The Way It Really Is (2004 - electric guitar, Wurlitzer piano, background vocals)
  • Magnet - Tourniquet (2005 - producer)
  • Ben Lee - Awake is the New Alseep (2005 - backing vocals)
  • Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005 - electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
  • The Nines - Calling Distance Stations (2006 - mixing, backing vocals)
  • Beck - Sea Change (2002 - guitar), The Information (2006 - acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion, African drums, Moog bass, background vocals) and Modern Guilt (2008)
  • Anne Soldaat - In Another Life (2009) - producer, instruments, co-writer
  • Daniel Johnston - Is and Always Was (2009 - producer, engineer, mixing, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals)
  • The Informers – Soundtrack (2009) 
  • Glen Campbell - Ghost on the Canvas (2011 - bass, guitar)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (2011 - guitar)
  • R. Stevie Moore - Make It Be (2017)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon? (2017)
  • Pugwash - Silverlake (2017 - producer)

Here is the famous, never seen the light of the release day album Eloquence in all his glory:

46 comments:

  1. This MU is now dead due to the closure of MU, would it be possible for you to re-upload the file to another host please? Many thanks for your great blog :-)

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  2. @ozmre: I just updated the link. This shoud work.

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  3. Thank you sir, I really appreciate this :-)

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  4. You should listen to TV Guests' new album produced by Jason Falkner !! It rocks !!!
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/TV-GUESTS/101809953192130?sk=app_178091127385

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  5. The link says "Invalid or deleted file." If you get a chance to update it, that would be amazing. This album is truly impossible to find anywhere, thanks!

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  6. @DB: I updated the link to the record. This should work.

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  7. Link is dead...again. :-(
    Too bad - I'd love to hear this!!!

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  8. Just stumbled across this, long time fan of Jason and The Grays. Any chance you could update the link?

    Thanks in anticipation :)

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  9. Everyone interested - I just need your email ...

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  10. my blog name @hotmail.co.uk

    Thanks very much

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  11. Thanks for the rare find.

    hollywoodgauntlet@yahoo.com

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  12. Luis de Castellon
    Thanx...

    lbenlloch@camaracastellon.com

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  13. Hi! You're doing a wonderful job by spreading this kind of music! Could you upload the file again? Thanks!

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    1. I just put it up on dropbox - give me your email, Argie :-)

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    2. Can you send it to ctnixon@sbcglobal.net

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  14. Thank you very much for this great music, thanx.

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  15. hi.. nice.. can you send it to gportnoy23@gmail.com?

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  16. would you be able to send a link to joelmuller511@yahoo.com

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  17. If the link is still available, can you send it to klytus@ameritech.net?

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  18. Hi, thank you so much for this great site! Could you please upload the Eloquence album again, or send it to equity@cls.waseda.jp?

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  19. Hi, can you send it to hectorpohle@gmail.com Thanks!

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  20. I'd be very interested in the Eloquence album. Could you please send it to horacio_27@yahoo.com. Thanks so much. I've been on a huge Jason Falkner kick and am perplexed why he is not appreciated as much as he should be.

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  21. Man, I can't find this album anywhere. Would you send the info to jnrlmo@gmail.com? Thanks!

    Juan.

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  22. Huge Jason Falkner fan, can i still get this album please?

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  23. Huge Jason Falkner fan, can you please send the info to growler_7444@yahoo.com

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  24. Hi,
    the Email "growler_7444@yahoo.com" didn't work. Could you check this?

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    1. hi its growler_7444@yahoo.com.au I left out the .au apologies. and thank you

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  25. Are you still offering this? If so: shermanbierce@aol.com

    Thanks!

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  26. Hi there, I've searched high and low for Falkner and it's impossible to find where I am, can you please get in touch at justinbradfordmusic@gmail.com ? cheers

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  27. Any chance you could send me the link? My address: discosuicide@hotmail.com

    It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  28. Please please please send me this album: .
    Kindest regards, Paul.

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  29. Email address didn't copy. Please send to mccannp@yahoo.co.uk

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  30. Paul, I tried to send it via email - but there seems to be a problem with your email adress. I sent it to you via google+. Please tell me if this worked!

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  31. Hi...Im a big fan of Jason Falkners work and I would be so happy to being able to hear this album.
    Thanxxx in advance....PS Great blog this one also.
    Best Danny.
    funky.dan@bredband.net

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  32. Hey there, I hope I haven't missed the boat on this one! Could you send to nycdguy@gmail.com? Thanks so much! - Tony

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  33. Hi! I would reeeeally love the Eloquence album, please could you send the link to ian_trigg@hotmail.co.uk? Thank you sooooo much!!

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  34. Would dearly love this or any other Jason recording. Please send PM to dmiller104@comcast.net. Thanks!

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  35. How about Jason's contribution to the Grays? One helluva an album.

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  36. hi! can you send me the ''eloquence'' album please? here's my email: keane_150@hotmail.com thanks!!!

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  37. Hello! Can you send me the "Bedtime with the Beatles" album to sirgreendown94@gmail.com?

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  38. Hey! I'd KILL for a copy of the eloquence record, But I don't want to kill. Not again. Never again. so please send it to me. I'm at khaledabdullah94@gmail.com

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  39. can you send the eloquence album to cameronboahn@yahoo.com

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  40. can you seen it to me? please juan-frutos@hotmail.com

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  41. Hi. Would love a copy of the Eloquence album if you still have it drewstuartwiles@yahoo.co.uk Thanks.

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