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Earlier today, iTunes shuffled "This Year" into "Self-Destructive Zones" by the Drive-By Truckers. They have the same chord progression - an admittedly common one, but it was a cool reprise anyway.

Hope everything starts looking up for you.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 21 March 2008 02:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

Gah, I really wanted to see you in Philly tonight. Get well soon, JD.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Friday, 21 March 2008 02:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

was looking forward to catching one of your shows finally, but understand the circumstances for sure. as compensation, i'll keep spinning the discs.

Charlie Howard, Friday, 21 March 2008 03:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

John, saw you on Tuesday at Webster Hall, you played a great show. Get better soon. You're one of my favorites.

jonathan - stl, Friday, 21 March 2008 04:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

Get well and stay strong.

leavethecapital, Friday, 21 March 2008 23:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

'Sax Rohmer #1' is perhaps my very favourite thing ever just now. Great video, too. I already liked the concept in the first few seconds, and then it KEPT GOING!!

Every time I listen to Heretic Pride I give myself another little kick in the ass for not shelling out to see TMG in Glasgow in December. Any future shouts I make for "J0hn Darn1elle shreds!" will be so much less topical than they would have been then. :'(

Get well soon, John.

Merdeyeux, Saturday, 22 March 2008 03:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

get well soon, J0hn

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 22 March 2008 03:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

All the best, John. Looking forward to sparring amicably real soon.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 22 March 2008 03:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

Best wishes, J0hn.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 22 March 2008 03:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

so that line in marduk t-shirt men's room incident about 'i let myself imagine she was you' is totally fucking devastating and awesome fyi.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 March 2008 01:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

get well john

J0rdan S., Sunday, 23 March 2008 01:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ugh, keep getting bad news lately. Good thoughts sent in your direction, J0hn.

Lostandfound, Sunday, 23 March 2008 01:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

Nice show in DC tonight. Loved the emo intro with the reference to Rites of Spring, and the Mr. Rogers story. Sorry about your health. Best wishes.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 March 2008 06:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

wishing u good stuff

gabbneb, Sunday, 23 March 2008 06:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

Good luck, John, yr the bestest.

maciej recognizing trill, Sunday, 23 March 2008 06:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

all health, j0hn - hope you get to make it down here soon enough.

energy flash gordon, Sunday, 23 March 2008 06:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

thanks for the great show last night! you looked the picture of health, fwiw. all best wishes.

W i l l, Sunday, 23 March 2008 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

just got the PR about the resched - glad to hear you're still playing Manning, was really looking forward to seeing youse (and Wurster!) there

john della boscaoila (sic), Tuesday, 23 September 2008 03:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

I am hearing them now, on last fm, a song called 'Source Decay'. It sounds like one fellow singing over one rough acoustic guitar. The recording sounds prety rough too, I don't know why that is.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

maybe cuz it wasnt recorded v well

t_g, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 11:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

i think the early stuff is pretty much on the rough side.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, man, start with Tallahassee and explore from there if yer at all interested.

Perry-Como-Zombie-Memorial-Radio-Now! (Ioannis), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

"tallahassee" is the one about that couple breaking up, isn't it? that album is amazing. going into very dark regions of the soul.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

yep. that one and the following two are my all-time faves by J0hn.

Perry-Como-Zombie-Memorial-Radio-Now! (Ioannis), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

In true fickle form, my favorite MG album is the last one I played.

i am the small cat (HI DERE), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

i just discovered "the black ice cream song" from zopilote machine on shuffle. i have a bunch of albums, but except for sunset tree, which i know front to back, i pay attention to one or two tracks for a long time and then keep finding what seem like new tracks.

mte, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 14:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

I always recommend All Hail West Texas as a starting point for some reason, I've never really thought about why, just seemed reasonable. Maybe because the first thing they hear is the Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton and that track seems to appeal pretty bluntly to most people? Er...

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and they sound rough because he recorded that early stuff on a boombox (multi-xpost)

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, but that album sounds pretty one-note.

Perry-Como-Zombie-Memorial-Radio-Now! (Ioannis), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

in terms of...?

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

style, sound, 'production', song-writing, you name it.

Perry-Como-Zombie-Memorial-Radio-Now! (Ioannis), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've never got much beyond Tallahassee (although I own about half-a-dozen), but by golly, Tallahassee is a fucking extraordinarily good record.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

huh, my thoughts on it all were more along the lines of "cohesive" or "consistent", but I suppose I can see what you're saying (xpost)

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

well, yeah, that's exactly what i meant; it's all consistently one-note. th real problem for me, actually, is that it gets kinda hard to pay attention after the awesome opener. for me, it just ends up sinking into the background pretty much from that point on. i actually kinda wish J0hn would remake some of the stronger songs, or at least release live versions maybe.

Perry-Como-Zombie-Memorial-Radio-Now! (Ioannis), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 15:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

In hindsight you might be right...if my memory is accurate (though it's been a few years, and it isn't), all my favorite tracks are in the first half of the disc.

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 16:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's a pretty great one-two punch to open all hail west texas. those just-slightly-poetic codas —"if you punish a person," etc., and "your grandfather rode the boat over from ireland"—really punctuate the suburban drama.

mte, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 16:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

at least release live versions maybe

there are a lot of live versions of j0hn's stuff out there

t_g, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

Been falling in love all over again with 'Tallahassee' and 'The Sunset Tree' lately. "I'm gonna make it through this year, if it kills me." *heart*

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 17:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

so this Last Night of Your Life tour with Kaki King, what's it like? taking turns, playing together, her material, his material, the collaborative songs? excited...

W i l l, Thursday, 2 October 2008 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

there're lots of links to great live stuff on the Mountain Goats' site.

oh, and, uh, best band ever, etc.

BigLurks, Thursday, 2 October 2008 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

glad to hear you're still playing Manning

Rescinding this – it’s $52 at the uni and $20 in a depressed coal-mining port, so driving up the coast to see them. But mainly posting to alert J0hn that although Jester’s Pies have gone bust, while he's in the area today, the franchisee in Newtown bought out the location and it’s running as Janet’s Pies with similar, but not quite as exciting, pastry-encased vegetable matter.

venkman boners are totally canon (sic), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

went to the morrissey fan site to check out some new album stuff and saw a story that linked to the goats doing "suedehead"! : )

you can't stop the shinin' (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

kind of an annoying article. those pieces happen, what's the big deal? sure they're kind of obvious, but i don't believe they're completely lost on the artists in question. w/r/t to the goats piece, an avid fan (friend of mine) was really excited to see it.

Surmounter, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

not feelin that gawker thing at all

just sayin, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

"In fact, profiles of super-cool independent musicians in mass-market consumer magazines almost inevitably turn out to be cringe-inducing, forced exercises in justifying the relevance of an artist that often doesn't really care about being relevant to begin with."

so non-mainstream musicians don't care about being relevant? hmmm

Surmounter, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's weird to throw the new yorker profile in there also, they have profiles of lots of pretty obscure ppl right? also that article was dope

just sayin, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

(the nyer one i mean)

just sayin, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

they have profiles all the time, obscure or not. it's like he's annoyed that these artists are getting mainstream attention -- "i liked them before you did!!"

Surmounter, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah that's really the only reason i can think he would have bothered writing this

anyway like someone said in the comments, the reason why he can do this list is bcz profiles generally follow a formula (no matter who's getting profiled)

just sayin, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:40 (5 years ago) Permalink


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