The Mountain Goats

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The quintessential @mountain_goats moment: Someone requests "Fault Lines," JD demurs, claiming lyrical ignorance. Fan hands him her iPhone.

next time i see dude i'm gonna bring a printout of 'song for cleomenes'

mookieproof, Friday, 20 April 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

woohoo! http://pitchfork.com/news/46347-the-mountain-goats-reissue-old-cassettes/

"The songs you find on this compact disc originally appeared on two cassettes. To elaborate further about that—to say, for example, that the songs originally appeared 'on two cassettes that were released in ____ and ____'—would misrepresent the spirit of their time. These tapes did not have release dates. No one anticipated their coming into the world, and very few noticed or cared. All previous eras cross at some point into the territory of the unimaginable, and so it is with the days of tape-trading. The obscurity in which these songs were incubated and born and brought into their faint light is a state of being which has passed into history."

kid steel (cajunsunday), Monday, 30 April 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow, I still have these cassettes floating around somewhere, but they are nigh-unplayable. Will buy the reissue, definitely.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

New album in October:

http://www.mountain-goats.com/archives/2012/07/just-under-1000.html

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 July 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

SO EXCITED for the cassette reissues, somehow missed news of these but will get them today!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 9 July 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is it possible that the songs with the drum machine and the keyboard are actually his very greatest work?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 14 July 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

was listening to one of the recent solo shows and was impressed with the piano playing! very very nice.

tylerw, Saturday, 14 July 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost some definitely are--cant remember the name right now but whichever has the refrain "it won't be necessary" is all-time

visions of kreayshawn with joanna newsom (bernard snowy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

"california song" up there for me

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 14 July 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sweden is just too much.

YOU'RE MEAN TO ME!
WHY MUST YOU BE MEAN TO ME?
YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET, YOU SEE, WHAT YOU MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAN TO ME!

Blue Collar Retail Assistant (Dwight Yorke), Saturday, 14 July 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fantastic piano playing!

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey owen, can you say how involved you were on the new record? (its cool if you wanna just make us wait for liner notes)

Yeah and I ~obstruction~ you/ya fucking blind cunt (pause) fucking k (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually, sorry for asking that. i know aero and i think yrself have said in the past to not talk directly about the day job

Yeah and I ~obstruction~ you/ya fucking blind cunt (pause) fucking k (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard the Desmond Child penned songs on this are great

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

would usually say "hey let's leave a classic like 'dude (looks like a lady)" alone, but the version here really brings the pain

tylerw, Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

As far as I know, Steven Tyler is pretty OK with talking about his day job round here

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

But getting back on topic, no, I contributed nothing to the new Mountain Goats album. They asked me to do some arrangements for two collaborative concerts with a capella group Anonymous 4, in March. I arranged three songs for guitar, voice + SSAA, four for piano, voice + SSAA, and one for voice + SSAA. (There were no string arrangements, as was reported.) I'm pretty sure NPR recorded the NYC performance and iirc the songs "Lakeside view apartments suite" and "Counterfeit Florida plates" were especially strong

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

(And for the record I'm OK with talking 'bout my day job so long as it's limited to clarifying already available facts and expressing positive opinions i.e. "he's a blessing and an inspiration")

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Owen, thanks for making my brother's first ever gig (the Anonymous 4 show at the Barbican) one he'll never forget.

Blue Collar Retail Assistant (Dwight Yorke), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

No thanks necessary. I sit at the piano all day and take ILX breaks every hour. It's good living.

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

owen I didn't realize u did string arrangements on Life of the World to Come until v.recently, and when I found out I was like "oh that's why they're so awesome!" <3 <3

visions of kreayshawn with joanna newsom (bernard snowy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 at you but let's keep things on topic. I am so excited for this new Mountain Goats record and you should be too. There is one song on the album called "White cedar" that is so beautiful I couldn't bear to work on it, probably my favourite tMG song of the last seven years.

Ówen P., Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha yes of course I am excited! I will probably never reach a point in my life where the idea of a new goats album fails to excite me

visions of kreayshawn with joanna newsom (bernard snowy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

bah, after going to the incredible barbican show i was really looking forward to hearing those in recorded form! but on the other hand, now i have something unheard to be looking forward to. (but i'll have to track down those recordings.)

Merdeyeux, Saturday, 14 July 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh, well im very glad i asked then :) there comes a time once in a while where a new mtn goats record feels like a reassuring boost everyone needs

Yeah and I ~obstruction~ you/ya fucking blind cunt (pause) fucking k (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 14 July 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's rad that you're working with anonymous 4; i dig them

This clam, stranded on someone’s floor, is trying to dig itself (forksclovetofu), Monday, 16 July 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

just noticed this, which was announced back in April but looks like it wasn't mentioned here--a "metal covers" set at Hopscotch next month:

The second set, however, will be unlike any in the 20-year history of the Mountain Goats—all covers, possibly all on Fletcher’s beautiful grand piano, all by himself. A lifelong metal fan and longtime columnist for the extreme music magazine Decibel, Darnielle says he plans to spend a portion of the summer arranging and learning covers of heavy metal songs. “The tentative title for this set,” Darnielle says, “is ‘Nearer My Hateful Mankind Plague to Thee,’ but titles are subject to change.
http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/news/post/the-mountain-goats-to-perform-rarities-and-first-ever-covers-sets-at-hopsco/

Aglet, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

so the Hopscotch gig was super fun

DARING PRINCESS (DJP), Saturday, 8 September 2012 23:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I certainly hope that the title of the set was changed to These Purges of God

catbus otm (gbx), Saturday, 8 September 2012 23:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

still waiting for a buddy holocaust tribute album

scott seward, Sunday, 9 September 2012 01:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

new album is fabulous as usual, lots of piano and what sounds like a small horn/brass section. strong song cycle & a few flat out stunners. love it

ilxor, Sunday, 9 September 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Need to fully absorb it still, but yeah, I can already see myself liking this as much as Heretic Pride and All Eternals Deck, which means this will probably finish somewhere in the second half of my year end top ten.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

John needs to become a permanent co-host on Judge John Hodgman.

NR’s resident heavy-metal expert (Nicole), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is it streaming somewhere at this point?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/judge-john-hodgman

The metal episode is the best.

NR’s resident heavy-metal expert (Nicole), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah, sorry, I meant the album! (Based on previous comments.) But I'm glad for that too!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Duh doy, I should have picked up on that.

NR’s resident heavy-metal expert (Nicole), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

No, but it is, uh, around.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

has anyone ever pitched Deadmau5, Skrillex and SBTRKT remixing Mountain Goats songs?

DARING PRINCESS (DJP), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i certainly hope not.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, but it is, uh, around.

pet peeve is people phrasing "there's a leak online" like this as if there were some Dumb Ol' Suits who wouldn't be able to understand what "it is, uh, around" would mean

we don't wanna miss a THING!!! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

speak for yourself man, I still don't know what we're talking about—far as I can tell some kind of steamer called the Mountain Goat is supposed to be around, but may have sprung a leak? also something about the holocaust

He revs the language like a hypersonic superbike. (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

It leaked online and I downloaded it illegally.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, but it is, uh, around.

pet peeve is people phrasing "there's a leak online" like this as if there were some Dumb Ol' Suits who wouldn't be able to understand what "it is, uh, around" would mean

― we don't wanna miss a THING!!! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:19 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i usually just walk up to a website and be like "um...heeey man...um....are you holding?"

listen to that wu-tang whistle blowin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

you know where i can get some, um, *420*

how's life, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

yo man you got any of that yam king of crops

cwkiii, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

To be fair, "know where I can get some, um, Transcendental Youth" does sorta sound like drug slang.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey mp3 hosting website....are you cool?

listen to that wu-tang whistle blowin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

WHO LET THE NARC IN. i may wait to buy this one! i want the anonymous 4 memories to stay foremost with me for a while longer.

tubular, mondo, gnabry (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

"...John's not here!"

nickn, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink


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