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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by Martijn » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:34 pm

indiansummer wrote:Is this one worth getting?
I think it's worth quite a lot, so it's literally worth getting. (Ah, it has been re-released recently. In 2005, that is. Oh well.) If you like the early, very lo-fi stuff, you'll enjoy this one a lot. Going to Georgia, which is a classic Mountain Goats song and a Putin favourite, is on the album.

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Post by RITH » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:21 am

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by gloom button » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:12 pm

There's a song from the new record on their website here and it's only fucking deadly. That wee guitar idea in the verses reminds me a bit of the sort of thing lou reed does on new york, that lovely washed-out sound and a figure that's almost like a gentle drum fill.

I like the song names on the new album a lot, too:
Mountain Goats wrote: 1. 1 Samuel 15:23
2. Psalms 40:2
3. Genesis 3:23
4. Philippians 3:20-21
5. Hebrews 11:40
6. Genesis 30:3
7. Romans 10:9
8. 1 John 4:16
9. Matthew 25:21
10. Deuteronomy 2:10
11. Isaiah 45:23
12. Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come
release date 6 October 2009
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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by Damian » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:23 pm

It's bloody lovely, that. I'm excited already.

It's so identifiable Mountain Goats, but still everything he does sounds like nothing before and then again like everything he's done. That guitar line really is fantastic.

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by Damian » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:07 am

Anyone going to the london or manchester shows? Tickets went on sale this morning, just got mine.

http://www.mountain-goats.com/archives/ ... -work.html

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by morning chorus » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:28 pm

new album getting good reviews... anyone?

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Post by Gordon » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:37 pm

Sounds good to me. Not listened to the bonus disc yet.
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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by Damian » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:38 pm

Yeah it is.

Allmusic's is slightly mixed, seems weird to criticise John Darnielle for not "lightening up"

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=am ... fuxzwald0e

Pitchfork appreciative too : - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/134 ... d-to-come/

It's a really good record actually, not too dissimilar in feel to Get Lonely, I reckon.

I saw John Darnielle solo in Manchester last Sunday, and he was amazingly good. Opened with 4 songs from the new one on the piano, then played loads of old/older stuff on the guitar. He played 'Billy The Kid's Dream Of The Magic Shoes' off of 'Protein Source' and of 'Song For Dennis Brown' amongst other things. Oh and a awesome rendition of No Children.

Seemed genuinely moved to hear the crowd singing most of the songs back word for word. Yeah really good.

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Post by gloom button » Fri May 21, 2010 1:26 pm

morning chorus wrote:new album getting good reviews... anyone?
so despite having listened to that song genesis 3:23 an unhealthy number of times, i hadn't until the other day thought to look up the bible verse. this is 3:23-4-
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
which suddenly makes darnielle's lyric go from being the familiar mixture of wistfulness and petty crime to being something really quite complex, if you ask me, thinking especially of 'break the lock on my own garden gate'-
House up in Clearlake ,where I used to live
Picked the lock on the front door, and felt it give

Touch nothing move nothing stand still
Keep my ears open for cars
See how the people here live now
Hope they’re better at it than I was
I used to live here
I used to live here

Pictures up on the mantle, nobody I know
I, stand by the tiny furnace, where the long shadows grow

Living room to bedroom to kitchen, familiar and warm
Hours we spent starving within these walls
Sounds of a distant storm
I used to live here

Fight through the ghosts in the hallway, duck and weave
Stand by the door with my eyes closed, when it’s time to leave

Steal home before sunset, cover up my tracks
Drive home with old dreams of play in my mind, and the wind at my back
Break the lock on my own garden gate, when I get home after dark
Sit looking up at the stars outside, like teeth in the mouth of a shark

I used to live here
i mean, not that it's a surprise that there's more to a mountain goats than you first think, but this one is just astonishingly elegant, even for him.
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Post by guitarsareboring » Sat May 22, 2010 11:10 am

I was disappointed with the last album, reminded me of Get Lonely which I didn't like quite as much either.

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Post by RITH » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:58 am

Good news!
I wrote a bunch of new songs, and then we recorded them all and set some aside because they didn't quite fit in with the others, and then there were thirteen survivors when we were done, which are now ready to claw their way to the surface.

The album is called ALL ETERNALS DECK, and if you have ever watched say a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a couple of people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then trying to feel super-hopeful about what they hear when what they're visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what the album is all about. If you know the feeling of exultation that comes with having recognized the oncoming train of fate, then that's the other thing the album's about.
Here are the songs on All Eternals Deck. Their names, I mean. It would be totally premature to just post all the songs. See you soon!

1. Damn These Vampires
2. Birth of Serpents
3. Estate Sale Sign
4. Age of Kings
5. The Autopsy Garland
6. Beautiful Gas Mask
7. High Hawk Season
8. Prowl Great Cain
9. Sourdoire Valley Song
10. Outer Scorpion Squadron
11. For Charles Bronson
12. Never Quite Free
13. Liza Forever Minnelli

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by Damian » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:02 pm

I find it totally interesting that John Darnielle has got the guy who used to play guitar in Morbid Angels in on this. I don't think it's going to affect the sound of the record too much, but it clearly has some great ideas going on in there :-

http://pitchfork.com/news/41231-mountai ... new-album/

Also the opening track from the forthcoming album is really very good indeed. I'm pretty damn excited about this. More so because he suggested to my twitter post that they might come and play the UK again this year. Which will probably mean a european tour too. :-

http://downloads.pitchforkmedia.com/The ... mpires.mp3

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by simplethings » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:31 pm

The Life of the World to Come is wonderful, I think.

Gloom button, I've noticed the same thing, how the verses add so much more depth to the songs. Particularly Genesis 30:3, the verse being about a wife allowing her husband to sleep with a maidservant to produce a son. Brilliant stuff.

Looking forward to a 'horror-vibe' on this next one.

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Re: the mountain goats' own thread

Post by islandhopper » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:36 am

New tour (including UK and Ireland!)

February
15 - U of W Meany Hall, Seattle, WA

March
24 - The National, Richmond, VA
25 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
26 - Strand- Capitol PAC , York, PA
28 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
29 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
30 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

April
1 - Paradise, Boston, MA
2 - Castaways, Ithaca, NY
3 - The Opera House, Toronto, ON
5 - The Vic, Chicago, IL
6 - The Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
7 - The Variety, Atlanta, GA
8 - The Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
10 - The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
11 - The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
12 - Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
14 - Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
15 - Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

all March/April shows with Megafaun

May
22 - Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
24 - Coalition, Brighton, England
25 - KOKO, London, England
27 - Academy 3, Manchester, England
28 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, England
29 - King Tuts, Glasgow, Scotland
30 - Cluny, Newcastle, England

June
25 - Part of Planet-X Fest (SOLD OUT), Bloomington, IN


I've already got tickets for Glasgow and am very excited indeed.

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Post by Damian » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:19 am

Excellent news. I'm in the process of getting tickets for Manchester.

I've seen Darnielle on his own in Manchester, and The Mountain Goats only once and at end of the road, so it'll be interesting to see them the whole bands in a fairly intimate setting.

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Post by gloom button » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:14 am

Some nice, old, session stuff here- http://www.the-collective.net/~sashwap/goats/ - if, like me, anyone's not heard it before.
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Post by Damian » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:05 am

That's awesome, thank you.

It also reminded that the other day I found this website with Mountain Goats stuff on it.

http://www.archive.org/details/MountainGoats

I love the fact that John has giving his blessing to them posting live sets. The one from Webster Hall is particularly ace.

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Post by gloom button » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:19 am

It looks like there's some great stuff on that archive.org site all right; cheers for that.

There's a video of them on Letterman the other night playing a new new song. It has some lovely lines, and I like it a lot.
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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:30 am

That little smile between Peter and John at the end when Letterman says the album title is perfect.

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:38 am

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