Posted in music | pictures on March 20, 2008

Mtn Goats crowd @ MHOW, March 19, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
Music Hall of Williamsburg

For much of Mr. Darnielle's career the Mountain Goats' music has been solid but secondary. He recorded a decade's worth of albums on low-fi cassette equipment, and he needs nothing more than his acoustic guitar and wistful voice to perform most of his songs.

Lately, though, he has been polishing the music along with the words. He moved to studios to record, and at Webster Hall he led a trio with Peter Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster on drums. Partway through the set Mr. Darnielle switched to electric guitar. The full-fledged band version of the Mountain Goats gives him a spectrum of dynamics from folk-rock to power trio, from resonant ballads to reggae and soul vamps. It doesn't make his songs slick, it makes them more expressive. [Jon Pareles - NY Times]

SEE ALSO
* the MOUNTAIN GOATS are in NYC ++ pics from Noise Pop
* The Mountain Goats - new song & 2008 Tour Dates

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Comments (8)

the show last night was great! the whole first half was john and his (acoustic) guitar, which was a pleasant surprise.

Posted by klk | March 20, 2008 1:53 PM

Great show at Webster Hall-- the new album is really starting to grow on me.

One question for those that were there last night-- did he do the whole "forgetting" the lyrics of Heretic Pride bit? Seemed almost too clever and charming to be accidental (i.e. "And the people all come out to cheer")

Posted by A Roach | March 20, 2008 2:48 PM

A roach: what exactly was this bit?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2008 3:11 PM

You are obviously not a long-time Mountain Goats fan. John Darnielle has been forgetting lyrics and restarting songs multiple times for as long as he has been touring. He's got like six or so albums, you know?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2008 3:51 PM

Loved the Brooklyn show. I agree it was a nice surprise to have so much acoustic solo John in the first half. He was witty and engaging, despite seeming to have a cold or be sick. The encores were fabulous.

Posted by tara | March 20, 2008 4:01 PM

anybody recognize the shirt he was wearing?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2008 4:08 PM

there is not one blonde in that entire crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2008 11:45 PM

Hey, I'm in the crowd, in the lower left, in blue. And I'm blonde. It just doesn't look like it from the picture. Must be the lighting.

Posted by Stu | March 21, 2008 5:23 PM

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