Entries tagged with: John Darnielle
Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, it's a wonder he's never written a book before now. Yet Wolf In White Van is his first novel. It's out on Tuesday (9/16) via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and here's the synopsis:
Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.You can listen to Darnielle read an excerpt from Wolf In White Van's audiobook below. You can also hear him read from it in person as Darnielle starts a book tour next week, starting in NYC on Monday (9/15) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Hodgman there to, presumably, coax anecdotes out of him. Doors are at 6:30 PM, it starts at 7:30 and it's free to attend. As for what to expect, here's John himself:
Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.
Dear anybody whose question "will there be a book tour?" I have seemed to ignore, please know that I was not ignoring you, but that there was a plan to tell people about the tour I'll be doing for Wolf In White Van. I am constitutionally predisposed to call this plan a dark and evil plan, but honestly I don't see how going places and reading from my book can really be thought of as dark and evil, though I will do my best...All John Darnielle book dates are listed, along with the audio excerpt stream, below...
...it seems probable that a number of people who like our music will also be interested in the book, but for purposes of clarity be advised that I am leaving my guitar at home for this one and will play no songs on this tour, though I can't promise that Mr. Hodgman and I won't do an a capella chorus or two of "Sing a Song About Love", or possibly "We Bite."
See you out there!
We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.
On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.
The Mountain Goats in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
The Mountain Goats's 2012 album, Transcendental Youth is not too far in their rear view mirror, and they'll be continuing to support it in 2013 with the "Tuttlingen Warriors Tour." For it, John Darnielle and fellow Mountain Goat Peter Hughes will be playing a duo, somewhat like what Darnielle and Jon Wurster did at Carnegie Hall in January, and like they used to do earlier in the Mountain Goats' career. The tour is with their friends The Baptist Generals, who are releasing their new album, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, on May 21 via Sub Pop.
They're also making a point to play cities they haven't been to in a while (or ever) like Hoboken, where they will play Maxwell's on June 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a letter from John Darnielle about the tour and a video from the recent Carnegie Hall show, below...
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
by Klaus Kinski
John Kellogg Hodgman is a 41 year old author, actor, auctioneer, and humorist with one of the most fertile brains and diverse CVs in the biz. To the masses, Hodgman is probably best known as a Daily Show correspondent and as the personification of the "PC" in those numerous, insufferable and divisive Mac v. PC advertisements broadcast by the Macintosh Department of Propaganda. But those two facets of his career are small potatoes when you consider he's also written three books and, well... JESUS! Just look at his Wikipedia page!
His most recent tome, That Is All, came out in paperpack back in October and is the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. In addition to offering readers tips on the impending demise of the world as we know it on Friday (12/21/12), the book covers other topics including sports and wine and also features a list of seven hundred ancient and unspeakable gods. This man is a meticulous list-smith.
I found Hodgman to be an truly wonderful auctioneer at the Tom Scharpling/Ted Leo Sandy Benefit at the Bell House a couple weeks ago (Friday, December 7 to be specific). His banter was absolutely hilarious, but when the bids started flying he immediately assumed the role of veteran auctioneer and was able to keep drunken non-bidders quiet while keeping the actual bidding in perfect control. And as you will see from the list below, John Hodgman really likes the Bell House. As a matter of fact, be sure to check him out at the Bell House Friday December 21 where he will be doing two special THAT IS ALL live shows in one special evening. Sadly the 10:00pm late show is sold out, but the 7:00pm early show still has some vacancies. Get early show tix now before they are gone!!
And now, I present to you, The TEN BEST THINGS OF 2012 by John Hodgman:
"I'm summoning all my party powers from above and below to channel them into your soul... Have the PARTIEST HALLOWEEN EVER!" - Andrew WK
Let's just forget (not really) about this hurricane thing for one second, and try to remember that today is also Halloween! What are you going to be? What were you for Hallowmeme? Need instructions on dressing as a Canadian Indie Musician? Are you dressing up your baby? And are you going to one of the limited NYC events still happening? Or will you just save your costume and hopefully wear it to the belated Halloween Parade that might happen next week.
As you can see in the photo above, BV photographer Chris La Putt (not actually him) found his costume and is going to be Instagram for Halloween (actually, he's stranded without phone, internet or power in Jersey City).
One CT resident got a Halloween-themed surprise when Sandy uncovered a human skeleton under a down tree. They think it was put there hundreds of years ago when the area was a burial ground.
Dum Dum Girls dressed up as nuns and brought out the Dum Dum Boys, last night.
LA band Deap Vally who are currently in Europe on tour with the Vaccines, show off their costumes....
Holy scary Those Darlins:
Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh Sundquist, who has one leg, dressed up as the Christmas Story leg lamp.
Here's some dudes as the Beastie Boys:
Patton Oswalt is Doc Oc:
Bored? Learn how to carve jack-o-lanterns of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson.
The appropriately named but not actually that scary Vampire Weekend are going to be on Kimmel tonight (which is being taped at BAM).
Diplo made a Halloween mix for BBC Radio 1, which features tracks by Danny Brown, TNGHT, M.I.A., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Misfits, and more. Stream/download it and check out the full tracklist HERE.
Lil B made a free Halloween mixtape which you can grab.
The Black Lips made a Halloween mixtape too. Stream below.
To quote the YouTube description, "Just in time for Halloween (and Hurricane Sandy, for that matter) "Tears" is a short film by David Altobelli and Jeff Desom, with a score pulled from HEALTH's original soundtrack to 'Max Payne 3' from Rockstar Games." Watch below.
Passion of the Weiss put together a haunted hip hop mix you can go download.
RL Grime released a free Halloween mix too. Listen below.
Heliotropes covered Roky Erickson for Halloween.
Marissa Nadler covered Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town". Listen below.
Kate Nash vamps it up in the just-released, fangtastic video for her song "Fri-end" which you can watch below
John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle and family are dressed "as the 1992 Capcom game Quiz and Dragons."
Jean Grae is slightly mad at Sandy for messing up Halloween. Watch her scary new video for "Kill Screen" and the rest of the stuff mentioned, below.
In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...
It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?
Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.
Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.
Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.
Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.
Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.
Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.
Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.
More stuff below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
photos by Chris Graham
"John Wesley Harding just sang a song with an Atlantic Yards reference." - Kate
John Hold Steady Walkmen Mountain Goat Wesley Harding
"Well, you know, I've been making music for twenty something years now, and over the years, you meet many people in and out of your lives. They may or may not be your best friends, and you may or may not be close with their families, but there is a mutual respect and in some cases, that blossoms into very long friendships. For example, when I first came into America in 1990, I think my first ever solo show here was in Athens, Georgia. There, I was invited to stay at Peter Buck's house, and staying there was Nikki Sudden who has since sadly demised, and Billy Bragg; it was quite a wild scenario. It was my first time in town really, and my first solo show in America, so I've known Peter 21 years now. Scott, the producer of the record, came up to me at a show in Seattle in 1992 and said, "I'm a fan, I'm in the Young Fresh Fellows," and I said, "Fantastic." Now, bizarrely, he's not only in the Young Fresh Fellows, he's also in The Minus Five who was the backing band of my last album, and R.E.M who are now no more. Rosanne Cash, I met totally by chance in a New York lunch place. We were introduced, and I'm an artist-in-residence at this university, and I asked her to do a talk for the students with me because she's also a writer and musician. We've become very good friends, she's a great user of the social networking device Twitter, and we kind of keep in touch through that. So, I've known her a few years now, and her voice is so very recognizable to me, and I've loved it for so long that she is a very easy person to summon how good she would be in your mind of how good she would be in a song; then there's John Roderick of The Long Winters who is quite a recent friend; also Laura Veirs--I needed a woman to sing the parts of the ghost of my ex-girlfriend in one of the songs; and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos does the horns on everything, and he produced an album for me in 1992 called Why We Fight. He also found me a place to live. I was his neighbor for a couple of years. So, as you can see, it's a lovely web of friendship and mutual history."John Wesley Harding regularly showcases his many friends and acquaintances at his Cabinet of Wonder shows. The last was at City Winery on Friday (10/28) with Craig Finn, John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats), Rosanne Cash Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, and more. A full set of pictures in this post.
- John Wesley Harding to Huffington Post
Tickets are still on sale for the Decemberists-filled Cabinet of Wonders that will go down in the same venue on 11/18. Many of the same musicians will also be in the house the next night at the Bell House and then at Maxwell's right after that.
More pictures from City Winery below...
Mountain Goats @ Knitting Factory, Halloween 2005 (more)
As previously mentioned, John Wesley Harding is holding a "Cabinet of Wonders" variety show at NYC's City Winery on October 28th with Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. Since our last mention, two very special guests have been added to the bill: Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). Hopefully you didn't sleep on tickets because the show is now sold out.
Tickets are however on sale now for A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween at Littlefield, also a comedy and music variety show, happening one day later (10/29) with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, and... John Darnielle, and more.
Tickets are also still on sale for the 11/18 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery with The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger AND "Plus for this Cabinet of Wonders, and this Cabinet of Wonders only, the House Band will be THE KING CHARLES TRIO, comprising: Peter Buck (REM), Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Chris Funk, John Wesley Harding (Appearing as Himself), Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), John Moen, and Nate Query." That's a lot of Decemberists. More upcoming JWH shows HERE
Speaking of Ted Leo and Craig Finn, both are scheduled to make appearances at the BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute shows happening at Bowery Electric in November. The previously announced two shows (and movie screenings) are sold out, BUT a third tribute concert - a late one on 11/17, has been added. Tickets for the new show are on sale. More info HERE.
Mountain Goats dates and flyers below...
photos by David Andrako
The Mountain Goats stopped by NYC's Greene Space on Wednesday (earlier in the day than his third in a row Bowery Ballroom show) for a live WNYC "Soundcheck" radio appearance along with Suzanne Vega. Each artist performed three songs, Suzanne's were from her new play, and John's were from his new album "All Eternals Deck." Listen to the whole show, check out the setlist, and see more pictures from it, below.
Oh, and speaking of the Greene Space, "Battle of the Boroughs", the Bronx edition, goes down at the venue tonight (4/1).
2/3 of Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock)
Aesop Rock will head out on tour in May with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, and though they are billed separately, it means we're getting Hail Mary Mallon aka the crew formed by the trio. The NYC show will happen at Bowery Ballroom on 5/14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday (3/3). All dates and the video for HMM's "D-Up" are below.
Hail Mary Mallon is one of a few active projects for Aesop Rock. He also wrote beats for the San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts (his wife Alyson is a member). Dirty Ghosts, who played their first show last week, will kick of a string of dates with Datarock next week on the West Coast leading up to an appearance at SXSW. Check out a video for "Shout It In" below.
In addition, Aesop Rock has contributed material to the forthcoming Kimya Dawson LP, Thunder Thighs due this summer. Check out "Miami Advice" with Aesop Rock at K Records. Other contributors to Kimya's new album include Nicolai Fraiture, John Darnielle, Thao Nguyen, MURS, Jonah Matranga, Jack Dishel, Angelo Spencer and many other who are all listed below.
All tour dates and some video with the credits for Kimya's Thunder Thighs, below....
photos by Chris La Putt
On Saturday, February 26, thousands of people came together in Foley Square, in downtown Manhattan, to stand up for women's health, and fight back against the recent Congressional attacks against Planned Parenthood and family planning funding.Nellie McKay and John Darnielle played two songs each at the event. Lots of politicians spoke. More pictures, videos and the full speaker/performer list by minute (the setlist), below....
The rally comes on the heels of passage of dangerous anti-choice legislation in the House of Representatives, which, if made into law,
would eliminate basic health care and education services for millions of Americans - and according to Department of Health estimates, 800,000 New Yorkers.
Frank Bruno & John Darnielle (the Extra Lens)
By the time I got to the Extra Lens show at the Mercury Lounge, I had missed John Vaderslice (luckily NYC Taper taped it) and the room was so packed that I had to stand a few inches away from the door. The view may have been terrible, but the sound was anything but. Finally. After the show at The Woods, it was a nice change of pace to see a band who was actually completely comfortable and confident with performing. I must confess I never got into the Mountain Goats (sorry to offend), but I was taken by the Extra Lens and in particular, by John Darnielle. What a charming man. I'm pretty sure he could have instructed the room to do calisthenics, and they would have obliged him. Darnielle and Bruno were so personable between songs. To the delight of the crowd, Darnielle stepped off stage and marched all the way to the back of the room to sing for their pseudo-encore. It seemed kind of odd that they were playing in such a small space, but I guess those Merge bands just likes to keep things intimate, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
John Vanderslice's only other CMJ show was our Friday day party at Public Assembly. The Extra Lens only also played a KEXP session. More pictures from Mercury Lounge, where Dan Mangan who also played our loft party also played, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Extra Lens - Only Existing Footage (MP3)
Comprised of John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue, the Human Hearts) and formed in the Inland Empire during the region's brief next-Seattle shortlist period, the project began as a potential home for any song John wrote that had a) more than three chords or b) a bridge. New songs for the group only happened when John figured he"d written something that Franklin might find clever or amusing. Reasoning that permanent-bridesmaid status means you never have to actually buy the dress, the duo have approached record-making at a pace that one would call "leisurely" if it wouldn"t make the leisure class look like busy bodies: one 7", several compilation appearances, one full-length at the dawn of the aughts, and now, arriving with Paul Masson-like deliberation, Undercard.Merge Records will release "Undercard" by The Extra Lens on October 19th, but you can pre-order and stream it in full at their site now. That's an MP3 up there too.
Recorded with Brian Paulson (Slint, Beck, US Maple) at the Rubber Room in Carrboro, North Carolina, and with Mitch Rackin (Excepter, Heavy Hands) at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, Undercard is the first Extra Lens record to arrive as a full collaboration between songwriters. The recording method, however, persists: John plays guitar, sings, and then gets the hell out of Dodge City, leaving Franklin to provide arrangements as the songs required: here sparing, here ornate; sometimes gentle, sometimes not; once with vibraslap, mostly without. [Merge Records]
In support of that release, the boys will hit the road with John Vanderslice for four select east coast dates including the intimate Mercury Lounge on October 21st. The NYC show is part of the CMJ Music Marathon, but advanced tickets also go on sale Friday at noon (weird for a CMJ show at Mercury Lounge). All dates below...
Superchunk at South Street Seaport in 2009 (more by Chris LaPutt)
The Daily Tar Heel: What's different about Majesty Shredding as opposed to past Superchunk records?"Hyper Enough" indeed. Superchunk, not satisfied with a pair of soldout shows in NYC at Bowery on 9/28 and MHOW on 9/19 will play a FREE Other Music in-store show on 9/19 (SUNDAY) at 1PM and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on MONDAY (9/20).
Mac McCaughan: I think one thing that's really different..., we'd really written all together as a band just playing a lot in the rehearsal space, basically jamming until we had songs, and I would add lyrics on top of that. With the new record, ...I made demos of songs and sent them around to the band so they could hear them and come up with parts, and we'd just get together and rehearse a couple of times before recording. In some ways it's more like our first couple of records.
And the title is a joke that started when we were in the studio. We recorded all the songs live to tape, and the producer, Scott Solter - we were listening to playback with him to see if it was a take we should keep or if we needed to fix something, and so we started this joke where if we heard a fuck-up on our part, we'd say, "Oh, you can fix that with the 'Majesty Shredding' app in Pro Tools, right?" We joked that there was an app that would make everything sound awesome called "Majesty Shredding," and it ended up being the title.
Superchunk's Majesty Shredding (both the noun and the verb) will be showcased at all of the shows, and is available now in digital/vinyl/CD forms. One of those tracks, "Digging For Something", was recently given the video treatment by former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson, amd features appearances from John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), comedian Ted Travelstead, and The Love Language among others. Dig on that below.
Superchunk is on board for the Matador 21 shindig in Vegas at the beginning of October, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance recently celebrated the same milestone for their own label, Merge Records (their 20th anniversary party was last year).
Videos and all Superchunk dates are below...
Doveman in an apartment in October (more by Ezra Caldwell)
tonight in NYC
* Imogen Heap @ Webster Hall
* Phish @ Madison Square Garden
* McCoy Tyner Trio @ Blue Note
* Happy Ending Music w/ Doveman @ Joe's Pub
* David Thomas w/ Greil Marcus @ The New School
* The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy @ The Bell House
* The Shaky Hands, Takka Takka, US Royalty @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Titus Andronicus, The Beets, Algernon Cadwallader @ NYU Kimmel Center
* Jaguar Love, The King Left, Yes Giantess, Violent Soho @ Mercury Lounge
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Phoenix, Passion Pit, Jack's Mannequin, Manchester Orchestra @ Hammerstein
The Mountain Goats are in town for two sold-out shows with Final Fantasy. Last night was at Webster Hall. Tonight they're at the Bell House. John Darnielle also showed up to play a few songs at UCB Monday night. A video of John covering The Hold Steady in Minneapolis, below.
DJ Spooky's collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the multimedia work Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Video below.
Bjorn from Peter Bjorn and John is DJing at Cake Shop tonight. It's a free show with a performance by The Suzan who recently opened for the band at Terminal 5.
Amazon is giving away a different free holiday song each day until Christmas.
If someone asks you for a miracle while you're walking by MSG this evening, it's because Phish is back. They covered TV on the Radio the other day in Albany. Video below...
Ann from Breakfast at Sulimays interviewed Neon Indian. Video below.
"I was just watching the Colbert Report and on came the Mountain Goats aka John Darnielle, one of the best indie songwriters out there. The interesting part? The ColbertNation.com website is streaming his new album for 24 hours, a nice little window for the curious to visit and listen (and, if they're horrible, horrible people, use a stream catcher to grab the music, but don't do that.)Tour dates HERE. New video, and the Colbert Videos, below...
In short, in the Venn diagram of TV you have Colbert Report watchers and Mountain Goats listeners. Many of us exist, obviously, but the confluence of these two audiences into one tasty streaming opportunity is quite cool." [Crunch Gear]
John Darnielle will be in attendance at a screening of a movie of him playing music. The event is this Sunday (10/4) at Housing Works in NYC. Free. First come, first served. For an actual live Mountain Goats show, you'll have to wait until December.
"And the words sound so good sung. 'We were drunk while we were married a week and we both had us a farmer's tan, I like rock songs, hey baby baby yeah' ('What Do'). God, that's good stuff." -heartonastick
There is a gaping hole in rock music between mindless dude rock and what gets foolishly called "literate" rock, and that murky in-between can be a pretty freeing ocean to swim through. Which is exactly what Vulture Whale does. This is a band that knows that the real spectacle of rock and roll is found in playing the music with all of its unruly sound and energy. When your songs are this good, and when they clatter along pushing against their tight and brilliant structures at every turn, well then you don't need light shows or pyrotechnics. You also don't need Pynchon references or 50-cent words. [Pop Matters]Alabama's Vulture Whale will be coming to the NYC-area for two shows this weekend: Friday, August 21st at Maxwell's with Della Valle, Neil Nathan and Elisa Girlando, and Saturday August 22nd at Pianos (their Pianos set time is 8PM).
Two videos, "Teedy" and Sugar," both of which showcase the band's bar-rock chops, are posted below with all tour dates (and tour poster), and the new album cover, but first a note from John Darnielle...
"So it is that when I heard there's a band called Vulture Whale I said to myself "self-fulfilling prophecies be damned, a band called Vulture Whale has gotta kick ass." And indeed my brethren the shit is live. They sound like Silkworm. Then after a while they sound kind of like the 3Ds a little. Mainly though there is a heavy Silkworm injection here. That is 100% OK by me. There should be more bands who sound like Silkworm and less who sound like they think they have something original to contribute to the field of Rocking Dionysiac Abandon. That shit is straight played out, man. Vulture Whale is not played out. They groove like Silkworm and I, for one, will take it."John has his own tour and NYC shows coming up as well. Vulture Whale stuff below...
FF photos by Joseph Xu
DOWNLOAD: Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23 (new MP3)
Final Fantasy @ P4K
Final Fantasy played the Pitchfork Festival on July 18th, which is where the photos in this post are from (check out his Mayhem t-shirt). About a week later he played the Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake in Canada during a storm (probably not a good idea)...
A few songs into his bravura one-man baroque-pop set, the skies filled with thunder and lightning as rain began to drench Pallett, who continued shredding his bow fiercely across his violin.Video from that moment below.
As stagehands covered equipment with plastic, and organizers frantically tried to cut him off, Pallett kept playing the appropriately dramatic 'Lewis Takes His Shirt Off.' "One more minute," he yelled, as sheets of water hit him full force.
The stunned (and soaked) crowd broke into wild cheers as one minute turned into two and Pallett sped toward the song's big finish like a man possessed -- until the stage crew finally pulled the plug. Still, his heroics had already created Hillside's most memorable moment. [Spinner]
This November he (Owen Pallett) heads out on tour to open up for The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), who will be playing as a full band (though there is a much shorter string of Darnielle solo dates too). The trip ends with a pair of NYC gigs on December 1st and 2nd, when they respectively visit Webster Hall and the Bell House. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon; general sale starts Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale today at noon.
The occasion for this tour is a new record from The Mountain Goats, enigmatically titled The Life of the World to Come, which comes out October 6th on 4AD. All song titles on the new album are Bible verses. John says,
The album was recorded between April and June: first at Electrical Audio with Brandon Eggleston; then at Sonic Ranch with John Congleton; and finally at Baucom Road with Scott Solter. Scott also mixed the entire album at Baucom Road. The band is still Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, and me; Owen Pallett did string arrangements & played on the Electrical session.One track "Genesis 3:23" is posted above. The verse in question there, "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken," may aid in your listening. Album art & tracklist, with tour dates, the FF Hillside video, and FF@P4K pics, below...
I guess the obvious question is going to be: "John, have you had some sort of religious awakening?" and while I guess lots of people might want to be coy about answering that, that's never really been my style, so: no. It's not like that. It's not some heavy-narrative-distance deal either, though, and it's not a screed. It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of. More than that I'd want to wait to say until some people have heard it, which won't be long.
John Darnielle & John Vanderslice in Somerville, MA - March 25, 2009 (bradsearles)
KEXP: I hear you're also recording an album with John Darnielle?That interview was posted in early February, and I don't think John and John actually got the album out before the tour, but they have been performing songs from it at shows - including at the one they played on March 27th at the Society for Ethical Culture in NYC (part of the Wordless Music series). Check out the setlist below.
John Vanderslice: Yes, we're doing a "comedian's record," and and that will be out by the time we go on tour in March.
KEXP: What does that mean? Will it be spoken word?
JV: Oh! No! sorry. (laughs) That's the band name [The Comedians]. It would be funny if it were an actual comedian's record, though it might be kind of disappointing, but John is very funny.
The Vanderslice/Mtn Goats tour continues through April 6th. John Vanderslice's new album Romanian Names will be released by Dead Oceans on May 19th, and that's right around the time JV will hit the road again, except this time with a full band:
The line up for the May [John Vanderslice] tour is:All of the dates and details of that tour haven't been announced yet, but there will be a June 12th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which will also be the BrooklynVegan showcase at the NorthSide Festival (more artists to be announced soon). $15 general admission tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon, and a certain amount of tickets will be reserved for Northside badge holders (details on that to also be announced soon).
JV: Guitar, Vocals
Ian Bjornstad: Wurlitzer, Moog
Matthias Bossi: Drums
Sylvain Carton: Guitar
James Riotto: Bass
A partial list of venues participating in the Northside Festival this year are Music Hall of Williamsburg, Europa, Studio B, Union Pool, Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Zebulon, Public Assembly, Monkeytown, Pete's Candy Store, Spike Hill, Glasslands, The Cameo, Brooklyn Bowl, Bar Matchless, The Knitting Factory, Rose Live Music, The Shank, Black Betty, Berry Park.
The Mountain Goats/Comedians' NYC setlist, some live videos, and all Vanderslice tour dates, below...
The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
"We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we're going to do. We're going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we'll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It's to get raw and draw blood.""We" = The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. Primitive = "a night of amplified acoustic guitar & voice".
[John Darnielle aka The Mountain Goats]
The Primitive tour kicks off on March 18th in Asheville, NC, and the NYC show will take place at the Society For Ethical Culture on March 27th. It's part of the Wordless Music Series. Tickets are on sale. John and John each also have some other interesting shows lined up between now and then...
Ten years ago John Vanderslice founded the Tiny Telephone recording studio in San Francisco, CA. To celebrate the occasion, John will be performing a show at the Great American Music Hall on January 30 with The Magik*Magik Orchestra in a 30-piece configuration. "Together they will pull favorite tunes from his catalog, and introduce new songs from a forthcoming album currently being recorded at Tiny Telephone." Special guest DJ Aesop Rock will spin records before and after the performance. All proceeds from the event will benefit Magik*Magik, the house Orchestra of Tiny Telephone.
The Mountain Goats are keeping busy before March comes too. First of all there's Ships & Dip V...
Barenaked Ladies and Sixthman are up to some more shenanigans! It's the real McCoy - Introducing Ships and Dip V, sailing through the Caribbean February 1-6, 2009. We're bringing you the goods again, in what's sure to be the craziest, zaniest time at sea!Also on the boat will be Sarah McLachlan, Luke Doucet, Sloan, AND The Mountain Goats. Then on February 24th & 25th, The Mountain Goats have two shows scheduled in San Francisco, one of which is part of Noise Pop. All dates below...
Join Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, The New Odds, Boothby Graffoe, The Weakerthans, and more bands to be announced throughout the year, as we set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for 5 days of revelry, recreation and boatloads of musical fun! With NCL's Freestyle Cruising, you won't get the bum's rush for doing exactly what you want! You can get dolled up, or keep it casual. With 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges to choose from, a luxurious spa, a full service casino, and plenty of other features, there won't be any trouble making your cruise experience the cat's pajamas. We set sail from Miami to NCL's private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Cozumel, Mexico- two great places to get some sun on those gams!
When you're not jiving to the amazing artists, relaxing by the pool or dining in one of the many hot spots on board, you can be sure to find tons of other activities to keep you on your toes!
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "Run Over By A Truck" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "A Shocking Interrogation" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wetnurse - "Not Your Choice" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lewd Acts - "Play Me Something That I Know" (MP3)
Sweeeet undies, GOrlock!
What do you get when you cross a metal band with a serious case of ADD and multiple personality disorder, spazzy-grinders with a Point Break fetish, and a crew from a whale's vagina with a Deathwish? A f'n good show, that's what!
Wetnurse, Graf Orlock, Lewd Acts, and 26 Beers will redline the RPH meter (that's riffs per hour) when they team up to destroy The Charleston in Brooklyn on Sunday Jan 18th. The shindig kicks off at 9.
Graf Orlock and Lewd Acts are in the midst of an East Coast tour that also brings the band to New Brunswick, NJ on Saturday Jan 17 and completes in Atlanta on Jan 24.
Wetnurse recently released Invisible City, garnering heaping shit-tons of end-of-year accolades, including by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats...
John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats' Best of 2008:We interviewed Wetnurse drummer Curran Reynolds around the time the album came out.
Wetnurse, Invisible City (Seventh Rule)
Larkin Grimm, Parplar (Young God)
Tata Young, One Love (Sony/BMG)
Kaki King, Dreaming of Revenge (Velour)
Aura Noir, Hades Rise (Tyrant Syndicate)
Cece Winans, Thy Kingdom Come (EMI Gospel)
Killer Mike, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind 2 (SMC Recordings)
Planet Asia & DJ Muggs, Pain Language (Gold Dust Media)
the Breeders, Mountain Battles (4AD)
Enslaved, Vertebrae (Season of Mist)
Lewd Acts recently signed on with hardcore heavyweights Deathwish Inc, and are finishing up their LP with Kurt Ballou at God City Records. Until that drops, the band has a few 7"s including their latest one, Lung Patrol, on 16oh Records... check out "Play Me Something That I Know" from the Lung Patrol 7" above and pick one up at the show!
By the way, I'm not usually one to point out merch, but one gander at Graf Orlock's merch from past and present is good for a chuckle.
All dates and Sunday's flyer below...
words and photos by Faith-Ann Young
You know who I'd like to see duel? Kaki King vs. Gabriela from Rodrigo y Gabriela. just a random thought.
Anyway, Sunday night, Kaki King closed out almost a year of touring. Though she was visibly tired, relieved and even teary-eyed at times, Kaki cathartically plucked, strummed, and beat her long-nailed fingers over her guitar...ferociously, yet seemingly effortlessly. In the first 5 minutes, she proved worthy of Rolling Stone's label of one of the 100 best guitar players of all time. Plus, with the help of her band, (a feirce bassist/guitarist, a fiercer drummer, a synth dude, and a guy who plays an quirky electronic valve instrument that looks like a bong), she cohesively melded punk rock, acoustic folk, and shoegaze throughout the set. (set list in pictures below)
How much is a Mountain Goats show worth? One chick in the front spent $500 to fly from Indiana just to see The Mountain Goats perform in NY this weekend (Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sunday at Webster Hall) (not to mention accomodations and concert tickets)....pretty impressive. Anyway, Mountain Goats entered the stage to "December 63 (Oh What A Night)." In minutes, John Darnielle was full of sweat and energy, chatting with his usual easy banter, making his fans both clap, laugh and cry. Kaki came back on to play a few songs mid-set, first on guitar, and then on what looked like an electronic autoharp....To prove how close they had gotten during the tour, at the end of set, the whole Kaki crew came out and danced onstage alongside the goats......Hugged, cried - it was good (if emotional) night...
More pictures and a whole bunch of setlists below...