Entries tagged with: John Darnielle
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
John Darnielle (aka The Mountain Goats) played solo at Friday night's benefit show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (May 16, 2008). He took fan suggestions for the setlist which ended up including a lot of older stuff that he usually doesn't play, as well as a new song called "Wizard Buys A Hat," which he said is the worst song title he's ever written. Rock Plaza Central, John Oliver and Dave Hill were also on the bill. More pictures from the evening below....
by Black Bubblegum
John Darnielle knows his tunes. Not just his own, everyone else's too. I mean, how many people can blog away about Dionne Warwick, sing the praises of Con Funk Shun, AND review the Maryland Deathfest?
John also knows a thing or two about writing (check his blog or his column in Decibel) but it wasnt until recently that he decided to focus his energies into his first book, Master Of Reality. As #56 in the popular 33 1/3 series, Master Of Reality is a profile of the seminal Black Sabbath record which may or may not have laid the ground work for the entire stoner rock genre ("Sweet Leaf" anyone?).
But that's not the only thing Darnielle has going down this weekend..... The night before, his band The Mountain Goats will headline the AIDS Walk benefit at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with The Daily Show's John Oliver, Rock Plaza Central, and Dave Hill on the assist tip. Tickets are still available and it's for a great cause, so scoot on over and get'em while you can.
Popmatters was able to delve into why John Darnielle chose Master Of Reality and what he loves about metal.
Check out some of Darnielle's other favorite metal albums in a guest blog he did with Powell's. Darnielle profiles WASP's The Headless Children, Judas Priest's Sad Wings Of Destiny, Black Sabbath's Born Again (really? that one?), Guns N Roses's Appetite For Destruction, and Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath.
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Palmcorder Yajna (MP3)
Hodgman, Oliver & Darnielle (The Three Johns) (Lalitree)
March 19, 2008 Australian Tour CancelledThe Mountain Goats played Webster & Music Hall just the other day. They end their current tour at the Black Cat in Washington DC tonight (March 22), and then they're coming back to Brooklyn to play an Aids Walk benefit show with John Oliver on May 16th at the Masonic Temple in Fort Green. Tickets are on sale (thx Hiro).
As some Australian ticketholders have already heard, we have had to cancel the Australian tour. This is really devastating for us to do. Everybody knows I don't cancel a show unless I absolutely have to; what's worse, coming to Australia is the highlight of our year. So many of our favorite shows ever are from our Australian tours, and we were excited about showing everyone the full-band lineup. The note sent out by our wonderful Australian agents, Handsome Tours, says "for personal medical reasons," and that says as much as need be said; if it weren't serious, I would be leaving for Oz next week, believe me. You'll be doing me a great favor if you keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and if you know in your heart that I don't play around in doing right by the people I love: I will be back to make this up to you.
Thank you for your understanding and again I am really really sorry. Love to you all
Kimya is the new Feist, @ Europa, Brooklyn, NY - Jan 16, 2008 (CRED)
If you were wondering why Kimya Dawson and Adam Green never ended up reuniting on the Conan O'Brien show....
Well, we said yes initially because I didn't realize what the situation still was with the strike. Then John Darnielle emailed me and told me what the deal was with Conan being forced back on and when I realized that no agreement had been reached with the writers, I cancelled. [Kimya Dawson to Gothamist]Kimya played Europa last night, and Southpaw and Sound Fix right before that. More dates TBA, and at her MySpace.
DOWNLOAD: Pig Destroyer - Gravedancer (MP3)
by Black Bubblegum (a BV metal correspondent)
Calculators out..... The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back in NYC on Sunday December 16th, to play hits (and I mean that in a Tony Soprano kinda way) from their critically acclaimed new Faith-No-More-meets-odd-time-signature-Napalm-Death LP, "Ire Works". Tickets are still available.
Getting all morse code-y with DEP is Genghis Tron, who recently posted "Board Up The House" off of their new upcoming record for Relapse. Check it at their MySpace. Also, you can catch Mookie Singerman's (Genghis Tron) awesome monthly column "Route 666" in Decibel Magazine.
Speaking of Decibel, check out their picks for 2007's best heavy records.... I wonder which ones were Mookie's, John Darnielle's (Mountain Goats) & Jeffrey Walker's (ex-Carcass) faves? (they all write for Decibel)
Decibel's Top 40 Records of 2007More list, and tour dates (High on Fire included), below....
1.Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (John's #4)
2.Watain - Sworn to the Dark
3.The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
4.Jesu - Conqueror
5.Baroness - The Red Album
6. Neurosis - Given to the Rising (playing some shows)
7. Witchcraft - The Alchemist
8. Portal - Outré
9. High on Fire - Death is this Communion (Dave Hill liked this too)
10. A Life Once Lost - Iron Gag
1. Bowerbirds - Songs for a Dark Horse (Burly Time)List via Filter. Pic via littlepants.
2. CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn (Touch and Go)
3. Bloody Panda - Pheromone (Level Plane)
4. Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (Relapse)
5. Bottomless Pit - Hammer Of The Gods (Comedy Minus One)
6. Various Artists - The Kings of Reggae (compilation. Rapster)
7. Babyshambles - Shotters Nation (Astralwerks)
8. Foetopsy - In the Bathroom (Barbarian)
9. Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao (Season of Mist)
10. Om - Pilgrimage (Southern Lord)
Aesop Rock getting down (cred)
Def Jux is releasing Aesop Rock's excellent new album None Shall Pass on Tuesday August 28th. Such was the occasion that got Undisputed Wes over to the NYC Def Jux offifces last week to sit down and ask Ian Matthias Bavitz - aka Aesop Rock - a few questions....
W: Many of your previous records had a pretty clear concept or theme. Labor Days being the most obvious one. Was there a specific idea that None Shall Pass was born out of?
AR: I guess that would be me turning 30 and freaking out about it. (laughs) I went through a few life changes. Turned 30. Moved from New York to San Francisco. Stopped smoking cigarettes. A bunch of stuff happened and it influenced the writing. The writing on this album is more reflective, for lack of a better word. I didn't want to do any braggadocio, no first person stuff, and get more into stories. Vivid descriptions of a snapshot of a moment in high school, first job, etc. and how all those snapshots add to who I am now at 30 years old.
W: Do you ever think ahead further than one album?
AR: No, that doesn't make sense with my writing process. I couldn't have told you I was making None Shall Pass until I was 3/4 in. I just stay busy, hope something sticks. I couldn't ever plan ahead aside from maybe a theme or name for a song. Usually the way it works is that I just write songs and then there is one song that comes along that will be the first one I'll decide to keep. That one will kind of set the stage for the album's feel. 'Catacumb Kids' was kind of the key record that sparked it for None Shall Pass in terms of it being a snapshot of an era without resorting to the cliche "back in the day" stuff.
A review by Robert Palazzo
On Sunday (June 17, 2007) I was one of the 200 lucky enough to attend The Mountain Goats benefit concert for Farm Sanctuary entitled Zoop!. Farm Sanctuary is an amazing non-profit organization that has been rescuing farm animals since 1986. For more information about this amazing organization you can visit their website.Below are set lists from both shows courtesy of The Mountain Goats message board:
Zoop! was a benefit show that John Darnielle planned a few months ago, and after a lot of hard work the pay off was huge. People from as far as Illinois to Ireland made the trip to Watkins Glen, NY. The festivities began Saturday night as Perry Wright from The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers and Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats kicked things off. This was followed by a solo set from John Darnielle.
On Sunday night, John Darnielle played an all request set that was organized via The Mountain Goats message board. The 22 song set consisted of mostly B-sides and rarities, but somehow everyone in the crowd still seemed to know the words. For a couple of the songs John had to use lyrics sheets as a reference along with a little help from the crowd. The regular set ended with John's crowd pleasing sing-along of Ace of Bass' song "The Sign" (probably for the last time ever due to John's hatred of playing the cover), "If You See Light" from Get Lonely, and finally the "Cobscook Bay". He then came out for two encores because the crowd would just not let down, and finally the set ended.
The real beauty of the whole event was that everyone was so respectful to the farm, and the entire farm staff was so welcoming. I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with John about the event for my college radio station 88.9 FM WNYO. The full text from the interview will be up soon on the station website within the next few days. In the interview he talks about how he became involved with Farm Sanctuary, the typical Mountain Goats fan, and shares some information about the upcoming album.
David Weinberg was one of those who waited in line this afternoon (May 12, 2007) to get a ticket to see Wilco at Warsaw in Brooklyn. As you can see from the above voucher, they're taking the no-scalping thing very seriously.
John Darnielle & Franklin Bruno @ Sound Fix, Brooklyn - May 11, 2007 (CRED)
Last night (May 11) John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) played a show at Sound Fix Records - also in Brooklyn. More pictures like the one above at "drop out / pop out"'s Flickr. I wonder if CocoRosie was in the crowd.
Monday night (May 14) Sound Fix is hosting a screening fo the new Wilco DVD. Details on that below...