Entries tagged with: John Darnielle

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The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The Mountain Goats

"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."
[John Darnielle aka The Mountain Goats]
"We" = The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. Primitive = "a night of amplified acoustic guitar & voice".

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...

John Vanderslice

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!

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!

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...

Continue reading "the Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice: Gone Primitive (2009 Tour Dates), Ships & Dip & Tiny Telephone too"

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.

As we reported in July, Graf Orlock is prepping Destination Time Today, due on March 3rd via Level Plane. Decibel proclaimed it one of the most anticipated albums of 2009. I gotta agree.

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:
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)
We interviewed Wetnurse drummer Curran Reynolds around the time the album came out.

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...

Continue reading "Graf Orlock & Lewd Acts -2009 tour dates (Wetnurse Sunday)"

words and photos by Faith-Ann Young

Mountain Goats

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)

Kaki King

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...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats & Kaki King @ Webster Hall - NYC - pics & selists (from both NY shows)"

The Mountain Goats @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Mountain Goats

When I try to talk about Kaki my usually reliable fund of superlatives seems insufficient. She is just the best. I am so excited about this tour. We can't wait to play music with her every night, and we can't wait to see you all there. [John Darnielle]
This is probably a dream come true for John. Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall are among the venues The Mountain Goats & Kaki King will visit this fall. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. All dates below....

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats & Kaki King - 2008 Tour Dates"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

benfit show at the Masonic Temple

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....

Continue reading "the Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), Dave Hill, John Oliver & Rock Plaza Central @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, NYC - pics"

by Black Bubblegum

Black Sabbath - Master of RealityJohn 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?).

Master Of Reality is out now and in celebration of his accomplishment, John Darnielle will be reading from Master Of Reality at Housing Works Used Book Cafe in NYC this Saturday, May 17th at 7PM.

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.

Black Sabbath Version 2.0, aka Heaven & Hell, are part of the Metal Masters Tour with Judas Priest, Motorhead & Testament. Tickets for those shows are still on sale too.

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.

Continue reading "John Darnielle, Black Sabbath, a book reading & stuff"

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Palmcorder Yajna (MP3)

Hodgman, Oliver & Darnielle (The Three Johns) (Lalitree)
Hodgman, Oliver & Darnielle (The Three Johns)

March 19, 2008 Australian Tour Cancelled

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

John D.

The 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).

For more Mtn Goats, check out a feature on NPR and an article at the Guardian about his love for monsters and Black Sabbath.

Kimya is the new Feist, @ Europa, Brooklyn, NY - Jan 16, 2008 (CRED)
Kimya Dawson @ Europa

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)

Dillinger Escape PlanCalculators 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.

Genghis TronGetting 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 2007
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
More list, and tour dates (High on Fire included), below....

Continue reading "Dillinger Escape Plan, High on Fire, Genghis Tron, Decibel's Top 40 of 2007, 2008 Tour Dates"

John Darnielle

1. Bowerbirds - Songs for a Dark Horse (Burly Time)
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)
List via Filter. Pic via littlepants.

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DOWNLOAD Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass (MP3)

Aesop Rock getting down (cred)
Aesope Rock

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....

CoffeeW: 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.

W: You did a song ("Coffee") with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats for this album. Are there any other indie rock musicians whose music you enjoy and you'd want to work with?

Continue reading "An interview with Aesop Rock"

The Mountain Goats @ Farm Sanctuary

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.

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.

Below are set lists from both shows courtesy of The Mountain Goats message board:

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats @ Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, NY"

DOWNLOAD: Wilco - I Shall Be Released (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - The Boys are Back in Town (MP3)

Wilco Warsaw

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)
John Darnielle @ Sound Fix

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...

Continue reading "WILCO - Brooklyn sale is over + a DVD screening & JOHN DARNIELLE played Sound Fix"