Entries tagged with: The Mountain Goats
"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.
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.
Brooklyn label Social Registry is presenting the show at 92YTribeca in Manhattan tonight (3/27). Sian Alice Group, Lights, Zs, and a group we recently featured, Mountains are on the bill. Updated Mountains tour dates below.
Speaking of NYC shows happening tonight and Mountains... the Mountain Goats, and John Vanderslice are here for their show at the Society of Ethical Culture.
Also related to today (3/27)... Having just played a few shows at SXSW, including the official showcase of her (and the Mountain Goats') label 4AD, Los Angeles/Chicago's Anni Rossi is currently on tour and plays a show at Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight with Midnight Masses and Wild Yaks. You may have also caught Anni when she opened for her label-mates Camera Obscura at Mercury Lounge the other night.
To say that Anni Rossi has given new life to the viola is an understatement. Together with her alternative folk style and lilting vocals, Rossi has reinvented the way this classical instrument is typically used and given new light to how Americana music is structured and presented.In April, Anni will go out on tour with Noah and the Whale. That puts her back in NYC, and at Bowery Ballroom, on May 1st. Tickets are still on sale. All dates and a video below.
Entrancing and beautiful, Rossi shared several songs with the Current from her upcoming CD, "Rockwell," out in March of 2009. [Minnesota Public Radio]
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...
The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
"While the UK pop scene suffers from a surfeit of homogenous guitar rock, American music is enjoying a golden moment. Literary bands, with songs that revel in intricate language, complex narratives and cinematic plot twists, are on the rise. So if you are looking for an alternative to identikit indie, the wait is over..."The Observer goes on to name The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes as fine examples of American lyrics. Tickets are now on sale for the next Fleet Foxes show in NYC.
[says The Observer]
Fleet Foxes last show in NYC was on the TV.
The Mountain Goats @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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....
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.
Dave Hill @ Pianos in February (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Supersnack's Big Third Ball: An Evening of Music, Hilarity and Hitting AIDS Where It Hurts" featuring (A BENEFIT FOR AIDS WALK NY) Featuring: The Mountain Goats, John Oliver (The Daily Show), Rock Plaza Central, Dave Hill (MTV, VH1) & more! / Presented by Redhook Ale Brewery and Goose Island Brewery.Tickets are still on sale.
Friday, May 16, 2008 8:00 PM EDT (7:30 PM Doors)
at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
100% of proceeds go to benefit AIDS WALK NY
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
Mtn Goats crowd @ MHOW, March 19, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
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.SEE ALSO
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]
* the MOUNTAIN GOATS are in NYC ++ pics from Noise Pop
* The Mountain Goats - new song & 2008 Tour Dates
photos by Ryan Muir
Finally getting back to Ryan's recent trip to San Francisco, here are the photos from the Mountain Goats show at Bottom of the Hill on March 2nd. Catch the Mountain Goats tonight (Webster Hall) and tomorrow (Music Hall) in NYC. More photos below......
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: The Mountain Goats - Sax Rohmer #1 (MP3)
Speaking of The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), that up there is the first track off their new album. That goes along with the news that the Mountain Goats are playing Webster Hall on March 18th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg the very next day, and other places.....
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)
The Noise Pop Festival returns in 2008 from February 26 to March 2. Over six nights, Noise Pop 16 will take over the best-loved venues in San Francisco, to host unforgettable performances by Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive and dozens of other important indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists, transforming the city into an almost week-long celebration of the finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer, nationally and locally.Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall, Capgun Coup, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu, Saviours, Man/Miracle and Blitzen Trapper are also confirmed.
Not confirmed at all is this letter Bob Lefsetz sent out from someone he purposely left anonymous....
Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on! Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!In related news, Led Zeppelin denies that they're going on tour with the Cult (thx Hiro).
Like Bonnaroo, the new Vineland Music Festival in NJ will offer 3 days of music and camping (but much closer to home - my home anyway). I hope Led Zeppelin plays that too.
Magnetic Fields are also playing four NYC shows and have a new album coming out soon. The Mountain Goats just played NYU and also have a new album coming out soon. Robert Plant has a new album out, and it's selling really well.
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Warm Lonely Planet (MP3)
John Darnielle & Cornelius @ Lee's Palace in Toronto - Sept 25, 2007 (CRED)
How were The Mountain Goats & Bowerbirds at Bowery Ballroom last night? Tonight (Oct 02) they play Studio B in Brooklyn, and that ends their current tour. New tour dates starting on October 30th, below...
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.
Peter Hughes, John Vanderslice & Matthew Caws @ Union Hall *
If you were at the John Vanderslice / St. Vincent (Annie Clark) show Sunday night at Union Hall, you witnessed (and heard) an awesome two performances that included Peter Hughes from the Mountain Goats, Matthew Caws from Nada Surf, and Annie all joining John on stage for various songs including a finale where John and Annie sang real-quiet-and-beautiful-like in the center of the audience. You also heard John promise everyone an interview he conducted with Annie. He probably did it in a venue, or in the tour van, or at a Denny's/Cracker Barrel/Waffle House, or maybe at a gas station, or....
That interview, and more pictures from the show, below....