Entries tagged with: The Mountain Goats
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....