Entries tagged with: The Mountain Goats
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....