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...

John Vanderslice

The Mountain Goats - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 1-6 - Ships and Dip V
Feb 24 - San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theater (In conversation and song)
Feb 25 - San Francisco, CA. Swedish American Hall (Noise Pop) w/ Papercuts

The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice- 2009 Tour Dates
Wed 03/18 - Asheville NC @ The Grey Eagle
Thu 03/19 - Durham NC @ The Duke Coffeehouse
Fri 03/20 - Norfolk VA @ The Attacus Theatre
Sat 03/21 - Washington DC @ Sixth and I Synagogue
Tue 03/24 - Northampton MA @ Pearl Street
Wed 03/25 - Somerville MA @ The Sommerville Theatre
Fri 03/27 - New York NY @ The Society for Ethical Culture (Wordless Music Series)
Sun 03/29 - Gambier OH @ Kenyon College
Mon 03/30 - Oberlin OH @ Oberlin College
Wed 04/01 - Chicago IL @ Epiphany
Thu 04/02 - Champaign IL @ Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
Fri 04/03 - Iowa City IA @ The Mill - Mission Creek Music Festival
Sat 04/04 - Richmond IN @ Earlham College
Mon 04/06 - Bloomington IN @ Buskirk-Chumley Theater

"Is that the end of the spring news? No my friends it is not. There will be one or two morsels of news after these. In the meantime, if you've never seen me do my thing solo acoustic blood-and-spit style, and if you wanna hear some new songs & some old ones, c'mon out during the early thaw, and JV & I will help you fling curses at what's left of the snow." - John Darnielle

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