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02-14-2007, 11:58 PM
are coming to seattle soon, and I'm not familiar with them. Although, I have heard such words as "epic" refering to their performances. Any suggestions as to what I should listen to to get into them?

02-15-2007, 12:25 AM
Tallahassee is real good.

02-15-2007, 12:33 AM
All Hail West Texas is good too. Tallahassee is probably their best.

02-15-2007, 12:59 AM
the mountain goats are gangsta rappers

02-15-2007, 01:42 AM
Here's a link to one of my favorite songs by them..."Palmcorder Yajna"


Pretty profund lyrics...can kinda tell he probably lived this song for quite awhile.

02-15-2007, 11:48 AM
Sooo goooddd.

02-15-2007, 11:51 AM
I keep trying to get Valarie to listen to them but she's all "that John Darnielle is a stupid ass overprivliged cracker ass mother fucker bitch."

And from there, the conversation just goes downhill.

bug on your lip
02-15-2007, 11:54 AM
they bored my face

full on idle
02-15-2007, 12:18 PM
Chris Whitley is dead.

bug on your lip
02-15-2007, 12:20 PM
i like Deadwood

02-15-2007, 01:16 PM
they bored my face

That's what she said.

02-15-2007, 01:33 PM
i like Deadwood

that's what she said

02-15-2007, 06:12 PM
Amus, I love the Mountain Goats. I would be worried that "epic" might bring the wrong things to mind but John Darnielle is a definate showman.

His early stuff is very low-fi singer-songwriter stuff. Like bedroom with a boombox sort of thing at the start. By Tallahassee he was releasing stuff on 4ad and the recording quality has increased but the music is much the same stuff.

He is a great storyteller and a passionate singer.

The newest record, Get Lonely is very understated and quiet and kinda sad. It is wonderful. The 4ad ones before that Tallahassee, We Shall All Be Healed and The Sunset Tree are brighter and have more pop and rock to them... but it's not like he gets out big overdriven electrics and thundering drums. In fact he's never had a live drummer when I've seen him live.

I'm not sure what to say as to how to get into the music other than one of the more recent albums to start with. Though I'll bet he'll play songs from all over his career.

02-15-2007, 06:30 PM
Half of "Cubs in Five" at Pitchfork Music Festival last summer. Much better video than I got.

This version of his sorta hit "No Children" at the Empty Bottle in 2004 might help express what he is like live.

This is "Love Love Love," a more mellow song from The Sunset Tree at a show that wasn't in Chicago. I'll let someone else identify the venue since I wasn't there.

If you don't like those three then probably look elsewhere.

full on idle
02-15-2007, 06:53 PM
Listen you can tell your lawyer
that he can go to hell
cause I can take whatever you are offering
reasonably well.
Four long years come to nothing, it's alright.
But it's your birthday
It's your birthday tonight
and I went to buy you something,
but I caught my self in time.
And nothing makes any sense anymore,
but everything rhymes.
Die hard, die kicking, old habit of mine.
Die hard, die kicking, old habit of mine.

full on idle
02-15-2007, 06:54 PM
which is to say: passionate love.

which is to say: so excited for March.

02-15-2007, 07:13 PM
here's my favorite mountain goats song


02-15-2007, 07:44 PM
I would've gotten into them much later were it not for that song, Tessa. It's a great one, and one I've not had the pleasure of seeing live.

I can't find a "Source Decay" video.

02-15-2007, 08:26 PM
They are great. Definitely see them if you have a chance.

full on idle
02-15-2007, 11:22 PM
When I worked down at the liquor store
a guy with a shotgun came raging through the place
muscled his way behind the counter
I shot him in the face.
This morning I went down to the Catholic church
cause something just came over me
45 minutes in the pews
praying the rosaries
When the last days come, we shall see visions
More vivid than sunsets, brighter than stars
We will recognize eachother
And see ourselves for the first time
the way we really are.

05-09-2007, 07:34 AM
I am currently listening to the Mountain Goats for the first time thanks to someone's shared itunes library at work. We Shall All Be Healed...I like.

05-09-2007, 08:30 AM
Shared itunes libraries reveal a lot about your coworkers.

full on idle
05-09-2007, 08:38 AM
What's a shared itunes library?

05-09-2007, 08:40 AM
SAYYYY WHAAA! Its *coughfreecough* shared itunes music over the networks.

bug on your lip
05-09-2007, 08:41 AM
here's my favorite mountain goats song


05-09-2007, 08:44 AM

full on idle
05-09-2007, 08:51 AM

bug on your lip
05-09-2007, 10:28 AM
Your 'RIP' font could have been so much larger given the extended girth of the white box

05-09-2007, 10:38 AM
the empty space is a poignant reminder of our loss.

05-09-2007, 10:39 AM
the empty space is a poignant reminder of our loss.


05-10-2007, 06:26 PM

That would be Ben Gibbard performing "Palmcorder Yajna."

For serious. It's worth the four minutes.

full on idle
05-10-2007, 11:09 PM
Oh man I don't even want to click it I'm too scared.

full on idle
05-11-2007, 12:30 AM
he turned that epic song into adult contemporary milquetoast.