the Mountain Goats video of the day. A young (and comfortingly nerdy) John Darnielle performing a cover of Ace of Base’s “The Sign” with a pleasant restraint and typical outburst of energy/frustration. It’s always interesting when he’s accompanied by another musician and Rachel Ware’s voice and bass complement the sound of Darnielle’s demons escaping him nicely. The second song, “No, I Can’t”, is new to me (I haven’t yet completely delved into the self-contained universe of the early recordings), and has been on repeat in my flat through today/night/early morning. It’s the simplicity of the lyrics combined with the increasingly bitter delivery that really does it for me. It’s 5am and I’m rambling. I’m no music critic and I’m not particularly good at talking about anything, but this music really talks to me.