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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.

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Artist: the Mountain Goats
Track: "My Favorite Things"

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"… It’s okay to write funny songs, but once people say ‘Oh yeah, he’s funny!’ That’s when it’s time to write about, you know, people getting ugly divorces. This, however, is a song about raw animal sex." —John Darnielle

10 Mountain Goats songs that deserve more attention

funnol:

No disrespect to the This Years, No Childrens, Up the Wolves of this world but the Mountain Goats have a lot of songs and John Darnielle has some sort of fetish for burying some of his best work in obscurity. Here’s ten that have particularly been lost in the shuffle:

1. Saigon Shrunken Panorama (from the Acuarela Songs compilation, 2001): I had to upload this one to YouTube myself. There used to be a video up, but apparently it was deleted…This is definitely a subtle one. The guitar part’s simple even for a Mountain Goats song, the vocals are very much understated, so much so that it used to get skipped frequently on my iPod. Not any longer—in fact, I love the simplicity of it. Plus the lyrics, when paid attention to, are just vague enough to make you wonder just what happened to our narrator. All this makes the “hey!” at the end so much more rewarding.

2. Song for God (All Hail West Texas outtake, 2002):

"Song For God" was cut largely because while the lyric clearly reads "it takes two days or better to drive across its length," the singer of the recording in question has inexplicably chosen to modify that to read "it takes two days or better to walk across its length." I challenge anyone foolhardy enough to try it to see whether Texas can in fact be walked in two days. I would hazard to guess that it can’t be done.

The flubbing of one word cost “Song for God” a spot on the beloved All Hail West Texas. It was really cutthroat for songs in the boombox days. It’s a shame, because this one really deserved to be included. One of John Darnielle’s favorite subjects appears to be delusion under guise of religion, of which this song is a textbook case. The narrator casually watches children running across his front yard, waiting for the apocalypse that he’s sure will come in his life. He’s got an old fallout shelter where he “won’t even be able to hear the hoofbeats” of the Horsemen. It reminds me of another outtake from All Hail West Texas, "Waco", which is about the Branch Davidians. However, the difference between the two is the Believer in “Song for God” is all alone in his fantasies. Both songs are sad, but the solitude in “Song for God” makes it even more depressing.

3. Third Snow Song (Philyra single, 1994): I think that this one is the first song on this list that you can actually purchase legally from iTunes and the like since it was re-released on the Protein Source of the Future…Now! compilation. But even on there it’s overlooked. Maybe that’s because no one knows what to make of this song? Why is our narrator hammering his key into the ice? Is there something on the other side? Is he trying to drown himself? Is he just really thirsty? I don’t know, but it makes for good music. And don’t even get me started on the riff.

4. Edvard Munch (Unreleased, first played live 1996): John Darnielle has introduced this song live as “Oslo 1888” before, so maybe that’s its title, except that there is a completely different unreleased Mountain Goats song that’s also also called “Oslo 1888”, and the song’s namesake, Edvard Munch, (a Norwegian painter who’s probably most famous for this thing) was also living in Oslo in 1888 (at least I think, Wikipedia was kind of vague). It’s all very confusing but it’s worth delving into to try to figure out this song. The narrator of this song is clearly hurting over the departure of someone—I wonder if Munch is either of those people, or if he doesn’t play an active role in the song. Someone who knows more about art history than myself might be able to tell.

5. Keeping House (Japanese bonus track on Get Lonely, 2006): This song didn’t belong on Get Lonely. Musically the answer why is obvious, the upbeat horns, the fast strumming, the up-and-down bassline…it was of a different skin than Get Lonely (alternate title: “Songs to Make You Want to Curl Up and Die on the Tile Floor of Your Bathroom”). But the lyrics also stick out compared to the album tracks. It’s a second-person narrative in contrast to Get Lonely's first person agony. The person singing this song has a sort of confidence absent from the album, like he has been through all of this before and he's giving “you” advice (whereas the only times the word “you” was uttered in Get Lonely were regretfully and painfully). I see it as a sort of alternate ending to Get Lonely, a more positive epilogue than the suicide ballad of “In Corolla”, which, mind you, is just as good…

6. Sendero Luminoso Verdadero (Beautiful Rat Sunset, 1994): Sendero Luminoso (“Shining Path”) is the name of the Communist Party of Peru, a “terrorist organization” (according to U.S., Canadian, and European governments) whose power peaked in the 1980s. Our narrator was pretty visibly some sort of military leader, presumably for the Party—he puts on his old jacket and stands at the window, he thinks in military time…the historical details are probably not as fascinating to you as they are to me so I’ll cut to the chase: this song is a hidden gem that is on the short list for personal favorite Mountain Goats song (despite the bizarre introduction). John Darnielle can turn “I remember Lima, I remember the good life” into an all-time great (sort-of) chorus.

7. Deserters (from We Shall All Be Healed sessions, 2004):

“‘Deserters,’ technically a ‘demo’ though the word has always given me fits, is the song that sparked the We Shall All Be Healed album, and has a number of images that are sort of touchstones for me.”

This song is haunting. just the sheer apathy of its lyrics (“trying to better ourselves, giving up after one or two tries…”) and the way the chords just sort of repeat and go on and on…this song is rough in every definition of the word. We Shall All Be Healed dealt with some of the darkest subject matter in the Mountain Goats’ catalog but songs like this don’t really ever make it onto records, presumably because they refuse to play nice with the other tracks.

I think that the lesson of this song is “Don’t do meth”.

8. I Know You’ve Come to Take My Toys Away (Nine Black Poppies, 1995): Tremendous work from former bassist Rachel Ware here. Between her bass and her backing vocals near the end, she is really an integral part of this song. If by some strange twist of fate I ever become in charge of a TV show then this will be its theme song; even though the show would likely have nothing to do with confiscating someone’s toys, this one just screams “theme song!” to me. The meaning of this song is a mystery to me—are the toys literal toys? “Adult” toys or children’s toys? Or is it something more sinister? I hope so. Actually I just really hope this song isn’t about sex toys.

9. Whon (Unreleased, first played live 2009): “Whon” is a Texas ghost town whose name is a mispelling of Juan, a ranch hand who was friends with whoever got to name the town. The song “Whon” may have had something to do with All Hail West Texas but I have no proof of that. What I do know is that the music for the song is completely improvised—sort of like a bonus because the show was a benefit for Farm Sanctuary and I think he gave away the original lyric sheet to someone in a raffle or something. The only complaint I have is that the recording is so quiet it’s hard to make out at times. Why these lyrics sat around unsung (literally!) for so many years is beyond me. “You will never quite escape last year” indeed.

10. Bad Waves (On Juhu Beach, 2001): On Juhu Beach is weird. John Darnielle has said so himself. It was one of the last releases that he recorded on his Panasonic RX-FT500 boombox and the wheelgrind sound is as instrusive as ever. With the exception of “Transjordanian Blues” I don’t think any songs off of it have been played live. “Bad Waves” in particular stands out among the EP mostly likely due to the setting it describes—some cheap hotel on a beach in 1972, possibly in Asia due to the Bangladesh reference, “childlike” paintings lining the hotel’s wall. And this is all before the narrator gets to the point of his story: the waves are going to kill all of us. One wonders how literally to take this warning—is there a monsoon approaching? Or maybe the waves are a metaphor. Either way, this guy is full of dread and he wants you to be, too.

11. Tug on the Line (Undercard, 2010): Bonus Extra Lens song! Technically not Mountain Goats, but John Darnielle wrote it so I’m putting it here on this list. Undercard is usually mentioned as the lesser of the two Extra Glenns/Lens albums, and I can’t fault that—it’s terribly inconsistant. However, there are plenty of great songs on it, namely “Ambivalent Landscape Z”, “Dogs of Clinic 17”, and of course this one. It’s about a family fishing trip, and Something Happens. Franklin Bruno is basically just here on this song to make it sound pretty, and he does an excellent job.

EDIT: Thanks to Kyle Barbour and his Mountain Goats website for research on a couple songs. Y’all should check it out.

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emmmmly:

I’m always pushing everyone I know with a DSLR to learn how to shoot manual. In turn, I’ve had several friends in the past year ask me to teach them how. This usually happens when they’re across the country from me, and it’s really hard to explain over the phone. I’ve tried finding free online tutorials, but haven’t found any really good comprehensive ones. Truth is, I never shot manual or even attempted it until I went to art school and took a photography class. I looked at f-stop charts and played with shutter speed and just couldn’t get it. Hopefully, this is an easier guide than what I was able to find back in ‘08. If not, give me suggestions! I’ll gladly try again.

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imogensky:

A teeny tiny playlist straight from Cosima’s iPod.


01. Bassnectar - Voodoo (Beats Antique Remix) // 02. Adham Shaikh - Water Prayer Rasta (JPOD Monsoon Remix) // 03. Mr. Scruff - Pickled Spider // 04. Alison Wonderland - I Want U // 05. Tove Lo - Not On Drugs (G-Rex Remix) // 06. Pleasurekraft - Carny // 07. Disclosure - F For You (Onra Remix) // 08. M.I.A - Double Bubble Trouble (Trap Remix) // 09. Zomboy - Nuclear (Hands Up) // 10. Bassnectar - Bass Head // 11. Datsik - Blaze It Up // 12. Bassnectar & Datsik - Yes // 13. Skream - Exothermic Reaction // 14. Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) // 15. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead // 16. M.I.A - Bad Girls (Monolith Remix) // 17. J. Rabbit - Sexy Party // 18. Diplo & Skrillex - Amplifire // 19. Daft Punk - Derezzed (The Glitch Mob Remix) // 20. MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Remix)

imogensky:

A teeny tiny playlist straight from Cosima’s iPod.

01. Bassnectar - Voodoo (Beats Antique Remix) // 02. Adham Shaikh - Water Prayer Rasta (JPOD Monsoon Remix) // 03. Mr. Scruff - Pickled Spider // 04. Alison Wonderland - I Want U // 05. Tove Lo - Not On Drugs (G-Rex Remix) // 06. Pleasurekraft - Carny // 07. Disclosure - F For You (Onra Remix) // 08. M.I.A - Double Bubble Trouble (Trap Remix) // 09. Zomboy - Nuclear (Hands Up) // 10. Bassnectar - Bass Head // 11. Datsik - Blaze It Up // 12. Bassnectar & Datsik - Yes // 13. Skream - Exothermic Reaction // 14. Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) // 15. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead // 16. M.I.A - Bad Girls (Monolith Remix) // 17. J. Rabbit - Sexy Party // 18. Diplo & Skrillex - Amplifire // 19. Daft Punk - Derezzed (The Glitch Mob Remix) // 20. MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Remix)