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FerriswheelBueller

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The Mountain Goats
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:00:31 AM »
I picked out The Sunset Tree on the strength of a couple of singles probably about 2 years ago (?), and have been slowly getting increasingly obsessed with them. Saw them live in 2017 (?) and they were great, weird and loud and compelling.

I have been trapped in All Hail West Texas for about 2 weeks now. Getting very cramped in here. They are playing in Toronto next month, and I’m wondering if I can take a 3 month old infant to the show so I can go see them.

They’re terrific. One of those bands that really feels like every record was made for me, and there’s loads of back catalogue to enjoy. Figured I’d make a thread becaus I haven’t seen anything on CaB about them and I reckon all right-thinking people will love the Mountain Goats.

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 05:05:16 AM »
Blasting Get Lonely (quietly through my headphones while Mrs Ferris and Ferris Jr sleep in the next room). It’s great. This band is great. Get listening.

Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 05:33:57 AM »
Yes,I wholeheartedly agree.You and Chairman Bodog introduced me to them a year ago ,Thanks very much.

Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 07:14:22 AM »
Yes, they're great. I picked up Tallahassee when it came out as I tended to buy anything on 4AD. I played it to a friend who has since developed an obsession with them and we're off to see them in Leeds this autumn for what will be my 7th or 8th MG gig.

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 06:04:51 PM »
All Hail West Texas is probably my favourite album by them / him. "The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton" is one of my favourite songs ever written by anyone. The whole album is a fucking marvel of a thing, really. Just stunning song after stunning song. The economy of the storytelling, the amount of information he conveys with so little. It's breathtaking.

I've seen them twice, and both shows were spectacular. One was at Koko when they were touring All Eternals Deck, and it was just the standard acoustic guitar / bass / drums set-up. It was sublime, although I do remember someone grumbling at the bar about how "it's just a load of fucking strumming." He'd have been more impressed with the show at the Barbican a year or so later, maybe. That was a different carry on all together. Started off with "a load of fucking strumming," but it was a load of beautiful fucking strumming indeed, and then eventually John Darnielle was joined by the female a cappella quartet Anonymous 4 and Owen Pallett and then that was it then, just, whole fucking thing just shot through the ceiling altogether and away across space and time to the devil.

I've sort of lost track of what's been going on since the release of his first novel and that album all about wrestling, and I listened very little to that podcast that had a different person cover a different Mountain Goats track each week (some of those may have been compiled for an actual album by now, I dunno). And these three or four track things he drops now and then all to do with jedis and dragons. I don't keep up to date, really. I hear the odd thing here and there, mind, and I really liked Goths. Thought that was a brilliant album. I think "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds" is one of the most beautiful things he's ever put out of him.

I feel like I should catch up a bit, but to be honest, reading through this thread, I feel more like going back to Full Force Galesburg or something for a while again instead.

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2019, 11:06:06 PM »
They are superb and I will also be seeing them in Leeds in the autumn, given I saw them when they were last here and it was stunning. Last year I also enjoyed his second novel. Need to get around to the first.

The Sunset Tree is the one for me - always dust it off around Easter. Sunshine coming back into the world, punching the air to 'Up the Wolves' or 'Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod' when you leave your house on a bright cold morning, re-energised. New beginnings. Wriggling up on dry land. Pale green things.

But their best song, and it's a perfect song, one of my favourite songs ever recorded, is not on The Sunset Tree. It is on All Hail West Texas and it's called 'The Mess Inside.'

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 04:55:17 PM »
Utterly brilliant band/man. Would love to see them live, as I imagine it'd be a good show. Madly prolific too. Love all the 'little' songs like 'Going to Georgia', ones that don't have much to them but pack an absurd amount into what they have.

I love The Sunset Tree, and I've listened to it a lot, but I find it a hard listen these days, just thinking about where it comes from in his life. My favourite song on the album might be 'Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod' but Christ, it's just got such vulnerability shot through it, it just gets to me.

Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2019, 09:00:02 PM »
All Hail West Texas is probably my favourite album by them / him. "The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton" is one of my favourite songs ever written by anyone. The whole album is a fucking marvel of a thing, really. Just stunning song after stunning song. The economy of the storytelling, the amount of information he conveys with so little. It's breathtaking.

It's also generally quite easy to play on acoustic guitar if you have a tendency to strum real hard (which I do)

at least, I love playing 'The Fall of The High School Running Back'

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2019, 12:00:48 PM »
They just used "No Chance" by Mountain Goats in a montage during the final episode of You're The Worst.

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2019, 09:28:45 PM »
'Prowl Great Cain' is not only a good song but it's a belter of a song title

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2019, 09:33:37 PM »
I was completely won over by The Best Ever Death Metal Band the first time I heard it - the way it gulls you into laughing along with the two guys, then upbraids you for it - wonderful moment.

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Re: The Mountain Goats
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2019, 09:41:39 PM »
I was completely won over by The Best Ever Death Metal Band the first time I heard it - the way it gulls you into laughing along with the two guys, then upbraids you for it - wonderful moment.

I thought that album was guff until I listened to it properly and realized how great it was.