• Listening through the Mountain Goats (2003–2011)

    8 May 2011, 02:32 by nigelewan

    This is part two of my journaling through The Mountain Goats' magnificent and enormous body of work. You can read part one in a separate entry.


    2003 (posted 7 may)
    Wow. Where to begin? Things change so much this year. I know I probably sound absurdly hyperbolic at this point, but this period of tMG history (2002–04) is my absolute favorite.

    Tallahassee
    What a superb album. The title track is deceptively simple. The more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. Also, there is some cool spookiness surrounding very quiet words in the background of the song, so that is fun. I never get tired of the segue from the end of Tallahassee into First Few Desperate Hours... and the rest of First Few Desperate Hours. This is definitely my favorite song on the album.

    I still remember the first time I heard No Children. It was in the best possible way, in context of the album as a whole. After the album was finished, I remember thinking "that one song with the piano was very memorable". …
  • Listening through the Mountain Goats! PRE-4AD VERSION 1991-2002

    19 Feb 2011, 19:41 by pianistman1337

    so i understand that i am a day late with this, Nigel Ewan, and for that, i apologize! however, i listened through all of JD's 1991 work, Taboo VI: The Homecoming, and his contribution to some random compilation.

    Favorite song: I'm going to go on a limb here, and say that Wild Palm City is my favorite of 1991. There is just... something about how you can tell that this has to be the first song he recorded; like he just picked up the guitar and started strumming it. I mean, the chord progressions don't always match up, and there are errors, etc. It's quality. I know "Going to Alaska" would probably be the definitive answer here... but... I like Wild Palm City lots.
    Favorite lyric: Hmm... I think I'm going to go with "I'm going to move all my vital organs to someplace outside my body/The wiring is something you would not believe. from Ice Cream, Cobra Man. Just the imagery is quite cool; imaginative. JD is a solid songwriter, in my opinion…
  • Sun 29 Nov – The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy

    30 Nov 2009, 14:38 by Zarvok

    Sun 29 Nov – The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy

    Got there in time to see most of Final Fantasy's set. It was very good. My friend Kraig had observed that their (his) stuff is a lot like Andrew Bird's, which is definitely true - it's mostly one guy playing the violin and creating complicated and interesting loops. He was a bit more discordant/experimental/downbeat than Andrew Bird, and I'm not sure I could be a big fan, but it was definitely fun to see.

    Then The Mountain Goats. Here's the set list (thanks to tragos on the mountain goats forums):

    1 Samuel 15:23
    Old College Try
    Cotton
    Psalms 40: 2
    Isaiah 45: 23
    Deuteronomy 2: 10
    Enoch 18: 14
    Genesis 30: 3
    From TG&Y (solo)
    Blueberry Frost (solo)
    Mole (solo)
    Dance Music (solo)
    (Owen comes out)
    Going to Bristol
    (everyone else comes back)
    Hebrews 11: 14
    Quito
    (Owen leaves)
    Song for Dennis Brown
    Genesis 3: 23
    This Year

    Encore:
    Ezekiel 7 And The Permanent Efficacy Of Grace
    Romans 10: 9