• 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.

    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 (1991–2002)

    19 Feb 2011, 02:40 by nigelewan

    Me and my friend Ian are listening through The Mountain Goats' entire catalog for a number of reasons, namely: 1) there is a new album coming out and it seems appropriate, 2) Ian is only recently becoming a tMG superfan and needs to listen to everything again, and 3) everyone should be listening to the entire tMG catalog all the time anyway. We're going to cover one year per week. So without further ado:

    1991 (posted 18 feb)
    The year I was born, and the year the Mountain Goats were born, too. Seems fitting. John did more than I did in 1991, namely, recording Taboo VI: The Homecoming. It's rough, but there are some real gems.
    Favorite song: I think we can all agree that Going to Alaska is the best song on Taboo VI. At least, it's persevered the longest in tMG's live sets. And it's a really good song. And the first in the going to series!!
    Favorite lyric: "you say these rocks are treacherous / but how long has it been since you've seen my feet?" from Solomon Revisited. …