The folks at Daytrotter caught up with John Darnielle at this year’s SXSW and recorded four unreleased songs, including a cover of a Wailers song that they’re limiting to 1,000 downloads. When I last checked they were over halfway there, so you’d better get on it.
• “Pinklon” (“He was one of the best heavyweights of the 80s and his jab was described by many as the best since Sonny Liston’s.”)
• “Ethiopians” (a Tallahassee outtake)
• “Red River Valley” (“In the very early days of the Mountain Goats, I used to play this one live in the old holler-and-stamp-my-feet style.”)
• “Babylon Burning” (“…white dudes with acoustic guitars are probably better off not attempting to cover reggae songs, and if further evidence of that were needed, well, here you are.”)