Watch John Darnielle and co play two songs for Pitchfork.tv’s Cemetery Gates.
Watch John Darnielle play four songs live.
This is spiritual music only in the sense that Darnielle thinks of religion as a way to add solemn tones to his songbook.
Video: The Mountain Goats – “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace” Just John Darnielle and a piano, alone in an empty auditorium, encircled by camera track. Directed by Rian Johnson. The Mountain Goats: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.
John Darnielle tells the story behind the Mountain Goats‘ Biblical new album to Pitchfork: If you’re into music, you’re into religion, somehow or another. Religion, that’s the bloodline of music. The whole reason, I’m pretty sure, we have music on notation is to preserve chant – to transcribe what was going on, which we’re singing … Continue reading John Darnielle vs. Religion
MP3: The Mountain Goats – “Genesis 3:23” The Bible verse from the title of the song is: “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” (King James Version) And the chorus of the song goes: “I used to live here.” But the … Continue reading New Mountain Goats: Genesis 3:23
There’s a long profile of the Mountain Goats by Stephen Rodrick in New York Magazine that leaves me feeling a little icky. The author examines both John Darnielle as well as one of his particularly earnest young fans: He looks more or less like the rest of the assembled Mountain Goats faithful, a cross section … Continue reading Mountain Goats Fans Are Dorks, Apparently
John Darnielle has announced that The Mountain Goats will be independently releasing a new EP, produced by Scott Solter, entitled Satanic Messiah EP, as a double-7″ in a “hi-gloss UV gatefold sleeve […] in a limited edition of 666 copies,” and only available at shows. “But wait!” I hear some of you saying. “If I … Continue reading New Mountain Goats: Satanic Messiah EP
Earlier this year in San Francisco, John Darnielle recorded four songs for Daytrotter, including the unreleased “02-75,” which he says is the first love song he wrote for his wife, “before she was my wife.” It’s lovely. “You are my best friend / And I have always known you.” Previously: Unreleased Mountain Goats on Daytrotter … Continue reading Mountain Goats on Daytrotter
MP3: The Mountain Goats – “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” (Aesop Rock remix) Be sure to check out the very cool Sketch Theatre video for it, too. As is typical in today’s parlance, “remix” here implies Aesop Rock taking the a cappella vocal track, and using an entirely new instrumental track and tacking on an additional rap … Continue reading The Mountain Goats – Lovecraft in Brooklyn (Aesop Rock remix)