MP3: The Extra Lens – “Only Existing Footage” from Undercard, due October 19 on Merge.
Formerly known as the Extra Glenns, the collaboration between Franklin Bruno and the Mountain Goats‘ John Darnielle has already produced one fine album, Martial Arts Weekend (Absolutely Kosher, 2002), and judging from this new song it seems as though they’ve done it again. “Only Existing Footage” tells the story of the doomed film production: “Blocking’s pretty good but there’s a gate hair on the lens / And the script girl’s wandered off so we improvise the plot / Lousy continuity. The coats won’t match from shot to shot.” But of course, it’s about much more than that: “Annihilation’s been pouring since it found out where I drink.”
In related news, the Mountain Goats have signed to Merge after six albums for 4AD.
Extra Lens: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki
Undercard track list:
3. Only Existing Footage
4. Communicating Doors
5. Programmed Cell Death
6. How I Left the Ministry
7. Some Other Way
8. Ambivalent Landscape Z
9. In Germany Before the War
10. Tug on the Line
11. Rockin’ Rockin’ Twilight of the Gods
12. Dogs of Clinic 17
2 thoughts on “The Extra Lens – Only Existing Footage”
I like this a lot. I’m not sure what the other guy is throwing in besides harmony, but at a minimum this if a fine MG song.
“is”, not “if”.