Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Goats’

  1. Deer Tick – White City  (Pogues cover)
  2. Mekons – Lawrence of California
  3. Bear’s Den – Fuel On The Fire
  4. Ritual Howls – Alone Together
  5. JAWS – Do You Remember
  6. The Mountain Goats – Younger
  7. Interpol – Fine Mess
  8. Lucy Dacus – La Vie En Rose  (Edith Piaf cover)
  9. Sophie Morgan – Bloodbuzz Ohio  (The National cover)
  10. Martha – Love Keeps Kicking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Mountain Goats – Song For Sasha Banks
  2. Saintseneca – Frostbiter
  3. Purling Hiss – Out Tonight
  4. Marissa Nadler – Where Do I Go  (Happy Rhodes cover)
  5. Beak> – Alle Sauvage
  6. Tuung – Crow
  7. Henrik Appel – Struggle
  8. Dirty Nil – Bathed In Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Mountain Goats – Shirtless In Hamburg
  2. OCS – The Fool
  3. U.S. Girls – Mad As Hell
  4. Patsy – Tommy, Bobby, Johnny
  5. Gun Outfit – Landscape Painter
  6. Nots – Anxious Trend
  7. Evan Stephens Hall – Burnout  (Green Day cover)
  8. Adults – MSN
  9. Silver Torches – Bartender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Mountain Man – Love Hurts  (Nazareth cover)
  2. Dan Auerbach – Shine On Me
  3. Mountain Goats – Etruscans
  4. Whitney – Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)  (Dolly Parton cover)
  5. Los Angeles Police Department – If I Lied
  6. Moon Duo – Sevens
  7. Peacers – Jurgen’s Layout
  8. Sam Amidon – Juma Mountain
  9. Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Wrong Turn
  10. The Wooden Sky – Black Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Mountain Goats Album

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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The ever-wonderful Mountain Goats return with a new album Goths, due on 19th May (order here).

It is a particularly appropriate/nostalgic title for those of us (Mrs M & I) of a certain age who were in the thick of the original Goth movement, all black with purple hints, eyeliner and gloom all pervading and its capital in the heart of the north of England.

It is summed up perfectly by the first single Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds, of which John Darnielle has to say of the undisputed godfather of Goth, “In the lyric, I imagine one of my teenage heroes, Andrew Eldritch, returning to the town where the band worked and played when they were young. His friends give him a hard time about ending up back where he started, but not because they’re mad: it’s good to see an old friend wearing the marks of time on his hands and face like well-loved tattoos. So shall it be in these times: your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, and Andrew Eldritch, whose music has reached spirits in every corner of the globe, will move back to Leeds.”

And from bassist Peter Hughes:

Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example. But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.

Hear hear.

And stream it here.

 

best of the weekNine songs for your listening pleasure gathered from the week’s new releases.

We have Mountain Goats showing that even with a throwaway song, composed off the back of a jokey Twitter conversation, John Darnielle can better 95% of what is out there, whilst Molly Burch and Tara Jane O’Neil’s beautifully composed songs are at the other end of the pendulum’s swing.

We also have some brilliant fuzzy, indie rock from Snail Mail, Okkervil River’s cover of a Roky Erikson gem especially for Amazon’s Valentines playlist, and another cover (this time it is the Jesus & Mary Chain) from Beach Slang. Some catchy, but caustic punk from Bleached, and some equally catchy garage-punk from The Courtneys. We finish off with a wonderful 60s psych-freak-folk inspired track from Shadow Band.

Enjoy.

  1. Snail Mail – Thinning
  2. Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet  (Roky Erikson cover)
  3. Mountain Goats – The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones
  4. Molly Burch – Wrong For You
  5. Bleached – Can You Deal?
  6. Tara Jane O’Neil – Sand
  7. The Courtneys – Minnesota
  8. Beach Slang – Sometimes Always  (Jesus & Mary Chain cover)
  9. Shadow Band – Daylight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekNo less than ten more new tracks compiled for your listening pleasure including three covers by Mountain Goats (taking on War’s Summer), Fidlar’s version of the Beastie Boys stone cold classic Sabotage and Yuck’s tribute to Elliott Smith. Not only that, but newly discovered and reissued tracks from garage punks The Hunches and cult 70s folkie Bob Brown, and of course the return of Radiohead plus plenty more besides.

  1. Radiohead – Daydreaming
  2. Marissa Nadler – Katie I Know
  3. Mountain Goats – Summer (War cover)
  4. Fidlar – Sabotage  (Beastie Boys cover)
  5. Yuck – Bled White (Elliott Smith cover)
  6. Bob Brown – It Takes The World To Make A Feather Fall
  7. The Hunches – Watcha Gonna Do
  8. Fear Of Men – Sane
  9. Boys – All My Friends
  10. The Virginmarys – I Wanna Take You Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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MM's BEST OF 2012 Nos 60-41

Today we reach the halfway mark of our favourite 100 songs of 2012. Here are numbers 60 – 41 for your listening pleasure. You can check out numbers 100 – 81 here and yesterday’s post of 80 – 61 here.

And on we go…

60 JAMES LEVY & THE BLOOD RED ROSE – YOU SNEAK INTO MY ROOM
A real mellow chill out tune. Reminds me of laid back version of the Divine Comedy. (SB)

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59 ANGEL SNOW – LIE AWAKE
This was a late arrival into my best of the year list and I am thrilled to have it here. Those beautiful haunting vocals stay with you long after listening – its a sad story perfectly told and I love it. Not the happiest song, but certainly one of the most beautiful. (PP)

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58 THE LUMINEERS – FLAPPER GIRL
Piano-led tune that is rather understated yet really gets under your skin, particularly when the guitar comes in to answer the piano. Lovely, undulating melody, the power of this song lies in its simplicity as lead singer and guitarist, Wesley Schultz, lays his heart on his sleeve. Ho Hey, their star is deservedly in the ascendant. (Mrs M)

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57 TEAM GENIUS – SEVEN YEARS
Although flirting dangerously close to novelty Seven Years certainly helped put a smile on my face with its blatantly narcissistic lyrics and thumping beat. This may be a bit of an indulgence on my part, but I have to be true to what I like. And boy I like this song – anything that begins with the line “I’m half drunk again, full of words, full of piss and wind’ was bound to become one of my favourite songs of the year. (CP)

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56 WAVES OF FURY – BUSINESSMAN’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT
If there was a more tribal drumbeat this year then we didn’t hear it. The genius came in mixing this primal menace with Stax horns and a hoarse, scorched vocal – the musical equivalent of Marvin Gaye smashing Gary Glitter’s face into a wall. (MM)

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55 WE ARE AUGUSTINES – HEADLONG INTO THE ABYSS
One of the best songs from a great album which deals with lots of heavy subjects like depression and suicide and turns them into triumphant and emotional tunes like this with singer Billy McCarthy screaming out lyrics like “call the police, call your shrink, call whoever you want cos I ain’t gonna wait around for some pill to kick in”. It grabs you by the ear right from the start and marches you all the way to the front of the class. (TS)

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54 RICHARD HAWLEY – SEEK IT
A really beautiful love song with a simple melody like a nursery rhyme and darkly comic lyrics. It sounds like an old classic that you’ve known all your life and just goes to show, sometimes less is more and the simplest things are often the best. Perfect with a brew and a biscuit at any time of the day or night. (TS)

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53 THE RAPTURE – CHILDREN
Just love the sort of electro pop bass-line running through this and for me a good sing and dance along song. (SB)

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52 THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – WIND AND WALLS
Why this song? I guess it just makes me happy. When Kristian Matsson starts to sing, its hard not to smile, such a powerful voice. There is no place to hide with this tune – just a guitar, some words and a man telling a story. Nothing wrong with that combination in my mind. (PP)

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51 KING KRULE – ROCK BOTTOM
Smitten with this song right from the get go. A Johnny Marr-esque guitar riff is the lead in, then from nowhere comes this fantastical delivery of words half sung half spoken, that leave you in no doubt that King Krule has been Rock Bottom. Despite looking like the kid you would steal lunch money from, the lyrics are delivered with passion and a sense of a life lived. The drums in this song are off-kilter and almost sound out of place when first heard. This off beat style works perfectly when the song comes together and leaves the head nodding and the feet tapping. Perfect. (DR)

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50 EUGENE MCGUINESS – SHOTGUN
What a great song over the top of Duane Eddy’s Peter Gunn, with the catchiest chorus of the year:  “Every time I dance, every time I dance with you, I”ll stagger out the night club black and blue, battered and bruised…”(MS)

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49 THE LOLLIPOPS – BLACK TAR CARPET RIDE
“We’ll shoot some heroin, and take to the skies”. Told over a simple acoustic strum, this is an unapologetic, woozy, hypnotically brilliant paean to the delights of chasing the dragon. The best addition to the Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll mantra we’ve heard all year. Their only apology? For “the times we almost died”…(MM)

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48 THE PINES – CRY CRY CROW
I love this song’s eerie feeling, with the tune being played on guitar in the background, and the singer’s voice, they all blend together really well to make a great song. (MS)

Download The Pines – Cry Cry Crow mp3

47 THE LOST BROTHERS – NOT NOW WARDEN
Sounding like the long lost ghost of the Louvin Brothers, Not Now Warden is a perfect companion piece to The Knoxville Girl. A gently insistent guitar refrain anchors aching lyrics of regret and despair. Classic Nashville all the way from…Liverpool. (MM)

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46 SAVAGES – HUSBANDS
With a great beat and an awesome chorus of “My house/ my bed/ my husbands/ husbands…”, this song always has me dancing (badly) and singing along. Husbands is punk rock. Full stop. (MS)

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45 MOUNTAIN GOATS – CRY FOR JUDAS
Such a great feel to this. A truly outrageous pop arrangement acts as a perfect optimistic backdrop to a song about surviving the worst and adding that experience to your armoury. These opposites work in perfect harmony. Mountain Goats have long been a favourite of mine their output is prolific and never diluted, and lyrically sharp as a tack. (DR)

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)

44 SPECTOR – CHEVY THUNDER
Like Howler, Spector barrelled their way into the New Year with a classic indie anthem full of girls, cars, and teenage rebellion whilst boasting a chorus so classically simple that it defies you not to sing along within seconds. (MS)

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43 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD – DRUNKEN POET’S DREAM (DAYTROTTER SESSION)
Originally a 2011 track, but this version is from a 2012 Daytrotter Session and it’s just too good a song to overlook for a second year running. A brilliant tune perfectly matched with simple lyrics and Ray Wylie Hubbards’ ‘gargling-with-gravel’ voice. The story is told from the perspective of the drunken poet who introduces his girlfriend (who sounds like she’s quite a character) and tells us of his Bohemian lifestyle. And of course, he provides some brilliant drunken poetry as a chorus. Simple, contemporary country from the man who brought us Choctaw Bingo. (BSF)

Download Ray Wylie Hubbard – Drunken Poet’s Dream mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

42 THE WALKMEN – LOVE IS LUCK
My favourite track from the sublime Heaven album. I never really know exactly what The Walkmen are singing about but, truth be told, I couldn’t care less. Their music makes me feel good about life and that’s enough. (BSF)

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41 JANICE GRAHAM BAND – MURDER
The Specials got the Arctic monkeys drunk one night and roofied them. The child that came from this unholy union is The Janice Graham Band. It has a knowledgeable lived in feel to it. As we step over the half way mark it breaks, not becoming faster just fuller with some great sounding horns giving these boys a swagger all of their own. (DR)

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Remember…check back for numbers 40 – 21 tomorrow…

Thanks to Mrs Mackerel (Mrs M), Chris T Popper (CP), Barry-Sean (BSF), Polly Pocket (PP), Dr Roddy (DR), Starbie (SB) Middle Sprat (MS) and Toy Steve (TS) for their contributions.

MM Shorts 235: The Mountain Goats

Got this via Soundcloud, an early demo of Night Light from Transcendental Youth by the Mountain Goats, out today on Merge Records. Click through to download for free, and order the album here.

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