Talking About The Mountain Goats, With The Mountain Goats

It’s been about twenty years since I first heard The Mountain Goats. Friends in college turned me on to what I’m going to refer to as “the hits”–i.e. “Going to Georgia” and “Cubs in Five,” songs that showcased John Darnielle’s lyrical range, urgent vocal delivery, and fondness for lo-fi recordings. It’s something that’s shaped how I’ve listened to them; despite the fact that it’s been fifteen years since the release of Tallahassee, there’s still a strange sense of the new […]

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Morning Bites: Mountain Goats Book, Egan talks to Granta, Wild Flag is the new Fugazi, and More

YES!  John Darnielle talks about his novel!  (Via Largehearted Boy) “I’m working on it really slowly, and at this point, I expect to finish it when I’m 80 or something because I’m being really meticulous about revising it and am really ambitious about it,” he explains. “It’s about a guy who, when he was young, damaged himself very badly and finds himself in a position reflecting on other people who are as young as he once was and are also […]

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John Darnielle is a Motherfu**ing Poet!

“So I call Darnielle a poet, and I proselytize. Luckily I won’t need to much longer. Since the spring, his influential death metal reviews, posting inexhaustibly to his blog Last Plane To Jakarta ever since his June 10, 2001 salvo, “Death Metal Rules,” have been exclusively in free verse. This extends a mode that Darnielle first experimented with in 2006, in a cycle entitled, “Thirty Short Poems About My Favorite Black Metal Band.” Amen. (Via Paris Review)

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