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Artist: The Mountain Goats
Album: The Sunset Tree
Song Notes: Thirteen Ugly Children Roll Gutterballs: The last show of the Weekend Of Rock was a concert with The Mountain Goats headlining. (For the record, the openers were Sarah Dougher -- whom I thought was awful, and The Double -- whom I thought were reasonably cool.) This show was just John Darnielle and Peter Hughes, although the drummer for The Double joined them on a couple songs. (Last time, most of the show was just John and Peter, but then the last few songs were a full band featuring John Vanderslice who produced the last few Mountain Goats records. "Dance Music" and "Dilaudid" both come from the new record, The Sunset Tree (which I didn't actually get at the show as I'd already had it, but that was the only CD they were selling there, as it's, well, the one they were touring in support of). There's two, because they're both pretty short. "Dance Music" is probably my favorite from the record and seems to be the crowd favorite, and "Dilaudid" is a pretty awesome one with a string section (I suppose to make up for talking about eels with Strings, but not actually providing any mp3s of the stuff with the String Arrangements). Anyway, the album is about John's abusive, alcoholic step-father (which was kind of ironic, seeing as the show was on Father's Day). I'm a pretty big Mountain Goats fan. And, the seemingly-sorta-quasi-official-site-at-least-until-John-got-his-own-site has a bunch more (legit) mp3s to download if you're so inclined. And if you're bored enough and want more, the 4AD site has a couple for download -- last I checked they had the exquisite "No Children" and "Palmcorder Yajna". So you might dig those, too. - Rev. Syung Myung Me
Dub Club: Matt's 2005 Best Of -- Streets Named For New England Trees: Probably the most popular track from The Sunset Tree, "Dance Music" also provided the name of the most recent Mountain Goats tour. I just completely love John Darnielle's lyrics. His voice I actually really like as well, but understand it can be a bit of an acquired taste for some people. Still, though, even if you find it hard to take, just pay attention to his lyrics, wordplay and imagery—he's an outstanding writer. - Rev. Syung Myung Me
I Should Not Be Allowed To Touch Anything: The Best Of The Mountain Goats: I do not think I have anything to add from the above two times I've put this on somethin'. Man, maybe I should get a new song, huh? - Rev. Syung Myung Me