Tag Archive: “The Mountain Goats”

As if we weren’t already chopping at the bit for The Mountain Goats to release their hotly anticipated new album Goths, the band have shared the latest single “Rain in Soho”.

Unlike the first wistful single “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”, John Darnielle’s cutting lyrics of the vanishing of friends, places, and the safety of harbors are downright menacing on “Rain in Soho”.  On top of that, the Nashville Symphony Chorus add a level of darkness that’s staggering to listeners.

Listen to “Rain in Soho” here:

Goats will be released on May 19th via Merge.

The Mountain Goats on tour:
May 22 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
May 23 Nashville, TN — Cannery Ballroom
May 25 Birmingham, AL — Saturn
May 26 New Orleans, LA — The Republic
May 27 Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
May 28 Dallas, TX — Trees
May 31 Los Angeles, CA — Mayan Theater
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 02 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 04 Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
Jun 05 Seattle, WA — The Showbox
Jun 23 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 24 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 26 New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall ^
Jun 27 Boston, MA — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
Jun 28 Providence, RI — Columbus Theatre
Jun 30 Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
Jul 01 Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion at Riverband Music ^
Jul 02 Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center ^
Jul 03 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Jul 05 Papillion, NE — Sumtur Amphitheater ^
Jul 06 Des Moines, IA — Wooley’s
Jul 07 Saint Paul, MN — The Palace Theatre ^
Jul 08 Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
Jul 09 Bloomington, IL — Castle Theatre
Jul 11 Sioux Falls, SD — The Washington Pavilion ^
Jul 12 St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House ^
Jul 13 Oklahoma City, OK — ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Jul 14 Austin, TX — ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
^ – w/ Jason Isbell

The One With So Much So Anyway

On this episode: Brian and Luke have fun with Brazilians, Brian has a first for the podcast, Luke makes Brian shriek, Luke blurts out a spoiler without a spoiler alert, Brian and Luke debate about Ryan Adams, Brian is able to get some things off his chest (against his Doctor’s orders) and some really awesome music is played!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.


Songs Played on The One With So Much So Anyway

Chicano Batman – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) from Freedom Is Free out March 3rd on ATO Records

Tinariwen – Assawt from Elwan out now on Anti-

Oddisee – Like Really from The Iceburg out now on Mello Music Group

Vagabon – Fear & Force from Infinite Worlds out now on Father/Daughter Records

Sam Patch – 100 Decibels from Yeah You, and I out now on Dep Records

Ryan Adams – Doomsday from Prisoner out now on Pax Am Recordings

Tashaki Miyaki – Girls on TV from The Dream out April 7th on Metropolis Records

The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds from Goths out May 19th on Merge Records

This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. Below are songs that sound great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

Sparks – Sherlock Holmes (Angst In My Pants, Atlantic)


The LA-based duo Sparks, made up of oddball brothers Ron and Russell Mael, made some of the most interesting music of the 70’s, 80’s, and continue to make great music to this day. Lead by, but not oversaturated with, Ron Mael’s signature synths in association with electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder, their sound was  way ahead of it’s time. The song begins with Russell describing Sherlock Holmes’ intelligence and playfully taking on the role of Sherlock to entice his lover. As the song progresses he pleads with his partner to stay the night if he pretends to be the much superior Sherlock. Building to an upbeat, power-pop bridge where Russell frustratedly declares, “I can’t be Sherlock Holmes.” This song is a quirky, little heart-breaking tale and a prime example of Sparks’ significant influence on modern synth-rock.


The Grateful Dead – Ripple (American Beauty, Warner Bros.)


The National’s Aaron & Bryce Dessner recently released the Grateful Dead tribute album Day of the Dead, featuring The Walkmen doing a great cover of Ripple, however nothing is better than the original. Seemingly a jaunty folk tune, this song has some of the deepest and most enlightened lyrics, contemplating the purpose of music itself and encouraging the listener to forge their own path in life. While the song is rooted in reality it hints towards unseen forces, “Ripple in still water when there is no pebble tossed or wind to blow.” There are gorgeous 3-part harmonies throughout, ending with a glorious vocal chorus, in which the band was backed by a choir of friends and family members. There are mixed views of The Grateful Dead, some are die hard fans and others subscribe to the “jam band” stereotype and write them off, but if you listen to this song the music speaks for itself.


Dirty Projectors feat. David Byrne – Knotty Pine (Dark Was The Night, 4AD)


2008’s Dark Was The Night is another Dessner Bros. produced complitation album, made to raise money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The album is a who’s who of indie-rock stars, including this brilliant collaboration of Talking Head’s David Byrne and Dirty Projectors. The marriage of Amber Coffman and David Byrne’s vocals is bold and majestic, trading off verses then joining in the chorus. A driving bass drum and perky acoustic guitar riffs build to a boisterous staccato-piano hook. This is a fun track and an unexpected, yet ingenious pairing of indie-rock greats.

The Mountain Goats – San Bernardino (Heretic Pride, 4AD)


Last year, Rolling Stone dubbed The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle “Rock’s Best Storyteller,” as his songs tell intricate stories with complex characters that embody relatable truths and emotions. This song tells the tale of an indigent young couple who stop at a roadside hotel for the birth of their child. John often speaks for people who are dismissed and underestimated, and demonstrates how they have unseen potential and value. He does that on this song as he describes the love between the couple and their newborn, “we will never be alone in this world, no matter what they say.” This track consists of Darnielle singing over lovely strings arrangements, a departure from the folk rock style the band is known for. John said these are some of his favorite characters that he’s ever created, “their feeling for one another inspires me.” He is now a father of two, but 3 years before the birth of his first son, he tapped into a parent’s love with this beautiful ballad.

Frightened Rabbit – Holy (Pedestrian Verse, Atlantic)


On Holy Scott Hutchison demonstrates his ability to take a theme and run with it, the verses are packed with biblical imagery as he faces off against a self-righteous pier. The chorus repeats, “you’re acting all holy, me I’m just full of holes.” This line varies and mutates as the song builds until finally Hutchinson proclaims, “I won’t ever be holy. Thank God I’m full of holes.” This song is about not just accepting your imperfections, but loving them as they are a part of you. Frightened Rabbit pioneered the folk rock sound popularized by bands like Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters & Men, but that sound evolved over time into the polished, poppy indie-rock you hear on this track.


Chance The Rapper – Prom Night (10 Day, Self Released)

The second to last song on Chance’s first mixtape, 10 Day, recorded during a 10 day suspension from his high school, shows how much he has grown and reminds us why we loved him in the first place. As always Chance uses childish buffoonery to convey much deeper truths. Comparing himself to teen movie troublemakers Charlie Bartlett, John Bender, and Ferris Bueller, he establishes himself as a rebellious youth and talks about how he missed his graduation and prom to pursue his passion of making music. There is a coming-of-age/high school nostalgia vibe to this song, but ultimately this is Chance first tapping into his signature style of epic compositions about his successes and the great things that he sees in his future. Throughout his career he has consistently preached a message of positivity. No matter if he’s speaking to his fans, his newborn daughter, or a person who threw a beer bottle at him on stage, he takes a line from this song and says, “It’s all love.” This song is done in the style of classic 90’s rap, with a bright, orchestral beat and it’s an interesting look back at the high school hip hop prodigy before he transformed into the young father who is running the rap game and making history.


Singer-songwriter Casey Bolles has debuted a cover of beloved The Mountain Goats song “Going to Georgia.” The track is taken from his upcoming covers EP, Manhattan, that’s scheduled for release on January 22 from Pure Noise Records.

“The Mountain Goats are my favorite band of all time, so I definitely wanted to cover one of their songs. “Going to Georgia” is one of my favorites of theirs.” – Casey Bolles


Bolle’s Manhattan EP features three cover tracks including The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights,” The Mountain Goats’ “Going To Georgia” and The 1975’s “Chocolate.”

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Best Albums (in alphabetical order)
Beauty Pill – Describes Things As They Actually Are
An album I’ve waiting over 10 years to hear and it’s as amazing as I’d hoped it would be.

Fuzz – II
Ty Segall can do no wrong.

Kinski – 7 (or 8)
Sweet son of a bitch! This is probably their heaviest album and will kick you in the ass every time you listen.

Mike Krol – Turkey
Short, sweet and rocking, it’s 18 minutes you’ll want to relive over and over again.

The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
I never realized how much I wanted an indie-folk concept album about about wrestling until I heard this.

No Joy – More Faithful
A more recent discovery for me, but the blend of noisy, shoegazy goodness made a good impression right off the bat.

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
I’ve missed this band so much. I seriously never thought this album would happen, but I’m so glad it did.

Soccer Team – Real Lessons In Cynicism
As is the case with most Dischord bands you never know if you’ll hear a new album from them, so this was a very welcome surprise. Not as lo-fi as their previous work, but it’s still really good.

Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m going down
Far beyond anything he (or anyone else) has done, both musically and lyrically.

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There
Only Yo La Tengo could make a Cure song worth listening to.

Best Reissue
Ty Segall – Ty Rex
It’s Ty Segall. Covering T. Rex. Yeah…

Best Show
Fargo (Season 2)
Every bit as surreal and amazing as the first season, but with an even more interesting cast of characters played by actors you wouldn’t expect. Plus Bruce Campbell makes a cameo as Ronald Reagan, which is just awesome.

Best Movie
Mad Max – Fury Road
It’s basically a 2-hour anxiety attack. Seriously, it never stops or slows down and I loved every minute of it.

Best Podcast
The Best Show with Tom Scharpling
After a 1-year hiatus, Tom Scharpling is back to steamroll all the chumps and “podtrash” that stand in his way. Since the Clinton administration, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster have created some of the best comedy radio in history and they’re doing it again every Tuesday night! Newbridge is comin’ to get ya!

Blank Range will head out this spring on a 28 date U.S. tour opening for folk rock duo Two Gallants as well as The Mountain Goats. They’ll be kicking this off with a full slate of shows at SXSW in Austin – and then will return to their hometown of Nashville, TN for a show at The Basement to celebrate the release of their new 10-inch pressing of Phase II, their first EP, which will be released that day, on April 20 jointly between Sturdy Girls Records and Swedish indie label Gravitation, the same home to Tallest Man On Earth. Blank Range will also appear at Sasquatch! Festival and Shaky Knees in Atlanta. Blank Range has previously toured with Spoon, Benjamin Booker, and opened for Superchunk, Blitzen Trapper, Alice In Chains and more.


Weds/ 3-18/ 12:00PM – C3 Party at Lambert’s

Weds/ 3-18/ 9:00PM – SXSW Official Showcase at 720 Club Patio

Thu/ 3-19/ 12:00PM – SxSan Jose at San Jose Hotel

Fri/ 3-20/ 2:00PM – Another Planet Party at Red Eyed Fly

Fri/ 3-20/ 4:00PM – Do512

Sat/ 3-21/ 4:00PM – NoiseTrade & Clif Bar GreenNotes

TOUR DATES # w/ Two Gallants *w/ The Mountain Goats

APR 10: The Basement / Nashville, TN

APR 20: The State Room / Salt Lake City, UT

APR 21: The Bluebird Theater / Denver, CO#

APR 22: Reverb Lounge / Omaha, NE#

APR 23: 7th St Entry / Minneapolis, MN#

APR: 24: Lincoln Hall / Chicago, IL#

APR 25: The Pike Room at The Crofoot / Pontiac, MI#

APR 27: The Garrison / Toronto, Canada#

APR 28: Casa Del Popolo / Montreal, Canada#

APR 29: Brighton Music Hall / Allston, MA#

MAY 01: Johnny Brenda’s / Philadelphia, PA#

MAY 02: Rock and Roll Hotel / Washington DC#

MAY 03: The Southern / Charlottesville, VA#

MAY 04: Cat’s Cradle Back Room / Carrboro, NC#

MAY 05: The Mothlight / Asheville, NC#

MAY 08: Shaky Kneeds Festival / Atlanta, GA

MAY 09: Gasa Gasa / New Orleans, LA#

MAY 10: Fitzgerald’s / Houston, TX#

MAY 11: Three Links / Dallas, TX#

MAY 12: Red 7 / Austin, TX#

MAY 14: Club Congress / Tucson, AZ#

MAY 15: Soda Bar / San Diego, CA#

MAY 16: Roxy Theatre / West Hollywood, CA#

MAY 22-25: Sasquatch! Festival / Quincy, WA

MAY 27: The Urban Lounge/ Salt Lake City, UT*

MAY 29: The Showbox / Seattle, WA*

May 30: Wonder Ballroom / Portland, OR*

JUN 01: The Fillmore / San Francisco, CA*

JUN 03: Mayan Theater / Los Angeles, CA*


Hüsker Dü alumnus Bob Mould has announced a new batch of dates. During all of these shows, he will be backed by drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Spl:t S:ngle, Verbow), both of whom performed on Silver Age.

Tour dates:

2/26 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
?2/27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
?3/1 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
?3/2 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
?3/8 Brisbane, Australia – The Zoo
?3/9 Sydney, Australia – Factory Theatre
?3/10 Sydney, Australia – Factory Theatre
?3/12 Adelaide, Australia – Fowlers Live
?3/13 Melbourne, Australia – Corner Hotel
?3/15 Melbourne, Australia – Corner Hotel
?3/16 Perth, Australia – Rosemount