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John Darnielle
Darnielle in 2007
Darnielle in 2007
Background information
Birth name John Darnielle
Born March 16
Bloomington, Indiana
Genre(s) Folk Rock, Lo-Fi, Singer-Songwriter
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Instrument(s) Singing, acoustic guitar
Years active 1991-present
Associated acts The Mountain Goats, The Extra Glenns, The Seneca Twins, The Bloody Hawaiians, The Congress, The Crunch Sisters, Chicken Damage, The Salvation Brothers

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Biography

Places Darnielle has lived

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Darnielle moved at a young age and grew up in and around California. He has also lived in Grinnell, Iowa; Ames, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; and Denton, Texas. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina with his Thai-American wife Lalitree Darnielle, an amateur photographer who was featured playing the banjo in the band's 1998 EP New Asian Cinema.[1] Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Monroe Mayor Mark Kruzan Area    - City 51. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Merchants National Bank, architect Louis Sullivan. ... Main Street in downtown Ames in 2006 Ames is a city located in the central part of the U.S. state of Iowa, about 30 miles north of Des Moines in Story County. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Durham, Orange, Wake Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ... A Thai American is an American of Thai descent. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments. ...


Early years

Darnielle grew up in Southern California and after high school went to work as a psychiatric nurse at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California. For a couple of years he lived on the Metropolitan State grounds, writing songs and playing his guitar when he wasn't working. During this time he began recording some of his songs onto cassette tapes using a Panasonic boombox. Shortly after working at the hospital, Darnielle attended Pitzer College from 1991–1995, earning a degree in English. Location of Norwalk in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated 1957  - City Council Jesse M. Luera (mayor) Rick Ramirez Cheri Kelley Michael Mendez Gordon Stefenhagen Area    - City  9. ... Panasonic is an international brand name for Japanese electric products manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... For the box set by No Doubt, see Boom Box (No Doubt box set). ... Pitzer College is a small, highly selective, private residential liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, a college town approximately 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. ...


Throughout his college education he continued to record music and in 1992, Dennis Callaci, a friend of Darnielle's and owner of Shrimper Records, released a tape of Darnielle’s songs called "Taboo VI: The Homecoming". Around that time, The Mountain Goats were born and began touring with just Darnielle on guitar and a bassist, first Rachel Ware and then Peter Hughes. Shrimper Recordss Logo Shrimper Records is an independent record label based in Upland, California. ... Peter Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist currently with the band the Mountain Goats. ...


Musical career

Darnielle is best known for his role in the band The Mountain Goats. Since starting the band in 1991, he has gained a cult following. Despite being dubbed a low fidelity artist, Darnielle has always dubbed his work "bi-fi", pointing out that recordings such as his couldn't be made without modern technology. He is known for his prolific output and literary lyrics. In fact, The New Yorker magazine referred to him as "America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist".[2] The Mountain Goats is the name of prolific American singer-songwriter John Darnielles long-running musical project. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see New Yorker. ...


Darnielle has several series of songs with similar titles or storylines. A series entitled "Going To..." features small stories about various places and includes songs such as "Going to Cleveland", "Going to Maryland", "Going to Georgia", and "Going to Queens". This series explores the futility of running away from one's problems in stark and cryptic detail. His "Alpha" series is about a distressed couple's marriage and history, with such song titles as "Alpha Incipiens", and "Alpha Rats Nest".


Darnielle has stated that all songs written up to and including those on Tallahassee are fictional, but that the two that followed (We Shall All Be Healed and The Sunset Tree) are autobiographical.[citation needed] Tallahassee is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... We Shall All Be Healed is a 2004 album from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ... The Sunset Tree is a 2005 album from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ...


Vegetarianism

Darnielle has been a vegetarian since 1996.[3] In 2007 he performed at a benefit for the animal rights organization Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... Farm Sanctuarys shelter in upstate New York. ...


Collaborations

Darnielle is featured on Definitive Jux hip-hop artist Aesop Rock's song, "Coffee," on his 2007 album None Shall Pass. Definitive Jux or Def Jux (both shortened forms of Definitive Juxtaposition) is an independent hip hop record label based in New York City, United States, co-founded in 1999 by former Company Flow member El-P (real name Jaime Meline) and Amaechi Uzoigwe. ... Aesop Rock (born Ian Matthias Bavitz on 1976-05-11) is an American hip hop artist. ... None Shall Pass is the fifth full-length album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock, his sixth major release. ...


Bands Darnielle has played in

Darnielle is also a member or former member of the following bands:

  • The Extra Glenns (along with Franklin Bruno). Darnielle is "Glenn D", and Bruno is "Glenn B". They have released one full-length titled Martial Arts Weekend, as well as "Infidelity" a double sided 7" EP.
  • The Seneca Twins (along with Lalitree Darnielle and Chris Butler),

-The Seneca Twins - 9-song demo - (unreleased, 1995) The Extra Glenns were a band made up of Franklin Bruno of Nothing Painted Blue and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. ... Franklin Bruno is an American musician and has been a member Nothing Painted Blue since its inception in 1986. ... John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American lo-fi band The Mountain Goats. ... Christopher John Butler (born 12 August 1950) was Conservative Party (UK) Member of Parliament for Warrington South from 1987 to 1992, when he lost his seat by 191 votes to Labour Party (UK) candidate Mike Hall. ...

  • The Bloody Hawaiians (along with Joel Huschle (Furniture Huschle), Mark Givens (Wckr Spgt), Caroline)

- releases: The Magnificent Bloody Hawaiians, Bastard Son, "Lemon" on Cool Beans #4) Wckr Spgt is a musical band that formed in 1981 in Claremont, California. ...

  • The Congress (along with Mark Givens and other anonymous members)

-releases: Election Year, Sleeping Under Angels' Wings, We All Fall Down, She Lies in Roses, The Farm Out Back, No Milk Since 1979, Full Term.

  • The Crunch Sisters
  • Chicken Damage
  • The Salvation Brothers

Last Plane to Jakarta

Darnielle has a blog titled Last Plane to Jakarta.[4] He also maintains the website JohnDarnielle.com, often writing about his love for mixed martial arts and prizefighting. For the fighting styles that combine different arts, see hybrid martial arts. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Dominguez (left) versus Rafael Ortiz. ...


References

  1. ^ New Asian Cinema (album), artistdirect.com
  2. ^ The Declaimers: The New Yorker
  3. ^ http://veganradio.com/shows/audio/VeganRadio20070621.mp3
  4. ^ Last Plane to Jakarta

External links


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interview with john darnielle on kjhk-lawrence (5230 words)
john: but, and the new version of the song from the first seven inch, uh, "alpha double negative: going to catalina" that were on the last ajax album, are just vast improvements over the originals, ya know, so, 'cause i'm a better singer now.
john: yeah, it's uh, it's uh, i mean the steely dan song is a lot better, it's a lot more complicated, but uh, but complicated doesn't mean better, but their version is really good.
john: uuuuuuuuuuuum, i dunno, influence is such a funny question, because i really believe strongly in influence, ya know, and in picking out influence, and i think people who claim not to be influenced are, are horrible liars but i think probably are more fit to judge who influences me than i am.
John Darnielle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (541 words)
John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American folk-rock band The Mountain Goats.
Darnielle is best known for his role in the band The Mountain Goats.
Darnielle is also the editor of and sole writer for the webzine Last Plane to Jakarta ([1]).
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