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The Mountain Goats

Background information
Genre(s) Folk rock, Urban Folk, Lo-fi music, Singer-songwriter
Years active 1991-present
Label(s) 4AD Records
Shrimper Records
Emperor Jones Records
3 Beads of Sweat Records
Associated acts The Congress, The Extra Glenns, The Seneca Twins, The Bloody Hawaiians, Nothing Painted Blue
Members
John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster
Former members
Rachel Ware

The Mountain Goats is an urban folk band led by American singer-songwriter John Darnielle. [1] Darnielle began recording in 1991, and has become known for his highly literate lyrics and, until 2002, his lo-fi recording style.[1] Currently, when the band plays live, it comprises John Darnielle and Peter Hughes, but Darnielle has worked with a number of other musicians when recording albums under the Mountain Goats name.[2] In 2007, drummer Jon Wurster played a portion of the Get Lonely tour. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (946x835, 65 KB)The Mountain Goats Performing in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Urban Folk is a form of folk music which combines elements of traditional folk and post-punk/new wave influences. ... Lo-fi is a subgenre of indie rock which uses lo-fi recording practices. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD Records was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ... Shrimper Recordss Logo Shrimper Records is an independent record label based in Upland, California. ... Alternate meaning: The Emperor Jones, a play by Eugene ONeill. ... 3 Beads of Sweat is a Chicago-based independent record label. ... The Extra Glenns were a band made up of Franklin Bruno of Nothing Painted Blue and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. ... Nothing Painted Blue is an American indie rock band, sporadically active since the 1990s, led by songwriter Franklin Bruno. ... John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American lo-fi band The Mountain Goats, for which he is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist. ... Peter Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist currently with the band the Mountain Goats. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ... Urban Folk is a form of folk music which combines elements of traditional folk and post-punk/new wave influences. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American lo-fi band The Mountain Goats, for which he is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Lo-fi — from Low Fidelity — describes a sound recording which contains accidental artifacts, like distortion, or environmental noise, or a recording which has a limited frequency response. ... John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American lo-fi band The Mountain Goats, for which he is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist. ... Peter Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist currently with the band the Mountain Goats. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ...

Contents

History

Darnielle began performing under the name The Mountain Goats, in 1991 in Claremont, California, where he attended Pitzer College, and worked as a psychiatric nurse.[1] The band's name, The Mountain Goats, is a reference to the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "Yellow Coat".[1] Darnielle released his first album, Taboo VI: The Homecoming, on Shrimper Records.[1] Many of his first recordings and performances featured Darnielle accompanied by members of the all-girl reggae band, The Casual Girls, who became known as The Bright Mountain Choir.[2] One of this group's members, Rachel Ware, continued to accompany Darnielle on bass, both live and in studio, until 1995.[2] Claremont is a college town community in eastern Los Angeles County, California, USA, about 30 miles (45 km) east of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Pomona Valley. ... 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. ... Screamin Jay Hawkins Jalacy Hawkins, best known as Screamin Jay Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an African-American singer famed for his wildly theatrical performances of songs like I Put a Spell on You and Constipation Blues. // Some sources believe that Hawkins is the long-lost brother... Shrimper Recordss Logo Shrimper Records is an independent record label based in Upland, California. ...


The first five years of the Mountain Goats' career saw a prolific output of songs on cassette, vinyl and CD. These releases spanned multiple labels and countries of origin; many were unavailable to the majority of fans until recent reissues.


The focus of the Mountain Goats project was the urgency of writing (Brown, "Sermon on the Mount", June, 1999.). If a song wasn’t recorded adequately to tape within days of being written it was often forgotten.


Darnielle graduated from Pitzer College in 1995. Most of what could be considered classic Mountain Goats conventions (boom-box recording, song series, Latin quotes, and mythological themes) were abandoned in favor of a more thematically focused and experimental sound. This period was marked by Darnielle's collaborations with other artists including Alastair Galbraith and Simon Joyner. Alastair Galbraith is a musician from Dunedin, New Zealand. ... Simon Joyner is a musician from Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He has profoundly influenced the music of Bright Eyes. ...


2002 saw the release of two Mountain Goats albums: All Hail West Texas and Tallahassee. These albums mark a distinct change in focus for the Mountain Goats project, being the first in a series of concept albums that explore aspects of The Mountain Goats' canon in depth. All Hail West Texas featured the resurrection of Darnielle's early boom box recording for a complete album. Darnielle considers this album to be the culmination of his lo-fi recording style. Tallahassee, recorded with a band and in a studio, explores the relationship of a couple whose lives were the subject of the song cycle known as the Alpha Series (see Alpha Series below for a full list of songs in this cycle). All Hail West Texas is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... Tallahassee is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... The Mountain Goats is an urban folk band led by American singer-songwriter John Darnielle. ...


Martial Arts Weekend, also released in 2002 under the band name The Extra Glenns, is a collaboration with Franklin Bruno on several previously unreleased Mountain Goats songs.[2] Since that recording, Bruno has joined Darnielle in the studio along with bassist Peter Hughes, who is the second official member of the band and accompanies Darnielle on tour. These three musicians form what may be considered the Mountain Goats studio band. Franklin Bruno is an American musician and has been a member Nothing Painted Blue since its inception in 1986. ... Peter Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist currently with the band the Mountain Goats. ...

The Mountain Goats performing at the Northstar Bar on September 22nd, 2007
The Mountain Goats performing at the Northstar Bar on September 22nd, 2007

In 2004, the Mountain Goats released We Shall All Be Healed. The album marked a couple of changes for the Mountain Goats. It was the first time Darnielle worked with producer John Vanderslice and the first album of directly autobiographical material. We Shall All Be Healed chronicles Darnielle's life with a group of friends and acquaintances addicted to methamphetamine in Portland, Oregon, though the album is set in Pomona, California. We Shall All Be Healed is a 2004 album from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ... John Vanderslice (born in Gainesville, Florida in 1967) is an American musician, formerly of mk Ultra but now performing with his own band. ... This article is about the psychostimulant, d-methamphetamine. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Nickname: Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor Norma Torres Area  - Total 22. ...


In 2005, the Mountain Goats released their second Vanderslice-produced album, The Sunset Tree. Again autobiographical, Darnielle tackles the subject of his early childhood spent with an abusive stepfather. Darnielle had previously dealt with this subject in what he often refers to as the only autobiographical song he had written before 2004, the unreleased song "You're in Maya." The Sunset Tree is a 2005 album from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ...


In 2006, the Mountain Goats issued Get Lonely, which was produced by Scott Solter, a man perhaps best known for his engineering work with Vanderslice on various projects, including prior Mountain Goats records. In 2007, Jon Wurster played drums on the last leg of the Get Lonely tour. Get Lonely is an album by The Mountain Goats released on August 22, 2006. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ...


In the fall of 2007, the band recorded tracks for its next album at Prairie Sun studios.[3] Entitled Heretic Pride, the album was released on February 19, 2008.[4] It was produced by John Vanderslice and Scott Solter. Franklin Bruno and Erik Friedlander returned to the studio with Darnielle and Hughes, and they were also joined by Jon Wurster on drums and vocalist Annie Clark of St. Vincent.[4] [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ... Annie Clark, live. ...


On February 3, 2008, The Mountain Goats released a song called "Down to the Ark" that was commissioned by Weekend America.[5] is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Weekend America is a weekly public radio program dealing with news, popular culture, the arts and more. ...


On March 19, 2008, John Darnielle posted on the band's website that their Australian tour would be cancelled due to "personal health reasons".[6] is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


John Darnielle is featured on Aesop Rock's 2007 album None Shall Pass on the song "Coffee".


Aesop Rock also released a remix of the track "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" from the album Heretic Pride.


Members

John Darnielle is an American musician, best known as the primary (and often solitary) member of the American lo-fi band The Mountain Goats, for which he is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist. ... Peter Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist currently with the band the Mountain Goats. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ...

Former members and collaborators

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. ... Alastair Galbraith is a musician from Dunedin, New Zealand. ... John Vanderslice (born in Gainesville, Florida in 1967) is an American musician, formerly of mk Ultra but now performing with his own band. ... A virtuosic veteran of NYCs downtown scene, Friedlander has backed John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Courtney Love. ... For Richard F. Colburn, the Maryland State Senator, click here. ... Christopher McGuire (クリストファー・マグワイア) is an American drum set player, session drummer, drum teacher, and producer. ...

Discography

Albums

Shrimper Recordss Logo Shrimper Records is an independent record label based in Upland, California. ... The Hound Chronicles is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... Hot Garden Stomp is a cassette by The Mountain Goats. ... Zopilote Machine is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... Hail And Farewell, Gothenburg is an unreleased recording by The Mountain Goats. ... Nothing For Juice is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... Full Force Galesburg is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... The Coroners Gambit is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... All Hail West Texas is an album by The Mountain Goats. ... 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. ... The Sunset Tree is the most recent LP from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ... Get Lonely is an album by The Mountain Goats released on August 22, 2006. ...

Singles and EPs

  • Songs for Petronius - 7" EP (Shrimper, 1992)
  • Transmissions to Horace - cassette EP (Sonic Enemy, 1993)
  • Chile de Árbol - 7" EP (Ajax, 1993)
  • Taking the Dative - cassette EP (Car in Car, 1994)
  • Yam, the King of Crops - cassette EP (Oska, 1994)
  • Beautiful Rat Sunset - 10"/CD EP (Shrimper, 1994)
  • Philyra - 7" EP (Theme Park, 1994)
  • Why You All So Thief? - 7" EP (split with Simon Joyner) (Sing Eunuchs, 1994)
  • Orange Raja, Blood Royal - 7" EP (with Alastair Galbraith) (Walt, 1995)
  • Songs for Peter Hughes - 7" EP (Sonic Squid, 1995)
  • Songs About Fire - 7" EP (Cassiel, 1995)
  • Nine Black Poppies - CD EP (Emperor Jones, 1995)
  • Jack and Faye[1] - EP (unreleased, 1996)
  • Tropical Depression EP - 7" EP (split with Furniture Huschle) (Little Mafia, 1997)
  • New Asian Cinema - 1-sided 12" EP (Yoyo, 1998)
  • Isopanisad Radio Hour - 1-sided 12" EP (Yoyo, 2000)
  • On Juhu Beach - 3" CD EP (Nursecall, 2001)
  • Devil in the Shortwave - 1-sided 12" EP (Yoyo, 2002)
  • Jam Eater Blues - 7" single (Sub Pop, 2002)
  • See America Right - 7"/CD single (4AD, 2002)
  • Palmcorder Yajna - 7"/CD single (4AD, 2003)
  • Letter from Belgium - 7"/CD single (4AD, 2004)
  • Dilaudid EP - Download only EP (4AD, 2005)
  • Babylon Springs EP - Australian tour EP (4AD, 2006)

The Mountain Goats, Transmissions to Horace (1993) . Going to Cleveland . ... The Mountain Goats, Beautiful Rat Sunset (1994) . Itzcuintli-Totzli Days . ... Why You All So Thief was a 7 EP split with Simon Joyner (Sing Eunuchs, 1994). ... Simon Joyner is a musician from Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He has profoundly influenced the music of Bright Eyes. ... Songs for Peter Hughes is a 1995 EP by the Mountain Goats. ... Nine Black Poppies is an EP by The Mountain Goats. ...

Collections (of previously released material)

Protein Source of the Future. ... Bitter Melon Farm is the second in a three-part series of compilations of songs by The Mountain Goats that have appeared on various releases. ...

Related bands

  • The Congress (John Darnielle with Mark Givens and others)[2]
  • The Extra Glenns (John Darnielle with Franklin Bruno)[2]
  • The Seneca Twins (John Darnielle with Lalitree Chavanothai and Chris Butler)[2]
  • The Bloody Hawaiians (John Darnielle with Joel Huschle, Mark Givens and Caroline)[2]
  • The Salvation Brothers (John Darnielle played drums for the band's live sets)[2]
  • The Comedians (John Darnielle with John Vanderslice)[2]

The Extra Glenns were a band made up of Franklin Bruno of Nothing Painted Blue and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. ... The Bloody Hawaiians were a band made up of John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and members of Wckr Spgt. ...

Song series

Scattered among the releases are song series: thematically interconnected ruminations on a single theme. Each EP and album is a project to be understood alone and as a part of an interrelated whole. Releases would often contain quotes, mostly in Latin, that gave hints to the theme of the piece.


Alpha series

Songs in this category concern the same fictional couple, described as a heterosexual lower-middle-class man and woman who originally loved each other genuinely and held generally ordinary concerns for one another's well-being but whose relationship has degraded for a variety of reasons, most often a series of fights or drug and/or alcohol abuse, possibly both.[2] Whatever the causes for their current situation, their love has not so much died as warped into the sincere, all-consuming desire of each of them to see the other drink themselves to death; thus, to facilitate this "walk down to the bottom," as described in the liner notes of Tallahassee, the couple keep whatever liquor they can afford on hand for each other and stay together.


The album Tallahassee, being entirely about the Alpha couple, begins with the pair buying a run-down house in the eponymous capital of Florida, follows their degradation, and ends with a vision of the house and both of them being consumed in flames. Other songs not found on Tallahassee, however, usually named "Alpha" in part to signify that they're about the couple, deal with similar situations, if not the same situation. The songs below, not found on Tallahassee, fit into the series:

  • Alpha Aquae
  • Alpha Compunction
  • Alpha Desperation March
  • Alpha Double Negative: Going to Catalina
  • Alpha Gelida
  • Alpha Incipiens
  • The Alphonse Mambo
  • Alpha Negative
  • Alpha Omega
  • Alpha Rat's Nest
  • Alpha Sun Hat
  • Alpha in Tauris
  • Alphabetizing
  • Design Your Own Container Garden
  • Ethiopians
  • Fit Alpha Vi
  • Going to Dade County
  • Letter From a Motel (or if you prefer: Letter from the Alpha Motel (or if you prefer: Letter from the Alpha Privative Motel))
  • One Winter At Point Alpha Privative
  • Spilling Toward Alpha

Going to ... series

The 44 songs in this category are generally about needing to get out of a place and/or thinking life will magically improve by moving somewhere new.[2] The characters are not the same from song to song. The songs contained in the "Going To..." series are as follows:


•Alpha Double Negative: Going to Catalina
•Flight 717: Going to Denmark
•Going to Alaska
•Going to Bangor
•Going to Bogota
•Going to Bolivia
•Going to Bridlington
•Going to Bristol
•Going to Buffalo
•Going to Chino
•Going to Cleveland
•Going to Dade County
•Going to East Rutherford
•Going to France
•Going to Georgia
•Going to Hungary
•Going to Jamaica
•Going to Japan
•Going to Kansas
•Going to Kirby Sigston
•Going to Lebanon
•Going to Lubbock
•Going to Maine
•Going to Malibu
•Going to Marrakesh
•Going to Maryland
•Going to Mexico
•Going to Michigan
•Going to Monaco
•Going to Morocco
•Going to Norwalk
•Going to Palestine
•Going to Pomona (Or: Going Through Pomona)
•Going to Port Washington
•Going to Queens
•Going to Reykjavik
•Going to San Diego
•Going to Santiago
•Going to Scotland
•Going to Some Damned English City
•Going to Spain
•Going to Spirit Lake
•Going to Tennessee
•Going to Utrecht
•Going to Wisconsin


Orange Ball series

The title of this series comes from a book by Don DeLillo in which the sun is repeatedly described as an "orange ball". The songs contained in the "Orange Ball" series are as follows: Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ...


•Orange Ball of Hate
•Orange Ball of Love
•Orange Ball of Pain
•Orange Ball of Peace


Quetzalcoatl series

Quetzalcoatl ("feathered serpent" or "plumed serpent") is the Nahuatl name for the Feathered-Serpent deity of ancient Mesoamerica, one of the main gods of many Mexican and northern Central American civilizations and also the name given to some Toltec rulers, the most famous being Topiltzin Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl.[2] The songs included in the Quetzalcoatl series are as follows: It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


•Quetzalcoatl Comes Through
•Quetzalcoatl Eats Plums
•Quetzalcoatl is Born


In the media

The band's song "Cotton" is prominently featured in an episode of the television series Weeds (season one's "The Punishment Light"). In addition, "This Year" appeared on The O.C. The song "Magpie" appears in an episode of the showtime series Dexter (Season 2 Episode 8) Weeds is an American dark comedy television series It began with a 10-episode first season in August 2005. ... The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on FOX in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d e Nickey, Jason (2008). The Mountain Goats: Biography. allmusic.com. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m the Mountain Goats FAQ. themountaingoats.net. themountaingoats.net. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  3. ^ Mountain Goats Hatch Studio Plans - Aversion.com
  4. ^ a b The Mountain Goats | News Archive | High Heresy
  5. ^ Weekend America: The Mountain Goats do Super Tuesday
  6. ^ Australian Tour Cancelled

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External links

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