Thoughts and Feelings on everyone's favorite singing ungulates. This is a submissions-based blog open to any and all. You can talk about tMG in general, an album, a song, a single line. The only requirement is that you have a lot of Feelings.
omg i am listening to that recording kit mentioned where john darnielle sang no children at a concert and the audience sang SO LOUD AND WELL that they DROWNED HIM OUT and i am almost in tears i just
i want to stand in the middle of a crowd that’s shouting “i am drowning, there is no sign of land, you are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand, and i hope you die, i hope we both die”
i can’t even imagine what it must be like for that electric second that you know every last person in the room has that same suffering ache that you do, at least for that moment
I will forever remain convinced that the characters of the Mountain Goats’ songs coexist with the characters in The Hold Steady ‘verse. John’s live substitution in The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton of “Satan’s Fingers, THE HOLD STEADY, or The Hospital Bombers”? Yeah, fuels my thoughts of Jeff and Cyrus opening in a bar for the fictional Hold Steady. Holly obviously briefly dated William Stanoforth Donahue. And the song Girls Like Status’ reference to tMG, “It was song number three on John’s last CD, gonna make it through this year if it kills me,” means that there is a fictionalized version of tMG running around somewhere. IT ALL FITS!
Also, I will forever ship Jeff/Cyrus.
What a beautiful theory! Apparently Quentin Tarantino’s films are all consistent within some imagined alternate universe, so why not the same for the Mountain Goats?
Things I Want to Remember #18
Life is too short to refrain from getting tattoos of jam jars.
The sun above me and a concrete floor below
Scratch at the chain links maybe bare my teeth for show
Fed twice a day I don’t go hungry anymore
Feel in my bones just what the future has in store
I pace in circles so the camera will see
Look hard at my stripes, there’ll be no more after me
Laze by the shoreline while the sailors disembark
Scratch out a place to sit and rest down in the dark
Smell something burning downwind just a little ways
They set up camp and sing and sweat and work for days
I have no fear of anyone I’m dumb and wild and free
I am a flightless bird and there’ll be no more after me
In Costa Rica in a burrow underground
Climb to the surface, blink my eyes and look around
I’m all alone here as I try my tiny song
Claim my place beneath the sky but i won’t be here for long
I sang all night the moon shone on me through the trees
No brothers left and there’ll be no more after me
Deuteronomy 2:10 / John Darnielle
First verse: the Australian Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine), the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times which became extinct during the 20th century.
Second verse: the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), a flightless bird related to pigeons and doves which became extinct by 1681, killed by Dutch sailors in Mauritius either for themselves or domesticated animals.
Third verse: the Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes), which has been extinct since 1989, owing to either disease or vast habitation loss.