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{The Mountain Goats}


It's been awhile since I've written a concert review, but seeing as this was one of the most exciting concerts I've been to in quite some time, and also seeing how this tour was named The Last Happy Night of Your Life, I felt somewhat compelled to do a little write up.

Now, I have been a Mountain Goats fan for quite a while, but only within the few years has John Darneille has managed to become my favorite artist making music today. So how oddly appropriate that midway through his set, my favorite musician of now should cover my favorite musician of yesteryear, when Mountain Goats launched into a cover of Morrissey's "Suedehead" it was somewhat surreal to say the least. My only beef with the venue (The Troubadour in LA) is that when the venue is full it can become quite an obstacle just to make your way to the bar for a drink...but that was a small price to pay when you are a stones throw within your favorite musicain. Excuse the sorry pic btw, the venue doesn't allow flash photography so this was one of the cleanest shots I got.

Darneille belted out classics like "The Mess Inside", "Going To Georgia", "Palmcorder Yajna", "Belgium Things", and "Have To Explode", which all got warm welcomes from the audience. As well as some newer tunes like "Heretic Pride" and "How To Embrace A Swamp Creature". One of the highlights of the evening came when he sang "Palmcorder Yajna" and the audience sang the verses back...like "And I dreamt of a house haunted by all you tweekers with your hands out" or "If anybody comes into our room while we're asleep I hope they incinerate everybody in it" loud and clear!

He also performed a killer cover of Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Here I Am" doing away with the band after a handful of songs to do a few solo numbers. The only downside of the evening was having to sit through Kaki King's set. The girl is a guitar virtuoso, no doubt, but for the sake of being kind I'm just gonna say that she's not my cup of tea. Unfortunetely she came back out to join Mountain Goats on four songs from their new Black Tree Pear EP, which provided the perfect time allotted to head to the bathroom and grab another drink.

When the crowd made an uproar for an anchor they came back and jumped right into "This Year", in which Darnelle told the audience to feel free to sing along in which everyone did. I will be looking forward to seeing Mountain Goats the next time they are in town and you should definitely be there too!

Checkout Mountain Goats tour dates Right Here

Download the Satanic Messiah EP (where you can donate what you wish) from the Satanic Messiah Website

And here's an old classic that I posted last week...

"There Will Be No Divorce"

Here's another old classic that he played, which is clearly another fan favorite...

"Palmcorder Yajna"

Here's a clip from last week of Mountain Goats performing "Dance Music"...

Here's another clip from last week of Mountain Coats performing an anchor of "no Children" from a performance last week. Kinda funny how he's nowhere near the microphone and the audience pretty much sings the song back to him...

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