You know, thereâ€™s a certain way you gotta listen to an unfamiliar Mountain Goats album. Well, I certain way I have to listen to an unfamiliar Mountain Goats album. Iâ€™m specifically talking anything prior to We Shall All Be Healed here â€“ Iâ€™m currently delving into all the back catalogue I havenâ€™t listen to yet. Which to be honest isnâ€™t a huge amount, but enough to get a girl excited.
Without fail I always read the lyrics first. Iâ€™m a girl that is lyric orientated when it comes to music (no, really? :P) so the thing I want to dive into first is the joy of the words. And the great thing about JD is that he never, ever lets the side down. Secondly, I make sure I have no other distractions. Particularly noise distractions. This lo-fi shizzat can take some motivated listening. And then I just listen. And it usually takes one listen only for me to pin my favourite tracks on the album, because to be honest Iâ€™ve had a head start on that with the lyrics.
Case in point â€“ The Coronerâ€™s Gambit. When I read the lyrics, I was fairly certain the favourite track was going to be There Will Be No Divorce. I was so right. I mean â€“
The rain fell all night and it kept me awake
It was still falling by morning
It was hard to take
And you were sleeping on the floor
Breathing free and even
If I ever want to drive myself insane
All I have to do is watch you breathing
And also â€“
And you punched out all the windows
And the wind began to wail
And you gathered your hair behind your head
Like God was gonna catch you by the pony tail
Holy cow. Turns out though the songs Jaipur and Baboon are pretty awesome too.
In other Mountain Goats related news, Mr Darnielle himself has announced that Rachel and Sarah from the Bright Mountain Choir have provided some vocals to the new Mountain Goats album. That is RACHEL WARE ex member of the Mountain Goats. I think my heart just stopped. Every single little snippet of detail I have heard about this album (and to be honest there hasnâ€™t been much, because theyâ€™re keeping it on the down low) has me at the super dooper end of excited.
OH the anticipation.
In other, non-Goats related news, I am a little bit in love with the following â€“
â€¢ The Broken String by Bishop Allen. There is something faintly addictive about at least half of the songs on this record.
â€¢ Words Are Dead by Horse Feathers. How can so much beauty fit on one little album. It was the perfect soundtrack to my evening of lying on the couch reading LOOK magazines.
â€¢ The song Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen. I just canâ€™t stop listening to it. Itâ€™s the line â€˜put your make up on, and your hair up prettyâ€™ that gets me every time. And that ooooo OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO he does after he says meet me in Atlantic City. And the harmonica. God help me.
Anyway, I am going to go and investigate the noise from the bedroom. It sounds suspiciously like a cat forcing his way through venetian blinds at great speeds. I swear, if this cat were a person heâ€™d be in juvenile detention by now.