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On the excellent song writing of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle

Thursday, October 22, 2009

From “The Declaimers: Two Rock Bands That Want to Be Heard” by Sasha Frere-Jones for The New Yorker:

The grind of the boom box’s capstan is often audible, but it does not overwhelm Darnielle’s stentorian voice or his violent strumming; he may be the least self-conscious singer alive. His songs, insistent and stuffed with words, are like late-night pay-phone calls from a lover determined to complete a thought before the quarter runs out…

Frere-Jones is stronger on The Mountain Goats than on The Hold Steady in this article, but still has nice insights on two bands that will be on Calvin stages within a year of one another.  Looking forward to being converted on November 4...

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1 comment on "On the excellent song writing of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle"
  • He is indeed a great artist. His voice is very nice to listen at and the lyrics are worth digesting.

    Posted by acoustic violin on 09/16 at 08:46 AM