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I haven't posted a rambling spiel about The Mountain Goats in a while.

March 9, 2011

Time moves too fast. I thought maybe I’d missed a few days and BAM! A week has gone by. I am either getting old or moving faster than everyone else through the time/space continuum. I am not sure what Einstein would have to say about this.

On that same note of getting old/moving faster than everyone else through the time/space continuum (I’m sure that scientists everywhere are laughing at my poor understanding of basic physics at this point, but I persist! And my persisting is probably faster than time itself!), I’ve been listening to less rock music lately. I’ve just really been enjoying quiet, spring-ish music, as opposed to the loud, spring-ish music I’m used to. The word is still out as to what I’ll be listening to this summer. Somehow, I doubt that I’ll still be “rocking” Get Lonely by The Mountain Goats (a. because the Mountain Goats have a sweet new album called All Eternals Deck that you can stream here [and you should, because 1. “Estate Sale Sign” is the new “Psalms 40:2” and 2. “Outer Scorpion Squadron” is awesomely named AND the new “Up the Wolves” with 5 years of calm added] and b. because five straight months of Get Lonely would probably leave me comatose). But, ridiculous sentences aside (man, I haven’t written one of those since I got a real writing job — and now this one is threatening to become the second in a row), Get Lonely has been growing on me a great deal.

Now I just need to buy Tallahassee and figure out why everyone loves it so much. And if I start liking Tallahassee as much as a good Mountain Goats fan should (although if this entirely statistical ranking is to be believed, I’m winning on the We Shall All Be Healed/Tallahassee battle, if only ever so slightly [MG fans humming right now get a high five; it’s “Going to Bogota,” and yes, I had to look it up, because I remembered that line but not the rest of the song (which happens often)]), I may start liking rock music more again.

And once that happens, I’ll be listening to Ghost Robot Ninja Bear as much as its entirely-too-awesome name demands I should. Because seriously, this band name is awesome. It sounds like very solid rock music, very accessible but not pandering to pop. I would say “like Anberlin!” but I think that pretty much every rock band that doesn’t suck sounds like Anberlin. I’m that far removed from rock criticism. I mean srsly, I’ve been listening to this indie stuff as a job (no, literally).

But I really like the name Ghost Robot Ninja Bear, as well as Chuck at Beartrap PR, who sent this over. Between Beartrap and Tiny Engines, he sends me a lot of good music that I haven’t been talking about, because I’ve been too busy un-rocking out to Letting Go of a Dream by Josh Caress and reading books to give it the number of spins it needs. It’s really hard for me to read a book when Monument or Cattle Drums is blowing up my ears. Then again, I don’t think many rock bands would want me to read a book while listening to them.

I would say that John Darnielle might, but then again his songs almost are books of their own. It’s like reading two books at once when I hear a new Mountain Goats song while reading. Which, honestly, I’ve never heard a new Mountain Goats song while reading, because I treasure every new MG song as an experience (I am starting to creep myself out by this point in the post, but I don’t think I have the energy to qualify my creepy statements into “well-informed but still fawning” ones). Which is why All Eternals Deck is/will be great. I may eventually be able to read to it. Hopefully read Einstein.

So there, time.


Comments: (1)

On March 12, 2011 John Lepine wrote...

Look, I know you know that Tallahassee is all about the Alpha Couple, and that's why it's so great. If each Mountain Goats song is a book, then you could call Tallahassee a Bible--a beautiful collection of books that may vary in form and content, but are all about the same subject (how's that for creepy fawning?). The poignancy of the lyrics (not just on "No Children" but on "Alpha Rats Nest" and "Old College Try" and "Have to Explode" and "International Small Arms Traffic Blues" and "Game Shows Touch Our Lives") is heart-breaking. Love and loathing, a desire to split up and a paralyzed inertia, shared experiences and losing everything in common except alcoholism (each hoping the other will drink himself/herself to death first)--Tallahassee is about all of that. It took me a long time to fall in love with it too. I'm sure you will someday. All Eternals Deck is so good. So good.

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