Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in Proposition 30. Million-dollar-plus earners face…
this seems worth noting, paying attention to, reminding people of. I am the least expert economist in the history of the field, I will sell most anything for magic beans (not the cow, though, the cow over all is my motto), but the whole magic “cut taxes and the people who pay less will just give it back in the form of jobs instead of banking it in off-shore accounts” proposition has always seemed kinda like
On the subject of odd-sounding things in your songs, what's that staticky rhythmic thing in Autoclave? A hi-hat filtered to oblivion?
I think that’s right - it could be a distressed snare? it’s almost doubtless part of the drum kit but through a distressor of some kind - the same technique is used on We Shall All Be Healed here and there, but less on The Sunset Tree, where I wanted to keep the sounds more straightforward and real instead of blown-out and hallucinatory.
hey johndarnielle why isn’t there a mountain goats song called “going to hell”
there was one, back in the very very early days. there was also a “going to mars.” I really liked “going to mars” but I think maybe “going to hell” did not measure up to the title, I don’t recall anything specifically about it but a loose feeling of “nope, not good enough, let’s just move on.” I haven’t written a “going to” song in God knows how many years (unless you count the unrecorded unreleased written-in-2001-for-Tallahassee song “Going to Federal Prison,” which I don’t) but if I do, which I probably won’t, it’ll be “going to hell 2”
Hi, John! Hope your day is going well. I have a few questions regarding your book tour: 1.) Will you be both signing and reading or just reading? 2.) Will you be signing albums as well as copies of the book? and 3.) Will you be taking pictures with fans? Thank you for your time! Can't wait to see you on the tour in the fall. :)
My day is going fine! Thanks! 1) Signing and reading, as far as I know. I haven’t really scrutinized all the details on each one so there may be one or two where there’s no signing area or something but as far as I know, both. 2) Happy to sign albums, singles, tapes, etc., if it’s by me I’ll sign it. I DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE if any of the stores have some “if you didn’t buy it here you can’t bring it through the signing line” policy though, that is out of my hands, so I would call the store/event you’re going to about that. 3) I dislike having my picture taken, and I say that a lot, because it’s true, I’m really happiest when there’s no pictures, but if it’s important to somebody to get a picture with me then ok. These days I try to do it after the signing’s done - first sign everything, then jump out and do pictures as quickly as I can.
Good morning and thank you. A while ago I bought an I ONLY LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS tee and since I've been asked for random high fives and whether or not I am some bizarre goat whisperer. My question is whether the shirt is a binding contract?
It is. However, checking out, digging, grooving on, rocking out to, being moved by to the point of obsession with, or just enjoying other music is still perfectly fine under the terms of the shirt.
Someday my two-line bio for solo appearances, which is a companion piece to the I ONLY LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS shirt/tote bag, will emerge in the wild, and together we will all ponder what the third pillar of my Triforce of Exaggerated Claims ought to be.
Will your book (now with starred Kirkus review!) be available for purchase directly from you? Or should I order it from an internet megastore and hope some of my money manages to trickle its way down to you?
I assume we’ll be stocking some at the Mountain Goats online store, and I expect we’ll have them for sale at Mountain Goats shows when I do get back out on the road. But as is the case with our albums, my strong preference is that you purchase anything of mine that you want to hear from your local independent retailer - bookstore in this case, record store in the “albums” case.
The ongoing survival of local independent bookstores is more important to me than me getting the most money. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely appreciate the sentiment that you want to put more money in my pocket: makes me feel awesome. But I would like to share that money with local independent bookstores, since I grew up haunting the aisles of local independent bookstores and they made me who I am in large part; and the most efficient way for me to share the money with them is if people buy the books there, because me driving around to a bunch of them saying “here’s your cut of the book I sold directly to a reader, thanks for all the good times” would totally be ridiculous and impractical, however excellent a concept for a weekly tv show it might be.
hey john, i just got woken up by the exclamation of "HEY" in See America Right and it totally sounded like some dude trapped in an NES Game. i guess i wanted to figure out how you got it to sound that rad? i don't know, i'm super tired
Well, I’m nowhere near the mic when that happens. It’s spontaneous, I think it was the only take where I did that though it was a while back so I’m not 100% sure about that. But I do remember getting through the “it’s always right there up above you” with my headphones on and then whirling away and yelling “hey” at about 45° angle from the mic, really loud, half bent at the waist in an incipient-mosh stance. So the mic is picking it up, but it’s not directed at the mic, and you end up with both whatever the mic’s directly grabbing at that angle plus a big room reflection getting picked up during that half-second where the drums and everything else except the palm-muted guitar (“chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk”) have dropped out.
Later, several confused reviewers would call the album “lo-fi” anyway, but producer Tony Doogan knows his business and did a spectacular job there in my opinion.
Why does the video version of This Year begin with Dilaudid's string part?
That was Andy Bruntel's idea - he's the director, and we shot a whole bunch of scenes in that house & in the back yard, some of them didn't make it. He wanted to make sure the story was set up - that Peter & I, hooded and bound, are being carried into a house in order to play music for a bunch of people who have their own ideas about how to live - minus that scene, it would have been unclear, but pre-music establishing scenes with dialogue or ambient sound etc…not into those. So he grabbed the intro to “Dilaudid,” which is pretty great establishing music for that scene, in my opinion.
In the course of answering this question I had to go digging into some emails from 2005 and I unearthed shots from the production so here’s one of them. I tried to attach two but Tumblr wasn’t having it so it’s just me, evidently/possibly with the hood over my head pulled up looking rather unfortunately like an oversized backwards baseball cap, which, in case you were wondering, no.