stepett said: Hey Johh, is there anything new coming down the pipeline soon for the Mountain Goats? I'm so excited for your book and I'm itching for some new songs to grace my eardrums.
2014 I am focusing on the book. Trust, however, that I am always writing songs.
funnol said: hi i'm kind of a geography nerd and i was wondering: in what countries/states/territories/etc have you toured?
hope to cross Nevada, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Wyoming off the list before long
in Canada: we’ve played British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan
on first trip to Australia, disembarked in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur: spent the night in K.L. on the way home, did not play any music though
lots of other places in the world on the “working on it, trying to get there” list
feel heavy gratitude when I write out all these places, thanks everybody for the chance to play our music for you it means the world to me!
forebodingburger said: 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”
hell 2 will be like earth 2, except in hell