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I Hope We Both Die: How The Mountain Goats Wrote The Ultimate Anthem To Dysfunction : NPR

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Their full-length albums include Nine Black Poppies and Zopilote Machine both released in 1995 , Sweden 1996 , Full Force Galesburg 1997 , and Nothing for Juice 1997. For those who don't know the song, let me recite the first few lines. I spent, six, seven, eight months writing the songs, looking at old notebooks, trying to find what the thread would be. Does it make a difference that people today are ever so slightly more willing to talk about things like therapy and recovery in public? He came in around day three or four and started laying down stuff on the basics that we'd put down, and that piano was his contribution. I'm always dwelling on that tension, because I think you get the better version of it if you're conscious of the damage these people do. The present-day Mountain Goats, clockwise from bottom: John Darnielle, Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, Matt Douglas. That's what makes an anthem, is that we're all sharing it.

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I Hope We Both Die: How The Mountain Goats Wrote The Ultimate Anthem To Dysfunction : NPR

the mountain goats no children

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. I'm caring a lot about children — that's where the title comes from. Got a music-related question you want answered? It's like a flag: It's emblematic, but it's emblematic in sound rather than in vision. Her version lets the words bear their own weight, so by the time that you get to the punchline, you wish them well. Remaining as prolific as ever, Darnielle turned away from the intensity of The Sunset Tree for a calmer, more reflective set of songs on 2006's Get Lonely.

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the mountain goats no children

I'm trying to cover that one song that everyone knows, y'know the one, the most generic Mountain Goats song. Tallahassee is not a patient album. Up to the early 2000s, The Mountain Goats' music was the definition of a cult taste: A nasally voice and bare acoustic guitar, often recorded on a department-store boombox, which wrapped Darnielle's lonely characters in a blanket of tape hiss. It resolves from a fingerpicked style, that I wouldn't be capable of playing. To unearth that note with such strength, as she did, with such clarity and such patience, is the thing. What kind of work were you doing? This wasn't a locked facility — our kids went to school, and we would take care of them in the morning and the afternoon — it was the ability to provide structure and care and love.

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I Hope We Both Die: How The Mountain Goats Wrote The Ultimate Anthem To Dysfunction : NPR

the mountain goats no children

So tell me what happened, in terms of reception, when you did start to perform it. In 2012, a reissue collecting long out-of-print Mountain Goats cassettes surfaced on Shrimper. But if you and your guests love The Mountain Goats and loved the moment, then you did right by them, right by yourselves, and right by the reality of how many marriages end. Within a few years it had become something more. An anthem stands in for something.

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the mountain goats no children

But this question is different, in several ways. The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever musicians he surrounds himself with, which means that while the soundscape may change from project to project, the overall tone and feel of Darnielle's work remains remarkably consistent. I was sort of following poets that I liked who have characters that they return to again and again, especially John Berryman. When I reached Darnielle at a studio in Durham, N. My version hammers you with a bunch of words. I also was rooting this in the fact that, for the people I grew up with in Southern California, divorce was a more common reality when we were children than it was for people elsewhere in the country. And that's when we really started hitting it hard.

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I Hope We Both Die: How The Mountain Goats Wrote The Ultimate Anthem To Dysfunction : NPR

the mountain goats no children

I hope it bleeds all day long. If you look at our set lists from that tour, you'd probably laugh at how little we're trying to sell the record. They don't make any apologies for who they are. I've heard live bootlegs where the whole room is shouting so loud that I can barely hear you. It's found its way to a lot of other musicians, too.

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the mountain goats no children

Well, a cover should unearth something in the song that the original performer failed to unearth. Which, I suspect, if you've ever dwelled on some resentment long enough, you know that they all do have their own little glow. And yet, pretty soon it becomes a sing-along moment in your set. Kristy Guilbault provided production support for this story. We were playing in places that didn't have dressing rooms at the time, so I'd be hanging out at the bar.

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