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April 16, 2008 3:36 PM   Subscribe

The Mountain Goats' newest video is a dizzying, typographical romp. (SLYT)
posted by auralcoral (34 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Seeing as the Mountain Goats' lyrics are legendary, this approach to the video makes sense. Plus, it's a neat video.

But... Mountain Goats video.

I almost miss the creaky dime-store boombox.
posted by MrVisible at 3:44 PM on April 16, 2008


That spinning a "A" gets me every time.
posted by banter at 3:51 PM on April 16, 2008


Love the Mountain Goats so much a friend and I spent an evening listening to the new record and googling lyrics - "Prince Far-I! Sept. 15, 1983 is about the murder of Prince Far-I!" - but for some reason the first time I saw this video I was disappointed. Too cutesy, maybe.

But damn, do I love the Mountain Goats.
posted by mediareport at 4:06 PM on April 16, 2008


that was great, although i was so focused on watching the words i didn't really pay attention to what they were saying.
posted by snofoam at 4:24 PM on April 16, 2008


I've said it before, and I'll say it again. And I do love this video. But it's kind of old, at this point. BUT, I suppose some people haven't seen it. And now, they have. A good thing.

The most remarkable thing about you standing in the doorway
is that it's you
and that you're standing in the doorway

posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:35 PM on April 16, 2008


I didn't see any goats in that video. Very disappointed. But the links above yours -- great goats!
posted by binturong at 4:54 PM on April 16, 2008


yes, binturong, but was that a subtle goatse at the beginning ;-) (or maybe the band name just put that suggestion in my brain)
posted by sineater at 5:00 PM on April 16, 2008


your favorite Mountain, goat sucks?
posted by ornate insect at 5:04 PM on April 16, 2008


This is awesome. And I'd have never seen it otherwise. Thank you.
posted by ColdChef at 5:19 PM on April 16, 2008


Fantastic. I'd love to see a making-of feature for this video.
posted by ErWenn at 5:27 PM on April 16, 2008



posted by yonation at 5:38 PM on April 16, 2008


whoops. i was going to [make goatse joke here]
posted by yonation at 5:40 PM on April 16, 2008


That was the first thing I posted when I re-created my blog. A really good song with a really great video that makes you appreciate the art and creativity that went into it.

I am a bit frightened of posting a one link music video FPP myself but, if anyone is interested, the video for "Big Bang" by Cursive (about a year old) gives me the same feeling. Once I figured out what was happening (about half way through) I couldn't stop smiling! And received many multiple plays from me, as did The Goats video.
posted by paddysat at 5:47 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Rock on John Darnielle. Oh, and

HAIL SATAN
posted by gwint at 5:58 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


[This is awesome.]
posted by lunit at 5:58 PM on April 16, 2008


Man, this made my night, thanks!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:03 PM on April 16, 2008


paddysat, i really liked that Cursive video. if only the music was as good as it used to be.
posted by auralcoral at 6:29 PM on April 16, 2008


But... Mountain Goats video.

I almost miss the creaky dime-store boombox.


Yeah, it seems almost sacrilege to have a video for the Mountain Goats considering Darnielle's awesome lo-fi past, but I am always giddy with excitement when one actually comes out. This Year was pretty excellent as well.

Also, I have had this entire album on repeat since it came out. "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" is an instant classic.
posted by mayfly wake at 6:39 PM on April 16, 2008


I liked the "Big Bang" video, Paddysat, but I never figured out what was going on. Am I being really dense here?
posted by ErWenn at 8:21 PM on April 16, 2008


I liked the "Big Bang" video, Paddysat, but I never figured out what was going on. Am I being really dense here?

Well, I can't be sure but my guess is that there was a "Big Bang" (loud sound) off camera that shocked those people into giving those great expressions. I tried to find some info on it (half-heartedly) and came up with nothing.
posted by paddysat at 9:26 PM on April 16, 2008


I loved this video even before I was familiar with the song, and now that the album's out, the song itself is one of my favorites (along with Lovecraft in Brooklyn, which is so killer). I wasn't as into Get Lonely as I have been his other albums, but the video for Woke Up New had a similarly cool concept.

It was also a treat to see Zombie Darnielle in the video for Aesop Rock's Coffee (warning: campy gore, awesomeness).
posted by brookedel at 9:48 PM on April 16, 2008


mayfly wake:
I found a while ago some pretty rad live banter (at the end of this) about filming the video for "This Year":

"This is a song that, in July, I stood in a room surrounded by seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds singing oooover and over and over again as a camera tracked across the room and it was a hundred and thirty degrees in there, and I usually exaggerate a lot, but I don't actually think that's that much of an exaggeration. It was really hot, and the blood makeup they had on me began to run, and I felt so goth. I was sooo happy about it, I said 'oh boy, I got black hair for the first time since I was seventeen and blood running down my face. You know, those commercials say it doesn't get any better than this, but, really, when you've got black hair and you're surrounded by seventeen-year-old goth types and there's blood running down the side of your face, it doesn't get any better than that!'"

John Darnielle friggin' rules.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 10:54 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow. That Coffee video was possibly the best thing ever. Agreed on Get Lonely, it didn't really resonate with me.
posted by mayfly wake at 10:55 PM on April 16, 2008


Thanks! I'm a John Darnielle acolyte too, though Autoclave is my personal favorite off HP.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:39 PM on April 16, 2008


I love me some Mountain Goats, but this is a pretty freakin' weak post.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:36 AM on April 17, 2008


So long as we're sharing our favourite John Darnielle clips (that's what we're doing, right?) here is the Game Show which may have touched our lives: now how much would you pay? Manic stuff.

\m/ hail satan \m/
posted by eponymouse at 4:13 AM on April 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Why are none of them wearing Fu Manchus?
posted by Eideteker at 9:33 AM on April 17, 2008


<3 <3 <3
posted by ludwig_van at 10:35 AM on April 17, 2008


fuck yeah.
posted by unknowncommand at 10:45 AM on April 17, 2008


The bassist is usually such a snappy dresser (at the live shows), that I feel bad for him that he's wearing a clingy white unitard for a lot of the video. He looks so chagrined at about 1:30 in the clip.
posted by unknowncommand at 10:52 AM on April 17, 2008


I've watched the Sax Rohmer video several times, of course, and watched the Coffee video quite a few times, as well, but this was the first I'd seen of that game show "How Much Would You Pay" video, and from there it was only a burst of clicking until I realized that the 4AD promotional site for Tallahassee existed, and was still up. And that, there, just gave my day complete and utter fruition.
posted by redsparkler at 11:40 AM on April 17, 2008


I just wanted to say that this thread has been like the gateway drug that's led me to spending all of my hard-earned cash on Mountain Goats recordings. Thanks for a lifetime of addiction.
posted by ColdChef at 7:38 AM on May 13, 2008


ColdChef, I hope you've gotten to Tallahassee, which is (I think...) my favorite, a cracking good concept album, and a damn good southern gothic portrait besides.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:00 PM on May 13, 2008


Ummm...now I have. Thanks.
posted by ColdChef at 4:14 PM on May 13, 2008


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