Month archive for May, 2005 5 posts

The Mountain Goats – Why aren’t you listening yet?

Posted by jeremyclarke on May 25, 2005 · General · music

the mountain goats - photo by jeremy clarkeI recently had my mind blown when learning that The Mountain Goats would be performing in Montreal (on the very day I learned it in fact). I then saw the most amazing show of my life. An artist deeply in love with every single chord and word emmanating from his mind. Songs about people you’d never want to meet or be, people you already love.

There’s a kind of stigma that exists around man+guitar acts, I guess it’s a combination of all the cheezy folk stuff out of the sixties and the mildly-retarded emo stuff that hit MTV recently. It’s like you have to be pretentious to think that you don’t need backup or something, maybe there’s some of that here, but there’s also a crushing humility. When he thanks the crowd, he means it, when he tells a story, it’s for the story’s sake, not his own.

Some great stuff is available on their mp3 page (I especially recommend Jam Eater Blues and Going to Bridlington). They are all very lo-fi, audio cassette has a flavor.

Further, they have the good sense to make recordings of their live performances sharable, and thus available at Archive.org. The Village Tavern recording is particularly good and fun, and could easily be said to include “the hits” (it’s available free and in all kinds of formats at that link, banter included).

life is too short to let it go to waste like this,
but i never tasted jam before that tastes like this.
and life is too short to refrain from eating jam out of the jar.
-The Mountain Goats, Jam Eater Blues

because I am a whore for the kittens

Posted by jeremyclarke on · General

squid the kitten from kittenwar.com
Kittenwar presents you with two kitten photos and asks which is cuter. BoingBoing likened it to a HotOrNot(note: I am NOT) for cats. It is addictive, stupid and everything the internet was ever meant to be.

[edit]
Mira points out the losingest kittens section of the site, which I originally failed to notice.

Meet: Vincent Van Orthvincent van orth, cat from kittenwar.com

photosensitive

Posted by jeremyclarke on May 16, 2005 · photos

photosensitive - photo by jeremy clarke

the systemic manufacture of consent

Posted by jeremyclarke on May 15, 2005 · photos

the systemic manufacture of consent - photo by jeremy clarke

I cast mage armor, and start to sing.

Posted by jeremyclarke on May 3, 2005 · photos

I cast mage armor - photo by jeremy clarke