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New Asian Cinema

by the Mountain Goats

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Maccus All respect in the world to Chris Boerner but this remaster is a little unfortunate. These sound a bit hollow and thin compared to the originals. Not sure what it is, but clarity and crispness is missing.

With all this said, the three Yoyo releases are some of my absolutely favorites and I'm so glad this is now available for more to listen to. Hopefully the others are coming!
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wigardener The classic imagery of flowers and guts and the like in a Mountain Goats song, sad overtones, and the happy inclusion of banjo. Favorite track: Korean Bird Painting.
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cid i love a new release of an old mountain goats project more than anything … now rerelease moon colony bloodbath Favorite track: Golden Jackal Song.
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He came knocking down the street lights tearing up the new grass on the lawn He was frightening off the livestock I could feel him coming down I lit the Citronella, it was all that I had And I began to feel real bad When the ghost of your father comes to town What the hell else can you do I flung open all the windows, put the water on for tea and let him pass right through He took to knocking over furniture, getting into the reception on the wireless He tore up all the dry goods in the pantry He was strong, and he was tireless And when the priest came to call, I sent him on his way I got a tremor in my hands and my feet are made of clay When the ghost of your father starts pushing you around How are you gonna make him stop I took down all the crosses I let him set up shop
Yesterday I put in a good 5 hours talking to the statues Chased your memory all around the room Didn't manage to catch you But I cleaned out the savings account Blew everything I had on flowers Covered up the furniture in carnations Rolled around for hours And there are those of you who’ve got the wrong idea right now But man, you should have seen me when I got through Indistinguishable from a fourth century Briton Waiting on the couch for you And I put all the extras on the credit card Mobiles of the galaxy and mylar balloons Everything we'd saved up in one room at the same time Cartoon stars, crescent moons Thank you notes, get well cards Condolences, congratulations Bright colors, hues and signals Reminders and reverberations
Narakaloka 02:20
The cabbages that I will grow One by one and row by row Will fatten in the spring sun And breathe in the evening air And you will hear them breathing If you walk by at night And you may not hear them after all, But that's all right I've set the table for two I've cleaned the windows for you I've got cinnamon from Jakarta For making French toast The doctor says that I've got Thirty days left at most The cabbages that I will grow The love songs on the radio Will deepen in the springtime They'll be brighter than the stars
I swung through town Shining like a new quarter Felt something sharp rise up within me When I crossed the border Wtopped at the gas station payphone I let my fingers fly The wicked impulses were dying But I couldn't let them die And we were over at your place, singing about the old times No one had anything to prove I ate so much carrion that I could not move I was bloated When I saw you in the kitchen Glistening like the old country All your cups and glasses Lined up in front of me And I stopped at the faucet for a minute Waited til you came in to see what was wrong And your fingers brushed my ribs playfully And I played along You had your tongue in my mouth your eyes glistening in the light I ate rich raw carrion til I couldn't think right I was full
Treetop Song 02:01
All along the interstate The palm trees were calling out to me The line of them stretched down the highway forever As far as I could see And I waited til the sun was coming up Light morning traffic and a cool spring breeze And I heard the old voices calling down fFrom the tops of the trees And when I got up to the top, my head got light And for a minute everything in the world was alright And I saw the next tree just 10 feet away Give or take a few feet, I guess And then I pushed off into the air with all my might And headed out into the center of the morning light And I knew that I was gonna make it The new tree hardly shook to acknowledge my arrival And I knew that I would be alright


released January 1, 1998

John Darnielle: Voice, guitars, harmonica and keyboard
Lalitree: Banjo
Recorded by Patrick Maley and Brooks Martin
Cover handset and printed on a letterpress by The Sherwood Press

Remastered from original digital audio tape in February 2023 by Chris Boerner at The Kitchen


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the Mountain Goats Durham, North Carolina

John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.
—John Hodgman, 2012
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