Last night, I did make it out to see the Mountain Goats, Franklin Bruno, and the Extra Glenns. It was especially great to see John play Mountain Goats songs, as he played a couple older tracks and many new songs. He has written over 400 songs, so it’s easy to not hear the exact song that you want such as the older “Cubs in Five” that someone was requesting or even “The Best Death Metal Band out of Denton” from the most recent release. John Darnielle is without a doubt the most metal knowledgeable acoustic performer in existence, which he demonstrates in his truly entertaining zine, Last Plane to Jakarta. John and Franklin joined together to form The Extra Glenns, playing many songs from Martial Arts Weekend, including the amazing “Going to Marrakesh,” as well as a couple of unrecorded tracks.
For those interested, Keyes was in attendance and did get the previously promised records. I’ve continued my newly started tradition of leaving performed songs on my friend’s voicemail. Ah, the beauty of cell phones with lots of nighttime minutes. I’m not sure if it’s irritating yet or not, but it’s fun to do. Tonight I am intending to leave some music from the Reels of White Softly Flow performance, which may prove to be difficult from stage. We’ll see.