New Mountain Goats Tour EP Due

 

Special limited
edition available only at shows.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

“Good people! Fine people! It is nice of you to visit. As it
happens I have some news….”

 

Thus begins the latest missive posted on the official
Mountain Goats website
. In addition to updating the band’s current tour
itinerary – it’s called Last Happy Night Of Your Life tour, by the way – head
Goat John Darnielle disclosed details  of
a forthcoming EP they plan to release, in a limited edition of 666 copies no
less, that will be available for purchase only at MG shows (although plans are
afoot for a subsequent digital release too).

 

Here’s the scoop in Darnielle’s words, followed by the tour
dates.

 

 

Remember when I used to release a lot
of EPs? Like, one or two a year, even? And how they weren’t album tracks, but
self-contained kinda deal actual EPs, as God intended? Perhaps you do not
remember, on account of that was a long time ago. It doesn’t matter whether you
remember or not, really, since I am telling you now, just so we’ll all be on
the same page. The point is that I was thinking about how much I used to like
making EPs. Writing them, recording them, releasing them. So I went out to Baucom Road, which
is Scott Solter’s studio in western North
Carolina, and I recorded four new songs. And then I
sent them to a pressing plant, where they’re being turned into a double-7″
in a hi-gloss UV gatefold sleeve with covers designed by Horse and Buggy Press
featuring artwork by Aeron Alfrey. This record will be available in a limited
edition of 666 copies. It will only be available at shows.

 

“But wait!” I hear some of
you saying. “If I send you some money will you send me a copy?” Let
me answer this question once, and once only, and for all time: no. What you
will be able to do, though, is download the whole EP from a dedicated site that
we’re setting up right now. I hope/expect/pray that the site will be ready
within a month or so. The songs will be available in both MP3 and AAC formats
at high resolutions, and also, if I can figure out how to make and seed a
torrent, as AIFFs, which digitally speaking is the best way to hear them, since
Scott Solter is an awesome producer. The downloads will be open to everybody,
with no hoops to jump through, though there will also be several options
available for those who want to pay me for my work, since part of the point of
the exercise is to see whether that’s a viable route for
smaller-potatoes-than-Radiohead dudes like me. But we’ll cross that bridge when
we drive the frightened horses across it. With their covered wagons behind them
on fire. And the devil, scrawny and crazed, riding behind them on an Italian
greyhound.

 

 

Mountain Goats Tour Dates:

 

September
14 – Dorset, End of the Road Festival
15 – London, ULU

October
13 – Chicago, IL, Park West
14 – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
15 – Omaha, NE, The Slowdown
17 – Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
18 – Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
20 – Seattle, WA, Showbox
21 – Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
23 – San Francisco, CA, the Independent
24 – San Francisco, CA, the Fillmore
25 – Los Angeles CA , Troubadour
26 – Los Angeles CA, Troubadour
28 – San Diego, CA, the Belly Up Tavern
29 – Tucson, AZ, Club Congress
31 – Lubbock, TX, Tequila Jungle

November
1 – Austin, TX, Antones
2 – Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
3 – New Orleans, LA Republic
5 – Chapel Hill, NC, Cat’s Cradle
6 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
7 – Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts
8 – Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
9 – New York, NY, Webster Hall

 

 

 

 

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