Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mountain Goats Playlist: Top Non Album Songs

One of the key draws of a Mountain Goats concert is the randomness of the set list. You are guaranteed a few tracks from the new album and perhaps "No Children", but the rest is up to the whims of John Darnielle and crew. It is a testament to the depths of their catalog that their concert at the Fillmore on Monday night included only one song (No Children) that was part of their show a year prior.

I have posted my rankings of Mountain Goats albums with a representative playlist here. Below is a list of my 10 favorite Mountain Goats tracks that don't appear on one of the LPs proper, including a mix of B-sides, EP tracks and unreleased tunes.

Thanks to the incredibly fulsome collection of Mountain Goats on Grooveshark, the playlist below has all songs save Sign of the Crow 2, a live mp3 of which can be found here

Top non-LP Mountain Goat Songs
  1. "Attention All Pickpockets" (Letters from Belgium single)
    "And the cornet blows / where the oleander grows / and us two / not the same people that our old friends knew"
  2. "New Chevrolet in Flames" (See America Right single)
    "Oh would that you would kiss me / with the kisses of your mouth / 'cause your mouth is sweeter than wine / and has a more complicated history / than the American South"
  3. "Thank You Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Castle" (Black Pear Tree EP)
    "And I told you the one thing I know how to say / to the bright ringing drone of 8-bit choirs"
  4. "Ethiopians" (Daytrotter Session)
    "And I can't think of one thing in this whole wide blessed world / that's more dangerous and frightening than you when you get bored"
  5. "Alibi" (Babylon Springs EP)
    "Climb to the steps up to your doorway / like a man prepared to jump beneath a train"
  6. "Black Pear Tree" (Black Pear Tree EP, vocals by Kaki King)
    "And when its time came I could see it happen / blossoms black and sweet as Texas crude / I saw the future flowering like a ruptured vessel / somebody's going to get screwed / it won't be me"
  7. "Hawaiian Feeling aka The Day the Aliens Came" (Come, Come to the Sunset Tree)
    "The rooftops and sidewalks will all melt like plastic / oh friends, old friends, dear friends / I'm gonna look fantastic"
  8. "Sign of the Crow 2" (unreleased)
    "And the story lived on for a decade or two / but no one really knows it anymore"
  9. "Raid on Entebbe" (Jack and Faye 7")
    "If you'll just put your hand in mine / we're going to leave all out troubles behind"
  10. "Mountain Goats Shirt Song" (Bottom of the Hill, 2005)
    "So if you're lonely / or shirtless"

No comments:

Post a Comment