On Saturday I saw 2/3 of The Mountain Goats (Only Peter Hughes and John Darnielle were present) and it was one hell of a night. The show was held at the Bloomington famous Buskirk Chumley and it was an all acoustic set of songs spanning from the very beginnings of the band’s career to last year’s excellent Transcendental Youth.
Seeing John Darnielle live was exactly how I expected him to be — clever, good spirited and emotional, which gave the all acoustic set the emotional punch that I wanted. Of course most of his songs are story songs, so it was a night for the lyrics, though everyone was shouting as loud as they could singing along to “No Children”.
Here’s was the setlist.
In the Hidden Places
The Diaz Brothers
Song for Dana Plato
1 Samuel 15:23
Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
Up the Wolves
Cry for Judas
Woke Up New
Alpha Rats Nest
Fall of the Star High School Running Back
The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
Terror Song (Furniture Huschle cover)