Jim, Mitch, and I went to go see The Mountain Goats at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday night.
Some of the openers were so hideously bad but I don't really want to get too much into it here. Let's just say there was a band that made me wish that The Spin Doctors were playing instead, a comedian who ate yogurt while Philip Glass music played and then berated the audience for not getting it, a guy dancing on stilts, and a woman who basically played a slideshow of pop culture folks and made dumb jokes about them.
Oh well, at least I didn't have to hear Kokomo four times in a row and Don't Worry, Be Happy nine times in a row like Erik, SHR, and I did while waiting for Man Man to take the stage at the same venue.
But then Mr. Darnielle came on and he was fun as always. The last time that I saw him was four years ago on a rooftop in Brooklyn. He plays mostly with a band these days but this and the last show were both by himself. I'm curious to hear him with a full band but the solo shows are the way that I first saw him back in '96 so I've got no complaints.
I don't need to see him on a regular basis considering I rarely go to shows anymore in the first place. But it was nice to see him. It's fun to check in every now and again with my old favorites and to see them live.
Anyone know if John Wesley Harding plans on playing again anytime soon?
Photo swiped from Brooklyn Vegan
2 days ago