Monday, August 30, 2010

The Mountain Goats - 08/27/10

John Darnielle and company took the stage in the central park of their hometown to benefit The Coalition to Unchain Dogs. The Coalition to Unchain Dogs is a non-profit, volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains. The roughly hour and fifteen minute set was energetic and frenetic enough to include a subsequent stage dive and body surf by John Darnielle. Delays at the beginning of the show prompted an early performance of The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton getting this show off to a frenzied start. The Mountain Goats mixed it up doing slower thoughtful songs as well. A careful rendering of the slower Love, Love, Love was typical of the nice balance of energy throughout the night. Great stories and between song patter is a given with every TMG show and this night proved no exception. By the time of the set closer (This Year) we were seeing a band that is clearly relaxed, together and musically infalable.

Set List (courtesy TMG website)

The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
Old College Try
Heretic Pride
Your Belgian Things
Psalms 40:2
Love Love Love
Woke Up New
"same four chords"
The Mess Inside
We Have Seen The Enemy
The Alphonse Mambo
Hebrews 11:40
Going to Georgia
Wild Sage
See America Right
Palmcorder Yajna
This Year

The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton