The One Who Insists He Was First In The Line Etc.

So, OK, yeah, technically speaking you oughta hear about new tour dates here first, but we’ve been busy. The new album has been recorded and we’re hoping for an early ’08 release. The big news from where I stand is that this album will be the first Mountain Goats record since 1996 to feature members of the Bright Mountain Choir: Rachel and Sarah came up from L.A. to San Francisco and put down backing vocals on three songs, all of which (“New Zion,” “How to Embrace a Swamp Creature,” and “Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident”) have made the final sequence. I have tried several times to write a sentence that would convey just how wonderful it was to make music with the Choir again, but if such a sentence is out there in the ether anywhere, I haven’t been able to find it. I resort again to native Californianisms. It was completely rad.
Meanwhile, yes, there’s a second tour following closely upon the first fall tour – probably these will be our last shows this year, though if you live near Durham, there seems to always be something or another going on around the holidays. Who can say? No-one can really foretell…THE FUTURE.
October
30
– Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
November
2
– Grinnell, IA, Gardner Lounge
3 – Omaha, NE, Slowdown
5 – Aspen, CO, Belly Up
6 – Denver, CO, Hi-Dive
8 – Lawrence, KS, Jackpot Saloon
9 – Columbia, MO, Mojo’s
10 – St. Louis, MO, Biliken Club (St. Louis University)
11 – Springfield, MO, Randy Bacon Studio & Gallery
14 – Urbana, IL, Canopy Club
15 – Chicago, IL, the Empty Bottle