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gigi   

listening on spotify. Think it's gonna take a while to grow, his other albums are full of instant catchy tunes with great melodies and sing-along choruses. This is pretty sparse so far. Will keep at it.

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John Darnielle talks to Paste. The alleged conflict between humanism and religion bugs the heck out of me, but alas, I didn't conduct the interview, and I can't do anything but gently castigate the interviewer for not asking the the right questions, which, by definition, are the questions I would have asked.

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I am thrilled--THRILLED-- that TMG are touring with Final Fantasy. Owen is, incidentally, one of a very few songwriters to explicitly address the necessary challenge of building an ethical framework from an atheist perspective. (He also has songs about video games and gentrification). His sense of humor is similarly subtle and wicked and his lyrics marvelously ornate, even as the musical traditions he's tapping are pretty distant from TMG. An inspired pairing.

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Kenny   

Here are the Bible verses and lyrics for the new record, for those who want them:

The Mountain Goats | The Life of the World to Come

1. I Samuel 15:23

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.

I became a crystal healer and my ministry was to the sick

Creeping vines would send out runners and seek me in their numbers

I sold self-help tapes

Go down to the netherworld, plant grapes

And as world spread of my powers they would seek me far and wide

All sad faces at my window I would welcome them inside

I sewed clothes for them: cloaks and capes

Go down to the netherworld, plant grapes

My house will be for all people who have nowhere to go

My supply of shining crystals a shield against the snow

There's more like me where I come from, so mark our shapes

Go down to the netherworld, plant grapes

02. Psalms 40:2

He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing.

Pulled off the highway in Missouri and, lo, our hearts were heavy laid

Made for the chapel with some spray paint for all the things we'd held in secret

Lord, lift up these lifeless bones

Light cascading through the windows

All the rainbow's heavy tones

He has fixed his sign in the sky

He has raised me from the pit and set me high

Left that place in ruin, drunk on the Spirit and high on fumes

Checked into a Red Roof in stayed up for several hours and then slept like infants

In the burning fuselage of my days

Let me mouth be ever fresh with praise

He has fixed his sign in the sky

He has raised me from the pit and set me high

Each morning new

Each day shot through

With all the sharps small shards of shrapnel

that seem to burst of me and you

Head down toward Kansas

We will get there when we get there, don't you worry

Feel bad about the things we do along the way

But not really that bad

We inhaled the frozen air

Lord, send me a mechanic if I'm not beyond repair

He has fixed his sign in the sky

He has raised from the pit and he will set me high

03. Genesis 3:23

So the Lord God expelled him from the orchard in Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.

House up in Clearlake

Where I used to live

Picked the lock on the front door

And felt it give

Touch nothing, move nothing, stand still

Keep my ears open for cars

See how the people here live now

Hope they're better at it than I was

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

Pictures up on the mantle

Nobody I know

I stand by the tiny furnace

Where the long shadows grow

Living room to bedroom to kitchen

Familiar and warm

Hours we spent starving within these walls

Sounds of a distant storm

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

Fight through the ghosts in the hallway

Duck and weave

Stand by the door with my eyes closed

When it's time to leave

Steal home before sunset

Cover up my tracks

Drive home with old dreams of play in my mind

And the wind at my back

Break the lock on my own garden gate

When I get home after dark

Sit looking up at the stars outside

Like teeth in the mouth of a shark

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

I used to live here

04. Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven--and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.

The path to the awful room that one will sleep in again

Was lit for one man only gone where none can follow him

Try to look down the way he'd gone:

Back of a closets whose depths draw and on and on

And nice people said he was with God now

Safe in his arms

But the voices of the angels that he heard on his last days with us

Smoke alarms

Well the path to the palace of wisdom that the mystics walk

Is lined with neuroleptics and electric shocks

Hope daily for healing

Try not to go insane

Dance in a circle with bells on

Try to make it rain

And nice people say he had gone home to God now

Safe in his arms, safe in his arms

But the voices of the angels singing to him on his last hours with us

Smoke alarms, smoke alarms

05. Hebrews 11:40

For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.

Masks hanging on the tomb walls

Where the coven grieves

Witches hiding in the brambles

Ground level down where the dry leaves

Blow and burn slowly

No ground is ever gonna hold me

Bright candles in the manor

Where the curse takes hold

Bodies reassembling down where the worms crawl

Make your own friends when the world's gone cold

It gets dark and then

I feel certain I am going to rise again

If not by faith then by the sword

I'm going to be restored

Build fires to keep the beacon flashing

Where the earth lies flat

Blood calls to blood as the hours draw down

Invent my own family if it comes to that

Hold them close, hold them near

Tell them no one's ever going to hurt them here

Steal the treasure and try to leave town

Fight my way back down

Don't want to hurt anyone

Probably gonna have to before it's all done

Take to the hills right away

I'm gonna get my perfect body back someday

If not by faith then by the sword

I'm going to be restored

06. Genesis 30:3

She replied, "Here is my servant Bilhah! Have sexual relations with her so that she can bear children for me and I can have a family through her."

For several days the visitors were here

We saw them turned down and we watched them disappear

Talked about the days they said were sure to come

Had a hard time believing

I remember seeing you my tongue struck done

When you first came here from wherever it was you came from

The power in your voice

Your rough touch

You keeping care of me

Keeping watch

Open up the doors to the tent

Wonder where the good times went

I will do what you ask me to do

Because of how I feel about you

Saw his little face contracted as his eyes met light

Try to imagine anything so bright

You only see it once then it steals into the dawn

And then it's gone forever

For several hours we laid there last ones of our kind

Harder days coming maybe

I don't mind

Sounds kind of dumb when I see it but it's true

I would do anything for you

Open up the promise of the day

Drive the dark things away

I will do what you ask me to do

Because of how I feel about you

07. Romans 10:9

Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Wake up sixty minutes after my head hits the pillow I can't live like this

And in the shower I am a sailor standing ready waiting for the shift list

Everything looks burned up I'm too scared to look around

Don't feel like going on but come on make a joyful sound

If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips

Surely you will be saved one day

Try to think of ways to fix myself but everything ends in a cul-de-sac

The beast broke from the barn while we were sleeping face it face it he's not coming back

Don't see what the point is in event trying to fight

Look for the bigger picture when I close my eyes real tight

If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips

Surely you will be saved one day

Look for the sign of Daniel, consider the clues

Wait as long as I have to for good news

Wake and rise and face the day and try to stop the day from staring back at me

Busy hours for joyful hearts and later maybe head out to the pharmacy

Won't take the medication but it's good to have around

A kind and loving God won't let my small ship run aground

If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips

Surely you will be saved one day

08. I John 4:16

And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him.

In a holding tank I built for myself, it's feeding time

And I start to feel afraid 'cause I'm the last one left in line

The endless spring of summer storms that led me today

Began one afternoon with you long ago and faraway

And someone leads the beast in on its chain

But I know you're thinking of me 'cause it's just about to rain

So I wont be afraid of anything ever again

In the cell that holds my body back, the door swings wide

And I feel like someone's lost child as the guards lead me outside

And if the clouds are gathering, it's just to point the way

To an afternoon I spent with you when it rained all day

And someone leads the beast in on its chain

But I know you're thinking of me 'cause it's just about to rain

So I wont be afraid of anything ever again

09. Matthew 25:21

His master answered, "Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master."

They hooked you up to a fentanyl drip

To mitigate the pain a little bit

I flew in from Pennsylvania

When I heard the hour was coming fast

And I docked in San Barbara

Tried to brace myself

You can't brace yourself

When the time comes

You just have to roll with the blast

And I'm an eighteen-wheeler headed down the interstate

And my breaks are going to give

And I won't know till it's too late

Tires screaming when I lose control

Try not to hurt too many people when I roll

Find the harbor freeway and head south

Real tired

Head kind of light

I found Telegraph Road

I'd only seen the name on envelopes

Found the parking lot and turned right

I felt all the details

Carving out space in my head

Tropicanas on the walk way

Neon red between the pain

And the pills trying to hold at bay

Stand as a traveler going far away

And I am airplane tumbling wing over wing

Tried to listen to my instruments

They don't say anything

People screaming when the engines quit

I hope we're all in crash position when we hit

And then came to your bedside

And as it turns out

I'm not ready

And as though

You were speaking through a thick haze

You said hello to me

We all stood there around you

Happy to hear you speak

The last of something bright burning

Still burning

Beyond the cancer and the chemotherapy

And you were a presence full of light upon this earth

And I am a witness to your life and to its worth

It's three days later when I get the call

And there's nobody around to break my fall

10. Deuteronomy 2:10

The Emites used to live there, a people as powerful, numerous, and tall as the Anakites.

The sun above me and a concrete floor below

Scratch at the chain links maybe bare my teeth for show

Fed twice a day I don't go hungry anymore

Feel in my bones just what the future has in store

I pace in circles so the camera will see

Look hard at my stripes, there'll be no more after me

Laze by the shoreline while the sailors disembark

Scratch out a place to sit and rest down in the dark

Smell something burning downwind just a little ways

They set up camp and sing and sweat and work for days

I have no fear of anyone I'm dumb and wild and free

I am a flightless bird and there'll be no more after me

In Costa Rica in a burrow underground

Climb to the surface, blink my eyes and look around

I'm all alone here as I try my tiny song

Claim my place beneath the sky but I won't be here for long

I sang all night the moon shone on me through the trees

No brothers left and there'll be no more after me

11. Isaiah 45:23

I solemnly make this oath--what I say is true and reliable: "Surely every knee will bow to me,

every tongue will solemnly affirm."

If my prayer be not humble make it so

In these last hours if the Spirit waits in check help me let it go

And should my suffering double let me never love You less

Let every knee be bent, and every tongue confess

And I won't get better, but someday I'll be free

'Cause I am not this body that imprisons me

I read the magazines somebody brought

Hold them to my failing eyes until my hands get hot

And when the nurse comes in to change my sheets and clothes

The pain begins to travel, dancing as it goes

And I won't get better, but someday I'll be free

'Cause I am not this body that imprisons me

If my prayer goes unanswered that's alright

If my path fills with darkness and there is no sign of light

Let me praise You for the good times, let me hold Your banner high

Until the hills are flattened and the rivers all run dry

And I won't get better, but someday I'll be free

'Cause I am not this body that imprisons me

12. Ezekiel 7 And The Permanent Efficacy of Grace

The word of the Lord came to me: "You, son of man--this is what the sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you, and I will release my anger against you; I will judge you according to your behavior, I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices. My eye will not pity you; I will not spare you. For I will hold you responsible for your behavior, and you will suffer the consequences of your abominable practices. Then you will know that I am the Lord!

"This is what the sovereign Lord says: A disaster--a one-of-a-kind disaster--is coming! An end comes--the end comes! It has awakened against you--the end is upon you! Look, it is coming! Doom is coming upon you who live in the land! The time is coming, the day is near. There are sounds of tumult, not shouts of joy, on the mountains. Soon now I will pour out my rage on you; I will fully vent my anger against you. I will judge you according to your behavior. I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices. My eye will not pity you; I will not spare you. For your behavior I will hold you accountable, and you will suffer the consequences of your abominable practices. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking you.

"Look, the day! Look, it is coming! Doom has gone out! The staff has budded, pride has blossomed! Violence has grown into a staff that supports wickedness. Not one of them will be left--not from their crowd, not from their wealth, not from their prominence. The time has come; the day has struck! The customer should not rejoice, nor the seller mourn; for divine wrath comes against their whole crowd. The customer will no longer pay the seller while both parties are alive, for the vision against their whole crowd will not be revoked. Each person, for his iniquity, will fail to preserve his life.

"They have blown the trumpet and everyone is ready, but no one goes to battle, because my anger is against their whole crowd. The sword is outside; pestilence and famine are inside the house. Whoever is in the open field will die by the sword, and famine and pestilence will consume everyone in the city. Their survivors will escape to the mountains and become like doves of the valleys; all of them will moan--each one for his iniquity. All of their hands will hang limp; their knees will be wet with urine. They will wear sackcloth, terror will cover them; shame will be on all their faces, and all of their heads will be shaved bald. They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord's fury. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. They rendered the beauty of his ornaments into pride, and with it they made their abominable images--their detestable idols. Therefore I will render it filthy to them. I will give it to foreigners as loot, to the world's wicked ones as plunder, and they will desecrate it. I will turn my face away from them and they will desecrate my treasured place. Vandals will enter it and desecrate it. (Make the chain, because the land is full of murder and the city is full of violence.) I will bring the most wicked of the nations and they will take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the arrogance of the strong, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. Terror is coming! They will seek peace, but find none. Disaster after disaster will come, and one rumor after another. They will seek a vision from a prophet; priestly instruction will disappear, along with counsel from the elders. The king will mourn and the prince will be clothed with shuddering; the hands of the people of the land will tremble. Based on their behavior I will deal with them, and by their standard of justice I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord!"

The clouds explode and then the desert blooms

Someone will need to mop this floor for me

When I emerge I find my car

Like a cathedral in a dream of the future

Drive 'til the rain stops

Keep driving

Pull over and blast off when I get the chance

Clear as an insect's wings in sunlight

Flip on the high stakes radio

Try to sing the words right

Drive 'til the rain stops

Keep driving

I had his arms tied up behind him

We were together all day

Maybe make Culiacán by sunset

Try to anyway

High as the clouds now

Flying

Drive 'til the rain stops

Keep driving

13. Enoch 18:14

When I inquired regarding them, The angel said: "This place is the end of heaven."

I saw some old friends as I came to the city gate

They asked me where I'd been of late

I hadn't been anywhere, but what was I going to say

Two hopeful people looking at me that way

You and your brother

You both escaped the curse

You can't comprehend what it's like

We stood in the sunlight and they asked me where I'd been

Held the gate open--told me to come on in

I saw the damp green grass so nice on the other side

Couldn't explain myself to them, but I tried

You and your brother

You both escaped the curse

So you can't comprehend what it's like

Ground was dry but giving, the sky was nearly black

Saw some old friends when I looked back

Remember my old home, haven't forgotten yet

What happens on the day when I forget

You and your brother

You both escaped the curse

So you can't comprehend what it's like

14. Proverbs 6:27

Can a man hold fire against his chest without burning his clothes?

Try to hide down in the darkness

Get accustomed to our shapes

Rained in 'til next week at the earliest

Go through an old box full of betamax tapes

Pull the blankets up to my neck

And the screen began to glow

I cried real tears when they beat Chuck Norris down

Wait here in the shadows 'til the shadows let me go

And treat each crushing moment like a gift

And wait for the fog to lift

Pretend I'm waiting for a notice

From someone somewhere far away

Sit here and break things while I'm waiting

As day gives way to day gives way to day gives way to day

But though I try to let the shadows mask my movements

They're never gonna hide me like they used to

I watch the delta force save everybody from that plane on fire

I was watching wishing i had not lost track of you

I treat each crushing moment like a gift

And wait for the fog to lift

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techne   

There's a whole bonus album released called "The Life of the World in Flux." It's b-sides and three songs that aren't on the real full-length.

evidently it was hidden in random copies of the life of the world to come. guess i'll go roll the dice and hope i win.

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techne   

has anyone ever nabbed both the [actual] CD and bonus CD (the life of the world to come + the life of the world in flux)? if so - where?

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Joel   

I want to wholeheartedly commend Darnielle's Wolf in White Van, which I just finished reading. Beautiful book.

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