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The Mountain Goats are joined by the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 in a collaborative presentation of songs from Transcendental Youth, a new work by John Darnielle (pictured) of the Mountain Goats (“one of America’s most startling lyricists,” Boston Globe). Anonymous 4, celebrating their 25th anniversary, are famous for their purity of tone and astounding blend, gaining wide recognition for their intense scholarship and attention to historical context, both in medieval and early American repertoire.

Transcendental Youth features new songs from Darnielle, heard here in special arrangements for voices, piano and guitar by the acclaimed musical polymath Owen Pallett. The songs visit a small community on Puget Sound in Washington, north of Seattle at the foot of Glacier Peak, and are inhabited by the mournful voices of the isolated and the lost in motels and apartment complexes around Snohomish County.

A short solo Mountain Goats set begins the evening, followed by Anonymous 4 performing selections from their rich catalog in a program curated by both Darnielle and A4, and concluding with the collaborative performance.



Celine Dion is fucking awesome. Final Fantasy is fucking awesome. I need to remember to blog this like once a quarter. 

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The Mountain Goats will perform a special set on March 24, at the Merkin Concert Hall on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. John Darnielle will debut songs from a new collection, Transcendental Youth, with the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. The songs have been arranged for voice, piano, and guitar by Owen Pallett.

im crying with joy


Owen Pallett - Hard To Explain (Strokes Cover)

Better than the original. 

[Would you say that Radiohead would be your contemporaries?]

Radiohead are another world, another continent. I see it all the time when I have bands who are friends of mine — Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire and Dirty Projectors — who go from tours in tiny little cars supporting a band I might be in to having a crew of 50 people setting up their stage and with their own lightening rig and in ear monitors and I’m like ‘you guys have left North America and now inhabit a different world, the one with Radiohead.’

[But certainly you’re no stranger to that world.]

I get to go to the same parties as that world.

Spin interviews Owen Pallett. 

Sondre Lerche - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Owen Pallett Cover) 

UTR: Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares?

OP: Kanye West is in my dreams a lot these days. He’s pretty nice in my dreams, just like you’d expect.

– Owen Pallet, from an interview in Under the Radar