Open house at my house (anyone looking to buy a house?)
Football with Jews and sometimes babies (watching, not playing, the football, not the babies)
Calls from my realtor about the house (people came to see it at the open house, yay!)
Drive to Hoboken (the city I hope to be living in soon!)
Dinner with my friend and her friend at my new favorite hangout in Hoboken, by default (I've spent not a lot of time in Hoboken, other than parking there, going to the PATH, and then stumbling back home via said PATH with a bunch of drunken Hobokenites and maybe getting a slice of pizza, but I digress)
PATH to 14th Street (nothing much to say here)
L Train to Williamsburg (again, relatively peaceful)
The Mountain Goats at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (yay! yay! yay!)
Hey, it's Jon Wurster on drums from one of my very favorite bands of all-time (Superchunk!)
Not that John Darnielle and his Mountain Goats aren't also among my favorites of all-time (yay!)
"Dance Music" (hells yeah!)
"See America Right" (woo hoo!)
"Broom People" (love love love The Sunset Tree, oh and they did play "Love Love Love")
"Up the Wolves" (Darnielle says it's about his abusive stepfather, which I guess the whole album is about, which maybe I knew but didn't know but is sort of interesting later in this post)
A bunch of songs off the new album Transcendental Youth, including a whole subset with horns! (three horn players from the opening act joined the stage)
"This Year" (closing the wonderful wonderful set, or perhaps the encore, can't remember)
The Encore (crowd going nuts the whole time)
John and Jon and Brian (?, sorry I don't remember the guitarist's name) return to the stage for the very rare Encore #2!!! John is super appreciative of the fans showing up in NYC and selling out the place for 2 nights (and the next 2 nights at the Bowery as well, I might add). He mentions that they were debating what "one last song" to play and they had two to choose from and they decided on this little song "about Cyrus and Jeff."
HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! (me, exploding)
Sidebar: While trying to acquire an agent for my finished novel, I have started another novel and am about 60 pages in and it's sort of / kind of / is totally inspired a little song called "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" and the main characters are named Cyrus and Jeff and yes, the character Jeff's stepfather plays a major role in the story.
Crowd goes nuts. John and the band play the song. I am freaking out. They leave. I take a piss, come back upstairs to leave because it's like 1 in the morning and there, standing next to me, is none other than John Darnielle, full of smiles and trying to sneak by to get to the merch table to sign shit for the fans. I give him a tap on the back and tell him what a great performance it was and he thanks me and passes and I resist the urge to tell him the story about my novel that I just told you because I didn't want to seem like a stalker or raving lunatic. So maybe he reads my blog.
Line for him to sign things is mad long and it's 1 am so I leave.
Several trains later, driving home from Hoboken, I get the sudden urge for bad food, because I've been dieting (successfully, yay!) now that my foot is good enough that I can work out again and can feel good again and yes, it was 2 am, but fuck it, somehow I ended up parked on Easton Ave. at Rutgers inside Giovanelli's ordering a fat cat among all the drunken college students (largely because Cluck-U and the grease trucks were closed).
Drive home, still my home for now (anyone want to buy a house, email me, I'll give you a great deal!)
Eat really bad food at 3 fucking am, playing "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton".
Thank you Mountain Goats!
(and thank you Dr. Cohen for fixing my foot to the point that I can do all this wonderful shit I used to do again)
Oh, and I really fucked up the ending of this recording -- I turned it off at the absolute best part of the song. So, um, sorry, but I included the song below so you can listen to the whole thing. Or there's probably other good versions on YouTube. My recording at concerts from my iPhone is weak, I know. Sorry.
And here's the video:
Okay I found a better video for you: