Credibility—the main product of Darnielle’s two decade plus year career with an instrument in hand and a song on his tongue, that originally sparked from urgency and was recorded onto cassettes, has now transformed The Mountain Goats into a legitimate musical identity. Their 14th studio album Transcendental Youth was released last October 14th and this Crescent performance witnessed a generous eight tracks from this latest recording, along with many other favorites.
The Mountain Goats’ latest release, Transcendental Youth comes complete with something new and shiny. No, it’s not the lyrics or subject matter. Rest assured, longtime listeners, John Darnielle is still eloquently mining the depths of the fragile human psyche for some of his best material, dropping lines like “Long black night/Morning frost/I’m still here/But all is lost” with aplomb throughout the album’s twelve tracks. However, this time around, the songs are buoyed by a rousing and sometimes even uplifting horn section, expertly arranged by the emerging and proficient musical jack-of-all-trades Matthew E. White
Last Week’s Sauce features recordings of shows from the previous week.
[Thanks to tgakidis for this week’s photo]
Artist & Title: Derek Trucks Band – Young Funk
Date & Venue: 2009-12-03 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Taper & Show Download: mrsoul
The Derek Trucks Band put on a special show down in Atlanta, welcoming a slew of guests to the stage, including: Susan Tedeschi, Jeff Sipe, and Col. Bruce Hampton amongst others. This track, which comes off DTB’s 1998 album Out Of The Madness, features Jimmy Herring on additional guitar. The Trucks/Herring combination is one for the ages, I’ve seen these two go at it in Phil Lesh & Friends as well as the Allman Brothers Band. Derek and the band play tomorrow night at Skirball Center For The Performing Arts.[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/dtbsauce.mp3]
READ ON after the jump for more stellar tracks from Mountain Goats, Phish, Ryan Montbleau Band and Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine…