kidnapping for the sake of art: the mountain goats

I’d like to publicly thank the young man in Wisconsin who just sent me the link to the Mountain Goats’ video for the song “This Year.” It’s the first good video I’ve seen in years… I don’t want to give too much away, but I suppose you could look at the narrative unfolding in the video in one of two ways — either we’re seeing the band kidnapped and brought into someone’s home to shoot a video, or the band is kidnapping people off the street and forcing them perform their song, “This Year,” in someone’s living room. I suspect the first interpretation is correct, but I like the second one a lot better, and that’s why I’m recommending the video… As much as I’m opposed to violence and such, I really find the idea of kidnapping people and forcing them to perform Monkey Power Trio songs to be quite appealing.

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5 Comments

  1. Tony Buttons
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    It occurred to me today as I was making my way to work that the SLA should reform and kidnap Paris Hilton.

  2. mark
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    If I only knew how to use photoshop… I’d be putting Paris Hilton’s head on Patty Hearst’s body right this moment.

  3. Dan from Austin
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for th elink to the great video, Mark.
    The Mountain Goats are faves of mine, but I didn’t know they were makin’a video.

    There’s one other good video out there, I think. It’s for a Postal Service song and it’s directed by the mormon that made Napoleon Dynamite. The song is damn fine with the lyrics
    “Because the air outside will make our cells
    Divide at an alarming rate until our shells
    Simply cannot hold all our insides in,
    And that’s when we’ll explode
    (and it won’t be a pretty sight)

    And we’ll become silhouettes when our bodies finally go”

    I recommend it.

  4. Posted August 23, 2005 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    http://subpop.dev.slam.cc/downloads/free/We_Will_Become_Sihouettes_(Hi_Res_Quicktime)289.mov

    I like his work with Death Cab for Cutie. I think that they talked about changing it to “Cutie” at one point to avoid controversy? I think they were introduced as “Cutie” on Letterman.

    The Mountain Goats song “No Children” gets some airplay out here on KEXP ( John Richards). Or I may just be turning the radio on at just the right moments…

  5. mark
    Posted August 23, 2005 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Cool video… I’ll try to link to it tonight if I can find the time… Thanks for the tip, Dan. And the link, Dave.

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