The Mountain Goats with William Tyler

The Mountain Goats with William Tyler

Wednesday, April 6
Dan Smalls Presents The Mountain Goats live in Asbury Hall with William Tyler

Tickets: $25 general admission seated, on sale Friday, December 11 at 10am at, Babeville Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), or charge by phone 866-777-8932

7pm Doors 8pm Show

The Mountain Goats announce 2016 tour dates including Buffalo, NY!


Greetings to this assembly from John, Jon, Matt, Peter, Brandon, and Trudy, the six minerals which, set carefully within the sextant of the crystalline sea-goat, gleam with a dark and mysterious oceanic energy, radiating clear and pleasant vibrations to those who are drawn toward it. In its clear but really weird six-tone voice, the six-mineral chorus wishes to say THANK YOU to everybody who’s made 2015 such a special year for us: we will be remembering this year for many years to come.

One thing that happened this past year was at City Winery, in April, where we did a session down in the cellar between soundcheck and the show. We hadn’t really thought a whole lot about the session in advance—on tour, your default response to things is “let’s just show up and play”—and we were kind of under the gun time-wise when we got to the club. So we decided to just do it quick and dirty, old-school style. Like the open mic nights I used to play: unamplified guitar and vocals, friends with their axes playing along, arrangements arrived at on the fly and infinitely flexible.

Four songs later we felt really inspired—me and Matt played a song or two without anybody else around because we’d gotten down to the basement before the others, the total song choice was strictly “what do you figure we should play now?”, the mood was relaxed and free…we loved it. Later that night, we decided to strip down the drum kit to essentials and play a choke-the-motor set echoing and elaborating on what we’d done downstairs: a sort of small-ensemble feel, lower in volume but actually higher in intensity. Like what we do in concentrate.

It was one of our two favorite performances of the year, the other being the second night at the Fillmore. It felt like acres of new terrain opening up atop an ancient foundation. As soon as it was over, we all wanted to do it again.

So in 2016 we’re taking that set on the road. Not that exact set, obviously; the particulars will vary from night to night. But smaller rooms, audible frequencies, up close and personal: this is the general plan. Making eye contact with people in the back row, being able to go off-mic when I want to and still be heard. Total visibility.

We couldn’t be more excited about this tour. I love the big album release shows as much as anybody, but that City Winery feel of just playing together with bare essentials in close quarters…there’s nothing like it, and when the whole room locks onto the signal, it’s really special. (You don’t have to take my word for it; NYC Taper has the show in question up right here.)

Watch a performance of “The Ballad of Bull Ramos” from earlier this year at City Winery in New York. The Mountain Goats’ Beat the Champ is available on CD, dbl-LP, and digital in the Merge store.

Merge recording artist, William Tyler, opens the show.


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Date(s) - 04/06/2016
8:00 pm

341 Delaware Avenue
New York
United States