If you haven’t heard of the Mountain Goats, then you are in for a real treat. I’ve been a huge fan since 2005. I actually heard about them from a girl I met during my interview with Microsoft while in Seattle. I picked up a few tracks off of Tallahassee from iTunes, and I’ve been in love ever since. John Darnielle is utterly stunning – the lyrics consistently blow me away. I mean, it’s poetry. The fact that it’s set to music is just icing on an already orgasmic cake. If there is one musician who deserves comparison to Dylan – it’s Darnielle. Anyway, my buddy Vlad recently discovered them, and so I thought it time to share the amazingness with the world at large.
Oh, and if you haven’t tried Grooveshark yet, give it a whirl. The music selection is surprisingly large, and being able to link friends directly to songs and embed them on the web is killer. The UI is a bit weird and awkward – but I assume it’ll evolve over time.