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In this Heretic Pride era, John Darnielle’s getting involved in some interesting collaborations. His work with Aesop Rock might have felt more left-field, but despite knowing the Mountain Goat’s a big fan of Kaki King, a collaborative EP was unexpected. The two recorded the six tracks in western North Carolina’s Baucom Road studio and are releasing the fruits of their labor on vinyl as the Black Pear Tree EP. There should be vinyl copies available when the two go out a tour they’re joint “Last Happy Night of Your Life” tour, which starts in mid October. For now, take a listen to the EP’s video game-referencing closer, “Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is in Another Castle.” Darnielle handles piano/sings while Kaki takes on the drums and glockenspiel and the female harmony vocals toward song’s end.


(Via P4K)

Considering King’s originally from Georgia, a “Going To Georgia” could have been fun, but this is the actual track list:

Side A:
“Black Pear Tree”
“Mosquito Repellent”
“Bring our Curses Home”

Side B:
“Supergenesis”
“Roger Patterson Van”
“Thank You Mario but our Princess Is in Another Castle”

As far as the aforementioned “Last Happy Night of Your Life” Darnielle/King tour, here goes:

10/13 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/15 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
10/17 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10/20 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/25 – Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
10/26 – Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
10/28 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10/29 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10/31 – Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
11/01 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
11/02 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
11/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
11/05 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/09 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Comments (3)
  1. i’ve been waiting my whole life for someone to sing in the perspective of toad. leave it to my all-time favorite songwriter to come through for me.

  2. I’m way late on commenting this article, but I gotta say this is awesome.

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