“Genesis 3:23” was our first taste of the Mountain Goats’ Biblical exercise The Life Of The World To Come. If you recall, the homelessness of the lead track’s lyrics correspond to the highlighted verse: “So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.” John Darnielle & Co. (Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, etc.) delivered the message to Jimmy Fallon last night. The “indie rock institution” gathered around Fallon after the song to applaud themselves and the Roots, but didn’t get to sit down and discuss the cheerful desolation of the lyrics.
Randy Jackson was another guest last night. Curious what he makes of an unconventional voice like Darnielle’s. I ask this seriously. Regardless, “Pants On The Ground” sounds good in Randy’s hands:
Almost as good as in Neil Young’s:
The Life Of The World To Come is out via 4AD.